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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kenpachi Zaraki with sound clips and images.
Kenpachi Zaraki is one of the various protagonists in the Bleach series and was one of the various characters whom was introduced in the Soul Society Arc. Kenpachi Zaraki is the captain of the 11th Squad Division of the Gotei 13 and often appears to have a rather savage fighting style and appearance (and he often encourages people to think of him as a vicious savage as well). Kenpachi is very much a Blood Knight namely someone who loves to fight but he does have a code of ethics so in other words over the course of the series he becomes a anti-hero. Kenpachi is known for having his Lt. Yachiru always by his side and that when he fights he normally tries to prolong the fights as much as possible.

Created by Pokejedservo on Wed Apr 25 2012, 19 Comments, Add Comment
Bleach (2006)
Kenpachi ZarakiDavid Lodge
David Lodge
Bleach (2006)
Kenpachi ZarakiPatrick Seitz
Patrick Seitz


Today on the Bleach VC section we take a look at the 11t Squad Leader... KENPACHI ZARAKI! Let us begin...

David Lodge- David's work as Kenpachi is one of the more renowned performances in the English dub of the series and one can easily see why.  David's fairly deep and gruff voice suits the role very well, his performance was also quite suiting for Kenpachi as well. David's work on the role suits on how Kenpachi loves the thrill of a good fight and loves to think of himself as a violent savage but is also one of the good guys. David Lodge's work as Kenpachi is a fine example of his work and of the voice work in the show.

Patrick Seitz- Patrick Seitz's work on the role was certainly not bad as his Kenpachi voice also had a fairly low and gruff tone which does work pretty well with the role (even if he does more than occasionally slip into his Ragna the Bloodedge voice). Patrick's performance also suits Kenpachi's savage but honorable persona pretty well too. However PAtrick's voice for the role is not bad per say but it does sound a little too young for the role here (granted Kenpachi is not a really old guy per say but Patrick's voice for the role does seem a little bit too young sounding for Kenpachi). Anyways while I do agree that David Lodge's work is indeed better but Patrick did a pretty good attempt at his own right so his work is pretty good too.

Overall I too liked David Lodge the most but Patrick Seitz wasn't that bad for the role as well.


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said at 5:13 AM on Wed Mar 11 2015
While I prefer David Lodge, am I the only one who doesn't think Patrick Seitz was that bad? He does sound very menacing, but I admit it is a little bot overdone.
said at 8:05 AM on Sun Mar 8 2015
David Lodge is much better. His voice has that deepness, gruffness and tone that fits Kenpachi best. I feel like Patrick's voice just doesn't have the same qualities that made David Lodge good for Kenpachi.
said at 5:23 PM on Tue Dec 30 2014
While I am a bigger follower of Patrick Seitz, who is an absolutely amazing voice actor, I prefer David Lodge's voice as Kenpachi. I do not mind Patrick's as Kenpachi though, actually I find them both quite nice~
said at 8:31 PM on Sat Jul 19 2014
I think Patrick is an incredible actor, but David Lodge made this role, in fact, he IS Kenpachi.
said at 7:21 AM on Sat Mar 29 2014
What. The. Actual. HELL!?!? It's honestly sad that I've seen more episodes of Bleach with Kenpachi Fried Chicken being portrayed by Patrick Seitz, rather than being voiced by David Lodge.

Now let me clarify one thing: Seitz's performance on its own has a couple merits, but when a certain someone puts that with David's take on equal ground, that's like having to compare a paraplegic with a robot! ...And I think I crossed the line with that paragraph.

Nonetheless, David Lodge for me.
said at 7:45 PM on Tue Jan 21 2014
True. Don't get me wrong, Patrick is an incredible voice actor and his Kenpachi doesn't sound that bad on it's own, but compared to David, it just sounds way too young for Kenny and he actually reminds me of Laxus whenever he talks.
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said at 12:31 AM on Mon Dec 2 2013
I miss David Lodge as Kenpachi. Patrick is by no means bad, but he just doesn't sound as cool as David.
said at 2:00 PM on Mon May 20 2013
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Does any else think Steve Blum could do the role?
said at 11:46 PM on Sun Jun 16 2013
@Lasbard I don't think he would be as good as David Lodge, but he would be pretty close and ten times better than Patrick Seitz.
said at 10:08 PM on Sat Apr 20 2013
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Seitz... he's not horrible, but he's not David Lodge, which is nearly as bad. The Bleach anime dub quality began it's downhill slope after Kim Strauss left to pursue more profitable employment in radio.
said at 12:10 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
David Lodge is perfect for the role, I think he should have sounded a little more vicious but he definitely fits the character.

Patrick Seitz isn't the worst person they could have gotten to do this role... but he's still totally miscast. The dub for Bleach has been going downhill for years now... too bad, back during the Soul Society arc it was pretty much top notch stuff.
said at 11:32 PM on Sun Apr 29 2012
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I've never watched Bleach before, but from these clips it sounds like David Lodge gave Kenpachi a gruff tone, but he also has a lot of personality to his voice, a really confident sounding tone which sounds like it really fits.

I agree with NCZ about Patrick Seitz's performance, on its own it sounds pretty decent, but compared to David Lodge, Patrick sounds WAAAAAY too gruff and seems more generic than anything, heck he kinda sounds like a chain smoker. In comparison it sounds really forced.

So yeah, David Lodge for me.
said at 3:35 PM on Thu Apr 26 2012
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Patrick Seitz's take on Kenpachi Zaraki is simply inferior compared to David Lodge's Kenpachi Zaraki.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:08 AM on Thu Apr 26 2012
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I'm going with David. Patrick's performance is actually good when taken by its own merits, but I can see how the change would be jarring.
said at 8:54 AM on Thu Apr 26 2012
Anyone know why the voice change? Was David unavailable to voice Kenpachi for the "Zanpakuto Rebellion" story arc? Or is Patrick Seitz taking over the role permanently?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:08 AM on Thu Apr 26 2012
@wright1996 I heard that David quit the show due to it not paying well, so the change is probably permanent.
said at 5:08 PM on Wed May 9 2012
@NCZ AW MAAAAAAN!!!!!! at screw it I think I can grow on Seitz in due time
said at 8:01 AM on Thu Apr 26 2012
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Definitely giving this to David Lodge.

His deep but gruff voice works for Kenpachi. After all, he is a good guy but with an intense love for the fight and is also a butal/savage fighter.
said at 12:08 AM on Thu Apr 26 2012
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Lodge no doubt.

He gave Kenpachi just the right amount of intensity. The 'Good guy, but not afraid to show off his crazy, yet badass skills' kind of tone and it suits him PERFECTLY.

It's been---maybe 3-4 episodes that I've seen with Patrick's voice an I'm still having a hard time adjusting to it. Patrick's take sounds too gruff to my ears and just doesn't fit the character at all.

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