Attack On Titan Voice Actor Bryce Papenbrook shares thoughts about his journey voicing Eren Yaeger.
Attack on Titan’s Eren Yaeger has become a divisive character among the anime community. His controversial goal of achieving peace through global genocide has left numerous fans debating if he is a villain or a misunderstood character. However, this was not the case initially, as Eren started as a heroic protagonist in the show’s first three seasons.
But as the series progressed, he experienced numerous traumas that led him into becoming the primary antagonist in the final seasons (Part 1, Part 2, and the upcoming Part 3) of Attack On Titan. Eren is a fascinating character because he is complex, and his complexity shows throughout the series.
At the start of Attack On Titan, Eren was a young individual who dreamed of exploring the world outside the walls of his kingdom, especially seeing the ocean. However, Eren becomes rageful and vengeful after witnessing his mother devoured by a Titan. Additionally, Eren also watches in horror as Titans overrun his whole town. This traumatic experience causes Eren to join the military and become a Survey Corps member.
His initial goal in joining the Survey Corps was to avenge his mother and town by eliminating all Titans. However, as the series progresses, Eren soon learns the harsh reality of betrayal, political corruption, upsetting revelations, and prejudice. Experiencing more of these traumas results in Eren losing his faith in humanity, thus causing his dark and controversial descent.
Bryce Papenbrook Explains The Journey In Becoming Eren Yaeger in Attack On Titan And The Physical Demand He Endured
The Illuminerdi: You voiced this character for almost ten years now. Can you tell us about this amazing journey you experience voicing Eren?
As a massive fan of Attack On Titan (I was a high school senior when I first watched it), hearing Bryce’s stories made me appreciate the series and himself more. Now I started watching the series in Japanese Dubbing (Veteran voice actor Yuki Kaji does the Japanese Voice of Eren Yeager) and watched the whole series in Japanese. But after the interview, I re-watched some episodes with Bryce’s dubbing as Eren for the first time, and it was awe-inspiring.
After hearing Bryce’s Eren’s voice, I could tell he was passionate and loved voicing the character. Also, adding that he endured physical demands for the role shows his commitment to perfecting his voice as Eren. Eren is a complex character, and Bryce knows how to portray that complexity. Bryce will voice Eren again, potentially one last time, in Attack On Titan: Final Season Part 3.
Are you excited for Attack On Titan: Final Season Part 3? What is your favorite Eren Yaeger moment in the series? Besides Eren what other anime voice role that Bryce has portrayed are you a fan of? Let us know what you think in the comments below, or let us know on Twitter.