Kyle McCarley, the voice actor of the titular character Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100, revealed in his YouTube video on Sep 20, 2022, that he will not return to voice the character in Season 3 of the anime.
McCarley won’t be reprising his role as Crunchyroll denied producing Season 3 of Mob Psycho 100 on a Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) contract.
“I’m making this video because I wanted to let you know that there have been talks over the past couple of weeks between the cast of the show and Crunchyroll, who’s producing the show, about potentially producing this season of the show on a SAG-AFTRA union contract. And as a result of those conversations, I’m making this video because its looking very very likely that I will not be reprising my role as Mob,” McCarley said in the video.
“As a SAG-AFTRA Union member and a member of the SAG-AFTRA dubbing steering committee it’s really really important to me personally that all the work I do be covered by a SAG-AFTRA union contract,” he added. “It has been made abundantly clear to me that in the case of Season 3 of Mob Psycho 100, Crunchyroll is not going to be producing that show on a SAG-AFTRA Contract.”
McCarley then went on to state that the issue was not related to money. Crunchyroll was ready to pay the voice actor as much as or more than what he would have made in a union-dub contract to retain his services. However, Crunchyroll didn’t want to “put it on a union contract.”
McCarley even agreed to work on the third season of Mob Psycho on a non-union contract if Crunchyroll agreed to sit down and meet with SAG-AFTRA representatives with the intention of negotiating a potential contract for them to use on future productions.
“That’s all I was asking. Not a commitment to definitely guarantee to make such an agreement happen. Not a commitment to definitely guarantee using such an agreement if it came into existence. Just an agreement to good faith negotiations. An agreement to sit down and have a conversation on their own terms,” McCarley said in the video.
After McCarley posted the video, Crunchyroll, in a statement to Kotaku, said that they will need to recast some roles.
“Crunchyroll is excited to bring fans worldwide the dub for the third season of Mob Psycho 100 III as a SimulDub, the same day-and-date as the Japanese broadcast. We’ll be producing the English dub at our Dallas production studios, and to accomplish this seamlessly per our production and casting guidelines, we will need to recast some roles. We’re excited for fans to enjoy the new voice talent and greatly thank any departing cast for their contributions to previous seasons,” the statement read.
However, Crunchyroll’s excuse of recasting McCarley in favor of local talent to ensure a seamless production was ridiculed by people.
Explaining how union dubs are beneficial for voice actors and dubbing artists, McCarley said, “Our union’s also gone to great lengths to educate both us and our employers on the dangers of vocally stressful work. And there are plenty of other benefits, but the big ones I want to point out are the health insurance and retirement fund.”
Mob Psycho 100 season 3 will start airing on Oct 5, 2022, every Wednesday in Japan.
Crunchyroll will simulcast the anime in subbed and English Dub versions in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, and territories around the world (excluding Asia).
The series is described by Crunchyroll as such:
Kageyama Shigeo, a.k.a. “Mob,” is a boy who has trouble expressing himself, but who happens to be a powerful esper. Mob is determined to live a normal life and keeps his ESP suppressed, but when his emotions surge to a level of 100%, something terrible happens to him! As he’s surrounded by false espers, evil spirits, and mysterious organizations, what will Mob think? What choices will he make? The anime based on the original story by ONE, the idol of the webcomic world and creator of One-Punch Man, is coming your way with animation by leading animation studio Bones!
Source: Kyle McCarley’s Twitter
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