Since winning the role of Tuxedo Mask in the Viz Media re-dub of Sailor Moon, Robbie Daymond’s been a major presence in anime and video games. Notable credits in his vast body of work include I Want To Eat Your Pancreas, A Silent Voice, the Godzilla anime films, Boruto, Spider Man the animated series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
At this year’s bustling Anime NYC convention, AsianCrush nabbed an interview with the prolific voice actor.
*Spoilers for Fire Emblem Three Houses and Sailor Moon Stars*
Otter Lee (AsianCrush): You played Hubert in Fire Emblem Three Houses. How many people do you think he’s murdered (on his own time)?
Robbie Daymond: That’s a really good question and I don’t know the canon answer. I’m going to say more than one, but less than a dozen. I really enjoyed that character, he was a lot of fun. It’s fun to play a character that’s outwardly one way, but inward is very loyal and possibly has a moral compass–could be a good guy. Hubert was a really great role and the fandom’s really grown to like him. It feels like every month, people are liking him more and more.
When you were voicing all of Hubert’s scenes at the Monastery (pre time-skip, were you aware of his and Edelgard’s [insidious] plot? I don’t believe I had that much information at that point yet. I sort of learned as we went along, even though we recorded pretty much everything chronologically. I always like surprises like that in the game–especially when it’s not just the character generating them, they’re plot driven.
What can you tell us about the last season of Sailor Moon? Sailor Stars has never come to the states before in a dubbed form–only bootleg, Japanese, and in bits and pieces here or there. Much like the rest of the Viz dub, it was handled with great care.
As everyone knows, Tuxedo Mask flies to America to go on vacation and study abroad, and then he more or less dies, and then gets brought back at the end. So that’s a perfect job for me. I like to get all of the credit and do as little as possible.
What would you say have been your favorite moments throughout the show’s history? Out of the whole series, I really enjoyed the earlier moments with Usagi and Tuxedo Mask, where they’re playful and he teases her a lot. That’s MY kind of romance! Another one of my favorite moments is the R movie–a really cool standalone! I loved the Christmas portion where Mamoru wears a Santa suit and yells “Merry Christmas,” and throws a dreidel at someone’s face. That’s just good comedy right there. I really enjoyed the show. It was the first ever anime I was in, and it opened so many doors in the anime community for me, which I love. I’ll always love Tuxedo Mask. He’ll always be one of my favorite characters. What a gift, to be given a reboot and the original. To walk into an anime with 25 years of nostalgia in it, but still get to be the new kid on the block! That’s such a cool thing!
What are the best and craziest fan experiences you’ve had? The fans are pretty nice. I don’t think I’ve had anything like super uncomfortable happen yet. I did have a nice guy last weekend ask me to sign his chest. I don’t sign body parts usually, but he was so nice and he was like this big bear-y kind of guy, who was like “Can you sign my chest?” And I was like “Mmm, yes!” He opened up his shirt and had this big ‘ol hairy chest. I think I signed like 90% hair. Sharpie. That guy had full sharpie on him. I think it’s funny. They’re mostly cute and harmless. Like, sometimes I’ll go to do a picture and someone’ll get a little handsy and I’ll just tell myself “It’s fine. They don’t know” and do a little hover hand and let them get away with it. I think it’s all pretty harmless and fun. Everyone’s nice!
I really respect fans in the sense that they come out to conventions and they spend their free time and they spend their money supporting something that they love, and showing the actors and the show support, I think it’s a big deal. I wish I had some crazy fan story.
I’ll tell you one that’s not a fan story, but it was at a convention. It could’ve been a fan story. My wife has younger siblings, like teenagers, and she has a little sister. They were coming to visit us because the con was in Texas, where they’re from, but my wife Megan didn’t tell me that their sister and dad were there already. They just snuck her into my room and sat her in a chair. So I came back, like tired from the con, [feeling] like whatever, beeped into my hotel room, opened it up, and there’s just like a strange 17-year-old sitting in my room. I just screamed like “AUGH, what are you doing?” My heart jumped into my throat. That’s my worst nightmare, that like some fan breaks into my room and is waiting there for me. Yeah, the fans don’t do it, just my own evil family.
What about over the Internet? Everyone’s been mostly cool there? Well yeah, um no. It’s 98% cool. I think people get like really, what’s the word…. opinionated? Possessive? They wanna own their fandom. Just don’t @ me. Do your thing; I don’t care. I’m not going to make everyone happy, but if you like, don’t like my Spider Man, don’t type “Robbie Daymond is THE WORST Spider Man in the world!” Yeah, you can say that, just don’t @ me. I don’t mind. You wouldn’t do that to me in person, right? Most likely not, but that’s the thing about the Internet. It’s anonymous, so you can be as horrible as you want and they’re no repercussions. That’s the one thing about the Internet. It can be kinda sketchy, but overall, it’s been really really respectful. I think I try to put that out there, and I get it back, which is nice.
Tell us more about your new children’s book. What inspired it? What sort of lessons do you hope readers take away from it? I wanted to write a story about little girls and engineering and science–all the stems! I wrote a story about a little girl, it’s a little dark, it’s sort of a post-apocalyptic world, but it’s cute, and her and her mom flee into a cabin in the woods and one day they run out of food and her mom leaves and never comes back. So she’s by herself and she has to figure out how to live by herself, and she builds herself a robot friend from scraps and stuff that she’s able to salvage. She has this little robot buddy who is sort of her guide and protector. I wanted to deal with ideas of loss and independence and women in STEM. Thank you so much for that question–very nice!
Thank you so much for sitting down with us, Robbie!