Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin
Voice Director: Eric P. Sherman

US Home Media: 2000
Japan Premiere: Jan 10, 1996
Japan Conclusion: 1998

Seasons: 3
Episodes: 95

Popularity: 136th All Time, 198th This Week

Franchise: Rurouni Kenshin
Characters on BTVA: 46
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said at 11:42 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
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The BZ dub is the best dub for the TV series. I barely have anything to criticize about it except Derek Stephen Prince and Wendee Lee voicing as a bit too many extras, since their voices are highly recognizable. That being said, the dub is very solid, especially for its time. Richard Cansino (Kenshin), Wendee Lee (Yumi and Yahiko), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (Kaoru), Philece Sampler (Misao) and Steve Blum (Makoto Shishio) are the highlights of the dub. Jamieson Price as Usui is pretty well executed too!

This is why I'm disappointed with the New Kyoto Arc dub. I don't have anything against Sentai VAs, but I feel like the voice work for that doesn't live up to the legacy of the TV series dub. Sure, the animation is way superior, but the voice work definitely isn't.

Kaoru sounds very stiff and wooden, Usui has an accent and not deep enough, and contrarily, Cho has no accent? What? Cho, AKA Broomhead, is supposed to somewhat of an exaggerated character, so without that country accent, it just... isn't him.
Derek did an excellent job giving him one.

Shannon Weaver, as always, fails to preserve the charm of Richard's portrayal of Kenshin. Makoto has a deep enough voice which sounds like Paul Dobson, which David Wald seems to be doing an impression of, is ok, but Steve is a better Makoto, if you ask me.

Megan Bauman, despite being excellent as Nadia, failed to capture Misao's brashness heard from Philece's portrayal. I guess my main problem is hearing these different portrayals, and finding most of them inferior to their BZ counterparts.

The ONLY portrayal that I feel like is a definite improvement from the BZ dub is Sojiro Seta's voice, done by Clint Bickham in the Sentai dub. As mentioned in the Sojiro VC, I feel like Sojiro would sound perfect if he was given a male tenor voice, instead of sounding feminine. Clint just nailed it.

I seriously don't find the Sentai dub to be nearly as enjoyable as the BZ dub - they should have just outsourced it to LA, unionize it, and have most, if not all the VAs, reprise their roles.
said at 1:02 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
@MizukaS Given how Aniplex almost always goes with Bang Zoom for their commissioned dubs, I'm surprised they went with Sentai since their cast (back when dubbing under ADV) are so ill-received.
said at 3:39 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
Actually, Aniplex only has the TV series. Sentai, for whatever reason, has the license to New Kyoto Arc. They still could have outsourced the dub to LA, though. I believe the P4 anime was the only title of theirs to actually do that? Even Squid Girl S2 got Christine Marie Cabanos back, but nobody else.

Honestly, one superior voice (Sojiro) vs a near-perfect cast (the TV dub) is no contest. I very much agree with you that the Texas cast for this series doesn't even begin with compare to the much more stellar TV dub.
said at 5:09 PM on Sat Feb 3 2018

Sentai was known for being pretty decent when it came to reprises for dubs that had a pre-existing cast. K-ON season two and the movie, the 2010 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works movie, Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre and Träumend, Mahoromatic: I'm Home and the aforementioned Persona 4: The Animation were all outsourced to Bang Zoom in LA, while Queen's Blade: Rebellion and Beautiful Warriors were outsourced to NYAV Post in NY. However, they've stopped this in recent years, since they've opened up their own recording studios.

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc was an exception at the time, likely due to the fact that Sentai already had a pre-established, local voice cast themselves--the cast from the OVA's and movies that they dubbed back when they were ADV. So, they got Charles Campbell back to direct, getting back most, if not all of the same Austin-based cast from the OVA's and movies as possible, along with some local Houston talent, as well.

While I'll give points for consistency on their half, it's a shame Sentai didn't go with Bang Zoom, especially when I've heard that their dub for NKA wasn't...great. Watching Kenshin on Toonami when I was younger, I prefer the BZ cast for the series far more than ADV's cast for the OVA's and movies.
said at 7:27 PM on Fri Apr 6 2018
@MizukaS I always found it baffling that the man who did a great job with the dub of NADIA (ADV's version) in terms of casting and acting overall (Gargoyle and Nemo starting off stiff but gradually improving as they go along) misfired with Ruroni Kenshin. Something about the TRUST AND BETRAYAL OVA's dub felt very stiff from the start. I don't think Campbell had the right approach for that particular project, which is why it's a surprise that his dub for NADIA turned out great by comparison.
said at 8:32 PM on Sun Oct 29 2017
Not "was" but "is" (typing too fast >.>)
said at 8:31 PM on Sun Oct 29 2017
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Really like the performances in this dub. It started out a bit wonky at first ( but still decent enough for me to keep going), but at the second season not only was the show infinitely better but also were the performances. I only watched 63 episodes since the rest is filler, but I can now say with confidence the Kenshin was one of my all time Shonen easily rivaling Hunter x Hunter and Full Metal Alchemist.
said at 7:50 AM on Sat Nov 4 2017
Agreed. The Bang Zoom dub was basically a do-over of the initial Sony dub's mistakes. I would be very disappointing if they hadn't improved greatly from then.
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