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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Goemon Ishikawa XIII with sound clips and images.
Goemon Ishikawa XIII is the thirteenth generation of the historical samurai of the same name.

He is a martial arts master and has displayed near superhuman abilities such as slicing bullets in half before they make contact and splitting a bolt of lightning. With his sword Zantetsuken he is nearly invincible in a fight.

Goemon is usually a quiet person and participates in Lupin's capers less frequently than Jigen and Fujiko. He does not take another' life unless challenged to a duel. He often meditates and trains to improve himself and eliminate any weaknesses.

Goemon Ishikawa XIII was first voiced in an English dub for the JAL version of The Secret of Mamo. This is also known as the Toho or HK version. There are no official credits for this dub so the voice actor is unknown.

Goemon was voiced by Steve Kramer in 2/3 Streamline Lupin III projects. Steve Kramer voiced Goemon in the original English dub of The Castle of Cagliostro and 2 episodes of the Part II TV Series. Streamline released these 2 episodes in 2 individuals releases called Tales of the Wolf: Volume 1 and Tales of the Wolf: Volume 2. It was also re-released as Lupin III: Greatest Capers.

AnimEigo's English dub of The Fuma Conspiracy had Goemon voiced by Mark Franklin. This was later re-released by Discotek Media.

In Streamline's English dub for The Secret of Mamo Goemon was not voiced by Steve Kramer but by Kirk Thornton.

For the MangaUK English dubs of Lupin III: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis (which isn't licensed for Region 1)  and Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo, Goemon is voiced by Garrick Hagon.

Manga Entertainment created their own English dub for The Castle of Cagliostro and in this version Goemon is voiced by Richard Epcar (who also played Jigen in the Geneon English dubs).

Geneon Entertainment (previously known as Pioneer Entertainment) created English dubs for the TV Series Part II (79 out of 155 episodes) and a brand new English dub for The Secret of Mamo. In the Geneon dubs Goemon is voiced by Lex Lang.

Funimation Entertainment licensed several Lupin III TV Specials and Movies, and in these English dubs Goemon is voiced by Mike McFarland. McFarland reprises the role in Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

*Special thanks to Satoshi who provided the JAL clip!
Created by Jackson_H on Thu Aug 19 2010, 16 Comments, Add Comment
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Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo (1994)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIIUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Lupin the 3rd: Part II (1993)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIISteve Kramer
Steve Kramer
Lupin the 3rd: The Fuma Conspiracy (1995)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIIMark Franklin
Mark Franklin
Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo (1994)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIIKirk Thornton
Kirk Thornton
Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis (1996)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIIGarrick Hagon
Garrick Hagon
Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1991)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIIRichard Epcar
Richard Epcar
Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo (1994)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIILex Lang
Lex Lang
Lupin the 3rd: Missed by a Dollar (2006)
Goemon Ishikawa XIIIMike McFarland
Mike McFarland

EDITOR'S OPINION

My personal favorite voices for this character are by Lex Lang and then Kirk Thornton.


Jackson_H

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Torak
said at 1:06 PM on Tue Sep 16 2014
I'll compare the actors here a little differently to what I did for the other Lupin characters:

1. Kirk Thornton - He's the perfect stoic, quiet, straight forward and serious Sumarai. The performance and accent is perfect. That's all I can say.

2. Mike McFarland - If only the voice director of he (whichever) decided to keep the Japanese accent he used for some of the movies because he defiantly would've been my favourite, but I really enjoy his performances as they are.

3. Steve Kramer - It is only one line but... it's a damn good one line!

4. Lex Lang - Overrated in this role. He has the serious demeanour but his performance and voice is just so generic if he was using the voice for a different character I wouldn't tell he difference.

The rest have decent performances but odd deliveries and voices for Goemon.
Torak
said at 1:09 PM on Tue Sep 16 2014
Oops, forgot Richard Epcar. I'll put him above Lex, I liked the performance but its a little weird hearing him as Jigen and Goemon too.
xRighteous
said at 7:56 PM on Fri Feb 28 2014
Epcar simply because he sounds different than his normal voice! in fact he's almost unnoticeable! Love his line "This is unworthy of my blade".
Troodon2
said at 11:45 PM on Mon Dec 9 2013
What if Phil LaMarr voiced him?!
UltimateSSJ4GokouEX
said at 4:52 PM on Sun Jul 14 2013
1. Mike McFarland
2. Lex Lang
3. Kirk Thornton
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 1:01 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
1. (Tie) Lex Lang & Kirk Thornton- Both were wonderfully natural choices for the role here as they suited the stoic swordsman rather well. Sure Lex had a bit more material to work with but Kirk's work was really good too.

2. Richard Epcar- Not as good as the previous two but it does work with the role fairly well by its own merits. I mean yes Richard did voice Goemon first but its a little odd to hear him as Goemon since he is more known for voicing Jigen.

3. Mike McFarland- Mike's performance is pretty good but he does lose some points on how inconsistent his voice can be as sometimes it sounds like he is doing a Japanese accent and sometimes it doesn't.

4. (Tie) UVA & Mark Franklin- They do sound like they are from an old english dub of a Martial Arts movie but their voices are actually not bad and do kind of work with the role in a way.

5. Steve Kramer- Kind of generic but decent

6. Garrick Hagon- His voice sounds a bit strange and his performance sounds like he is trying a little too hard to act like an old fashioned Samurai.
animfan98
said at 11:33 AM on Thu Jun 20 2013
1. Richard Epcar
2. Kirk Thornton
3. Garrick Hagon
4. Lex Lang
5. Unknown Voice Actor
6. Steve Kramer
7. Mike McFarland
8. Mark Franklin
BTW, the unknown voice actor is William Ross.
animfan98
said at 11:20 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@animfan98 My ranks as of today:
1. Kirk Thornton
2. Richard Epcar
3. Lex Lang
4. Mike McFarland
5. Unknown VA (William Ross?)
6. Mark Franklin
7. Garrick Hagon
8. Steve Kramer
PurpleWarrior13
said at 12:29 AM on Thu Mar 21 2013
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Kirk Thornton is definitely my pic. He's the only one who actually sounded like a samurai. The rest didn't sound memorable or interesting. I guess Mike McFarland would be a fairly distant second though.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 11:18 AM on Fri Nov 16 2012
I'm going to go with McFarland here.
Porchops
said at 11:08 AM on Fri May 18 2012
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Never liked Lex Lang, he sounds boring and generic, Steve Kramer is bland and uninspiring. Epcar was pretty good in Cagliostro, but I like McFarland(he's probubly the ONLY voice I really like in Funimation's dub) the best; I aways thought Goemon worked best with a little bit of addittue.
SparklyShake12
said at 5:12 AM on Thu Jan 5 2012
My Ranks:
1. Lex Lang
2. Richard Epcar
3. Mike McFarland
4. Kirk Thornton
5. Steve Kramer (Even though it's a short clip, he sounded all right)
6. Mark Franklin
7. Unknown Voice Actor
8. Garrick Hagon
JTurner
said at 11:38 PM on Fri Mar 4 2011
Goemon doesn't have much dialogue in THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO, so it's a bit difficult to evaluate his overall performance. Under the circumstances, though, both Richard and Steve did pretty good, although I personally think I have to say I think Richard has the advantage because he actually sounds like a stoic warrior. Kramer is a bit too raspy sounding for my tastes, although he's not too bad considering the circumstances.
mvx248 (Guest)
said at 3:52 PM on Thu Aug 19 2010
My ranking:
1. Kirk Thornton
2. Richard Epcar
3. Mike McFarland
4. Steve Kramer
5. Mark Franklin
6. Unknown Voice Actor
7. Lex Lang
8. Garrick Hagon
satoshi
said at 1:38 PM on Thu Aug 19 2010
Kirk Thornton is just a perfect choice. "The serious Samurai" is just something hes good at, and the accent he gives helps to. Epcar and McFarland are both a close 2nd for me. I don't really like the others. I just don't feel like Lex Lang is truly Goemon. His voice really feels better for more rebellious characters, but hes not bad too bad compared to the others. The unknown voice actor is definitely my least favorite probably do to his scripting. The way he talks is so awkward and wordy and just feel incredibly unnatural.


Also I don't its really possible to get a longer Kramer clip. I have streamline dub of Castle of Cagliostro, but he hardly says much there so I don't think it would really help. He wasn't very good either
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:00 PM on Thu Aug 19 2010
if anyone has a longer Steve Kramer clip I'd gladly replace the current one.


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