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Joel McDonald (born December 23, 1980) is an American script writer and voice actor formerly affiliated with FUNimation Entertainment. He is married to fellow voice actress Marie Charlson.


Since McDonald was 7, he had a love for acting. He soon started acting in plays at school and church, participating in community theater, secondary school theater and in speech competitions. Later, he acquired a BFA in Acting and Directing from Sam Houston State College. From that point onwards, McDonald took up acting professionally, taking parts in a national kids' theater tour, landing different roles in a couple dozen stage shows.

In 2006, after years of stage work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, McDonald became involved in voice acting and also got into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting.

McDonald has provided voices for a number of English language versions of Japanese anime films and television shows, and video games. He is best known as the voice of Takumi Fujiwara from the Initial D series, Meow from Space☆Dandy, and Minato Sahashi from the Sekirei series, as well as the ADR director for One Piece, in addition to Sgt. Frog, Deadman Wonderland, Space☆Dandy and Initial D.

In the 2010s, McDonald has been cast in more lead/major roles, such as Akane from Divine Gate, Mikage from the Kamisama Kiss series, Bartholomew Kuma from One Piece, Zeref from Fairy Tail, Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Hien from Chaos Dragon, Koki Mimura from Assassination Classroom, Azusa Hanai from Big Windup, Toshimitsu Kubo from the Baka and Test series, Hayato Ike from the second season of Shakugan no Shana onwards, Jacuzzi Splot from Baccano, Motoharu Kaido from Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, Ikta Solok from Alderamin on the Sky, and Dilandau Albatou from the Funimation redub of The Vision of Escaflowne.


Anime Dubbing


OVAs & Specials

Anime Films

Video Game Dubbing

Voice Director



  • In 2018, McDonald announced his departure from FUNimation, though left it vague as to whether or not he'd be continuing to voice act. Even so, he has been continuing to provide his voice for ongoing roles.

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