There are few shows that hit the nostalgia button for 90s kids quite like ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’. Any time one of the series stars appears at a convention, they are usually one of the most popular guests at the event! This year at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, there were several key cast members from this classic series, including Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, and the now legendary Johnny Yong Bosch!
Whether you know him from his days on ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ as Adam Park, the second Black Ranger; or from his monumental amount of voice work that includes some of the highest profile anime series and video game franchises on the market; or even from his alternative rock band ‘Eyeshine’; it’s easy to see that Bosch has spent the last two decades leaving his rather impressive mark on the entertainment industry!
This past week we were lucky enough to catch up with Johnny Yong Bosch at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con to see what he’s been up to lately and hear some of his thoughts on ‘Power Rangers’, doing voice work, and more! Check out our full exclusive interview with Johnny Yong Bosch below!
Science Fiction: First off let’s start with what is sort of a big question; ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ has been going strong now as a franchise for nearly two and a half decades! How does it feel to be considered such a positive role model for several generations of kids after all these years?
Johnny Yong Bosch: It’s weird! And very interesting all at the same time. I mean what has it been now? Like over twenty years I think, right? It’s just cool to see it! Not only different kids of different ages coming in and different generations, but for me I have grown as an individual, and experiencing it all over again at a different time in my life has been pretty cool.
SF: How would you say your time on ‘Power Rangers’ has affected your life now?
JYB: Well now it just seems like something I did so long ago! It was one of the first things I did and it’s still just a great feeling, it feels good to know that I did something back then that was cool and is still around. But it’s something I can’t watch now. Like if I try to watch it now it’s just sort of like *cringe*, you know?
SF: Right now Lionsgate is filming their upcoming live action ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ film series reboot! What are your thoughts on the upcoming reboot, and would you get involved if they asked?
JYB: If they asked? Yeah sure! But I don’t think that will happen. I think it’s cool that they’re doing it; it’s probably about the right time for it. With technology and CGI now is way better than what we had! Hopefully, they won’t have too many cooks in the kitchen, but I think they’ll do a good job.
SF: Moving away from ‘Power Rangers’, because I’m sure you’re tired of people always asking you about that by now, you’ve made quite a name for yourself as a voice actor over the years! You’ve done voice work for a ton of different shows and video games over the years with series like ‘Trigun’, ‘Bleach’, and you even recently joined the cast of ‘Sailor Moon’! How did you get into doing voice work?
JYB: After ‘Power Rangers’ I did a film and the audio was screwed up, so I had to go in and dub myself! As I was dubbing myself, the producer walked in, heard my voice, and asked me to audition for ‘Trigun’! So I booked that job, and that basically opened the door to everything else for me.
SF: Do you have any advice for aspiring voice actors looking to break into the field?
JYB: I think they should definitely focus on ‘acting’, but it’s definitely a few different things. It’s definitely about having a decent voice, a clear voice, like you can’t have a lisp or anything like that and if you do you need to work that out, but it’s also mostly just acting. You need to be able to take direction really well. Like, you’ll see something and want to play a character a certain way, but the director or producer might have a totally different take on it and you’ll have to adjust on the fly.
SF: Of all the characters you have played or voiced over the years, do you have a favorite? Or is there one role that you relate to the most or resonate with?
JYB: I don’t know about one, but I mean… Nero from ‘Devil May Cry 4’ might be one of them, Ichigo (from ‘Bleach’)… there are just so many! I just like a lot of them. I’m currently working on a show I’m on now called ‘Yo-kai Watch’, which is pretty cool. There’s a show on Netflix called ‘Ajin’, which I think is a great story! There’s a lot actually!
SF: Since you bring it up, we know you’re always keeping busy with different projects, between what’s going on with your live action work, your voice work, and your band ‘Eyeshine’, so what is the next big thing your fans can expect to see from you?
JYB: I can’t talk about the one I’m thinking of, which of course is the one most people will want to know! But there’s the shows I just mentioned, ‘Ajin’ and ‘Yo-kai Watch’, there’s a few things on Netflix! ‘Knights Of Sidonia’ is on Netflix, ‘Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans’ is coming out soon… and I think those are the only ones I can actually talk about! Everything else is sort of ‘hush hush’ right now
SF: Can we expect anything new from your band ‘Eyeshine’ anytime soon? Are you guys going to tour again anytime soon?
JYB: Yes! There will be a new album in just a couple of months! Not sure about a tour, though. I mean we are always supposed to tour, but then something comes up.