It's time... for the 2016 Voice Actor Draft! This year it'll be a little different. Instead of 32 anime series picking voice actors, it will be 3 different shows getting 7 picks of their top characters. For the first round of the Voice Actor Draft, we will begin with Cardcaptor Sakura, which of course is my #ThrowbackThursday anime. Remember: this is all in fun.
1. Sakura Kinomoto - Caitlin Glass
Sakura needs a polished voice actress, and that's just what she gets with Caitlin Glass. Glass has proven with Winry Rockbell that she can provide pretty much anything she needs to bring to the table, and as a result, she's a great first pick for the main character.
2. Tomoyo Daidouji - Stephanie Sheh
Maybe I'm playing it safe here by picking the voice actress best known for Hinata Hyuga, Orihime Inoue and Mikuru Asahina, but Sheh has proved even with Sailor Moon that she can go with any voice necessary for her character. She fits Tomoyo's character perfectly.
3. Li Syaoran - Yuri Lowenthal
What better choice to fill the voice of Syaoran than the voice of Sasuke Uchiha? He fits this role perfectly. He offers a lot of range to cover whether Syaoran is in his usual bad attitude, or whether he's feeling a bit "soft." Great pick right here.
4. Meiling Li - Tiffany Grant
You need someone to provide that bossy, stubborn voice, and Tiffany Grant of course knows that so well from playing Asuka Langley Soryu. No doubt that this is an excellent choice to fill in this spot. Grant has so much experience that this is a guaranteed successful pick.
5. Kero - Cassandra Lee Morris
Morris has experience from playing a "mascot" in Kyubey, so she fits perfectly into this role. She provides the amount of range necessary for Kero to be both his playful self and his serious self. And she doesn't need a Brooklyn accent!
6. Toya Kinomoto - J. Michael Tatum
Tatum can bring absolutely anything to the table. He's got great range and can fill a wide number of roles. Fitting him in to voice Sakura's brother is one of many roles he could possibly play, and this one is the one that has been decided to go with. Great choice.
7. Yukito Tsukishiro - Vic Mignogna
For Yukito, a softer voice is needed, and Mignogna fits that role perfectly. Obviously he can do soft voices or raspy voices, but in this case, he fits great with the soft voice role. This is a great pick, and it really works well for Yukito.
And there you have it. That's Round 1 of our Voice Actor Draft; stay tuned for Rounds 2 and 3 the next two days!