/a/ it's always very obvious when actual children voice child characters, and more authentic sounding. Usagi Drop and Barakamon benefit a great deal from this.
A bit apples and oranges here, but, do you think something like a shonen battle series could work with actual child actors? Imagine a show where an actual 12 year old shouting his special moves, and as the protagonist ages in the show the actor's voice ages too. That would be interesting, although the source material would have to be a good match for it, considering how most battle shows are paced downright glacially.
It triggers me when it's painfully obvious that young male characters are being voiced by women, so I always appreciate it when actual children are cast like pic related.
That said, the sort of long running situation you're talking about, OP, seems like asking for trouble. You'd most likely end up having to recast.
>do you think something like a shonen battle series could work with actual child actors?
No, and for a simple reason.
They are amateurs. They generally lack the training to do a good job. While a child prodigy is a theoretical possibility, I don't remember a single child actor of whom I thought they'd done a good job.
>It triggers me
I don't fucking care. What I do care about is acting skills. Anime doesn't usually feature excellent acting, but there are still degrees of variation.
This is also the reason why I choose sub over dub, because most localization put less effort (or skill) into the project than the original cast did.
It would need to be a director's pet project, because a regular project designed primarily for the studio's profit is prone to all kinds of delays beyond the child actor's own schedule conflicts (sound trouble, animation trouble, other actors' schedules).
The script would need to be planned out months, years in advance so that the gimmick of an aged voice can be accommodated with the least hassle.
Take something like the Harry Potter movies if they were just animated (so that body types aren't a problem). You would need to lock in the child voice actors over 7 whole years using only key frames with appropriate scheduling, THEN have all the in-between frames and sound direction ready. The investment is heavy, and not within a regular studio's budget; the longer it takes, the more likely it'll crash and burn instead of profit. Hence, director's pet project.
Just false. A good director well be able to get a decent acting performance out of a child. If you've seen the examples mentioned in this thread and thought the child actors were bad then it's just a plain old case of shit taste.
Yeah, a great actor intrinsically understands and gets it in close to one take, but a even a mediocre actor can get it right if the director manipulates them into the right take no matter how long it takes
That said, that amount of freedom probably doesn't exist in anime
Ichigo in Aikatsu was only 13 years old when the show started, matching the age of her character (or maybe a year older).
Usso in Victory Gundam must have been a kid at the time - he was voiced by the guy who voices Shinpachi in Gintama.
Here's another one with child acting that impressed me.
I find that hard to believe. Give that it was his debut role I always thought he would be younger that that.
Pic related was technically voiced by a child actor. He was 17 when he first started the role.
I'd say it's a sensible idea in theory but in fact a successful kid's action-shonen can run for many years, and the kid will mature and lose his kid voice (if not quit voice acting to focus on school or something before then).
In other words too much of a risk compared to a trained professional who can do the job for a decade uninterrupted if need be, and still sound approximately the same / deliver the same product that helped the series be a success.
14 year old Aoi Yuuki was a miracle of the universe