Cristina Vee

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Cristina Vee
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Cristina Vee in 2018
Born
Cristina Valenzuela

(1987-07-11) July 11, 1987 (age 32)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materCalifornia State University at Long Beach[1]
OccupationVoice actress, voice director, singer
Years active2005–present[1]
Home townNorwalk, California, U.S.
Websitewww.cristinavee.com Edit this at Wikidata

Cristina Valenzuela (born July 11, 1987),[2][3] better known by the stage name Cristina Vee, is an American voice actress and singer who provides voices for English dubs of anime, animation and video games. Some of her roles include Louise in The Familiar of Zero, Nanoha Takamachi in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series, Mio Akiyama in K-On!, Nagisa Saitō in Squid Girl, Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Rei Hino / Sailor Mars in the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon, the Honoka sisters in Knights of Sidonia, Hawk from The Seven Deadly Sins, Meiko Mochizuki in Digimon Adventure tri. and Killua Zoldyck in Hunter × Hunter. She has had video game roles, such as the titular character in the Shantae series, Velvet Crowe in Tales of Berseria, Riven in League of Legends and Cerebella in Skullgirls. In animation, she voices Marinette Dupain-Cheng / Ladybug in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. She was the co-host of AnimeTV with Johnny Yong Bosch[4] and played Haruhi Suzumiya in The Adventures of the ASOS Brigade.

Career[edit]

Anime[edit]

Vee was born and raised in the Los Angeles area,[5] growing up in Norwalk.[6][7] When she was younger she wanted to become an animator, but after watching Sailor Moon, she was inspired to go into voice acting.[8] She had attended Anime Expo multiple times as a fan and participated in their AX Idol voice-over contest. In 2004, she joined a voice-over panel where she helped work some of the equipment and then got a card from Wendee Lee to audition for several shows with Bang Zoom! Entertainment,[9][10] including Samurai Champloo. Her first major role was Kanaria in Rozen Maiden.[10] She studied Theatre Arts and graduated from California State University at Long Beach in 2007.[11][12] In 2008, she voiced the title character in Aika R-16: Virgin Mission, Louise in The Familiar of Zero,[13][14] and Nanoha in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. She portrayed the live-action Haruhi Suzumiya in the promotional videos for the second The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series, and performed as her at various events.[15]

Vee at ColossalCon 2012

In 2011, she voiced the shy bassist Mio Akiyama in the school music comedy K-On! and Nagisa Saitō in the comedy Squid Girl.[16] That year, she starred in the anime feature film Tekken: Blood Vengeance as Alisa Bosconovitch, attending American anime conventions with the Japanese writer Dai Satō to promote the film.[17] In 2012, she voiced Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica.[18] In 2013, she voiced Princess Yo in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and Red Hood in the Ikki Tousen series.[19][20] In 2014, she voiced Morgiana in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and the Honoka sisters in Knights of Sidonia.[21][22][23][24] She was chosen to voice Sailor Mars in Viz's re-dub of Sailor Moon and the new Sailor Moon Crystal series.[25] Vee described her voicing of Rei as different in Crystal because her character is more serious and regal compared to her character in the original series.[26]

In 2015, she voiced Noel Vermillion in BlazBlue Alter Memory, Compa in Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation, and Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins, the last of which was released as a Netflix original series.[27][28][29][30] In 2016, she provided the voice of Killua Zoldyck in the Viz Media English dub of the 2011 anime adaptation of Hunter × Hunter.[31][32]

Animation projects[edit]

Vee has been involved in several animation projects. In March 2012, she started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to produce an animated music video in conjunction with Cybergraphix Animation and Studio APPP.[33] The main character of the video, "Cristina Veecaloid", was designed by Skullgirls creative director Alex Ahad,[33] Her character was later named Milky and was made into an iOS game called Veecaloid Pop released in 2015.[34][35] In 2012, Vee was involved in voice casting and directing the Skullgirls video game and web series. The game was nominated at the 40th Annie Awards.[36] In 2015, Vee landed the English voice role of title character Marinette Dupain-Cheng (aka Ladybug) in the CGI animated series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. The show premiered on Nickelodeon in December 2015.[37][38] Executive producer Jared Wolfsen said that Vee and the other English dub voice actors brought a lot of energy to their characters, and that Vee herself is just like Ladybug – sweet and kind, and so fun to watch.[39]

Video games, hosting, and other projects[edit]

Vee has been involved in voice-overs for video games, mostly with English localizations of Japanese titles produced by Atlus USA and NIS America. Some of her major roles are Noel Vermillion in BlazBlue, Velvet Crowe in Tales of Berseria, Riven the Exile in League of Legends, Four in Drakengard 3, Compa in Hyperdimension Neptunia, Monaca in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls and the title character of the Shantae series.[22][40] She is directing and producing the voices for the upcoming video game Indivisible which was crowdfunded with a total amount of $1.5 million on December 2, 2015.[41][42]

In addition to being a live-action Haruhi Suzumiya, Vee has appeared on screen on various web series, television shows and events. She was a host on Anime TV where she reviewed shows and interviewed people, and appeared on Funimation On Demand and Crunchyroll.[4][43][44] She was a live-action host of IGN's IPL4 and IPL5 League of Legends video game tournaments in Las Vegas.[8][45][46] She is a frequent guest at many anime conventions throughout the United States and worldwide.[47]

Outside of voice acting, Vee has uploaded several renditions of anime songs on YouTube.[10] In 2015, she released an EP called Menagerie with DJ Bouche which was part of the Viewster's Omakase subscription service.[48][49] She and YouTuber Nathan Sharp (NateWantsToBattle) released a cover of Charlie Puth's song "Attention" in August 2017.[50] She also signed with an indie record label called Give Heart Records.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Vee lives in the Los Angeles area.[52] In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, when asked about her ethnicity, she said she is of Mexican, Native American, and Lebanese ancestry. In addition to singing, she plays drums and is in a band.[7] In January 2018, she and musician/voice actor Nathan Sharp announced their engagement,[53] but later announced in August that the two had separated.[54]

Filmography[edit]

Films

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Resumes:
    • "Celebrity: Cristina Vee". Jeff Zannini Celebrity Talent. Archived from the original on April 25, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2015. Click Resume to see listing
    • "Resume". CristinaVee.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Birthday tweets:
  3. ^ "Pacific Media Expo - Domestic Voice Actor: Cristina Vee". Pacific Media Expo. 2009. Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "AnimeTV hosted by Revision3". Revision3. 2010. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Vee, Cristina [@CristinaVee] (January 17, 2015). ""@onepiecefan1: @CristinaVee do you live in la" Born and raised" (Tweet). Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Vee, Cristina [@CristinaVee] (December 29, 2016). "@C9Mang0 hey dude! We both grew up in Norwalk and went to John Glenn! Represent 🙌🏼" (Tweet). Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ a b Vee, Cristina (December 2, 2012). "I'm Cristina Vee, voice over actor and host of IPL4/IPL5 AMA". reddit.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "League of Legends - Cristina Vee Interview". IGN. May 18, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  9. ^ SirensSoul. "US - Joie de Vivre LIFESTYLE". SirenSchool.com. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Ki (July 27, 2009). Cristina Vee Interview. The Ki Anime Report. Retrieved November 18, 2015 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "News - Theatre Arts - California State University, Long Beach". California State University at Long Beach. Retrieved March 18, 2017. Alumni News section
  12. ^ "Welcome to Backstage at the Beach!". Backstage at the Beach. Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via Weebly. Alumni news section
  13. ^ Kimlinger, Carl (January 10, 2009). "The Familiar of Zero". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 19, 2015. Of the English leads, Cristina Valenzuela is the more fortunate, as Louise has Eiji Usatsuka's blindingly cute design to fall back on. Valenzuela also has the good sense to tone down Louise's wilder swings, creating a slightly more mature variation on the character.
  14. ^ Bruno, Travis (April 22, 2014). "The Familiar of Zero: Season 1 Review – Capsule Computers". Capsule Computers. Australia. Retrieved March 29, 2017. Only Louise, performed by Cristina Valenzuela is passable while every other character, including Saito’s voice actor Jonathan Meza is terrible.
  15. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (June 28, 2010). "The Fandom of Haruhi Suzumiya". Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (September 10, 2011). "Squid Girl's English Cast Revealed by Media Blasters (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  17. ^ "Comic-Con International: A VIP Look at the Upcoming Entries in Na". Comic-con2011.sched.org. 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  18. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (October 22, 2012). "How Puella Magi Madoka Magica Shatters Anime Stereotypes". LA Weekly. Retrieved November 19, 2015. Christina Vee, the voice of intriguing transfer student Homura Akemi in the dub, says that her character is the most "complex" she has played yet and that kind of character depth is prevalent throughout the show.
  19. ^ Ressler, Karen (April 4, 2013). "Neon Alley Reveals Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  20. ^ Lee, Michelle (October 11, 2013). "English Cast Announcement – Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians". Funimation Blog.
  21. ^ "Cristina Vee Animethon Convention". Animethon. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Cristina Vee Sac-Anime Convention". Sac-Anime. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  23. ^ "Capture that VA! – 03 Cristina Vee (Morgiana)". Magi The Kingdom of Magic official English website. November 1, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  24. ^ "Netflix Announces 'Knights of Sidonia' Second Anime Season". The Fandom Post. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  25. ^ "New Sailor Moon Dub Cast Revealed at Anime Expo". Anime News Network. July 5, 2014.
  26. ^ Ferris, Amanda (July 17, 2015). "'Sailor Moon Crystal' News: Will Usagi Defeat Wiseman? Show In Danger Of Being Cancelled". Fashion & Style. IBT Media. Archived from the original on March 18, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  27. ^ Lee, Michelle (March 16, 2015). "BlazBlue Alter Memory Cast Announcement". Funimation Blog. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  28. ^ Martin, Theron (June 24, 2015). "Review – Hyperdimension Neptunia [Limited Edition] –BD + DVD". Anime News Network. Curiously, Bang Zoom! Entertainment regulars Christine Marie Cabanos (as Nepgear) and Cristina Vee (as Compa) are make appearances in the cast.
  29. ^ Lee, Michelle (March 6, 2015). "Hyperdimension Neptunia Cast and Release Date". Funimation Blog. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  30. ^ Martin, Theron (November 20, 2015). "The Seven Deadly Sins". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 7, 2016. Highlight performancess include Cristina Vee as the pig Hawk, Ben Diskin (Sai in Naruto Shippūden, Death Gun in Sword Art Online 2) as Ban, and Max Mittelman (Inaho in Aldnoah.Zero) as King, but really, even down to bit performances one would be hard-pressed to find even a mediocre delivery.
  31. ^ "Viz Announces 2011-2014 Hunter x Hunter's English Dub Cast (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 19, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  32. ^ "'Hunter X Hunter' Gets English Dub Premiere on Toonami". animationmagazine.net. April 15, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  33. ^ a b Saabedra, Humberto (March 6, 2012). "Voice Actress Cristina Vee Launches Kickstarter for Animated Music Video". Crunchyroll. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  34. ^ "Voice Actress Cristina Vee's Mascot Makes Game Debut with Veecaloid Pop". Anime News Network. June 11, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  35. ^ "Voice Actress Cristina Vee Launches Her First Ever Game, Veecaloid Pop, for iOS". Anime News Network (Press release). June 12, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  36. ^ "Annie Awards Nominees". annieawards.org. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  37. ^ Lloyd, Robert (August 27, 2016). "'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  38. ^ Anders, Ella (July 2, 2015). "Part Magical Girl, Part Superhero; Ladybug Arrives State-Side in Fall". BSCkids. Retrieved March 6, 2016. I recall seeing someone say that it is Sailor Moon meets Kim Possible. Considering both series are extremely well-done that is a great thing to hear and shows the great potential this series has. Moreover it is a fair enough stamen. More so when the voice of Mariette, Christina Vee, is also that of Sailor Mars in the new Viz Media dub of the classic anime.
  39. ^ Kitsune, Krystal (December 24, 2015). "INTERVIEW WITH: Miraculous Ladybug executive producer, Jared Wolfson". The Kitsune Network. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  40. ^ "Cristina Vee is voicing Shantae in Pirate's Curse". Nintendo Everything. July 3, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  41. ^ IndivisibleRPG (December 6, 2016). "Indivisible Full VO Stretch Goal: A Word From Cristina Vee". Retrieved May 21, 2017 – via YouTube.
  42. ^ Strom, Steven (December 2, 2015). "Skullgirls Dev's Indivisible Reaches Its $1.5 Million Crowdfunding Goal". IGN. Archived from the original on December 5, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  43. ^ "Cristina Vee's Resume". CristinaVee.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-05. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  44. ^ Crunchyroll PS3 App Demo with Cristina Vee. September 5, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via YouTube.
  45. ^ CyberSportsNetwork (April 10, 2012). Cristina Vee at IPL4. Cyber Sports Network. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via YouTube.
  46. ^ Gamespot. Watch Christina Vee chats about IPL 5, cosplay contest, and more. Interviewed by Travis Gafford. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  47. ^ Convention appearances can be found at:: Convention writeups from local newspapers include:
  48. ^ Simons, Roxy (October 25, 2015). "Viewster Announces Omakase Subscription Service". mymbuzz.com. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  49. ^ "Viewster to Stream Meine Liebe, Saint Beast Anime". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  50. ^ "Watch Nathan Sharp Put a Fresh Twist on Charlie Puth's 'Attention': Premiere". fuse.tv. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  51. ^ Records, Give Heart (2017-10-27). "We're excited to announce that @CristinaVee will be joining the #GiveHeart family! Get ready for some rad music from her!". @GiveHeartRecs. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  52. ^ Residence tweets:
    * Vee, Cristina [@cristinavee] (August 29, 2012). "I'm moving out soon! Goodbye Norwalk, hello Eagle Rock! I'll be auctioning off some of my figures to help with the expense" (Tweet). Retrieved November 19, 2015 – via Twitter.
    * Vee, Cristina [@cristinavee] (October 12, 2012). "I am now a citizen of Eagle Rock!" (Tweet). Retrieved November 19, 2015 – via Twitter.
  53. ^ Vee, Cristina [@CristinaVee] (January 6, 2018). "Nathan and I are so excited to announce that we are engaged Thank you guys for your support! I'm so incredibly happy!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2018-01-07 – via Twitter.
  54. ^ Sharp, Nathan [@natewantstobtl] (August 19, 2018). "Hey everybody. This is hard to post, but Cristina and I will be going our separate ways. ..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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Voice of Sailor Mars
2014-present
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