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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Inspector Koichi Zenigata with sound clips and images.
Inspector Koichi Zenigata is an Interpol agent who's life mission is to capture Arsene Lupin III. He was originally a Tokyo Police Officer until he transferred to the ICPO so he could follow Lupin across any country.

Despite being enemies with Lupin they also seem to have a small friendship. There are numerous occasions where Zenigata has cried when he believes Lupin to be dead; often saying that if Lupin had let himself be arrested the death could've been prevented.

Zenigata is sometimes portrayed as a bumbling fool, but he is also very clever and can often see through Lupin's disguises. Even though Zenigata's life goal is to capture Lupin, a small part of him wants Lupin to escape on the rare occasions he succeeds; so he can further enjoy the thrill of the chase.

Inspector Koichi Zenigata 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.

Zenigata was voiced by David Povall in the Streamline English dubs. David Povall voiced Zenigata in the original English dub of The Castle of Cagliostro, a new English dub of Secret of Mamo and 2 episodes of the Part II TV Series. These two episodes #145 "Albatross; The Wings of Death" and #155 "Farwell, Beloved Lupin" were directed by Anime Guru Hayao Miyazaki who also directed The Castle of Cagliostro. 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 Zenigata voiced by Marc Matney. This was later re-released by Discotek.

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, Zenigata is voiced by Sean Barret.

Manga Entertainment created their own English dub for The Castle of Cagliostro and in this version Zenigata is voiced by Kevin Seymour.

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 Zenigata is voiced by Jake Martin (A.K.A. Dan Martin).

Funimation Entertainment licensed several Lupin III TV Specials and Movies, and in these English dubs Zenigata is voiced by Philip Wilburn.

*Special thanks to Satoshi who provided the JAL clip!
Created by Jackson_H on Tue Aug 17 2010, 15 Comments, Add Comment
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Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo (1994)
Inspector Koichi ZenigataUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1991)
Inspector Koichi ZenigataDavid Povall
David Povall
Lupin the 3rd: The Fuma Conspiracy (1995)
Inspector Koichi ZenigataMarc Matney
Marc Matney
Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis (1996)
Inspector Koichi ZenigataSean Barrett
Sean Barrett
Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1991)
Inspector Koichi ZenigataKevin Seymour
Kevin Seymour
Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo (1994)
Inspector Koichi ZenigataDan Martin
Dan Martin
Lupin the 3rd: Dead or Alive (2005)
Inspector Koichi ZenigataPhillip Wilburn
Phillip Wilburn

EDITOR'S OPINION

Although some of these voice actors had very different voices from each other I'd say most of them were fitting for this character.

My favorite voices for Zenigata are by Philip Wilburn and Dan Martin.


Jackson_H

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Torak
said at 12:41 PM on Tue Sep 16 2014
Zenigata... Where would Lupin be without good ol' paps chasing him down constantly? xD

Anyway, I'm not too sure who to go for here. In terms of voice: Doug and Phillip seemed the most natural and unique voices on the poll. In terms of acting though (where it counts): Dan is easily the stand out for how over-the-top he is!

I feel the rest were miscasts here as their voices didn't really suit Zenigata, which is a shame because some of them have decent voices (namely David and Sean).
I will give my vote to Dan though just for how entertaining his performance was. :-)
xRighteous
said at 7:53 PM on Fri Feb 28 2014
Kevin Seymour without a doubt. RIP Kevin.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 3:29 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
Dan Martin is awesome as an over-the-top Zenigata, while Phillip makes a more natural one. Doug Grant and Dave Povall are also good in those respective areas too. The UVA, Marc Matney, and Sean Barret sucked.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 1:11 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Dan Martin- Easily Dan's finest work (though unlike the others he hasn't had a lot of work) as it suited the role very well.

2. Dougary Grant- Very good and unlike some of the other performances in the dub of this movie I can actually picture Dougary's work fitting a more traditional take on the character here.

3. David Povall- While I am not sure it would fit the role in general but it did suit how Zenigata was in this movie pretty well.

4. Phillip Wilburn- This was my least favorite performance of Lupin's main crew in FUNi's dub as Philip's voice for the role did seem a bit strange to me at first. But at least Philip's performance for the role was not too bad though.

5. UVA- Acting was a little wooden but I actually kind of liked the voice here.

6. Marc Matney & Sean Barrett- When it comes to both voice and performance both of these guys were just trying too hard.
animfan98
said at 11:38 AM on Thu Jun 20 2013
1. Dougary Grant
2. David Povall
3. Sean Barrett
4. Dan Martin
5. Unknown Voice Actor
6. Phillip Wilburn
7. Marc Matney
Greg Starr voiced him in the Toho dub.
animfan98
said at 11:26 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@animfan98 My ranks as of today:
1. Dougary Grant
2. David Povall
3. Dan Martin
4. Sean Barrett
5. Unknown VA (Greg Starr?)
6. Richard Epcar
7. Phillip Wilburn
8. Marc Matney
Shouldn't there be a clip of the latest Zenigata (Richard Epcar)? I can provide one, if you want.
Sarujo
said at 12:52 AM on Sun Mar 24 2013
I have to with Dan Martin since Zenigata is suppose to be an over the top comedy relief. And Martin does this perfectly.
Porchops
said at 3:04 PM on Sun May 27 2012
Though in all fairness Goro Naya himself hasn't been meeting his own standards as of late. Sadly his throat cancer has let to a very grating throaty performance. And like most of the original cast, he hasn't been showing the same level of enthusiasm as he used to. So in other words Goro Naya in his PRIME was by far the best Zenigata.
Porchops
said at 5:21 PM on Wed May 9 2012
To brutally honest, I don't really think any of these voice actors do Zenigata justice. Matney and Martin sound riduculously overdone, the unknown voice actor sounds flat and generic, Povall and Barrett are mistcast, Willburn sounds ok I guess, though a bit dull. Grant is the only one that sounds half-way decent. He seems to be trying to imitate Goro Naya, but not as charming nor as funny. Or I might just be biased to the totally awesome Goro Naya:).
Porchops
said at 3:06 PM on Tue May 8 2012
No one's ever going to be as funny as Goro Naya. Yamadera's pretty cool though.
SmartyBoyboy
said at 9:27 PM on Wed Feb 8 2012
That's Jack Grimes as so-called Ed Scott in the JAL dub.
JTurner
said at 11:29 PM on Fri Mar 4 2011
Going with CAGLIOSRO, I really loved Doughary Grant's Zenigata. He was zany, funny, and obviously was having fun. He did sound considerably scratchy, but the exuberance he brings to the role was spot-on. His bad acting scene was a riot. Perhaps because of that, I found Povall's take very jarring. His delivery isn't bad at all, but there was something about his tone of voice that seemed very... strange, almost like Ernie/Kermit the Frog, which I found a bit odd. I'm not saying he did a bad job, but I personally found Doughary funnier.
satanmcnugget (Guest)
said at 5:50 PM on Mon Jan 3 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
@ig37

Zenigata's SUPPOSED to be over-the-top. Haven't you ever heard Goro Naya's performance?
ig37 (Guest)
said at 5:51 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
They are all good, but Phillip Wilburn's was the most believable as a person. To often I think voice actors go to over the top for my taste.
mxv248 (Guest)
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Aug 17 2010
My ranking:
1. David Povall
2. Unknown Voice Actor
3. Phillip Wilburn
4. Dougary Grant
5. Marc Matney
6. Sean Barrett
7. Jake Martin


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David Povall
Marc Matney
Sean Barrett
Kevin Seymour
Dan Martin
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