Joshua Seth Interview!


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Sep 8, 2006
With Digimon Adventure tri. Part 1 getting it's home video release in 2 weeks, it's time for something special!

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With the Will interviewed Joshua Seth!

A few weeks ago I asked people for questions to ask him and earlier today I interviewed him with the questions all of you helped suggest.
I don't believe any questions were used verbatim, due to me rewriting, clarifying details, etc. (including tweaking as I asked them at times) although I suspect more than a few of you will notice elements taken from your questions.

The interview was conducted by phone at Noon (Pacific) on May 1, 2017.

With the Will: With Digimon Adventure being almost 20 years old, how does it feel to be back for more?

Joshua Seth: Coming back, it felt like I never left, it felt natural.

WtW: In the original Tai was more a 'jump into it' type of kid, where now he seems introspective, and he's aware of his actions. Basically, he's growing up into a mature individual.
How do you feel about the way Tai as a character has grown since the original series and how was it to portray a character questioning who he was, is, and might be?

Joshua: It's always fun to play a character that has growth and evolution. It makes it more authentic to our experience. It's a great aspect, makes it fun to watch. And it's something new and evolved.
It's a natural progression, he was reckless in his youth, now he’s thoughtful, he has consideration of his actions, hopefully it's progression we all take as we mature.

WtW: It's been over 15 years since the last time you played Tai. How have your own life experiences since then shaped the way you view this new, more mature Tai?

Joshua: I think that I came to the role of Tai at the right time in my life. I was younger myself and more energetically driven to make an impact as he was.
Now, after many years of performing and touring, traveling the world, I’m more empathetic to the lives of other people and where we are on our own quest to fulfill the path that we are on.
I don’t know that I would have voiced Tai the way I did now 15 years ago. As actors we bring our lives into our portrayals.

WtW: Where does Tai rank among other characters you've played in the past?

Joshua: Tai is near and dear to my heart. He gave me my career. I had been in Hollywood for several years and had done various roles. Nothing really stuck like this. After Digimon, a world of opportunities opened to me. Tai is the reason for that, and it’s why I’m still voicing him today.

WtW: How was the experience of recording different now than it was for the original show?

Joshua: When you are in the booth, it all looks the same to be honest. You have a microphone, a stand, and a screen. On the other side you maybe have a writer, a producer, the director. It's like there is no world outside the door during the recording. I could have plopped down in any recording studio and it could have been the same. Exactly the same.

WtW: Multiple people comment that Tai meant a lot to them and helped them become the person they grew up into. He had meaning in people's lives. How does that make you feel, and what does it meant to you?

Joshua: It's great to hear that. I didn't write it. The character existed before I breathed life into him with my portrayal. But hopefully who Tai is as a character, and the attitude he represents... and my embodiment of that has helped people to have the courage to act in that way in their lives, and whenever I hear that, and I do hear that often... it makes me happy to have had that impact on people. It's amazing that it can have that affect in that way.

WtW: Was there any specific scene in Part 1 of tri. that you found particularly interesting to dub, and for any specific reason?

Joshua: Tai and Matt on the gondola. I wish in my personal life I was forced into that situation with people more often.
Sometimes the people we are closest to, physically: family, friends... those are the people that we keep at a distance from our hearts. It requires, often times, an external force, to make a real, honest, difficult, conversation happen.

WtW: How did you find out about the tri. being dubbed and what lead you to reprising the role of Tai?

: I originally found out about tri. because of the fans, and later they made me aware about it [the dub] happening [at the time] as well. If not for that I wouldn't have done it. No one from the production had reached out at the time. It was meant to be. [Joshua had been retired from voice acting for roughly a decade prior to Digimon Adventure tri. Part 1 – Reunion]

Big thanks to Joshua Seth for his time, Shout Factory for facilitating the interview, and all of you for ideas for questions.

The interview was transcribed by me while I was conducting the interview.

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Digimon Adventure tri. Part 1 is out May 16th in the USA and is currently available to pre-order at pretty good prices. The Blu-ray is currently $15 and the DVD is under $9. (Affiliate links)
Blu-ray, which will be a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and includes a DRM-free digital copy.
DVD, which is a stand alone DVD.

In addition, we're currently running a contest to win a Digimon Adventure tri. Part 1 prize package, which includes the Part 1 Blu-ray.

Jay Ukyou

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May 14, 2007
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That was a great interview! It's great to see that Joshua Seth loved playing that role as much as we loved hearing him play it.

Out of curiosity, does his regular voice sound like Tai's?

Hagaren Gao

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May 29, 2007
I think we kinda knew already or at least had enough info to guess, but interesting to see that Joshua reached out to the dubbers instead of vice versa. Part of me wonders if the same might have been possible for some of the other Digidestined cast if they had done the same. Also makes me remember that Todd Haberkorn said he recorded a voice for Digimon... did we ever find out what that was?

I'm a little wary of projecting because I loved the dub for Adventure so much, but I always felt like the actors really enjoyed working on the show so it's cool to see that Joshua cares for the character like he does! While we didn't get everyone back it definitely meant a lot that he's there for Tri.


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Jul 10, 2016
Also makes me remember that Todd Haberkorn said he recorded a voice for Digimon... did we ever find out what that was?
I can't find an actual cast list, but pretty sure he was Mameo in Next 0rder.


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Apr 11, 2017
Sounds more like Johnny to me

Wouldnt surprise me if Todd though...he appears almost everywhere now