Fist of the North Star Fist of the North Star


Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Rei with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Fist of the North Star

Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 11 2009
Fist of the North Star: The Movie (1990)
ReiGregory Snegoff
Gregory Snegoff
Fist of the North Star (1999)
ReiDaran Norris
Daran Norris
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage (2010)
ReiMatthew Mercer
Matthew Mercer


(Note: Thanks to Super Galvatron of Random Action Hour for the Daran Norris Rei clip. And of course thanks to RAH for most of the Shin and Rei pics as well.)

Ah Rei the 2nd Fist of the South Star practitioner we see in the series and the 2nd FOTNS character we will see in the VC.

First of all we have Gregory Snegoff as Rei in the dub of the movie. And to be honest his voice work actually seems similar to the late great Kaneto Shiozawa, don't get me wrong I am not saying the voices are exact but they are similar. But still his work as Rei is some of the better handiwork in the dub for the movie.

And now for the TV series we have the hubby of Mary E. "Yuria" McGlynn namely Daran Norris as Rei! Some might find it strange on how Daran uses a slightly deep manly voice for this role. It is a tad bit over the top but given the nature of this show its not too hard to see why he would do that and he does show that he apparently did have some fun with this role.

However while Daran's Rei voice did grow on me fairly quickly Gregory's voice and performance felt more natural from the start.

(Note: Matthew Mercer voices him in the English version of Fist of the North Star Kens Rage and is somewhere in between in quality as he feels a bit more natural than Daran but not as much as Gregory did.)



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said at 2:46 AM on Fri Mar 23 2018
Matthew Mercer is my favourite of the bunch bring a confident tone to the character which when you think about it, is rather close to Gregory Snegoff's take.

Speaking of Snegoff he was rather good in the Streamline movie dub sounding determined and threatening and is a perfect fit.

Daran Norris is a great voice actor but he sounds hilarious in the role as Rei. Looking at it seriously he does not fit him at all.
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:41 PM on Sun Dec 17 2017
Daran is a great voice actor and all, but he's miscast in this role.
said at 4:55 PM on Mon Dec 19 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Gregory Snegoff
2. Matthew Mercer
3. Daran Norris (I could never hate a DN role, but the voice doesn't seem to fit the character)
said at 11:56 AM on Sun Jun 5 2016
Snegoff is a great voice actor, but I'm neutral about his turn. At times he sounds aggressive "Where's the one they call the Fist of the North Star?!" or detached. It's an average performance at best.

Daran Norris is a lot less stiff but also a bit TOO goofy at times. I'm not sure what he was going for, but it doesn't quite work for me.

Matthew Mercer sounds the best, IMO. He does a better job than both Gregory and Daran.
Dark Kuja
said at 7:37 PM on Thu Jun 12 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Personally, I'd love to hear Crispin Freeman as Rei.
said at 10:52 PM on Wed Apr 16 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I just want to take a moment to say that Kaneto Shiozawa was a master at this role, every battle cry he yelled out while Rei was in combat and every scream of pain during his final moments chilled me to my very core. He was an amazing Rei and he will be missed.

As far as the English actors go, Gregory Snegoff is my favourite, he has a really cool sounding "action hero" kind of voice that works surprisingly well for Rei. He can sound really determined and threatening when he needs to, a near perfect fit for the character. The only thing I don't really like is how the script calls for him to swear more than he should. I'm not against swearing at all, in fact I do it quite a bit myself, but Rei calling someone an asswipe just feels really out of character for him. As it stands, Snegoff was a good choice for the role, but at the same time he really needed a better script to work off of.

Matthew Mercer I feel is also quite good, I'm not as familiar with his take on Rei as I am with the two previous actors I mentioned, but it sounds like he brings a nice confident tone to Rei, it sounds almost reminiscent of Gregory Snegoff's performance, only a lot younger sounding. I might change my opinion on him if I actually play the game, whether I'll like him more or not remains to be seen, all I know is that he's my second favourite English voice for Rei for now.

Daran Norris...gosh, I'm so sorry, I love a ton of his performances and he was perfect as Venom, that said...he sounds like he was completely miscast as Rei. The strange tone he adds to his voice just makes him sound completely silly and after listening to his other roles, I really don't think he'd fit Rei all that well. Maybe he got better later on, but I really don't know. As it stands from what I've heard so far, he's definitely my least favourite Rei sounding downright laughable in the role, and it pains me to say that since he's a fine actor otherwise.

So yeah, Kaneto Shiozawa is my favourite voice for Rei in general, Gregory Snegoff however is my favourite English voice for Rei, with Matthew Mercer as a close second and Daran Norris in a very distant third place.
said at 5:29 AM on Wed Dec 12 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I really like Mathew Mercer's take although when reading the manga I imagined Travis Willingham's voice
said at 8:15 AM on Thu Dec 6 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Gregory Snegoff is my favourite VA for Rei. Liked how he sounds like the late Kaneto Shiozawa, who is my favourite male seiyuu.

Matthew Mercer's take was great too. I wouldn't mind if he did more.

Daran Norris's voice is alright, but it would fit Juda more than Rei.
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Jun 12 2013
@Fulgore2005 However, Daran's performance has grown on me.
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said at 11:54 PM on Tue May 31 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Darran Norris is a great voice actor but I'll agree it wasn't his best work.

For a 90s dub Greg Snegoff was pretty great as Rei IMO.

I like Matthew Mercer's voice a lot too.
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