Saturday, December 21, 2019

Eric Kelso Voices Fuku-san! Shenmue 3 Telephone Conversations | Guest Post

We welcome guest contributor Patrick Fuller back to the blog with something special that's sure to bring a smile to the face of players of Shenmue III who have fond memories playing the English dub of the first game.

As a fan, one of my most anticipated features of Shenmue III in the build-up to release was the ability to contact characters from the previous two games with an international phonecard.

However, anyone who has reached the Hotel Niaowu will have noticed that the payphone in the lobby has some technical issues. Long distance calls are fine, but often the people on the other end of the line will sound slightly different than expected.

Rather than wait for Ma Jailing at the front desk to have this fixed, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands.

I met Eric Kelso earlier this year in Japan, and whilst I was too drunk to remember any of it, luckily, he remembers me and has been kind enough to record the script for Ryo’s phone calls with Fuku-san.

For anyone who wants to hear what Ryo’s conversations would sound like with the original voice actor, get ready to bathe in some nostalgia and enjoy the video.

About the author: Patrick (Paddy) Fuller
I’ve been a Shenmue fan since back in 2002 and have not been able to get this series out of my head since. The world has so much depth and presents something new with every playthrough.

I’m @patrickjfuller on Instagram and @paddyjfuller on Twitter if you want to follow me for pictures of Japan.
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  1. Perfect! How easy was that and super effective! Especially for a phone conversation sounded spot on, they could easily have just got Eric back for Fuku-san and Guizhang like this, no excuses really!

    1. While there may have been genuine reasons for the casting selection (e.g. location restrictions), it's unfortunate that he was not even contacted. He is always so supportive of the Shenmue community, a true legend.

  2. Thanks for the kind words, but the person who put together this fantastic creation was Patrick Fuller! Not only did he work with Eric to organize the recording, but also carried out the sound editing and created the video.

    Good news is that we hear the fan community has already started looking into putting together a mod...