Jun 30, 2015
This year's MCM Expo was a blast for Lauren and I, but the clear highlight was getting to meet up with Ali Hillis, the voice of Lightning in the Final Fantasy XIII franchise, to have a face-to-face interview. It was a bit shorter than we had hoped for, but the planning was all pretty last minute and the interview almost didn't take place! We're very happy it did though, and hopefully you guys are too. With no Final Fantasy XIII game coming out (shock), we took the time to ask Ali about some other topics relating to voice acting and also her surprise cameo in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD as Emina. Enjoy!
Jun 27, 2015
E3 2015 was an intense experience for fans of Kingdom Hearts and we were there first-hand to experience the euphoria and soak it all up. Branden and Churro are joined by Sabrina this episode as they all discuss their experience at this year's show, recanting stories of what it was like to be in the Square Enix press conference as well as sitting down for a round-table interview with legendary Kingdom Hearts creator, Tetsuya Nomura. The gang also take the time to dissect the E3 2015 trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 and run through some of the various theories that have been filtering through the internet. It's a show you won't want to miss.
Jun 25, 2015
We are joined by Corri English, the voice of Sice in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for another of our special interview episodes with Square Enix! Corri has dabbled with voice acting over the years, having appeared in franchises such as Skyrim, Mass Effect and Dragon Age, but is also part of a successful band called Broke Down Cadillac. In this interview, we ask Corri about her role as Sice and also what it was like to be featured on The Mentalist! Corri has had such an interesting career so far and is incredibly passionate about Sice as a character, so we hope you enjoy listening to the interview!
Jun 23, 2015
Branden, Darryl and Churro sit down for a special podcast to talk about the absolute truck load of news that came out of E3 2015. Not only did we get to see extended coverage of Kingdom Hearts 3, as well as the announcement of a completely new world, but we also got to hear more about Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi. But that's only half of it, during the Sony Press Conference, two new games were announced from the Final Fantasy franchise: World of Final Fantasy and a full-on Final Fantasy VII Remake. Both of these titles will be timed exclusive for PS4, as well as a shed load of other titles that were shown off, including Star Ocean 5 and a new extension to the NieR franchise. Sure, Final Fantasy XV missed the show as we expected, but with everything that we got, this one was hell of an E3 for fans of Square Enix!
Jun 10, 2015
There have been some Final Fantasy XV bombshells since the last episode, as Hajime Tabata took to the stage in the latest Active Time Report to share some details about the game's development. There was a primary focus around the story and we now know that Stella Nox Fleuret has been cut from the game and replaced by Lunafreya. Nojima's role has also changed and some of the initial scenes shown off when the game was Final Fantasy Versus XIII have also been cut. It means there is plenty to talk about and that's without even getting into the other news (Episode Duscae 2.0) and the return of the quiz!
May 31, 2015
We are joined by Bryce Papenbrook, the voice of Machina Kunigiri in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for another of our special interview episodes with Square Enix! Bryce has been voice acting for many years now and it has seen him fill some pretty legendary roles, such as Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan and of course, Zidane Tribal in the Dissidia: Final Fantasy series. We question Bryce about numerous things, such as whether Zidane is a better ladies man than Machina and whether his martial arts training helps at all with his voice over work. It makes for a rather curious interview and we hope you enjoy it!
May 26, 2015
With E3 2015 right around the corner, it's the perfect time for some Kingdom Hearts-related predictions. Branden is joined by Churro as the pair talk about their hopes and dreams for this year's premium trade show, from both a Kingdom Hearts perspective and with a view of wider gaming. There is also some news too! The mobile project that was teased last month has been announced as a full on game called Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi, something which has the hosts and fans pretty stoked. The show also talks about the KH2.co.uk going into "silent mode" and there is a fan question from someone who thinks that Branden's "What If?" segment is a pretty stellar idea.
May 26, 2015
Eliza Jane Schneider joins us for our sixth Final Fantasy Type-0 HD interview, which are being undertaken in partnership with Square Enix! Eliza has been involved with voice acting for many years and has had roles within Assassin's Creed and also South Park. In Type-0 HD, she plays "mother" aka Dr. Arecia. Throughout the interview, we talk about her role as the mother of the group, but also discuss Eliza's keen interest in dialects. It even gets quite technical, so be sure you listen for some interesting facts about languages.
May 12, 2015
It's all going on with Final Fantasy at the moment and Square Enix in general! Not only has it been announced that there will be a Square Enix press conference at E3 2015, there was also a super special edition of the Active Time Report. In this episode we discuss both topics with some significant detail. To that end, there is detailed coverage about the feedback that has been collected from Episode Duscae and Hajime Tabata also alluded to the fact that we might be seeing Episode Duscae 2.0. We also have a bit of news from the wider Final Fantasy universe thrown in too for good measure, making it a pretty extensive episode!
May 5, 2015
Jeff Fischer joins us for our fifth Final Fantasy Type-0 HD interview, which are being conducted in partnership with Square Enix. Jeff, as well as playing himself in American Dad, plays Eight in Type-0 HD and has many, many stories to tell about voice acting! Lauren and Dad ask him questions aplenty, including what it's actually like to play himself in an animated series and how he feels about the fact that Eight refuses to use any weapons other than his own fists. It makes for a fun interview, so be sure to listen to the end!
Apr 28, 2015
Kingdom Hearts Union Episode 78 sees Branden joined by Sabrina as they tackle some actual news... well, it's news about news! Yes, that's right, we learn about recent developments relating to the D23 Fan Expo that is set to take place later this year. There is also a statement from Tetsuya Nomura about an upcoming Kingdom Hearts mobile project - coukd it be a new game? The crew also explore a new section called What If? Here, key plot points from previous Kingdom Hearts games are explored to determine what would have happened if they were changed ever so slightly. It leads to some interesting discussions, as do the awesome questions that we have received from the fans. We hope you enjoy the episode!
Apr 23, 2015
Cristina Vee joins us for our fourth Final Fantasy Type-0 HD interview, which are being conducted in partnership with Square Enix. Cristina of course plays Cinque in the game and we are so happy she was able to spend some time with us answering questions from the community! We talk through a wide range of topics, which start off with Cristina talking about what inspired her to pursue a career in voice acting. There are plenty of questions in there about Cinque including one about what she says during an iconic line. This is one interview you won't want to miss!
Apr 20, 2015
We're joined by Kristin Klabunde, the voice of Cater for our latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD interview and she is just as energetic in the interview as in the game. We talked with Dan (from Square Enix) and Kristin about a variety of things, ranging from awards that Kristin has won thanks to her voice work and advice she has for people who are looking to get into the industry. In addition, Kristin also gives some insights into what it's been like to relocate for her career and she also learns about how much of a fan favourite Cater has become!
Apr 14, 2015
We have an abundance of news for everyone this episode, all from a wide range of games. There are pieces relating to Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and of course, Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Be sure to listen through to get the latest info about Dissidia and its return to the video game scene. We also have a full-on feature relating to Heavensward, as suggested by Patreon backer Clay Killough. It details everything you need to know about the upcoming expansion - if you have held off playing Final Fantasy XIV, now is the perfect time to get right back into it, or dive in for the first time. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!
Apr 11, 2015
We're joined by Peyton McCormick, the voice of Rem Tokimiya for our latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD interview, and she was a bundle of fun to interview. We talked with Dan (from Square Enix) and Peyton about a wide range of topics, including Peyton's views of Rem's musical theme from within the game, her exposure to the franchise and how she portrayed the character! Peyton answered in a lot of depth most of the time, so hopefully you guys thoroughly enjoy listnening to this interview the whole way through!
Apr 4, 2015
We're joined by Mark C. Hanson, the voice of Qator Bashtar for our latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD interview! Not only that, but we are now officially partnering with Square Enix for this interview series, so expect to hear a ton more in the future! Many thanks to everyone who asked questions for Mark as we had a blast talking to him. We run through a whole range of topics, from his personal studio, through to how he got started in voice acting. There's also a funny little ending to the show, so many sure you listen to the entire interview!
Mar 31, 2015
Kingdom Hearts news has been a bit light, so for Kingdom Hearts Union Episode 77, Branden is joined by Churro and Sabrina as they talk about their experiences with Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. As the game was originally under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura, there are clear comparisons between Final Fantasy XV and the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The group take a look at these similarities, especially from a gameplay perspective, before delving into other aspects of the demo. As always, there are also some questions from the fans thrown in there for good measure and there is also a tiny bit of Kingdom Hearts news. In short, it's another fun episode for you all to enjoy!
Mar 17, 2015
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD has at least landed on Western shores (well, North America at least), so that becomes our featured discussing this episode. We are joined by Stealth, who talks about his memories of checking out the original PSP version, while Darryl and Lauren talk about their experiences with the PS4 version of the game. In addition, Darryl had the chance to check out the Final Fantasy XV demo last week, so he runs through some of the elements, with a primary focus on combat and weaponry. We also have some news about Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Final Fantasy Record Keeper and we have the triumphant return of the Ultimate Final Fantasy Quiz! Yes, it's back with a renewed format ready for another year of trivia. Featured music this episode is from Final Fantasy XV, we had to really.
Mar 15, 2015
Bryce Hitchcock (Deuce in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD) joins us on Final Fantasy Union for this speciial edition episode as we continue speaking with the voice actors from Square Enix's latest RPG. Bryce has been acting for quite a few years now and has dabbled in TV work, voice acting and music. Join us as we ask Bryce about her role within Type-0 HD, her wider career and how she's going to start a new trend with ukelele music. It's a really fun interview and with it arriving so close to the launch of the game, we hope it will get you super psyched... maybe even hyped, for Type-0 HD.
Mar 6, 2015
In our second interview for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, we are joined by Jonathon McClendon, who plays the lead character Ace! We have some great questions as part of this show and without wanting to spoil it too much, you will all be pleased to know that Jonathon is a huge gamer who was thrilled to be able to talk about his role as Ace and more importantly, how he landed the role. There are also some wider discussions about the video games industry and of course, Type-0 HD. Thanks to all who asked questions, we had a blast and we hope you do too when listening!
Mar 3, 2015
Kingdom Hearts Union Episode 76 and it is marked by the return of Kingdom Hearts University! Yes, that's right, Branden is back with Churro and Sabrina to educate listeners on a brand new topic from the world of Kingdom Hearts and this time it's Kingdom Hearts Chi. The topic was suggested by Patreon backer William Helmrich and it proves a rather interesting one, as without going into spoilers, the group talk about the connections with Chi and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3. The group also have the unfortunate news of talking about some recent passings in the world of Kingdom Hearts as both the English and Japanese voices for Master Xehanort passed away and there is also another special mention for Monty Oum. There's also some room for some intense questions from the community at the end of the show and we have a track from Mree (on YouTube), which you really won't want to miss out on.
Feb 20, 2015
We are joined by the hugely talented Orion Acaba for a special Final Fantasy Union interview. Orion voices Nine in Final Fantasy Type-0, but has also had roles in other games such as the Phoenix Wright franchise and the Tales franchise. We ask a whole ton of questions offered up by the community and it turns out that Orion is both a huge gamer and a huge fan of Final Fantasy We get into some great discussions about the franchise and how his role as Nine came about. This is one interview you won't want to miss out on!
Feb 17, 2015
We are joined by Mark Robins for Episode 101 of Final Fantasy Union as we talk about the music of Final Fantasy and video game music as a whole. Mark has been campaigning to get video game music more recognition for a few years now and it all started with Aerith's Theme, a track that allowed the community to rally together towards a common goal. Since then, numerous video game franchises have been featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, which is the largest commercial radio station in the UK and it's lead to a lot more air time for video game music. We also have a featured discussion about the potential for a Final Fantasy XII HD Remaster, with opinions from the community and also the hosts. Oh, and there's a little bit of news about the impending release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, which was featured during some of the trailers for Type-0 HD.
Feb 3, 2015
In Episode 75 of Kingdom Hearts Union, Branden is joined by Churro for their second special valentines episode. Yes, that's right the dynamic duo of Kingdom Hearts will be discussing how love could work as a
theme in Kingdom Hearts 3 and how they feel it would be best perceived by audiences should Nomura and the crew over at Square Enix decide to make the connection between Sora and Kairi more obvious. Thoughts are shared about the new Kingdom Hearts Tribute Album and there is also news regarding some job postings at Square Enix relating to Kingdom Hearts 3. There are also two fan questions, one about Kingdom Hearts Chi coming to Western audiences and another asking why Kingdom Hearts games aren't available for digital download. It's another cracking episode and you won't want to miss out!
Jan 20, 2015
It's time for the first episode of Final Fantasy Union in 2015 and what an episode to start off with! Yes, this episode is our 100th and we have brought back some familiar faces from the podcast's history to help celebrate the occasion. It means that Darryl and Lauren are joined by the original host, Kyle Wynen, as well as Lauren McFadden and Colin Tan! Join us as we do some hardcore reminiscing about our history with the podcast, play catch-up to find out what those three rascals have been up to and of course, get their opinions about the current state of Final Fantasy. It's an episode you don't want to miss. Oh, and there's even a little blooper at the end!