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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Rei Ayanami with sound clips and images.
Rei Ayanami is known as the First Child, which refers to her being the first pilot of an Evangelion (her designation is mainly to Unit-00). She is the most enigmatic character throughout the series/movies. Rei is socially withdrawn and reclusive and while she appears to lack emotion, when tasked on a mission, she is fully dedicated and doesn't hesitate to do whatever is needed to get the job done.
Created by Foxwolf on Mon Aug 6 2012, 14 Comments, Add Comment
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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1997)
Rei AyanamiAmanda Winn Lee
Amanda Winn Lee
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2008)
Rei AyanamiBrina Palencia
Brina Palencia

EDITOR'S OPINION

While the voices from both actors are a perfect fit for Rei, it's the deliberate pacing, speech patterns and extremely held back emotion of Amanda Winn Lee that captures Rei's personality much more than Brina Palencia. The lightness in Amanda's tone really makes Rei more endearing and once her origins are revealed, you empathize with the character even more. Brina brings a quiet confidence to Rei but makes her sound too comfortable around others.

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JTurner
said at 11:43 AM on Fri Oct 24 2014
I've never understood the backlash against Amanda Winn Lee's portrayal as Rei Ayanami; I always thought she was one of the better voices in the EVA dub (the others being Alison Keith, Tristan MacAvery, and maybe Tiffany Grant, but only maybe). There was something about her subdued, whispered quality that I really thought was very suitable for this eccentric character. She sounded especially good in END OF EVANGELION. To be honest, I'm not sure HOW Brina Palencia stacks up; I more or less think she does a good job, but I don't see much about her performance that is superior or inferior to Amanda Winn. They both sound fine to me.
Ringworm128
said at 6:33 AM on Thu Jan 23 2014
Ok Amanda Winn Lee's Rei has grown on me, it does have a certain mysterious quality to it and her voice ads a ton of atmosphere to the scene where Rei talks to Armisael and her voice goes perfectly with that scenes music. Buuuut I still stand my opinion that Palencia's Rei is the better one.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:09 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
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Brina is a decent replacement, but she just sounds like a normal girl who's just quiet and withdrawn alot, as well as unemotive and somewhat robotic. Amanda had the whispery tone and quality to her voice that captured Rei's nature that was both inhuman and yet all too human. Amanda clearly wins out.
TrueMyriad
said at 8:16 AM on Wed Aug 14 2013
Amanda Winn Lee-She is the definitive voice of Rei, as she fully expresses the sisterly/motherly relationship with Shinji. Her caring voice soothes my heart when I listen to the music.
Brina Palencia-While she is very talented, her performance makes Rei to sound too confident and much older.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:33 PM on Thu Mar 7 2013
I think that Brina Palencia could have done a little better, but Rei is much different in the Rebuild series and is showing much more genuine emotion and attachment towards Shinji (at least in Evangelion 2.22) and I can't really see Amanda's take here working as well. A part of me wishes they would have brought Amanda back anyway as she could have adapted to the character's differences, but I really don't see anything wrong with Brina. Did it sound a tiny bit forced and awkward? Sure, I won't say it was perfect. Was Amanda's constant whispering much better? No. I like both actresses quite a bit and I think a mixture of the two performances would have been preferable, but they both have their flaws.

Overall, I think Brina sounds a little generic, but she improved a bit in Evangelion 2.22 and Amanda's whispering is also a little annoying and I can't see it working that well in the Rebuild films. It's somewhat of a close call, but my vote is indeed going to Brina Palencia.
Dark_Fiction
said at 4:52 AM on Thu Jan 17 2013
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Brina's change in Rei's voice works well because she is different in the movies and has more open personality which works for the change. All in all, both actors are really good as Rei.
Spider-Fox
said at 6:50 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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To be honest, I don't like comparing these two since these are two VASTLY diffrent takes on the characters. NG/Classic Rei is one of the foundations of the emotionless girl character type and even spawned the Rei Clone character type, where as Rebuild/Ultimate Rei feels very much like a very post character development character to the point that she might as well be a diffrent character. I like both really and don't think I have a right to compare the two.
IAMTHEVASTUNIVERSE
said at 12:05 PM on Tue Aug 14 2012
Ah finally a Evangelion voice compare! Amanda Winn Lee's Rei is one of the better voices in what is a inconsistent dub at times that varies in quality depending on the voice actors and voice actresses on the screen while Brina Palencia's Rei is quite solid but the best examples of there voice work as Rei would be Evangelion 2.0 and The End of Evangelion both are at there best as the character in those films I like Brina Palencia's Rei but I prefer Amanda Winn Lee's Rei more in the scope of everything.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:59 AM on Wed Aug 8 2012
I much prefer Amanda. Her unique, soft voice and delivery is a memorable performance that's hard to forget. Brina is good too, but a little on the average side for my tastes. Her performance wasn't quite as memorable as Amanda's, and she sounds a little forced at times.
Ringworm128
said at 1:25 AM on Wed Aug 8 2012
Brina Palencia as Rei sounds like she's withholding her emotions while still sounding natural. Amanda Winn Lee on the other hand sounds far too awkward, like she's trying too hard to seem mysterious and withheld.
akiha
said at 10:44 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
Mrs. Winn Lee = Ayanami Rei for the English Audience. She is perfect.Just as Hayashibara Megumi lacks emotion in Ayanami, Mrs Winn Lee portrays this as well and shows.

Palencia is no comparison and aggree with the editor's opinion of Palencia. She portrays Ayanami too comfortbly when she isn't suppose to be like that. I'm still a grudgingly mad she wasn't chosen for the new movies... sigh
PusoPimp
said at 9:24 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
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This is hard....very hard. They both bring so much to the character. I have to say though I'm leaning a fraction of a centimeter toward Brina Palencia. Only because the voice she uses for Rei brings a little subtlety to her. I like that, she lets her acting and the story convey it all. Also, the incarnation of Rei in the Rebuild series requires greater range of emotion, but a sort of weak and developing range, which makes this a little more of a challenging role. So my vote goes to Brina, but only by a little, little bit.
Anicomicgeek
said at 4:45 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
Why am I not surprised that the first Evangelion VC is Rei?XD

Yeah, both are good, but I'm gonna go with Amanda Winn Lee.
Fulgore2005
said at 4:17 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
Alright, the first Evangelion VC!

Anyway, I'll get to the chase. Both have really fitting voices, but I like Amanda's soft tone more.


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