Chainsawman is currently in its first season, and the anime adaptation of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s best-selling manga takes viewers on a wild ride. Dub cast members Ryan Colt Levy and Reagan Murdock, who play Denji and Aki in the series, believe the Chainsawman anime is nothing short of “fantastic”. The pair spoke to Showbiz Cheat Sheet about what drew them to the show, as well as what they’re looking forward to in future installments.
Ryan Colt Levy and Reagan Murdock Join ‘Chainsaw Man’ Dub Cast
Chainsawman is one of the biggest anime to debut in 2022, and the dub cast knew it was something special from the jump. Both Ryan Colt Levy and Reagan Murdock were drawn to anime – and their specific characters – before they were even cast.
Levy, who voices Denji, was a fan of Chainsawmanhis manga years before the transition to the small screen. Tatsuki Fujimoto’s source material resonated with him for several reasons, including the fact that it has all the elements of good storytelling.
“For me, I picked it up a couple of years ago and I read it in its entirety a few times because it was so incredible to me,” Levy recalled. “As a story, and executed in the manga in its entirety, it is one of the most punk rock, funny, emotional, tender, sweet, bizarre, arthouse [tales]. It has everything in it, and I just didn’t expect it.”
A self-proclaimed “film geek,” Levy also appreciates how cinematic Fujimoto’s story feels:
“I think what originally drew me to the manga is that I got that feeling [Tatsuki] Fujimoto that he also has that cinema knowledge and all these tastes. And it just felt so radically different to me from anything else I’d seen or read, and it took all the classic tropes that we know from these things and just smashed them or flipped them in a way that I was like, ‘This is it I’ve been waiting for!'”
Reagan Murdock, who portrays Aki in Chainsawmanhis English dub, had not read the series until he auditioned for the cast. But when he did pick it up, he fell for the characters — especially his.
“When I first got the auditions, I basically knew nothing about the show,” Murdock said. “I knew it was very popular. And so, I thought, ‘Well, there’s no way I’m going to pull this off, so I can just do whatever comes my way.’ But when I read the manga to get an idea of the different characters, I loved Aki so much and I loved how very human all the characters are.”
Murdock also noted that the characters’ goals and relationships with each other are the strengths of the series:
“They all have very believable, very relatable motivations. And it’s wonderful to see all their different personalities bounce off each other. And I think that’s kind of the biggest appeal is that you have these very relatable people who come from very different backgrounds and looking at how they… Well, they don’t make each other better, but they certainly make each other more interesting.”
‘Chainsaw Man’s dub cast share a ‘passion’ for the story they tell
The dub cast of Chainsawman don’t record together in the studio, but they had the chance to meet during New York Comic-Con this year. According to Ryan Colt Levy, the event served as “a nuclear family experience” that enabled them to “solidify our dynamic as a family.”
It’s not something that happens with every anime, as voice actors don’t always meet before recording their lines. As Murdock put it, “You kind of have to make certain guesses about the choices they’re going to make.”
With Chainsawman dub, it seems the cast can feel confident in each other’s decisions. They all understand what the show means to each other. Murdock cited that a highlight of working on anime is the passion they all share for the story:
“This is the first time I’ve had a series where I’ve gotten to know and meet the people I’m working with before we start filming because you don’t get that much with anime. And so, it’s amazing to know that the people you’re working with are also super passionate. We love this story so much.”
Levy echoed that sentiment, stressing that everyone involved is doing their best to bring Chainsawman for life.
“Mike [McFarland] is such an amazing voice director and really has such a good grasp on these characters and all of us as individual people,” said Levy. “He really cares about serving this story and these characters in the best possible way, and all of us are just trying to give it the most care that we can.”
According to the voice actors, the reception of ‘Chainsaw Man’ has been ‘fantastic’
Attend New York Comic-Con ga Chainsawmanits dub cast the opportunity to meet their co-workers. It also provided a first-hand look at the fan response. According to Ryan Colt Levy, the reception has been “incredible.”
“When we showed the first episode at Comic-Con, there was a room of about 5,000 people watching that episode on a giant screen,” Levy recalled. “And just hearing the gasps and the screams and the laughter and all that, it was so upsetting.”
“Seeing so many people enjoying it just makes it even better and makes me want to work even harder,” he added. “It’s like I just want to give more and more and more every time I go back into the stall.”
Reagan Murdock agreed, admitting that it feels great to see so many viewers connecting with the show.
“It blows my mind to be a part of something that resonates with so many people,” Murdock said. “That’s what we always want as artists, to be able to reach out and touch and, if we can, inspire people because that’s what art has done for us. And the fan reception has been fantastic. It’s amazing because I’ve never been a part of something this big to see all the content that people are producing for it.”
Ryan Colt Levy and Reagan Murdock share what they’re looking forward to in ‘Chainsaw Man’
Both Ryan Colt Levy and Reagan Murdock have read Chainsawman, so the dub voice actors know what to expect as the cast continues filming. For Levy, there are many exciting developments on the horizon. He is particularly excited for the fans to get to know the characters even better:
“For those who think that what has already happened is a lot in a little while, this barely scratches the surface of the journey that all these characters get to go on. There are a lot of humorous moments, and there are a lot of really strong moments that I’m really excited about to play along. Because I think, you know, we’ve only seen a little bit of the spectrum of all these characters, of who they are, and we’re introduced to them so deeply. But you can also see the other shoe get ready to drop somewhere.”
Murdock noted that viewers will see a different side of Aki, in particular. Although Devil Hunter comes across as incredibly withdrawn, it sounds like he might lose his cool.
“With Aki, in particular, he’s someone who has this idea, I think, that he has to be in control of himself and every part of his life to a T,” Murdock explained. “Otherwise, what is he? And there are times when you get a little peek behind the curtain. And sometimes those walls just come crashing down.”
If it will happen in Chainsawman Season 1 or later remains to be seen.
Ryan Colt Levy and Reagan Murdock reveal which item they would fuse with
Chainsawman is about a boy who merges with a chainsaw devil. So we asked Ryan Colt Levy and Reagan Murdock what item they’d fuse with if given the chance. Both gave relevant answers.
“You know, the easy answer for me is coffee,” Levy said. “If I could just be permanently fused with caffeine, I think I’d be OK.”
“Can I give the same answer with tea?” Murdock added. “If I could calm down a bit and just not be so anxious all the time, that would be amazing.”
Teaming up with beverages certainly sounds more appealing than becoming a parts chainsaw. But then it seems that Denji is reaping the benefits of the latter situation.
Chainsawman currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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