An interview with voice actress Kira Buckland

Kira Buckland

I had the opportunity to meet the lovely Kira Buckland this past weekend at Fanime in San Jose. We sat down and asked her a fair amount of questions about her career, cosplay, and geek culture in general.

If you’re unfamiliar with who Buckland is, she’s a voice actor who plays the role of Bloody Marie in Skullgirls, Izumo Kamiki in Blue Exorcist, and even takes the role as Seductive Announcer in Heroes of Newerth. So now that you kind of know who she is, let’s get into what I asked her this past weekend.

Izumo/Kira Buckland

Nerd Reactor: I noticed you cosplay a lot. What is your favorite cosplay?

Kira Buckland: The character I’m currently cosplaying is actually my favorite. It’s my debut of the costume here at Fanime. It’s from the series Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and it’s really exciting because my friends and I are going to be cosplaying from it this summer. We’re going to get together and do group pictures and I’m just so excited because I love Jolene and I have her tattoo as well.

What is your favorite voice you’ve ever done for any of your characters?

It’s so hard to pick just one. I did however have so much fun recording this anime we recently just finished and announced called Blood Lad. I’m playing one of the main characters and her name was Hydrabell. It was just one of the funniest voices. She goes all over the place and is so crazy. I’m just hoping a lot of people watch the show, it’s definitely one of my best performances. I’m even thinking about cosplaying her.

Is there anything you wanted to do before voice acting?

I used to want to be a singer. I was really into rock music and things like that and wanted to be in a band. But I’m not that good at singing unfortunately. I eventually got into anime and video games after that, and realized people voiced these characters. I like doing things with my voice, so I found something that fit me more and fit my skills.

Of all the companies you worked for, who was your favorite to work with?

Well a lot of the voices I do are through Bang Zoom Entertainment. So for example, if Aniplex or Viz licenses a show, a lot of the times they will go through Bang Zoom to get it recorded. So I do a lot of stuff there, and am just really grateful for the opportunities they have given me.

Do you prefer voicing for anime or video games?

I love both, but I think with games it’s a little bit easier because you don’t have to worry about the timing. With anime, you have to match the lip flaps, and so sometimes you don’t have as much freedom with the lines. Also, I’m a gamer. My dream is to be a playable character in a video game.

Now, personal reference. Video games or anime?

I love both but I gotta say I’m a gamer!

What’s your favorite video game?

Guilty Gear!

Do you see yourself as any of your characters?

I think there are certain things that I can relate to about characters that I play. For the most part, when I’m playing a character I just try to get into the mindset of that character. Some people try to say imagine what you would do in this situation. But I think about acting and it’s not what YOU would do, but what your character would do. Some characters you play will do crazy things you would never do in a million years, but you have to be in that mindset.

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You may or may not have seen me dancing around on our YouTube channel. I really love psychology and dissecting shows/film. Also your token anime nerd.