Ask @rebelcheese:

Why the fuck do people want Danny Devito to voice Detective Pikachu in the live action film and the game? Why not ACTUAL voice actors like Ben Diskin, Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman, or D.C. Douglas instead?

Dark Paladin X
Because Danny DeVito has a distinctive voice that fits a comically hardboiled detective perfectly. So for a lot of people it just seems right to have Devito voice a talking Pikachu with a detective hat.

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Do you think it's safe to say that PonyCan USA has completely given up on dubbing anime altogether?

It looks likely, I'm afraid. Sound!Euphorium definitely was popular enough to merit a dub and didn't get one, and the asking price is worse than typical Aniplex.
I'd almost say Pony Canyon USA has given up completely at this point and the sub-only/high-price-point combo is a desperate attempt to stay alive.

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Do you think an actual anime programming block (not counting Toonami since it's an action block, not an anime block) may work in America (i.e. using MNet America airing Love Live! as a basis of example)? Why or why not?

Dark Paladin X
Toonami is one of a kind, it's almost defiant in how it goes against the grain with all of the trends in current TV. Toonami's success has to do with how it has one-of-a-kind programming and packaging that just don't happen anymore. Most packaging these days are fairly minimalist, and programming blocks themselves have largely vanished from the airwaves.
I'm not so sure anime can work outside of Toonami and its selections of exciting action programming. We'd need a channel with more reach than MNet trying to make it work. Syfy's Ani-Mondays did last a number of years, but it eventually faded away, as did TechTV/G4's anime block (and hell, G4 itself is gone).
Only then will we know for sure.

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Do you think Jun Maeda is becoming the M. Night Shyamalan of anime dramas (as in he used to be great, but later works sucks more/disappointing as evident with Charlotte)?

I wouldn't agree with this. Charlotte was pretty damn good until the final couple episodes IMO. I think we'd need to see more of a trend developing before we can compare him to Shyamalan (who apparently churned out a decent movie with The Visit, so the old comparison may not longer be in effect).

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Which characters are usually difficult to cast in dubs, lolis or shoutas?

Both are difficult, but probably the latter, because it's hard to find a male voice (or a female VA who can sound masculine enough) to fit that type of character without it aggravating the audience. American voices are different from Japanese voices in a lot of ways, and our cords just don't sound 100% natural voicing those largely anime-only character types. XD

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Agree/diisagree. There must be at least a 1-2 year maximum timeframe since the Japanese airing for an anime to get an English dub. Any longer the said timeframe, the chances of an anime being released with an English dub will be lowered (i.e. Funimation's sub-only C3 anime release).

I disagree. There are still dubs made for shows years after the initial release (Sentai Filmworks has a habit of doing this with shows they initially release sub-only, for example). There is no such thing as a maximum timeframe, it just depends on whether the licensor wants to issue a dub or not when they do pick up a show.

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In your opinion, which medium tends to have the weakest anime adaptations; video games, light novels, visual novels, or manga; and why?

Dark Paladin X
This is a tough question to answer, sorry for taking so long.
Manga tends to have more successful adaptations because they're probably the easiest to do. You adapt what's on the page. As long as you don't get bogged down, and the manga itself stays good in quality, the adaptation should be pulled off quite well. Note the difference in quality between A Certain Magical Index (light novel) and A Certain Scientific Railgun (manga). With the latter, the staff has an easier time adapting because they don't need to compensate for any missing info that would be in prose, and could even pull off a fitting original story arc.
Light novels, thus, are more difficult, because you have to compensate for the lack of prose. Usually the events are pretty well-depicted on the page so they can translate that visually, but expository info needs to be said outright in the adaptation so people unfamiliar with the light novels won't get confused. If this is not done carefully, things will get too verbose in a hurry, or become nonsensical. But there are still quite a few strong light novel adaptations out there.
Visual novels are tougher still. The protagonist is almost always a blank slate in the original game, because their actions are determined by the player. So you have to pick a personality for the protagonist and write him/her from scratch, and since Visual Novels almost always have a labyrinth of alternate routes and endings . . . the anime can only pick one, and they have to pick it and execute it well. However, elements of the other routes often have to be fused into the anime adaptation in order to pad out the episode count. It's a tall order, so when they are pulled off well, it's actually pretty impressive.
Video games are the toughest, I think, just by looking at how few video game adaptations, in any form of alternate media, have been considered watchable, much less successful. Video games are about as far removed from movies and TV as you can get, you have to translate hours upon hours of gameplay into . . . something that can fit into 22-24 minutes every week. There's a long list of video game adaptation failures in not only anime, but Western live-action as well. It seems the best way to make it work is to do what Sonic X did, do something loosely related to the games but largely do your own thing. Unfortunately most properties don't allow for that due to how necessary the storyline is to the characters and to the popularity of the game itself.
So yeah, manga is easiest, and video games are the ahrdest, and light novels and visual novels are in the middle, light novels being easier than VNs. That's just IMO tho.

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If Digimon Tri adventures were to get an English dub, would you prefer getting the old cast back (i.e. Joshua Seth as Tai, Michael-Reisz as Matt), or get a new generation of voice actors for these characters (i.e. Max Mittleman as Tai, Todd Haberkorn as Matt)?

Dark Paladin X
I think if the old voice actors could be brought back I would prefer that. However, its likely not everyone could return or would want to, or may not be able to perform the voice they had back 15 years ago. So I think a recasting is preferable if the actor can't sound in the appropriate age range. So basically whatever would work best from a quality perspective.

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