Created by Pokejedservo on Jun 8 2011
EDITOR'S OPINIONToday on the Naruto VC section we have a little something for the Toad Sage himself... JIRAIYA! We will actually start off with the US release of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja the first Naruto game for the PS2 in which Richard Cansino was the first to voice Jiraiya here. Apparently Jiraiya was one of the Naruto characters whom had a certain English VA for their debut but was replaced by a different VA (and generally stay that way) shortly afterwards and Jiraiya is one of those characters. (However this was also due to the fact that the English release of the first Naruto game for the PS2 came out before Jiraiya appeared in the English dub of the series.) Anyways Richard's brief work for the role is a bit of a mixed bag as he well to be blunt sounds a bit too young for the role. I mean I know that Richard himself was in his early 50's when he was doing voice work for the game but still I do feel that Richard's voice for the role did sound a little too young. However to be fair Richard's performance for the role wasn't bad as it did sound have a pretty good over the top feel which can be pretty suiting for Jiraiya especially in this case. So in other words its not the worst stand-in performance I have heard but its certainly not the best either.
Now for the English dub of the TV series (and the majority of Jiraiya's other appearances) David Lodge gets to take over the role here. David Lodge's performance as Jiraiya is quite possibly one of his most renowned performances and quite frankly I can understand why. For starters David's voice for the role is a bit more age appropriate and he can go from wonderfully over the top when Jiraiya is being a wacky pervert to a more somber performance when Jiraiya is being more of a serious mentor. David Lodge's work as Jiraiya is easily a great example of his work and one of the better performances in the English dub of the series.
While David Lodge did voice Jiraiya in a lot of his appearances after Naruto Ultimate Ninja, apparently he wasn't available for the US release of the Sony PSP game "Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress" so Wally Wingert gets to take over the role instead. While Wally's voice does seem a bit younger and different from David Lodge's voice for the role to be honest I do think that it still does work for the role pretty well. At least Wally did do a suitable fairly over the top performance for the role as his voice does work for the role in its own way. Overall I am going with David Lodge the most but I will go with Wally Wingert as a pretty good second place with Richard Cansino in third.