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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Sanji with sound clips and images.
Sanji is the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates who's goal is to find the All Blue. He enjoys flirting with beautiful women and swears a lot when he fights. He was the fifth person to join the Straw Hat crew.

In the 4Kids English dub version he was originally voiced by David Moo. In the Funimation English dub version Sanji is voiced by Eric Vale. In a lesser known English dub version by Odex Ltd Sanji was voiced by Joe Murray from episode 20-67 until he left and was then voiced by Paul Pistore from episode 68-104.
Created by Jackson_H on Sat Sep 12 2009, 84 Comments, Add Comment
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One Piece (2004)
SanjiDavid Moo
David Moo
One Piece (2004)
SanjiEric Vale
Eric Vale
One Piece (2004)
SanjiJoseph Murray
Joseph Murray
One Piece (2004)
SanjiPaul Pistore
Paul Pistore

EDITOR'S OPINION

My favorite voice for Sanji from these voice actors is Eric Vale's voice. Joe Murray's voice is alright but I'm not sure if it's a good fit. Paul Pistore's voice was decent too but not very memorable. Then there's David Moo's voice for Sanji. The poor guy has been flamed pretty bad by some fans. The Brooklyn accent didn't work well for the character, but we must remember that sometimes the casting director & voice director are at fault too. 

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Savate
said at 6:39 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
The only one I like is Eric Vale from this group: David Moo was...he sounded like he had some kind of sinus infection...granted it's freaking hilarious to listen to, but it's all wrong for Sanji. Paul Pistore is okay, but way too bland, and the same goes for Joe Murray.
HienFan
said at 7:41 AM on Thu Apr 10 2014
I think I'm gonna change my vote to Joe Murray since he's decent enough on both the funny and serious Sanji wherelse Eric is good for serious moment but is horrible on comedy and David is the other way around
HienFan
said at 8:15 PM on Mon Mar 3 2014
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Ya know something, Eric Vale is generally better but when he's in his in love mode I prefer David his voice is so ridiculously funny that it works for comedic moments like these
Savate
said at 7:23 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
@HienFan
I have to disagree: Eric pulls off the lovey-dovey moments really well, while David just sounds plain creepy doing them, IMO.
HienFan
said at 5:59 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@Savate Meh not like that is gonna save David's take
Savate
said at 6:02 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@HienFan
Yeah, that's true!
HienFan
said at 6:07 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@Savate I still remember that ridiculous voice in the Grand Battle games shudder I expected something like Eric not a drunkard lung cancer voice
Savate
said at 6:08 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@HienFan
Same here: voice direction killed David Moo here.
HienFan
said at 7:36 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
@Savate Sad for poor David, he was good in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

His other work Xellos... Well that really depends(I think he sounds drunk, I prefer the guy in Revolution)
Savate
said at 7:37 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
@HienFan
Agreed on both accounts: I liked David as that Panik guy from Yu-Gi-Oh as well.
munsonx4
said at 8:36 AM on Sun Feb 23 2014
After hearing purpleeyeswtf's voice for sanji in Code Ment Episode 13, it makes me realize what David Moo could've sounded and acted like as Sanji without the bad voice directors.
SalaComMander
said at 12:31 AM on Mon Feb 24 2014
@munsonx4 I recommend looking into the game One Piece: Grand Adventure.

David is at his absolute best in that game, and it sounds frankly fantastic. His voice is not nearly as deep and nasally. And the way he delivers the line "No more orders, we're done for the day" is just flawless.

Check it out, you might be surprised.

http://youtu.be/MO6c4XbFF7A?t=4m30s
munsonx4
said at 9:53 PM on Thu Apr 3 2014
@SalaComMander Haha pretty good! Wonder what her would sound like now as Sanji. Given if he was still voice acting and improved his sanji voice!
munsonx4
said at 9:54 PM on Thu Apr 3 2014
@munsonx4 Sorry meant to say he not her.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:40 AM on Sun Oct 6 2013
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Eric Vale, hands down. He best captures the tough yet genlemanly waiter. David Moo had potential that just got killed by bad voice direction, and Joseph Murray could have been okay too: I quite like the accent there. Paul Pistore is the worst. As bland as bland can get.
Soldierkei
said at 11:29 AM on Fri Sep 27 2013
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I liked Moo's performance as a kid. Mainly because I found it silly. So it's more I was laughing at it, and I'd find myself copying it. But I'm giving it to Eric Vale. But I prefer his take on Sanji when he first got the role, so basically before they had that long hiatus. Not its more raspy than it was at first, and its lost of that Vale suaveness it had at first. Still, Vale.
HienFan
said at 4:45 AM on Wed Sep 11 2013
Funny how Eric Vale and David Moo's votes are reverse of each other

Either way Sanji is one of the few I prefer his Funimation voice over the 4Kids one

But meh the dubbing in Malaysia is awful
HienFan
said at 11:55 PM on Mon Jan 20 2014
@HienFan 1 Eric Vale
2 Joseph Murray
3 David Moo
4 Paul Pistore- For some reason he reminds me of Simon the Sorcerer in Simon 4. That's not a good thing
OldSchoolFTW
said at 5:02 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
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Oddly enough, I have to say David Moo's tone actually sounds closer to Hiroaka Hirata's than Eric Vale's overall. No joke: I think I can kind of see 4Kids' reasoning for their pick for Sanji now.

I mean, don't get me wrong, Moo was directed horribly and he sounded awful as Sanji most of the time (especially in the love scenes..."You remember me rii-ght...any chance ya free FRI-day," but I do see where the idea for that voice came from somewhat.

Anyway, Eric Vale is the best to me. Like PurpleWarrior13 said, he even sounds like a smoker. He has the tone and delivery Sanji really needs and his direction is pretty good for the most part. He's fantastic in the perverted Sanji scenes and he has the suave young man tone down very well. He has really made the character his own over the years, and is very easy on the ears for me.

Joseph Murray and Paul Pistore are as generic as you can get, and have little to no personality. They may not be as rough on the ears as David Moo was, but overall their performances are even weaker than Moo's for me.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 6:51 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
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Eric Vale fits the character's personality better, and even sounds like a smoker. David Moo wasn't awful in the long run, but the voice direction suffered, and the character just sounds like a chain-smoking Brooklyn mobster (ironic since his cigarette was edited out). Out of the Odex actors, I prefer Paul, since he sounded like a loyal, youthful gentleman crazy about the women, which fit pretty well. Joe Murray just sounded forced.
Fortenium
said at 12:13 PM on Mon Mar 3 2014
@PurpleWarrior13 That's what I love with FUNimation is the subtleties like Vale sounding like a smoker.
PacoSlimee
said at 11:50 PM on Mon Jun 17 2013
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One of my main complaints with the 4kids dub was their weird habit of giving people accents when it wasn't needed, but I will admit I think David Moo's voice does fit Sanji very well. Now I'm so used to it, that Eric Vale's voice just sounds bizarre. I think Eric does give a great performance though. Not sure who to vote for.
Kirsten
said at 5:45 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
I prefer Vale.
MatthewC17
said at 12:22 AM on Mon Jan 21 2013
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The phrase "So bad it's hilarious" will never be acceptable to me
Nothing ruins an English dub like bad acting
OldSchoolFTW
said at 4:58 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
@MatthewC17
So true. Even the worst number of edits or lame lines for dialogue are nothing compared to bad voice acting that makes the characters' unlikeable and frustrating to deal with for me.
Manch
said at 9:30 AM on Thu Oct 25 2012
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David Moo's voice is pretty entertaining.
MrParadox
said at 7:10 PM on Sun Sep 16 2012
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I kind of feel sorry for David. Out of all the actors hit with the 4Kids direction, he has the worst. Honestly, not even sure what to think of him if he had better guidance.

Eric does a fantastic job as Sanji, his voice is a bit scratchy which fits in this case as Sanji is a heavy smoker despite Funimation editing out the cigarette.

Joe and Paul do not fit at all.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 12:16 AM on Sat Nov 17 2012
@MrParadox I have heard that David Moo himself disagreed with the direction 4Kids took the character in. Him and Veronica Taylor got hit hard with bad voice direction, despite being great voice actors.

Also, FUNimation only edited the cigarette for the Cartoon Network broadcast. The DVDs have the cigarette, and everything else in the animation, unaltered.
SalaComMander
said at 2:13 PM on Mon Apr 1 2013
@MrParadox

I suggest trying out One Piece: Grand Battle/Adventure. In those games, the voice directors knew what they were doing, and as a result, Sanji sounds fantastic
Jarred95
said at 3:16 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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I just don't see how anyone could pick Moo
Metabad
said at 8:00 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@Jarred95 I'd say for jokes, although I have seen some posts saying he's underrated or more distinct and memorable.
Jarred95
said at 9:02 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
@Metabad Your probably right
SalaComMander
said at 2:23 PM on Mon Apr 1 2013
@Jarred95

I picked David out of 100% honest, sincere, no-joking preference to David's voice. The Brooklyn accent fits the character quite well, and as Metabad pointed out, it makes him more distinct. In a world of unique characters, everyone has something to make them stand out, and the accents characters had in the 4Kids version helped with that.

Sanji is easily my favorite voice from 4Kids, and I know several people agree. I was in an Anime Club in high school, and almost everyone there said they preferred the accent. I've even met people who hate the 4Kids version, but still said they preferred the accent.

So, next time you think it's impossible for people to have a different opinion from you, take some time to think it over.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 5:12 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
@SalaComMander
I actually think David's rendition sounds closer to his Japanese seiyu on this one. That being said I didn't like his performance at all and vastly prefer Eric Vale, but I can see where you're coming from and I respect your opinion.
anarky
said at 10:49 AM on Fri Jul 27 2012
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eric vale
MatthewC17
said at 3:55 AM on Wed Jul 25 2012
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Take away the accent and David Moo would have been a decent Sanji
SalaComMander
said at 2:24 PM on Mon Apr 1 2013
@MatthewC17

I disagree. In fact, go the other way. Give Eric the accent, and he would have been a decent Sanji.
MatthewC17
said at 1:58 AM on Mon Jul 23 2012
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Joe and Paul scream "generic"
Hayworth
said at 7:22 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
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I remember reading the Baratie arc when it was running in Shonen Jump around the same time the 4kids dub was airing it on TV, and being kind of weirded out by Sanji not sounding at all how I heard him in my head.
Voice direction aside (because I doubt there's a single actor in the 4kids dub who wouldn't do better under other circumstances) the voice itself is just... inappropriate. Nothing about the way Sanji looks or acts suggests that this voice would come out of that body.
Yes it sounds distinct. But it's not distinct for a good reason; I hear some other character, sure, but sure as hell not Sanji.
Eric Vale, while not the best choice for the character, at least is believable as Sanji. The worst I can really say about him is that he's just kind of average; he hits some marks and misses others, but it doesn't take mental gymnastics to match that voice to the character.
The Odex voices... are pretty unimpressive. They're both too high, kind of stilted... just boring really. I mean, at least Moo's voice is good for a laugh
SalaComMander
said at 2:26 PM on Mon Apr 1 2013
@Hayworth

If you want to hear what the 4Kids actors are truly capable of, play One Piece: Grand Adventure

Here is samples
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poiEAVXL6dk
NikLotus
said at 4:20 PM on Wed Jun 27 2012
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Eric Vale is the best fit for Sanji here, if a little generic. I'd like to hear something a little more distinctive. I thought Murray and Pistore were just flat-out bland.

But I can't stop listening to David Moo's read... It's just so unique! It grabs your attention and forces you to listen and bond with it. It's not a voice you think of when you look at prissy, girl-crazy Sanji, but I really like it. I didn't see the 4Kids dub, but I could see this Sanji voice getting annoying after a while, and the transition from serious Sanji to goofy/lovestruck Sanji would be too weird.
SalaComMander
said at 11:56 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
@NikLotus

Play Grand Battle/Grand Adventure. Better acting quality than the anime (because the voice directors know what the hell they're doing there) and Sanji doesn't talk enough that you'd get sick of him.

Overall, however, I find David's unique twist on the character to be the high point of Sanji. Usopp and Sanji are the characters that drew me into One Piece, and when I heard that Funimation took over, the first question I asked was if Sanji sounded the same, and the second question I asked was if he still had the accent. When both answers were "No", I gave up watching the series.

I suppose if I didn't have David to compare him to, Eric would be ok with me, but I wouldn't like the character at all. His voice is just so non-descript that I would forget what he sounded like whenever he stopped talking.

But, these are just my opinions. Feel free to disagree.
Fulgore2005
said at 7:20 AM on Fri Apr 13 2012
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Eric Vale- His voice greatly fits Sanji and is incredibly smooth and natural. I vote for him.

David Moo- While the accent is so odd and doesn't fit Sanji at all, the voice is no doubt interesting and it captures Sanji's smugness very well.
MatthewC17
said at 4:49 PM on Mon Mar 26 2012
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Eric Vale's voice suits Sanji well
Even if it is his Kimblee voice from Fullmetal Alchemist
Ironman1148
said at 4:53 PM on Mon Mar 19 2012
David Moo was the best in my opinon he gave sanji character showed his personality and gavve him a serious deep emotional voice in key moments, Eric is just as good better its bland somewhat like he didnt focus enough on individuality and his voice melts into mush*lacking emotion* in my head. The other two voices were way too wacky and did not go at all with the character
SalaComMander
said at 10:11 PM on Fri Feb 24 2012
Now I KNOW it's not a coincidence. Those comments were there for an entire day before they "mysteriously disappeared". Am I expected to believe that I am plagued by the most procrastinistic glitch in the world?
SalaComMander
said at 10:54 PM on Fri Feb 24 2012
@SalaComMander

Please note. I am fully aware that "procrastinistic" is not an actual word. But it sounded better than any alternative I could think of at the time.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:19 PM on Fri Feb 24 2012
@SalaComMander If you're having any problems, they should really be reported in the forums.
SalaComMander
said at 11:26 PM on Fri Feb 24 2012
@NCZ

Nah. Don't want to bother you guys any more than I have to...currently just having a battle of wits with an apparent glitch.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:27 AM on Sat Feb 25 2012
@SalaComMander It really should go in the forums. The comments are here to discuss the voice compare, not to report glitches.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:27 AM on Sat Feb 25 2012
@SalaComMander Plus, posting it in the comments is even more of a bother than if you did so in the forum.
partymonster411
said at 12:27 PM on Mon Jan 16 2012
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Eric Vale is the best but i cant get David Moo's voice out of my head when i see him
Fortenium
said at 11:04 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
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Eric Vale did nothing short of nail the role of Sanji. His range is amazing because he has two distinct tones to match the situation, which are the normal / serious scenes and the lovestruck / silly Sanji.

David Moo is the worst. He didn't come anywhere even close to sounding like Sanji. He sounded more like a monotone Brooklyn gangster.

Joseph Murray and Paul Pistore both at least fared decently. Considering how blah the Odex dub was, Sanji stands out as at least having a good voice to match the character.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:13 PM on Wed Oct 5 2011
I think all four are pretty good.
But I'm voten for Moo just to spite people
ConfusedPhantom
said at 1:29 AM on Sun Sep 25 2011
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Gonna go with Eric Vale. I don't think he's the best choice for the character, but he does a decent job.

said at 2:53 PM on Sun Jul 24 2011
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Probably Eric Vale for this one although surprisingly I really appreciate David Moo's voice for the role. It's unique and has the same smugness that the character needs.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:25 PM on Tue Jun 21 2011
Four guys and three of them don't even come CLOSE to Eric Johnson. He fits the character perfectly.

Paul Pistore sounds flat, Joseph Murray has a bad raspy voice and accent, and David Moo...do we even NEED to go there?
MatthewC17
said at 12:33 AM on Mon Jun 13 2011
Going with Eric Vale on this one since the scenes where Sanji gets flirty are perfect for his voice
SalaComMander
said at 6:31 PM on Mon Apr 25 2011
Anyone who says "Everyone who says ____ is only fooling themselves" needs to think their words through. David made Sanji unique and memorable. Eric's voice is so nondescript and overall boring, I forget it the moment he's done talking. David may not have expressed as much personality or emotion, but he made the character stand out and overall made Sanji fun to listen to.

When I heard that Funimation took over One Piece, the first question I asked was "Does Sanji sound the same?...Well does he at least still have the Brooklyn accent?...Well that sucks."

said at 12:02 PM on Sat May 7 2011
@SalaComMander
"Uniqueness" isn't the point of the character. When your barely-out-of-his-teens charmer sounds like Rocky Balboa with a sinus problem, there's something very wrong with your voice direction.
SalaComMander
said at 11:22 PM on Sat May 7 2011
@TheSwedishElf

Voice direction being key, here.

Ever played One Piece Grand Battle/Adventure? You'll notice a huge difference in voice quality out of David, and everyone else for that matter.

What does this prove? While the 4Kids cast may have screwed up the anime, they've proven they were capable of doing a hell of a lot better. That is why I judge these characters' voices off of what I heard in Grand Adventure.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:27 PM on Tue Jun 21 2011
@SalaComMander David Moo sounded better in Grand Battle, but that doesn't change the fact that he sucked in the main show and that his accent just wasn't right for Sanji. It was funny but not in-character at all.
SalaComMander
said at 11:35 PM on Fri Mar 23 2012
@Galactic_Cyrus

Well, that's your opinion, anyway. I have a surprising number of One Piece loving friends and not one of them has ever said that his accent was unfitting in the least. In fact, hardly any of them are fine with Eric Vale's rather uninteresting take on the character.

But, like I said...this is all opinion.

said at 9:10 PM on Wed Mar 30 2011
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Everyone who says David Moo was the best is only fooling themselves. David made Sanji sound like a mobster with a head cold.
MatthewC17
said at 4:14 PM on Wed Feb 29 2012
@TheSwedishElf I agree I prefer Eric he sounds almost like David minus the accent
Sonic_Blaze
said at 12:28 AM on Wed Mar 30 2011
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Although David wasn't the best, his tone matched more on terms with the Japanese counterpart. Eric is just using his Trunks voice in which at some times it works but then sometimes it's too Trunkslike and I don't need the DBZ in my One PIece whenever I watch. but in either case, David and Eric sound better than the other two options above.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:01 AM on Wed Mar 30 2011
@Sonic_Blaze Really? I don't think Sanji sounds anything like Trunks. Sanji is deeper and Trunks is raspier. Though he does sound like the tournament announcer at times.
Sonic_Blaze
said at 3:20 PM on Sat Jul 9 2011
@NCZ some instances where Eric Vale will say some lines in a certain way that it sounds exactly like Trunks.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:17 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
@Sonic_Blaze Hold on that's something I never really got, why is it bad he sounds like Trunks sometimes? They are not in the same show, VA's can't always sound completly different from there other roles, if that was a factor then we'd have a lot less Voice Acts in the world.
elsie (Guest)
said at 8:43 AM on Thu Jan 27 2011
To those who are saying David Moo was the best are idiots. Seriously!
Sanji is a suave, jazz waiter NOT a Brooklyn biker with a throat infection!
There is no contest with this. Eric Vale wins!
harleyquinn300 (Guest)
said at 9:58 AM on Mon Dec 20 2010
WHY THE HECK DID THEY GET RID OF DAVID MOO?!?! He was the best Sanji ever, and the others are just.. To put in nicely, I can't stand them. When they changed the voice actors for One Piece, is when I stopped watching it. Sorry, I know they work hard, but Moo was the first Sanji, and the best at it.
dez (Guest)
said at 11:02 AM on Sun Oct 31 2010
David Moo was the best Sanji ever
diabloking (Guest)
said at 2:35 PM on Fri Oct 15 2010
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i think that david moo sounded closest to the japanese in terms of voice pitch but has bad voice direction in terms of making him sound like he has a head cold and giving him a Boston accent joseph murray made him sound too young and not deep and suave enough paul pistore sounds a little deeper than murray but still needs to be deeper and suave so i guess my pick is going to be eric johnson because his voice sounds the deepest without the bad voice direction
sumgai (Guest)
said at 3:13 AM on Sun Sep 19 2010
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Seriously? Seriously? Someone is trying to defend David Moo?

I have no more faith in mankind
josh (Guest)
said at 1:49 AM on Tue Aug 31 2010
The first time I ever heard any of the One Piece characters it was under the 4kids dub. Sanji I believe had something going with David Moo. Sanji is a suave guy who always says the right thing and always tries to act the coolest. Plus with Sanji's personality of womanizing I don't think him sounding like Trunks is a good fit. I bet I'm gonna roll over laughing the first time I hear him hit on Nami in the Funimation dub

I don't mind Eric Johnson but the voice is rougher sounding than I think Sanji should sound. I've been keeping up with the series subbed but I recently decide to start from scratch watching the Funimation dub. Maybe after I'll get attached to the voice.
admin (Guest)
said at 12:00 AM on Sat Aug 21 2010
oh ok I've been wondering for a while if it was Paul.

I heard a clip of your Sanji in a youtube video interview and it did sound a bit different.

I'll try and get this fixed asap! :)
joe (Guest)
said at 10:01 PM on Fri Aug 20 2010
your joe murray sample is actually paul pastore. joe murray is also the voice of nanoboy and did reversion of the adventures from the book of virtues.
ashleigh (Guest)
said at 1:04 AM on Sat Apr 24 2010
david moo is the only sanji that will ever sound right to me lol the other guys just.....dont capture his husky arrogance or slight nerdy, obsessive girl fetish
matthew (Guest)
said at 4:12 PM on Sat Mar 20 2010
Eric Vale is a better Sanji he has a more seier sounding voice
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:40 AM on Mon Dec 14 2009
I know but I can't find a voice clip for Paul. If you got a clip or know a streaming vid with his voice for the Sanji ,please send it my way and I'll add him asap
pw13 (Guest)
said at 9:39 PM on Sun Dec 13 2009
You forgot Paul Pistore. He played Sanj in the Odex dub later on.
aj (Guest)
said at 4:07 PM on Sat Dec 12 2009
Eric is perfect for sanji. Anything else just wouldnt sound right with him
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 7:11 PM on Fri Dec 11 2009
just added Joe Murray (odex dub) enjoy!
jeff (Guest)
said at 6:56 PM on Mon Sep 21 2009
I liked Eric a little better because he was much better cast, but really Moo was a good actor in his other work, and it's the 4Kids One Piece naysayers that drove him to retirement and that is why he will not be playing Xellos in the new season of Slayers. But I'll still go with Eric.


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