Kirk Thornton Interview – Otakon 2019

Brad and Kirk discuss his extensive career, what the directing process entails in anime, Kirk’s personal acting process, and much, much more.

Kirk is an incredibly talented actor, director, and writer sometimes known for his “gravelly old man” characters in voice over roles.

Kirk’s major roles include: Klein in Sword Art Online, Kisame Hoshigaki in Naruto, Jade in Tales of the Abyss, Yujiro Hanma in Baki, Brandon Heat in Gungrave, Hotohori in Fushigi Yūgi, Jin in Samurai Champloo, Hajime Saito in Rurouni Kenshin, Jet Link in Cyborg 009, Don Patch in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and numerous Digimon.

Additionally, Kirk co-directed for the popular anime series Bleach and also serves as the narrator. In video games, he voices Number VII Organization XIII member Saïx in the Kingdom Hearts series and Shadow the Hedgehog in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Otakon is an annual convention held in the summer months to celebrate Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc) and its fandom.

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