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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin English voice cast announced, gameplay trailer

Posted on October 13, 2020 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch, Videos

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

XSEED Games shared new information about Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin in a blog post today. The game’s various characters have been introduced, which also comes with the announcement of the voice cast.

Here’s the full rundown:

Sakuna – Laura Post

Sakuna is a spoiled brat who had never worked a day in her life before a twist of fate forces her to pick up a hoe and start tilling. She has the most dialogue in the game by far, and Laura was able to find the perfect balance between the character’s brash, sometimes childish temperament and the emotional impact of the game’s story.

Laura also lends her voice to another character in the game, but we can’t say who for spoiler reasons!

Tama – Frank Todaro

Tama is Sakuna’s faithful protector. Taking the form of a little guardian dog, he is wise and fiercely loyal. Frank imbues the character with a blend of elderly (occasionally doddering) wisdom and parental exasperation. He was also constantly out of breath, as Tama is the story’s main source of (sometimes longwinded) exposition.

Tauemon – Patrick Seitz

A bumbling samurai who dreams of being a farmer, Tauemon is the de facto leader of the humans sent along with Sakuna to Hinoe Island. He is earnest and has a good heart, but his clumsy nature causes trouble for the group. Patrick was a perfect match for the role, capturing the character’s good-naturedness and indefatigability in the face of dire circumstances.

Myrthe – Carrie Keranen

Myrthe is a missionary from a foreign land who is exiled to Hinoe Island with Sakuna and the other humans. As a language learner, she speaks at first in broken sentences interspersed with Dutch, and her abilities improve over the course of the story. Myrthe often tries to be the voice of reason in the group when tensions run high, and Carrie wonderfully conveys the role of a visitor to a strange land trying her best.

Kinta – Bryce Papenbrook

A young boy with a talent for smithing, Kinta has a sharp tongue and a pessimistic outlook, and he forms an inseparable pair with Yui. Although Bryce has mostly played heroes such as Adol Christin in the Ys series or Rune Factory 4 protagonist Lest in past XSEED releases, he let loose and revealed his inner brat as Kinta. Sometimes it seemed like he was having a little toomuch fun laying into Sakuna, Tauemon, and pretty much everyone else.

Yui – Megan Harvey

Yui is a little girl with a cute voice and a sometimes surprisingly dark temperament. Once banished to Hinoe Island, she reveals a talent for weaving garments for Sakuna to wear as armor. Megan delivers both the sweet voice and the occasionally sharp edge, helping bring to life one of the game’s most mysterious characters.

Kaimaru – Faye Mata

The youngest member of the human outcasts on Hinoe Island, Kaimaru can barely speak and refers to Sakuna as “Sah-Sah.” He possesses a preternatural ability to communicate with animals, and it is thanks to him that Sakuna’s home on the island gains a retinue of cats, dogs, and other creatures. Faye’s performance uses gibberish to provide both comic relief and emotional depth depending on the scene.

Kokorowa – Stephanie Sheh

Sakuna’s closest friend in the Lofty Realm, Kokorowa is an ingenious inventor who has long languished in the harvest goddess’ shadow. She is a polite, reserved character with hidden reserves of passion and frustration, all captured effortlessly by Stephanie’s performance.

Ashigumo – Joe Zieja

Ashigumo is an honorable warrior who lives on Hinoe Island. He first confronts Sakuna as a foe, but after discovering her lineage as the daughter of two legendary gods, he helps guide her and the humans in their harsh new home. Ashigumo is a creature of honor and conviction, and Joe brings him to life in a way that makes him one of the coolest characters in the story.

Lady Kamuhitsuki – Cindy Robinson

The exalted ruler of the Lofty Realm, Lady Kamuhitsuki banishes Sakuna and the humans to the dangerous Hinoe Island after they unwittingly wreak havoc in the heavenly capital. Cindy’s performance imbues the character with perfect imperiousness as she passes down judgment on the other characters and sets the events of the story in motion.

A new gameplay trailer has also been released, which we have below. 

Switch will be getting Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin on November 10.

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