If you have followed my activity on Twitter as of late, you will know that as well as my love for video games and my work on WiiUAndMii, I am a huge fan of Japanese anime run my own blog – Tsundere Britannica. On Monday, Manga Entertainment UK will be releasing the first volume of the incredibly popular Sword Art Online anime series on DVD and Blu-ray. While doing research for a Brave Friday article, I made quite an interesting discovery – some of the central characters of Bravely Default share English voice actors with that of Sword Art Online!
As part of my work on Tsundere Britannica, I wrote an article that pointed out the similarities in the casting of the two RPG-focused properties:
Tiz Arrior is the main male protagonist of Bravely Default; a former resident of the now destroyed Norende Village who is on a journey to help Agnés purify the four crystals to save the land of Luxendarc , as well as revive his fallen home. Tiz Arrior’s voice is provided by Bryce Papenbrook, who also gives life to Sword Art Online‘s protagonist Kirito, who finds himself trapped in the Sword Art Online virtual reality MMORPG and has to clear the game to escape. In a sense, both Tiz and Kirito are fighting to be reunited with their home once more.
The Feisty Swordswoman
Bravely Default‘s Edea Lee and Sword Art Online‘s Leafa have four key things in common (aside from having similar hair styles – they totes co-ordinated that) – they are both the secondary female protagonist of their series (with Agnés and Asuna taking those roles in Bravely Default and Sword Art Online respectively), they both received tutelage in wielding a sword, they both have a big secret they wish to conceal and they are both voiced by Cassandra Lee Morris.
The Fairy Helper:
In Bravely Default, the four heroes are guided in their journey across Luxendarc to purify the crystals by the Cryst-Fairy named Airy. In Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna come across quite the oddity during their journey through the world of Aincrad; the artificial intelligence that is Yui. In Sword Art Online’s Fairy Dance arc, Yui appears in the form of a navigation pixie to aid Kirito in his mission there. Both of these fairies have their English voices provided by Stephanie Sheh.
The voice actor of Sword Art Online‘s Klein (Kirk Thornton) also provides his voice for a role in Bravely Default, although which character in particular has yet to be confirmed (although I have reached out for some confirmation on this and other roles).
The story of Sword Art Online revolves around Kirito, a young boy who finds himself trapped inside the virtual reality MMORPG “Sword Art Online” – where the players have to clear the game in order to escape, or die in the real world alongside their in-game avatar.