Actor says Crunchyroll reworked Mob Psycho 100 for season 3 to avoid unions

Crunchyroll came under fire on Tuesday after announcing that the upcoming third season of Mob Psycho 100 It will see a new English voice actor take the lead in the series. The news arrived only a few weeks ago Mob Psycho 100season 3 Premiere in early October.

In a video uploaded to YouTube and Twitter, voice actor Kyle McCarley, the original voice actor for Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, explained to fans that he likely won’t be returning to play Mob in The upcoming third season of Mob Psycho 100. The reasons, as he understood it, were Due to a breakdown in negotiations between McCarley and Crunchyol regarding the actor’s desire to work under a union contract.

“It was clear to me that in the case of the third season of Mob Psycho 100“Crunchyroll will not produce this show on a SAG-AFTRA budget,” McCarley says in the video. “And I want to put this little note here to be very clear, it’s not about the money. They were willing to pay at least what I would get in a guild contract, maybe more. They just didn’t want to put it into a guild contract.”

McCarley goes on to explain that, in lieu of a SAG-AFTRA contract, he has agreed to perform in the upcoming season of Mob Psycho 100 Under a non-union contract provided Crunchyroll meets with representatives of SAG-AFTRA to negotiate a potential contract intended for future production.

“Historically, Crunchyroll has been very, very reluctant to take anything they produce into the SAG-AFTRA contract, and because of my role on that particular show, and the popularity of that particular show with you guys, it looks like there might have been an opportunity to change that.”

When asked for comment, Crunchyroll responded by announcing that the company would “need to recast some roles” in the English dubbing for the upcoming season of Mob Psycho 100. The response online was hot, with animation voice actorsAnd the criticsAnd the fans Crunchyroll calls for greater action to recognize SAG-AFTRA and to agree to negotiations in good faith.

Here is Crunchyroll’s official statement submitted to Polygon:

Crunchyroll is excited to bring fans around the world the title of the third season of Mob Psycho 100 III As a SimulDub, same day and date as Japanese broadcast. We’ll be producing the English dubbing in our production studios in Dallas, and to make it run smoothly according to our production and casting guidelines, we’ll need to recast a few roles. We’re excited for fans to enjoy the new vocal talent and we sincerely thank any departing crew for their contributions in previous seasons.

Crunchyroll made news in August of last year when Funimation, the entertainment company and streaming service owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., was announced. , Acquired the company for $1.175 billion. After the acquisition, Funimation’s library of anime titles folded under Crunchyroll in March and Rebranded to Crunchyroll, LLC. The company continued to grow and merge following its acquisition by Sony with Crunchyroll Buying the right Stuf, one of the largest online retailers of anime merchandise, last August, “phasing out Erotica type content and product” on the retailer’s website. While Crunchyroll’s turbulent relationship with voice actors and translators and the growing demand for syndicated representation in animation, It is an ongoing debate in the industryMcCarley’s decision to voluntarily move away from Mob Psycho 100 Season three represents one of the most visible friction moments for the increasingly homogeneous company.

Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 premieres October 5 on Crunchyroll.

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