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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of InuYasha with sound clips and images.
Franchise: InuYasha

Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 26 2010
InuYasha (2002)
InuYashaDarren Pleavin
Darren Pleavin
InuYasha (2002)
InuYashaRichard Ian Cox
Richard Ian Cox


Alright folks here is the latest VC for Inuyasha and this time its for the titular character himself! How is this possible you ask? Well read on and find out but first things first lets get to the reviews shall we? Anyways in the North American release of InuYasha he is voiced by Richard Cox in which is quite possibly his most famous (and in a way infamous) performance. Richard's voice and performance is one of the reasons why Inuyasha has been compared (both favorably and unfavorably) to Male Ranma from Ranma 1/2. (Though to be honest I do kinda blame Rumiko Takahashi a bit more about the similarities lets just say.) But still say what you will about the various reasons why Inuyasha has received some Hype Backlash lets just say but I always did like Richard Cox's work as Inuyasha. While Richard is well known for voicing hot-headed young punks and this is no exception but Richard is also capable of doing well with the more somber scenes that Inuyasha is in. (In fact some of you might be surprised why I picked a rather somber scene for Richard but lets just say the 2nd clip here is why.) But still while its not one of my favorite performances in that dub I always did like Richard Cox's work as Inuyasha.

And now I shall finally answer how is a Voice Compare for Inuyasha is possible by still using official English voices. Well believe it or not there is a English dub of the show made for the Southeast Asia market shown by Animax Asia. Unfortunately footage for this dub is extremely rare but from what little I have heard I was pleasantly surprised by Inuyasha's voice in this dub. And in the Animax Asia dub Inuyasha has a nice moderate-toned youthful voice and while I admit I can only find footage of the Animax Asia dub of this scene from the 148th episode but from what I've seen here while its not REALLY great but all things considered this performance is actually pretty good. Overall I suppose I am still going with Richard Cox a bit more but I do like them both.     



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said at 8:30 AM on Wed Dec 7 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I'll be honest Kappei Yamaguchi I thought was kinda annoying as Inuyasha(and Ranma for that matter)

But regardless both of these guys are good, Darren has a more romantic take and it lends well to Inuyasha's darker moments but not so much his hot blooded moments but he(and Sango) had one of the best voices for Animax

Richard is very solid, he had a passionate voice and has one of the best voices for Ocean too(also with Sango) I think he was flexible and aged well so I'll take him
said at 7:57 AM on Wed Nov 9 2016
Well Darren for me since that's the voice I grew up with. Honestly though you can't really compare since it's all about perspective. To those who don't know already, Darren works for Animax which released dubs for anime in Asia long before Funimation and other companies did, he also voiced other notable characters like Ranma and Yusuke Urameshi. The Animax dubs are mostly released in Asia and are meant for non-native English speakers in Asia. The Inuyasha dub by Animax predates the Funimation one by a couple of years, so yes, possibly the latter had access to better equipment, but in my personal opinion, I still believe that Darren does a better job, as do most other Animax VAs, listening to Animax dubs is a trip down memory lane for me, and I imagine its much the same for everyone else, except with whatever dub it was that they originally listened to, so honestly, it is pointless to compare something that people obviously have deep emotional connections to.
said at 9:09 AM on Wed Oct 12 2016
Neither. Kappei is the best for InuYasha
said at 7:21 AM on Sun Feb 14 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
Richard Ian Cox IS InuYasha. Right from the get-go in the dub he was a perfect fit. I like how the casting of Cox as InuYasha mirrors the Japanese casting of Kappei Yamaguchi since both actors previously voiced the Male Ranma, but aside from that Richard does this character perfectly. RIC just has that cool and cocky sounding voice for a jerk with a heart of gold. He's appropriately hot blooded, can be hilarious for the more comedic moments and over all when it came to emote, he nailed it. I consider Richard Ian Cox as InuYasha to be in the same league as Steve Blum as Spike, Marc Diraison as Guts and Brad Swaile's Light Yagami as one of the most perfect main character casting choices they've done in the history of English anime dubbing.

Darren Pleavin is decent in the role though I'm not sure how well he did the more hot blooded and comedic moments. His voice is maybe a bit too nasally sounding, in fact he actually kinda sounds like Derek Stephen Prince. It's rather uncanny.

Darren isn't bad by any means but come on Richard Ian Cox just makes this role and he's got my vote for sure.
said at 7:26 PM on Sun May 1 2016
@Autovolt As someone who saw the Animax dub Darren does sounds like what is shown on this clip all the time
Polyester Funk
said at 12:06 AM on Thu Mar 19 2015
Going with Richard Ian Cox. He showed off a whole range of emotions as InuYasha. Darren sounds decent in this clip I can't say anything more about it since that's it.
said at 2:10 PM on Fri Feb 7 2014
Off topic
Where in the heck are Kagome and Sesshomaru for comparison? Probably the two most controversial voice changes in the series.
said at 11:38 PM on Tue Oct 15 2013
Of course, you know I LOVE me some Richard Ian Cox,

(I even met him in person and copped an autographed picture of his at one of the amine cons)

but Darren Pleavin did an awesome job as the first ever English Inuyasha dub.

I just think that since Richard is so ingrained in our minds

(and childhoods)

as the one and only English Inuyasha voice, anyone else just sounds wrong or mismatched.

Richard sounds more angry and angsty,

(which I love)

but Darren sounds more smooth and romantic in this clip.

So yeah, I love both of their work here, and seeing as I like them equally in different ways,

(like polar-opposites different)

I have no idea who to vote for, so I just won't do it. :)

Thanks, beautiful voices guys!
said at 2:30 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Both voices are perfect, but there's no question who has the more emotion and passion in his performance. Richard Cox nails it.
said at 5:21 AM on Thu Apr 18 2013
I've never heard the North American dub, so I guess I like Darren Pleavin better. (I actually prefer his voice in this compare).
said at 3:43 AM on Mon Feb 4 2013
Darren's take on Inuyasha is far too light and soft. It just isn't Inuyasha if he doesn't sound like he's forcing his emotions out. Richard Ian Cox is the only Inuyasha for this girl.
said at 2:04 PM on Wed Aug 8 2012
Richard Cox! Such versatility in his acting-- he handled the anger, the mischief, the humor, and the craziness so well, while at the same time doing a wonderful job in the somber moments. Love him!!
Psyche's Rose
said at 5:45 PM on Sat Jun 16 2012
Richard did a great job with this performance. Unfortunately in my mind he's been character typed. Oh well. Sorry Darren, you just didn't cut it. Richard's voice expressed the somber moment while still keeping in all of the characteristics that make up Inuyasha's personality. Darren just did the feeling of the moment and didn't have the spunk, dermination, akwardness, and hotheadedness that make up Inuyasha while at the same time expressing his gentler side. (yes it's a lot to swollow, but like real people characters are this complex)
said at 6:42 PM on Sat May 12 2012
RICHARD COX ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry Darren. your voice is just not fit for inuyasha like Richards voice is. His voice goes great with his personality. Dont u agree?
said at 3:53 AM on Sat Mar 31 2012
I prefer Darren :) In this clip, he may not sound good but in the first few episodes of the series, he is awesome and so is Andrea, as Kagome. Both sounded very youthful :)
said at 7:24 AM on Fri Mar 11 2011
richard all the way he sounds the best
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