Inside the World of Voice Acting: Adam McArthur, Jujutsu Kaisen Star, Shares His Journey and Passion

Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about you.

Hi! I’m Adam McArthur, and I’m a voice actor. I’ve been lucky enough to lend my voice to some amazing characters on TV, in anime, and video games.

I’ve always had a passion for storytelling and bringing characters to life. Whether it’s through animation, video games, or other projects, I love immersing myself in different worlds and connecting with audiences. I want people to know that I love what I do, and I’m always striving to bring my best to every role I take on.

What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?

I think it’s my versatility and dedication to my craft. I’m always pushing myself to explore new characters and bring something fresh to each role.

Plus, I like to think I bring a certain energy and enthusiasm to my work that helps bring characters to life in a unique way. I’m also not afraid to take on a challenge—whether it’s diving into a complex character or tackling different genres, I’m always up for it.

Photo credit: Phillip Szeto

Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?

I begged my parents to put me in acting class and I was just 16 when I booked my first professional gig. From that first job, I never looked back.

Since then, it has been a whirlwind. I’ve poured everything into honing my craft while taking on roles that challenge and inspire me. It hasn’t always been easy, but that passion I felt back then is still just as strong today.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?

Auditioning in voice acting can be tough. For me, the biggest challenge is waiting to hear if I book a role, but patience is everything. In this industry, you learn to embrace the journey and learn that rejection is just a part of the game.

Through it all, I’m incredibly grateful for the genre of anime and the amazing projects I’ve been a part of so far. It has taught me to stay persistent, keep honing my craft, and never lose sight of my passion.

You voice the lead character Yuji Itadori in the hit anime series Jujutsu Kaitsen. For people who may not have seen the show, can you tell us more about your character and the storyline? What drew you to this role?

Yuji Itadori is heart and soul of Jujutsu Kaisen. He’s thrown into a world of curses and sorcery, and let me tell you, the second season ramps up the intensity even more! It’s a rollercoaster of action and emotion, with Yuji facing new challenges at every turn.

Jujutsu Kaisen recently earned a Guinness World Record for being the world’s most in-demand TV show! I would say that Yuji’s complexity really drew me to this role.

He’s a mix of innocence and strength, facing his own demons while navigating a chaotic world. Plus, the show’s storyline and animation had me hooked. It’s airing now on Crunchyroll so make sure you check it out.

What can you tell us about the video game Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash?

I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t played it yet, but I have to say it’s pretty awesome! If you’re a fan of Jujutsu Kaisen you should definitely check it out!

Photo credit: Phillip Szeto

You have lent your voice to several series including Tokyo Revengers, Bungo Stray Dogs, Prince of Tennis, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan and many more. Out of all the characters you’ve played and shows you’ve worked on, which has been your favorite and why?

That’s a tough question! I’ve been fortunate enough to voice so many amazing characters across different series, each of whom has their own unique qualities and challenges. My favorite would probably have to be Yuji Itadori. Voicing him has been an incredible ride.

He’s not your typical high schooler—he’s thrown into this world of curses and sorcery…and he handles it like a champ. He’s this blend of vulnerability and strength, constantly evolving as he faces the challenges thrown his way.

It has been so fulfilling to dive into his character, to explore his complexities and see him grow. Plus, being part of Jujutsu Kaisen, a show that’s breaking records and has such an amazing fanbase worldwide, is an honor.

You worked on the anime film First Slam Dunk. What can you tell us about this project and where can fans watch it?

I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to voice Sota Miyagi in The First Slam Dunk. The film is based on Inoue’s Slam Dunk manga series and follows Ryota Miyagi, the point guard of Shohoku High School’s basketball team, who faces the challenges of the inter-high basketball champions. It comes out on Blu-Ray June 25th so make sure you check it out!

Your characters from Star vs The Forces of Evil and Jujutsu Kaisen have Funko collectibles, how cool is that! What was your first thought when you found out that your characters would become figurines?

Oh man, it’s a dream come true to have characters I voiced made into Funko Pops. When I first heard about them, I was very excited! It’s surreal to walk into a store or the different conventions I travel to and see them for sale.

You travel the world every year appearing at conventions. Can you share one of your most memorable encounters with a fan at these events?

One memory that stands out is when I met a big group of college friends who came dressed up in Jujutsu Kaisen characters. They didn’t have enough people to be all of the characters, so they printed out the missing character and taped it to their dorm air fryer. They carried it around for the whole convention and I signed it.

IndieWire featured the new anime series, Kaiju No. 8, in their article “10 Anime Series to Watch This Spring” and you’re voicing one of the leads! Can you tell us more about that role and the show for anyone looking for a new series to binge-watch?

Kaiju No. 8 has been getting a lot of buzz, and I’m excited to be a part of it! I voice Reno Ichikawa, a character who’s all about determination and resourcefulness. He has an awesome dynamic with Kafka Hibino, the lead character.

Kafka’s dreaming big about joining the Defense Force to take on these massive Kaiju monsters, and Reno’s right there in the mix, supporting him every step of the way. The show has everything—action, mystery, supernatural stuff…it’s a real thrill ride. You can watch new episodes every Saturday on Crunchyroll.

Do you have any other projects coming up that you can tell us about?

I have had the opportunity to work on some really cool video games recently. I voiced Troy Simpkin in WWE 2K24 and I hope you guys check it out, it’s such a cool game! Outside of that, I am always working on exciting new projects, so make sure you stay tuned to my social media for updates on what’s coming next.

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Mara Alcantara
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