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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Alphonse Elric with sound clips and images.
Alphonse Elric is the younger brother of Edward Elric and son of Trisha Elric and Van Hohenheim.

Despite their young age Alphonse and Edward are both skilled and accomplished alchemists. When the brothers attempted human transmutation; the ultimate taboo they each paid a price. Ed lost a leg but Al lost his entire body. Ed then sacrificed an arm to merge Al's soul to a suit of armor. Their goal is to regain their original bodies.

In the English dub version of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series by Funimation, Alphonse Elric was first voiced by Aaron Dismuke. One of the downsides of puberty and growing up was that Aaron Dismuke's voice had changed since the original recording sessions, so the role was recast for the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; a retelling and more accurate story based on the original manga. In this version of the anime Alphonse Elric is voiced by Maxey Whitehead.
Created by Jackson_H on Sun Feb 14 2010, 44 Comments, Add Comment
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Fullmetal Alchemist (2004)
Alphonse ElricAaron Dismuke
Aaron Dismuke
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2010)
Alphonse ElricMaxey Whitehead
Maxey Whitehead

EDITOR'S OPINION

Although I think Maxey Whitehead is a good replacement I have to pick Aaron Dismuke's voice as my preference for this VC. Some women do great work voicing young boys but IMO an actual young boy almost always sounds better and is more believable than a woman's imitation. Both voice actors are fantastic as Alphonse but I'm picking Aaron Dismuke's more natural sounding voice as my personal favorite.

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HienFan
said at 7:24 AM on Sun Dec 21 2014
I kinda like Maxey's version ya know.
Soldierkei
said at 11:20 PM on Wed Dec 17 2014
This one feels kinda unfair for some reason. Both did just fine in their roles. Aaron was a kid when he did the role, so yeah it was more authentic. Maxey stepped into the role and kicked ass filling the shoes Aaron left. I'm not going to vote. Both did great.
DravenRoth994
said at 10:19 PM on Sun Mar 30 2014
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While both are great, I pick Aaron Dismuke.
Kalekai
said at 9:00 PM on Sun Mar 30 2014
Even though I prefer Aaron (because no one can beat an actual boy voice),both of their voice acting was superb and they both made me had chills up my spine whenever there was a serious scene.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:33 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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Maxey did great taking over, but you just can't top a natural young boy voice like Dismuke's.
Cutekitten
said at 10:42 PM on Wed Sep 18 2013
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I LOVE Aaron, they had to change him because he went through puberty. I don't mind them changing the VA, I have nothing against Maxey but this is my biggest nitpick in voice acting, don't sound like a female. When i saw Simpsons I never thought Bart was done by a female, and he is. you hear al's voice and you can IMMEDIATELY tell it's a female. I'm not saying she is a bad voice actor, i just think they could have found someone better.
Silence
said at 2:10 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
I can't decide actually. Both have their respective pros and cons and neither of them are by no means bad.
mweloo
said at 7:57 AM on Mon Aug 26 2013
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I'm in two minds about this. Aaron had the advantage of being an actual young boy at the time of recoding, but his delivery tended to be a little inconsistent especially in the beginning, meaning that he sounded flat at times. Emotion-wise, Maxey's delivery of lines was more consistent (in a good way), but- as many people have pointed out- she tended to make Al sound like a girl at first. They both got better over time, though.
Kirsten
said at 5:36 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
AARON DISMUKE! The girl sounds bad as al.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 3:57 AM on Tue Jun 4 2013
If ask me, Maxey Whitehead sounded better in Sacred Star of Milos.
Dartht33bagger
said at 4:01 AM on Wed Apr 24 2013
Aaron wins this one no contest. Maxey Whitehead sounds like a woman voicing Al.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:33 AM on Sat Mar 2 2013
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I've seen twenty-six episodes of Brotherhood dubbed and I still couldn't get used to Maxey Whitehead. Call me crazy, but Alphonse IS fourteen, I think if they had gotten Aaron to do it again it still would have been awesome. He is a fourteen year-old boy after all, him sounding like he had hit puberty wouldn't have been a bad thing in my eyes. But then again, they wanted to stick to the spirit of the original...

Hold on a second though, Vic Mignogna makes Edward sound a good bit older than Romi, but he's still fantastic in the role and it's fitting because he still sounds somewhat like a fifteen year-old, just a fifteen year-old beyond his years, which is perfect.

My vote goes to Aaron, and if it were up to me he would have reprised the role, nothing wrong with a fourteen year-old sounding his age and Aaron still could have captured his personality just fine. Of course, that wouldn't be the purist approach, but I'm no purist anyway. Aaron rocks!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:37 AM on Sat Mar 2 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy On second thought though, Maxey Whitehead's acting was okay from what I heard of it, and she was progressively getting better. However, Aaron had sounded much more genuine. Not trying to dismiss Maxey as an actress, I loved her in Soul Eater. She didn't sound crazy enough in that series but I still wuved her to bits!
Littlebigmelody
said at 7:55 PM on Thu Jun 6 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy By the time they started work on Brotherhood, Aaron was already too old to voice Alphonse. His voice was definitely too mature. He did get to voice young Hohenheim, though.
JaredTaylor94
said at 2:54 AM on Mon Nov 5 2012
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I'm actually gonna be the odd man out and vote for Maxey. She's really grown into the role, and I feel she handles the comedic scenes much better then Dismuke ("arm falling off" scene). When I first heard Maxey in the role, I thought she was horrible, but now whenever I think of Al, Maxey's voice is what comes into my head.
Edork42
said at 9:56 PM on Sun Oct 14 2012
The funny thing is I usually hate it when women voice little boys. They almost always sound unconvincing because they will be too high pitched and feminine with their performances. However, when I started watching Fullmetal Alchemist I thought "Finally! An actress who's actually capable of doing a convincing boy performance! I need to look her up." I go on imdb. "Ah, that explains it. 'She' is a 12 year old boy." So yea, Aaron FTW.
Edork42
said at 9:47 PM on Sun Oct 14 2012
I may be biased but
Jarred95
said at 1:26 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
Yeah, I don't think I can do this one.
Kyori
said at 11:06 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
Maxey's clip needs to be updated. Maybe post the sound from the parallel moment in Brotherhood?

Anyways, I have no idea who I like more, though I'm more used to Maxey's since I started with Brotherhood. But Aaron talks more like how a 13/14 year old would talk, because he was one at the time.

But in defense of Maxey, her voice is at about the same pitch as Aaron's starting at least at the 5th episode of Brotherhood. Plus, she uses the less halting way of speaking, which isn't unrealistic give I've heard a few real life boys talk like that. She also does a nice job gradually making Al sound more confident as the series progressed, reflecting his growing independence.

Anyways, they're both great in their own way, so I'm gonna just leave this as a personal taste issue. =)
Kris1Otaku
said at 9:49 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
Based solely on the the samples given I chose Aaron. I remember watching both versions with no complaints from either of them, at least about Al. Alphonse is almost an iconic charachter, I think they both honored him. But what do I know.
SparklyShake12
said at 8:40 AM on Fri Mar 30 2012
Aaron by a longshot! Maxey was pretty good, but I could instantly tell that Al was being voiced by a woman. Her voice is just a little high for the role if I do say so myself.
cardboardwalk
said at 2:00 PM on Sat Jan 7 2012
Aaron Dismuke is my vote. Maxey isn't bad, in fact she's pretty good for the character but the problem with her voice is a pretty big one. She sounds like a young girl and not a young boy. Everything else was great but that is a VERY BIG FLAW! But yes, other than that flaw she did very well.
AshytaFang
said at 11:57 PM on Sun Oct 9 2011
Aaron was perfect, FMA was a masterpiece. Its a shame he cant voice Al anymore but I can understand why. Anyone who voted for Maxey because Aaron cant currently do the voice is just a silly reason. Maxey isn't bad, it must be hard to voice a character who was already done very well, but still she isn't as good as Aaron was.
Ninjaman15
said at 6:50 PM on Thu Aug 18 2011
Wow. When I was younger, I couldn't actually tell the difference between Dismuke and Maxey... And now I can.

I can honestly say that little Aaron Dismuke did a better job than Whitehead because, well... He was a boy who could actually act, and nowadays you see little to no boys at that age or lower(other than Logan Grove) who have a nice range. It's all the range with young and old women doing such a great job... {sigh}

As for Maxey, she is by NO means a bad actress and in fact, she is very, very talented, but personally, I think she had a bit more freedom with Crona from Soul Eater more than she did Al in FMA:B... Sorry.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 4:34 AM on Sun Aug 14 2011
...this is the one character in the cast where...I can't really pick who's better than the other. They're both amazing
MatthewC17
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Jun 28 2011
I personally loved Alphonse's screaming in FMA
MatthewC17
said at 11:16 PM on Sat Jun 4 2011
Maxey is too high!
KuroKaminari
said at 9:15 AM on Sat Mar 12 2011
Obviously little Aaron has the better voice for Al. It really confuses me as to why they would recast a female for the role in the new series. Obviously, Dismuke is physically unable to do the role, but using Maxey Whitehead makes Al sound too much like a woman. It's a very odd choice, imo. I honestly think grabbing any twelve year old of the street would have been a better choice. I mean, the genius behind the original casting for Al was that he actually was a boy around that age. Way too often we see adult women voice children in animated series, but it's usually a mixed bag as to how they sound. I understand them wanting to get a professional voice actor to do the part, but not casting a male for the role was definitely a goof on their part, because I don't think getting someone who sounds like Aaron should have been a priority, but getting someone who sounds like a young MALE.

However, I do want to say that Maxey IS a good voice-actor. But she was a very feminine/VERY-young boyish voice, and so I don't think she was as spot-on for the role as Aaron was.
penguintruth
said at 3:05 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
Having heard her Alphonse in several episodes by now, I have to say that Maxey Whitehead is every bit as amazing as Aaron Dismuke was in the role. Often I forget it's somebody new. I love both VAs for the character.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:56 AM on Sat Apr 17 2010
@kaily Aaron Dismuke's voice deepened due to puberty. He can't phisically do the role anymore. I can certainly understand why he was recast. Maxey Whitehead sounds a whole lot better than a deep teenage Aaron Dismuke would've sounded!
PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:29 PM on Wed Feb 24 2010
@tomi It could. They put a metal bowl over the mic when they record (in fact, they used the exact same bowl for Aaron and Maxey).
PurpleWarrior13
said at 6:51 PM on Mon Feb 15 2010
Both were good in their own ways. So I couldn't pick!

Maxey Whitehead REALLY sounds like a little boy!


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