Monica Rial

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Monica Rial
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Rial at GalaxyCon Columbus in 2022
BornOctober 5
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Houston[1]
Occupation(s)Voice actress, ADR script writer
Years active1999–present
AgentMary Collins Agency
RelativesNatalie Rial (sister)[2]
Miguel Rial (brother)

Monica Jean Rial (born October 5)[3] is an American voice actress and ADR script writer affiliated with Funimation and Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks. She provides voices for English language versions of Japanese anime films and television series.


Rial's first voice-over role was some walla in the 1999 dub of Martian Successor Nadesico. In an interview with Otaku News, Rial said she had to talk for two minutes straight as folks in a crowd telling the Jovians to go home.[4] She would later land main character roles as Miharu in Gasaraki, Natsume in Generator Gawl, and Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty's Animation Theater,[5][6] the last of which was one of ADV's best-selling DVDs.[7] In 2001, she voiced Izumi in the baseball anime Princess Nine and in 2002, she got to voice Hyatt in Excel Saga, which she listed among her absolute favorites.[5]

In 2003, Rial voiced best friend character Kyoko Tokiwa in Full Metal Panic!, and got to reprise her for Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid. In the same year, Rial voiced Kirika Yumura, the quiet assassin partner in Noir. Rial said that Kirika was challenging because she had very few words but had to convey a lot of emotions.[5] She also noted that Kirika's personality changed over the course of the series, so she voiced her to be more emotional in later episodes which drew some criticism from fans. She also voiced Lila in Najica Blitz Tactics where she also got to do a DVD commentary along with fellow actress Kira Vincent-Davis. The commentaries have become popular as she receives feedback from fans about them at anime conventions.[6]

In 2004, Rial started voice-over work with the anime dubbing company Funimation in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. During that year, she voiced Amy in the long-running detective anime series Case Closed, and Lyra (and Dante) in the fantasy drama series Fullmetal Alchemist. Both of these shows were featured on Cartoon Network. She also voiced co-lead character Lumiere in Kiddy Grade.[8] Meanwhile, with ADV, she voiced Nyamo-sensei in the school comedy Azumanga Daioh. She had also taken over some character roles as Momiji in Blue Seed and Maya in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Rial said that it was very difficult to try to sound like the previous voice actors, especially Maya's low voice, so she tried her own approach. She also got to voice Pen-Pen the penguin in Evangelion.[9] In 2005, she voiced the serious lead character Jo in a team of mercenary girls in the cyberpunk science fiction series Burst Angel.[10]

Rial continued to land leading roles in anime shows. In 2006, she voiced the title character in Nanaka 6/17, about a 17-year-old girl who, through an accident, has amnesia and regresses to her 6-year-old self. In Speed Grapher she voiced female protagonist Kagura Tennōzu, and in the ADV Films remake of Macross, she voiced Misa Hayase.[7] In 2007, she voiced Sakura in the English anime adaptation of Clamp's Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle; Maria in Witchblade.[11]

Rial at Wizard World Columbus in 2017.

Rial voiced more leads in 2012 with Shiro in Deadman Wonderland which also broadcast on Adult Swim, Stocking in the raunchy comedy Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. In 2013, she voiced the heroine character Haruko Amaya in the harem comedy Maken-ki! and Iori Nagase in the school anime series Kokoro Connect. With regards to her lead role of Michiko Malandro in Michiko & Hatchin, which was released on DVD in 2013 and was broadcast on Adult Swim in 2015, Rial said that out of the 300 or so characters she had voiced, only two of them were Hispanic, and she liked that her character wasn't a stereotype.[12]

In addition to voice acting, Rial has been steadily involved in ADR script writing, with work in the English dubs for D.N. Angel, Madlax, and Gatchaman. In an interview with Active Anime, Rial said she would "take the direct translation and write it into a coherent scene that matches the lip flaps".[7] At later anime conventions, Rial has mentioned that ADR script writing has kept her quite occupied, especially with SimulDubs, which are shows that are locally dubbed soon after the original broadcast. She has also written columns for Newtype's USA edition.[13] In January 2018, Rial has announced that she is taking time off of script adaptation.[14]

Personal life

Monica Rial was born in Houston, Texas. Her father is from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. When she was young, her family would often visit Spain. She would translate for her younger brother some of the European Spanish-dubbed cartoons, which included anime shows Doraemon and Dragon Ball Z, often imitating the various characters.[12][15] Rial studied ballet, tap, and jazz, but transitioned to musical theater when she was 12.[4] She studied acting through high school as well as college at the University of Houston.[1][15] In an interview with Otaku News, Rial mentioned voice actor inspirations from The Simpsons, Family Guy and Beavis and Butt-head.[4]

Rial has a younger brother, Miguel, and a younger sister, Natalie, who is also an actress. Both siblings have voiced in anime dubs.[16][2] Rial is currently engaged to Ron Toye.[17]

Legal issues

In 2019, Rial alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by fellow voice actor Vic Mignogna in 2007.[18] On April 19, 2019, Mignogna filed a lawsuit against Rial, her fiancé, Ron Toye, as well as Funimation and Jamie Marchi for tortious interference, civil conspiracy, and defamation in regards to Rial's allegations.[19] On July 19, 2019, Rial, Toye and Marchi all filed anti-SLAPP motions for Mignogna to dismiss his lawsuit.[20] On October 4, 2019, the case was dismissed, and all the charges against Funimation, Marchi, Rial and Toye were dropped.[21] In February 2022, Rial and Marchi began a monthly podcast about the case.[22]



  1. ^ a b Resumes:
    • "Monica Rial". Mary Collins Talent. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
    • "Monica Rial". Breakdown Express. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
    • "Monica Rial". Now Casting. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
    • "Monica Rial". Casting Networks. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Monica Rial [@rialisms] (November 1, 2013). "Yes, you read the Girls Und Panzer cast list correctly. Natalie Rial is my little sister. The Rials are taking over the anime world. 😜" (Tweet). Retrieved May 26, 2017 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Monica Rial [@Rialisms] (October 3, 2015). "It's my birthday Monday! All I want is for you to watch #MichikoAndHatchin tonight!!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved November 3, 2015 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ a b c McCarthy, Rebecca (September 21, 2006). "Interview with Monica Rial and Chris Patton". Otaku News. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "EvilleCon 2014: Interview with Voice Actress Monica Rial". Diehard Gamefan. March 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  6. ^ a b McCarthy, Rebecca (September 8, 2004). "Otaku News : An Interview With Monica Rial". Otaku News. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "» MONICA RIAL". ActiveAnime. January 9, 2006. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Kiddy Grade DVD 4". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  9. ^ Fey, Chris (May 13, 2004). "Interview: Colleen Clinkenbeard and Monica Rial". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  10. ^ Houston, Don (September 24, 2007). "Burst Angel – Death's Angel v.1". DVD Talk. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  11. ^ We Rise Magazine (October 10, 2013). Jamie Marchi & Monica Rial Interview at Ramencon 2013. YouTube.
  12. ^ a b Doty, Terri (October–November 2013). "Monica Rial". Latino Leaders Magazine. Vol. 14, no. 6. p. 18.
  13. ^ Green, Scott (August 1, 2007). "AICN Anime – A Survey of Print Resources". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  14. ^ Rial, Monica [@Rialisms] (January 8, 2018). "Just to clarify, when I said I was taking some time off I meant from script adapting. I'm still voice acting! That's my passion!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 6, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ a b North, Caroline (March 8, 2016). "The Fun Factory: Inside Funimation, the Anime-Dubbing Powerhouse That's Keeping Dallas Actors in Work". The Dallas Observer. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  16. ^ Rial, Monica [@Rialisms] (March 1, 2013). "In other news, it's my little bro Miguel Rial's bday! He was in FMA ep 27 as "Boy with the broken train"! Happy 29, Guels! #MylilBroRocks!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 7, 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Rial, Monica [@Rialisms] (April 17, 2019). "@RonToye is my fiancé. Our life is pretty weird already. That said, I welcome more weirdness" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (February 20, 2019). "Bulma Voice Actress Monica Rial Shares Alleged Inappropriate Encounters With Vic Mignogna". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "Vic Mignogna Sues Funimation, Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, Ronald Toye". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  20. ^ "Monica Rial, Ronald Toye, Jamie Marchi Also File Motions to Dismiss Vic Mignogna's Lawsuit". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  21. ^ Mateo, Alex (October 4, 2019). "Vic Mignogna's Civil Case Against Funimation, Voice Actress Monica Rial, Ron Toye Dismissed". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  22. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (February 7, 2022). "Monica Rial, Jamie Marchi Launch Podcast About Vic Mignogna Defamation Case". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 8, 2022.

External links

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