Voice Compare » Akira » No. 27 Masaru
Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of No. 27 Masaru with sound clips and images.
EDITOR'S OPINIONAlright folks for this Akira Voice Compare we shall finally handle the 3rd of the 3 "Test Subject" children and this time its for the little boy in a suit... #27 MASARU! In the original Streamline dub for this late 80's movie (which the dub also came out in the late 80's not too long after the movie did) he was voiced by Bob Bergen and I am afraid I will have to be blunt on how he was really miscast here. Now don't get me wrong Bob himself is not a bad VA but despite his efforts he just sounds really awkward in this role on a young boy. Granted I am aware that Masaru doesn't look like a child as much as Takashi and Kiyoko but Masaru is a child as well. So while I do like the Streamline dub of the movie this was probably one of the weakest performances in that dub.
In the Pioneer/Geneon dub of the movie he was voiced by Cody MacKenzie (whom also voiced #26 Takashi). One might find it to be overly lazy casting to have one kid to voice both Takashi and Masaru especially considering on how there is little difference between the two's voices. I could understand but compared to the Streamline dub it is a bit more fitting improvement anyways. While Cody's Masaru voice doesn't sound that much different to his Takashi voice if you hold his work on Masaru by its own merits its not that bad actually. Overall neither one are perfect and they are both somewhat odd casting choices but Cody's work is the better of the two performances seen here.