Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 19 2010
EDITOR'S OPINIONAlright folks for the 5th Maison Ikkoku VC we have what is quite possibly one of the strangest characters in at least a Rumiko Takahashi series namely YOTSUYA! He speaks in a formal and deadpan manner but his mannerisms are often anything BUT formal. When Viz first began their dub of the show in the 90's he was voiced by Gerard Plunkett in which his work is a bit of a mixed bag. When you first hear him in the first episode he speaks with a fairly high and very posh voice for the role which didn't seem quite fitting at first. But at around the mid-section of said episode his Yotsuya voice is somewhat lowered and while he still does have a bit of a British accent he has a calm but somewhat nasal tone as you can hear here which is better. (Though I must say he does kind of sound similar to Jim Brynes, which I know its not the case of course but still.) But while Gerard's voice for the role can seem a little inconsistent his performance never really bothered me though as it still does work pretty well for the role here.
Viz placed their dub of the show on hiatus for a few years ago but when Viz got the Ocean Group back to do more dub episodes but by the time this happened Gerard Plunkett was no longer available so Ron Halder took over the role. And while it took me a bit to warm up to Gerard's work Ron felt a suitable natural choice right from the start. Seriously Ron had a fairly low, deadpan (and yes even British accented) voice which is a natural fit for the formal-sounding nutjob. Overall its probably one of Ron Halder's best performances I have heard so far. Overall both are good but I am going with Ron Halder a bit more.