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Offline Team Yu

Lisle Wilkerson interview
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:19:44 PM »

Shenmue II voice actress and #SaveShenmue supporter Lisle Wilkerson, who played Xiuying, Joy and Yuan in the game's Western release, joined SEGAbits this week to chat about a career that has ranged from Shenmue through Virtua Fighter to Lost in Translation.

One of the tidbits revealed in the interview is Lisle's inspiration for the English voice of chainsaw-wielding Yuan: Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall.

If Shenmue II were to be remade today, Lisle hopes that Sega would include the Japanese game's original acknowledgments of Yuan being a male transvestite, which were discreetly removed from the Western release to avoid any backlash from the US audience. She provides insight on the deliberation that went into those changes, and explains that internally, nothing about Yuan's character was retconned.

About the game and its fans, we'll quote Lisle directly: "For me, Shenmue has just been this incredible gift that... I never would have imagined that I would get so much love from so many people around the world for this game."

"It's been so wonderful," she adds, "To see so many people who are still so passionate about this game, and I just can't say enough good things about Shenmue fans. They... It's just amazing to me how much they keep themselves out there, they keep campaigning for Shenmue III. And I just really hope that something can come of that, because I know that they really work their butt off for sooooo many years to try to get Shenmue III happening."

On the topic of the saga's revival, Lisle remarks, "I think now's a great time, I mean you're seeing a lot of the big studios, or a lot of companies buying some of the older games, and you see a lot of this love being given to some of the older franchises, and I think that Shenmue is one that should... it deserves... I think that Sega should do this, just out of, kind of a respect for the loyalty of fans."

"I think it would be a great idea, and of course I would be totally on board," she laughs, "That's part of it, yeah."

The podcast also contains details of her globetrotting schedule of conventions where fans can meet the voices of so many of their favorite characters in one convenient package, including appearances in Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Ireland and the USA.

Check out the full interview here:

And find Lisle on Facebook here:

Offline Guppy

Re: Lisle Wilkerson interview
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2015, 08:15:31 PM »
i remember playing as sarah in vf5, "that voice" ive heard before"     .   Nina williams? mind blown

Offline jameswalker85

Re: Lisle Wilkerson interview
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2015, 10:35:03 PM »
Thanks for the share! Great interview!