Luci Christian

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Luci Christian
Luci Christian.JPG
Luci Christian at the 2007 Anime Evolution
Born Louisa Michelle Christian
(1973-03-18) March 18, 1973 (age 44)
Hamilton, Texas, U.S.
Residence Houston, Texas, U.S.[1]
Education Louisiana State University
Angelo State University
Occupation Voice actress, ADR script writer
Years active 1999–present[2]
Spouse(s) Michael Bell (m. 2008)
Children 2[1]
Relatives Kevin Christian (brother)[3]
Website lucichristian.com

Louisa Michelle "Luci" Christian (born March 18, 1973) is an American voice actress and ADR script writer at Funimation and Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks. She has provided voices for a number of English versions of Japanese anime series.

Biography

Christian grew up in Texas where her parents Mike and Barbara were high school teachers.[3] From age 3 to 9, she participated in some local beauty pageants, and later got involved in theater programs in high school.[4] In college, she originally pursued journalism, but changed to theatre when she was offered a scholarship.[4] She got her bachelor's degree in Theatre from Angelo State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at Louisiana State University.[4]

Her involvement in anime starts in ADV Films in Houston where she had some bit parts in Those Who Hunt Elves that involved about three hours of studio time. She did not hear back for some time until she got cast in Neo Ranga.[2] A few weeks later, she auditioned and got her first starring role as Kaname Chidori in Full Metal Panic!.[2][4] In Super Gals! Ran Kotobuki, she voices the title character who is a fun-loving teenage gal in a family of police officers.[5] In Prétear, she voices main character Himeno Awayuki, a teenage girl who ends up living with two stepsisters and becomes involved in a magical girl fantasy.[6] She also voiced teacher Yukari Tanizaki in the school life comedy Azumanga Daioh.[7] In 2006, she was featured in a series of articles by IGN titled "Babes of ADV Voice-Over".[8]

Christian joined the voice actors who would regularly travel from Houston to record with Funimation in Dallas. She had supporting roles in Fullmetal Alchemist as guest character Psiren, and later as the recurring character Wrath.[9] She voiced actress Asako Kurumi in Funimation's dub of Kodocha,[10] and a lead role as Rico in the girls-with-guns drama Gunslinger Girl.[9][11] In 2006, she voiced lead character Asuna Kagurazaka in the school anime Negima, which is about a boy magician who teaches at an all-girls middle school. Theron Martin of Anime News Network remarked that she interpreted her role much like Kaname Chidori on Full Metal Panic.[12] She also landed the lead role of Tenma Tsukamoto in the comedy School Rumble,[13] voiced the supporting role of Hitomi Kashiwa in Welcome to the NHK, and voiced the youthful-looking Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka in Ouran High School Host Club.[14] After Funimation acquired the dubbing rights for the long-running One Piece anime series, Christian was selected to play its lead female navigator Nami.[15]

In 2007, the American Anime Awards nominated her for Best Actress for her work in Princess Tutu, and Best Actress in a Comedy for her work in Desert Punk, Negima and Nerima Daikon Brothers, but lost to Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Debi Derryberry, respectively.[16]

In 2009, she voiced Kirino Chiba, the captain of a kendo team in Bamboo Blade and Lenalee Lee in the fantasy series D. Gray-man. In 2010, she voiced as Nagisa Furukawa in the Clannad series, the title character in Birdy the Mighty Decode and Makina Hoshimura from Corpse Princess. She voiced Medusa in the Soul Eater anime series, which was released on video in 2010 and later broadcast on Cartoon Network in 2013. In 2011, she voiced Meryl Strife in the English dub of anime feature film Trigun: Badlands Rumble. In 2012, she voiced Nessa in Fractale and served as the narrator for Ōkami-san and her Seven Companions and Kamisama Kiss, and voiced companion devil Elsie in The World God Only Knows. In 2013, she voiced main characters Nagisa Motomiya in AKB0048,[17] Marika Kato in Bodacious Space Pirates,[18] and Himeko Inaba in the body-swapping anime series Kokoro Connect.[19] On August 4, 2017, it was announced that Christian gives voice to Chihaya Ayase in Sentai Filmworks' English dub of the adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu's manga series Chihayafuru. The TV anime series first aired in Japan in 2011. Sentai's dub of the first season is scheduled for release, on DVD and Blu-ray, in the United States of America, on September 12, 2017.[20]

Personal life

Christian is married to Michael Bell. They have two daughters.[1] She has a brother, Kevin Christian, who ran for a seat in the Texas Legislature in 2006.[3]

Filmography

Anime

Year Title Role Notes Source
1999 Those Who Hunt Elves Colleena [2]
2003 Neo Ranga Takako Kedoin, Tokimi [2]
2003–05 Full Metal Panic series Kaname Chidori Also Fumoffu and The Second Raid [2][21][22][23]
2003 Super Gals Ran Kobotuki [5]
2003 Pretear Himeno Awayuki [6]
2004 Fullmetal Alchemist Wrath, Psiren [9]
2005 Kodocha Asako Kurumi [10]
2005 Gunslinger Girl Rico Also season 2 [9][11]
2006 Azumanga Daioh Yukari Tanizaki [7]
2006 Welcome to the NHK Hitomi Kashiwa [24]
2006 Negima! Magister Negi Magi Asuna Kagurazaka Also Negima?! and OVAs [12]
2007 School Rumble series Tenma Tsukamoto Also season 2 and OVAs [13]
2007–present One Piece Nami [15]
2008 Ouran High School Host Club Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka [14]
2009 Bamboo Blade Kirino Chiba [25]
2009–10, 2016–present D.Gray-man Lenalee Lee Also Hallow [26][27]
2010 Clannad series Nagisa Furukawa Also season 2 and movie [28]
2010 Birdy the Mighty: Decode Birdy Also season 2 [29]
2010 Corpse Princess Makina Hoshimura [30]
2010 Soul Eater Medusa Gorgon [31]
2012 Fractale Nessa [32]
2012 Ōkami-san and her Seven Companions Narrator [33]
2012 Infinite Stratos series Chifuyu Orimura Also season 2, OVAs [34][35]
2012 Kamisama Kiss Narrator [36][37]
2012–15 The World God Only Knows series Elucia de Lute Ima Also season 2-3, OVAs [38]
2013 AKB0048 Nagisa Motomiya [17]
2013 Bodacious Space Pirates Marika Kato Also film [18]
2013 Kokoro Connect Himeko Inaba [19]
2013–15 A Certain Scientific Railgun series Banri Edasaki Also season 2 [39]
2014 Log Horizon Minori [40]
2015 Parasyte Satomi Murano [41]
2016–present My Hero Academia Ochaco Uraraka Also season 2 [42]
2016 Hanayamata Hana N. Fountainstand [43]
2017 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Hestia [44]
2017 Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Johann [45]
2018 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Rika Saionji [46]

Film

Year Title Role Notes Source
2011 Trigun: Badlands Rumble Meryl Strife
2012 Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike Rita Mordio
2013 One Piece Film: Strong World Nami
2014 One Piece Film: Z
2017 One Piece Film: Gold Limited theatrical release [47]
2017 Blade Runner Black Out 2022 Trixie Anime short film released in the lead-up to the release of Blade Runner 2049. [48][49]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes Source
2008 One Piece: Unlimited Adventure Nami
2012 Borderlands 2 Una, Laney White [50][note 1]
2015 Dragon Ball Xenoverse Female Time Patroller #2
2016 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Other media

Year Title Role Notes Source
2009 Rock 'N Learn Penny Learn Math – Money & Making Change [51]

Notes

  1. ^ Christian was credited for Gaige in the manual. Anthony Burch has tweeted a correction.
    Anthony Burch [@reverendanthony] (October 5, 2012). "To everyone who is asking, Gaige is voiced by Cherami Leigh" (Tweet). Retrieved October 5, 2012 – via Twitter. 

References

  1. ^ a b c "Luci Christian Bell". BeeAudio. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2012. Narrator's profile at BeeAudio 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Voice Actor Luci Christian (interview)". OtakuReview.net. March 27, 2006. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Kleiner, Sarah (April 2, 2006). "District 71 Runoff: Getting to know Kevin Christian". Abilene Reporter-News. Archived from the original on January 13, 2007. It's hard to move around when you're in your formative years, said 33-year-old Luci Christian, a Houston actress and Kevin's only sibling. On the plus side, we both have learned to be at home in almost every situation and we are unafraid to go into places where we don't know anyone. Both of Christian's parents are educators. While Christian finished 11th and 12th grades at Roby High School, Mike Christian was his football coach, and Barbara Christian was his band director and drama instructor. 
  4. ^ a b c d Levy, Jay (July 21, 2003). "An Interview with Voice Actress Luci Christian". Anime News Service. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Sternenberg, Melissa. "THEM Anime Reviews 4.0 – Super GALS!". THEM Anime Reviews. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Dungan, Mike (February 23, 2005). "Pretear Vol. #1 (also w/box)". Mania.com. 
  7. ^ a b Pezzano, Kevin (2004). "Azumanga Daioh Volumes 4, 5, & 6". Revolution SF. 
  8. ^ Carle, Chris (June 15, 2006). "Babes of ADV Voice-Over: Luci Christian". IGN. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Guests – 2007 Guest Listing – Guest info – Luci Christian – Voice Actor". Anime Boston. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Kodocha. / 2, Hayama hijinks". Funimation. 2005. 
  11. ^ a b Houston, Don (August 9, 2005). "Gunslinger Girl 2: Life, Happiness, and the Gun". DVD Talk. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Martin, Theron (August 22, 2006). "Mahou Sensei Negima! – DVD 1 – Review". Anime News Network. 
  13. ^ a b Carroll, Luke (January 10, 2008). "School Rumble – DVD 1 – Review". Anime News Network. 
  14. ^ a b Martin, Theron (May 30, 2009). "Ouran High School Host Club – DVD – Season 1 Part 2". Anime News Network. 
  15. ^ a b Martone, John (July 3, 2007). "The new One Piece dub cast announced". Japanator.com. 
  16. ^ "American Anime Awards Finalists Announced". Anime News Network. February 7, 2007. 
  17. ^ a b Green, Scott (August 14, 2013). "Sentai Filmworks Announces "AKB0048" and "Campione!" English Dub Casts". Crunchyroll. 
  18. ^ a b Martin, Theron (January 22, 2013). "Bodacious Space Pirates – Blu-Ray – Collection 1". Anime News Network. 
  19. ^ a b "Kokoro Connect English Dub Cast Announced". Anime News Network. September 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Chihayafuru English Dub Stars Luci Christian, Adam Gibbs, Blake Shepard". Anime News Network. August 4, 2017. 
  21. ^ Martin, Theron (June 4, 2005). "Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu – DVD: Full Metal Pandemonium! – Review". Anime News Network. 
  22. ^ Martin, Theron (December 8, 2006). "Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid – DVD 1 – Review". Anime News Network. 
  23. ^ Martin, Theron (January 29, 2007). "Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid – DVD 2 – Review". Anime News Network. 
  24. ^ "Welcome to the Project!". Welcome to the NHK Vol 1 (DVD). Episode 1. ADV Films. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Language Cast. 
  25. ^ "Bamboo Blade DVD 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  26. ^ "D Gray Man Review: The Shiny Gem of (Really) Long Running Anime | The Artifice". the-artifice.com. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  27. ^ "D.Gray-man HALLOW Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement - Funimation - Blog!". Funimation - Blog!. July 29, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Section23's Clannad Dub Upgrade, Cast Detailed". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Hetalia Promo Videos, Birdy English Cast & Promo Posted". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Corpse Princess Part One DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Soul Eater DVD Part 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Funimation Announces Fractale English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  33. ^ "Ōkami-san & Her Seven Companions Blu-Ray + DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  34. ^ "Infinite Stratos Anime's English Dub Cast Announced". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  35. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Announces Infinite Stratos 2's English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  36. ^ "Kamisama Kiss Shojo Anime's Trailer Previews English Dub". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  37. ^ "Funimation Reveals Kamisama Kiss English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  38. ^ "The World God Only Knows Blu-Ray". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  39. ^ "Funimation Reveals A Certain Scientific Railgun's English Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  40. ^ "Log Horizon English Dub Cast Announced". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Brittney Karbowski, Adam Gibbs Star in Parasyte English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. October 2, 2015. 
  42. ^ "Funimation Offers English Broadcast Dub for My Hero Academia Anime (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  43. ^ "Caitlynn French, Luci Christian Star in HaNaYaMaTa English Dub". Anime News Network. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  44. ^ "Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? English Dub Casts Luci Christian as Hestia". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  45. ^ "Funimation Announces English Dub Casts for Space Patrol Luluco, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  46. ^ "English Cast Announcement: Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches". Funimation. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  47. ^ "Trigun: Badlands Rumble". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  48. ^ "A Blade Runner Anime is Being Made by Cowboy Bebop Director Shinichiro Watanabe". slashfilm.com. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  49. ^ Blade Runner Black Out 2022. Retrieved September 26, 2017 – via Crunchyroll. 
  50. ^ Borderlands 2 Manual (PDF). Steam. Valve Corporation. p. 31. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  51. ^ Learn Math: Money & Making Change (YouTube) (YouTube) (trailer). Rock 'N Learn. November 25, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Luci Christian at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Luci Christian convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
  • Luci Christian at the CrystalAcids Anime Voice Actor Database
  • Luci Christian on IMDb
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