3rd Annual BTVA Anime Awards

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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kai with sound clips and images.
Kai is one of the secondary protagonists of the 1988 anime movie Akira and is a member of Kaneda's gang. Kai is a short young teenage boy whom while rather minor compared to the likes of Kaneda and Tetsuo but does play a decent role in the movie nevertheless. While Kai is a loyal member of Kaneda's gang he is best friends with fellow gang member Yamagata as he stays with Yamagata even after the gang breaks up. Kai does play an important supporting role in aiding Kaneda later on in the film and is the more level-headed member of Kaneda's gang (well at least compared to the others that is).

Created by Pokejedservo on Fri Sep 2 2011, 4 Comments, Add Comment
Akira (1991)
KaiBob Bergen
Bob Bergen
Akira (1991)
KaiMatthew Mercer
Matthew Mercer


Today on the Akira Voice Compare VC section we have a VC for the 4th member of Kaneda's gang (well that was actually named)... KAI! In the old Streamline dub of the movie Akira Kai was voiced by Bob Bergen. I was pleasantly surprised with Bob's work on the role as he does a fairly natural young male voice that does suit the role pretty well. Bob's performance as Kai worked pretty well too, in which if anything else its a lot better than Bob's work as Masaru I will say that much. Bob's work as Kai is a pretty good example of the Streamline dub of the Akira.

Now for the Pioneer/Geneon dub of the movie Akira, Matthew Mercer gets to take over the role here. Matthew's voice for the role does suit the role pretty well (granted its a bit more nasally but it still does work for the role pretty well). Matthew Mercer also did a pretty good performance as Kai which did work pretty well with the role and is a decent example of the Pioneer Dub of the movie. Overall both of these guys did pretty alright for the role but I must admit that Bob's work on the role is slightly more memorable in the role.    


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said at 10:41 AM on Sun Jun 16 2013
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I like Matthew Mercer better, but Bob Bergen is by no means bad!
said at 10:46 AM on Mon Mar 11 2013
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This is one of them where neither of them sound all that bad, but Matthew Mercer still sounds slightly more appropriate, the script was an improvement, and he had better direction.
said at 1:17 AM on Sat Oct 1 2011
Bergen gets my edge. Mercer is too whiny and shrill. Besides, I like how Bergen's voice sounds less rough than the rest of the gang. It establishes Kai as the most passive member. Mercer sounds too much like Joshua Seth's Tetsuo.
said at 1:01 PM on Sat Sep 3 2011
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I'm going to go with Matthew. While he sounds somewhat nasally, he puts more emotion into the role and sounds more natural.

Bob's vocal tone is young, but he sounds either stilted or strained in his delivery. At the end of the film when he embraces Kaneda, I felt he didn't put as much emotion into that situation and sounded off. Matthew did sound a bit more harsh in that same scene, but at least his delivery felt much less restrained and genuinely emotional. So with all due respects to Mr. Bergen, Matthew gets my vote, as he sounds the most natural of the two, despite a few off lines.
Who do you think has been the best from these Kai voice actors?
Matthew Mercer
Bob Bergen