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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ash Ketchum with sound clips and images.
Ash Ketchum is the protagonist of the Pokemon anime series. His goal is to be the world's greatest Pokemon Master. His hometown is Pallet Town and his very first Pokemon was Pikachu.

Ash has traveled through many regions capturing new Pokemon and battling Gym Leaders to qualify for that region's Pokemon League competition. Ash also seems to have a close connection with various legendary Pokemon such as Ho-Oh; who he has seen multiple times throughout the series.

In the English dub version of the Pokemon anime series by 4Kids Entertainment Ash Ketchum was originally voiced by Veronica Taylor.

Veronica Taylor would voice Ash for 8 seasons of the Pokemon anime and 8 anime films.

In 2006 4Kids Entertainment lost the license for the Pokemon anime to Pokemon USA. Pokemon USA then made the controversial move of recasting all the 4Kids voice actors.

The 10th anniversary special Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon was a testing ground for the new voices. In this special Ash Ketchum was voiced by Kayzie Rogers under the pseudonym of Jaime Peacock.

Fans criticized the voice (among other things) so Pokemon USA then hired Sarah Natochenny to voice Ash Ketchum for the anime series and all future Pokemon films. Pokemon USA would later re-dub the Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon special with Sarah Natochenny as Ash.
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Ash KetchumVeronica Taylor
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CaitKilla
said at 3:10 PM on Mon Jun 15 2015
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor forever and always
HeroRises143
said at 7:07 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
Veronica Taylor for sure was the best Ash like no one ever was: she put a lot of emotion into Ash's voice and she also made him sound like a real boy: the character has lost a lot of his goofy charm and cuteness in her voice without her voicing him nowadays.
HeroRises143
said at 7:27 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@HeroRises143
For the other two, Kayzie Rogers sounds alright, but kind of generic. I

Sarah Natochenny sounds pretty bad to me...sounds too deep and feminine at the same time, and she can't really act- she sounds bored and flat all the time from the few newer XY Series episodes I saw.
starfoxwario
said at 9:27 PM on Fri Mar 6 2015
It's a tie between Veronica and Sarah. Veronica did a great voice for Ash and Sarah has more emotion in her take of his voice.
HeroRises143
said at 7:20 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@starfoxwario
I kinda disagree: I think Veronica had a lot more energy and emotion when she voiced Ash.

Sarah (that is who voices Ash now, right?) kinda sounds monotone and flat when acting and doesn't emote much.
FMAlchemistfan01
said at 5:11 AM on Sat Feb 21 2015
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
@HienFan (continued, I pressed post comment on accident)

after having to watch that pokemon XY/teen titans go! marathon from a few weeks back, i don't think she got better there either. i guess its better than DP but she still didnt settle into the voice. its too deep, too breathy, and strained. also his lines mostly sound sarcastic. the only emotion shes really good at is anger

i can post videos if you want
HienFan
said at 12:27 AM on Sun Mar 8 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 I heard XY already and I heard all the seasons Sarah is in, sorry but I felt she sound super strained on my ears in Battle Frontier and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels the same(if I did well I'm alone on my vote... but there's 40 over people)
FMAlchemistfan01
said at 2:12 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
@HienFan i dont think she sounded strained in battle frontier. maybe flat but not strained, plus she was starting out. heres an example:
https://vimeo.com/89964220
http://www.watchcartoononline.com/pokemon-season-17-xy-episode-36-the-cave-of-mirrors
being worried sounds like being pissed, laughing is just saying Uhh-uhh-uhh like you would when lecturing somebody but faster, crying is saying Her-hurr-hurr, and so on. amazement ("Science is SO AMAZINg" sounds patronizing and throaty
FMAlchemistfan01
said at 5:01 AM on Sat Feb 21 2015
 1 Shout Out! [?]
@HienFan , i can't respond to you directly, so I hope you can see this:

what was wrong with Sarah (BF) compared to after that? the acting was bad but that can be improved, while NOTHING can save a bad voice, NOTHING. i thought she was good then since i could still hear a young boy, which i can't now.
HeroRises143
said at 8:55 AM on Wed Apr 22 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01
I actually agree with you: the MoMP redub and early BF voice worked for me, and all that was needed was better acting. Unfortunately, Natochenny made her Ash voice much deeper and gruffer so by now in XY, it just doesn't fit the character at all.
FMAlchemistfan01
said at 8:11 AM on Sat Feb 7 2015
Veronica taylor is 1st, the acting is good and the voice sounds cool, and it evolved as Ash got older.
Kanto, Orange: 10 - 11
Johto: 12
Hoenn: 13 (14 once the league ends)
Sarah was pretty good when she was doing VT impression but when she did her own thing in DP she was too whiney and strained. i cant' say about BW and XY since BOOMERANG WONT AIR THEM
don't have much on ayzie either
HienFan
said at 11:14 PM on Thu Feb 19 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 Depending on how you feel of an imitation of Veronica, I wasn't digging Sarah's Battle Frontier voice so the voice in BW and XY is a huge improvement in my book, it was an improvement on the DP voice but it still didn't sound like Veronica in those two either
FMAlchemistfan01
said at 2:02 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 forget what i said here about the ages, just found out no one ages in pokemon....
philipthepatsy
said at 7:54 PM on Fri Jan 16 2015
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I have never liked Natochenny as Ash. Especially the way she says, "I choose YOU!"
TrueMyriad
said at 6:13 PM on Mon Jan 5 2015
Listening to Sarah Natochenny's early take on Ash again, I've got to say that she greatly improved. Although I think she could have tried going for an impression of Veronica Taylor like how Michele Knotz did with May. Veronica is my favorite.
HienFan
said at 8:09 PM on Mon Jan 12 2015
@TrueMyriad A poor man imitation is not worth it over a completely different voice at least that's how I feel
N7CmdShep
said at 9:45 PM on Wed Dec 10 2014
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
I will always love Veronica!!!!
HienFan
said at 8:53 PM on Mon Oct 13 2014
I... like XY Ash a lot, my vote will go to her actually
Han Solo Fan
said at 6:13 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
Veronica Taylor's my absolute favorite voice actress for Ash Ketchum, and she really got what I was looking for in the character- she took him beyond a hot-blooded battler and made the character really three-dimensional and identifiable with her voice for him to me: I really, really liked how smooth, soft, and humbling/sincere her voice and acting were for Ash, like in the episode "Tree's a Crowd" in Hoenn: I miss her portrayal of the character, even though I know she isn't ever going to come back in the role. She made him so...humble, I guess, and sincere- I admired that and I still like it a lot: I even preferred Veronica's rendition of Ash to Rica Matsumoto's in the Original Japanese Version of the show for this reason. 10/10

Sarah Natochenny's more or less mediocre in the role to me: sometimes, I felt she did a good job with Ash, like when she first took over the role in the early part of Battle Frontier (people called it "emotionless," but I liked her imitation of Veronica Taylor's voice: I wish she had kept that voice but just improved her voice acting- it would've worked for me), and in some parts of Black and White, but in Diamond & Pearl as well as the current XY Series, she made and now makes Ash sound kind of...grouchy, angry, gruffy, and has a voice that's really way too deep for a little boy to have it-- he kind of sounds constipated in the last few XY episodes I watched, and I'm not fond of the direction Sarah has gone in with Ash lately, truthfully. I liked her earlier portrayal of Ash more than her current one, in all seriousness, although I know most will laugh at me for saying that. 6.5/10

Kayzie Rogers' Ash was...you know, I feel like even though she didn't leave a good impression on me when I heard her, looking back I feel like if she had time in the role, she could've been a good Ash: I did like the pitch of her voice and the emotion was decent, but it just sounded too goofy to me as well as nerdy. 5/10
MatthewC17
said at 10:08 AM on Mon Aug 18 2014
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Ash Ketchum :)
1. Veronica Taylor - Not only did Taylor supply a unique voice for this character, she also gave him his personality. I especially like the voice from Johto-Battle Frontier because it's the highlight of her Pokemon career.
2. Sarah Natochenny - Complete opposite of Taylor. The highlight of her Pokemon career was the Mirage special redub and Battle Frontier. Diamond & Pearl is where she started to decline, the biggest mistake she made was pitching the voice higher so it'd sound closer to Veronica Taylor's. Sarah sounds forced and at times isn't very convincing.
3. Kayzie Rogers - Didn't fit the character's personality. She came off quite nasally and nerdy like Max, but she's still a great actress.
HienFan
said at 3:05 AM on Fri Jun 27 2014
Not changing my vote but on a side note Ash on the first few episodes and the high pitched Ash on season 2-5 sounds worse than Sarah to me, I prefer her later season 1 and the Advanced generation voice more

Even though it's official Ash will never age if Ash ever grew up Veronica would not be fitting as Ash though, Sarah sounds more like how a teen Ash would sound like
Savate
said at 12:49 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
@HienFan
I disagree only because the fact is that since Ash will never age, Sarah has been making Ash sound too old for the last 9 Seasons, and the later season 1 pitch sounds the same as the season 2-5 pitch to me for Taylor, but to each their own.
HienFan
said at 7:28 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
@Savate It still peeves me for a long time that he never ages since Red from the Pokemon Adventure manga did a long time ago
Savate
said at 7:29 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
@HienFan
I don't blame you: it irritates me too.
Netherman14
said at 12:11 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@HienFan For an older Ash who is a teenager (for example), I'd go with either Brad Swile or Alex Doduk.
HienFan
said at 11:16 PM on Thu Feb 19 2015
@Netherman14 Eh I still think Sarah could voice teen Ash, yes he doesn't age but one can dream
Savate
said at 8:54 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
#1) Veronica Taylor (EP001-AG145; M01-M08)-

Perfect: Ash sounds like a 10 year old boy, the emotion is solid, the laugh is genuine, the crying as well as the acting are powerful and moving, there is an almost infectious enthusiasm to Ash...generally goofy, lovable, and cute-sounding. It suits this ageless 10 year old boy too well: Veronica Taylor IS Ash in the English Dub. 10/10

#2) Kayzie Rogers (Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon, Initial Dub-- under the pseudonym "Jamie Peacock")-

As Element Riser has said, Ash sounds like an old lady doing a bad imitation of Veronica Taylor doing a bad imitation of Ash. The voice is a bit goofy and charming in its own right, which is nice, but Ash sounds kind of like he's derping out or suffering from some kind of mental illness...doesn't fit Ash much, but it's still not as bad as Sarah Natochenny's performance as Ash. 5/10

#3) Sarah Natochenny (BW > BF > XY > DP)-
The worst. For one thing, Ash doesn't even sound his age, or like a boy at all. For another, he sounds constipated half the time and other times like a teenage to adult chain smoking guy (doesn't help that Sarah Natochenny does smoke cigarettes in real life, unfortunately). It's just jarring and it doesn't fit at all...the Fran the Nanny laugh and that growling/pissed off expression of emotion or just being bored/flat sounding makes it even worse. 3/10
Shiroppu
said at 11:35 AM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@Savate I smoke in real life and it's not noticeable... let people do what they want without ragging on them. In my opinion, she didn't sound like a chain smoker at all, either. FFS
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:55 AM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@Shiroppu I don't mean to tell people what they should or shouldn't do, but it is a biological fact that smoking has been linked to the development of nodules on the vocal chords. These nodules are growths that cause an overall roughness and hoarseness in the voice, and sometimes simply make it painful to talk. Sometimes the nodules can develop even in non-smokers, as they do have other causes, but smoking will make one much more susceptible to the growth of vocal nodules.

I do know of a handful of professional voice actors who are former smokers, but they quit due to the obvious effect that it has on their voice, as well as the obvious health concerns.

If you want to smoke, more power to you, but the effect it has on the voice is undeniable.
Savate
said at 12:50 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
@Shiroppu
To each their own, but I don't think SN's Ash sounds like a kid at all, tbh.
Pokeshipper9000
said at 10:06 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Veronica Taylor all the way, she can ACT
Element Riser
said at 6:29 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor is the best Ash! My favorite voice she used is from the Indigo League.

Next, we have Kayzie Rogers, who sounds like an old lady doing a bad imitation of Veronica Taylor doing a bad imitation of Ash.

Last, and definitely least, is Sarah Natochenny, whom not only sounds nothing like a kid, but she can't emote, either. She sounds forced and monotone all at once. If one listens to her "emote", you notice that, for example, her "angry" voice is just Sarah Natochenny's regular voice for him, but louder.

Veronica Taylor > Kayzie Rogers > Sarah Natochenny
NoirNeko
said at 3:35 PM on Sat May 31 2014
love Veronica... we need her back.
SonofWat2
said at 5:48 PM on Tue Apr 22 2014
There are times when Sarah sounds monotone and this isn't criticism only observation. When she voices Ash it's hard to tell the difference between a happy Ash and a sad Ash. The only time Ash varies is when he's yelling.

When I first saw Pokémon after the re-cast, I wasn't able to identify different voices immediately. There were times when Sarah could imitate Veronica's take on Ash but now I like how she chooses to Ash.

It won't sound like the original but it's good the part was recast. If not the dub could of stopped at Advanced Generation.
skeletonking1234
said at 8:35 PM on Fri Mar 7 2014
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica is the classic voice, and I know that everyone here above the age of 12 grew up with Veronica, and just something about her voice works very well, and is one of the best nostalgic performances and it still holds up as one of the best performances in the whole Pokemon franchise. 9/10

When the voice cast was changed due to the contract issue and Kayzie and then Sarah took over I was extremely confused as to why all the voice actors had changed since they all sounded so good. And Kayzie I will admit is not that good at all. Kayzie was good more so as pokemon than she was human characters such as Lotad and Wobuffet but as Ash she falls flat and just sounds really boring and not at all enthusiastic when playing the role. 2.5/10

At first I hated Sarah as the voice of ash because I knew she could never live up to the fantastic performance that Veronica had given in the role, and even then after a few years I still didn't care for it all that much, but after listening to it a little more after all these years I will say its just...okay. It's nothing spectacular but she does emote well in many scenes and she does do her delivery well. I think she probably knows how good Veronica did the role and she probably knew she couldn't live up to those standards, but she does try and I do commend her for the role. 6.5/10

1.Veronica
2.Sarah
3.Kayzie
GamUrG33k
said at 11:56 PM on Tue Jan 14 2014
this is no contest. veronica taylor wins already
Aitsuki
said at 3:12 PM on Tue Jan 14 2014
Veronica gets my vote, I stopped watching the show by the end of 2nd generation so for me she is the only Ash Ketchum.
myopinion1
said at 10:48 AM on Sat Jan 4 2014
I think after B/W that Taylor and Natochenny are tied. As are the dubs themselves. Except Brock.
Zekewars010
said at 1:28 PM on Fri Apr 25 2014
@myopinion1 Agree. However... I like both Brock voices.
myopinion1
said at 4:39 PM on Sat May 31 2014
@Zekewars010 That's your call, but I respectfully disagree.
Savate
said at 10:06 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
@myopinion1
Likewise, I respectfully disagree with both of you: I think the 4Kids dub of Pokemon was much, much better than the TPCi dub of Pokemon in most ways.
LongLiveTheLionKing
said at 1:55 PM on Sun Dec 29 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
While I love Veronica the most as Ash, the fact is Sarah brings an older sounding voice that's needed since ash should teqniquly be about 16 by now.
Savate
said at 2:57 PM on Sun Dec 29 2013
@LongLiveTheLionKing
No, that's not a fact: Ash is still 10 years old as of BW001. The only time he ever aged was in the 3rd Movie Special, Pikachu & Pichu short, making him 11 years old at oldest. Thus, Sarah's voice is automatically much too older sounding for Ash Ketchum than it should be, given he is still 10. I would say Sarah would be good for an older Ash, but problem is he's never been that old, making her unfitting for the role.
pete
said at 4:47 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@Savate He was 14 at least till B and w premiered.
pete
said at 4:49 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@pete *B and W
pete
said at 4:52 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@LongLiveTheLionKing Not entirely true by the time her voice improved at the start of B and W, he was revamped back to 10 so they could make more money and focus it on children since older fans were losing interest.
Savate
said at 10:05 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
@pete
Not true: he's always been 10.

Source: https://pokebeach.com/2008/07/second-pokemon-interview-with-masamitsu-hidaka-many-interesting-points
Savate
said at 3:20 AM on Thu Dec 26 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Veronica Taylor sounded the most like a 10 year old boy as Ash, and I feel like she put a lot of enthusiasm and warmth into her portrayal of the character that I find myself loving every time I hear her as the character.

Sarah Natochenny is okay as Ash nowadays, but I find her performance as Ash is a lot more strained and forced, personally. There's also a lack of enthusiasm and that likeable energy Veronica Taylor brought to the role on her part. I suppose she is alright, though, but definitely not the best.

Kayzie Rogers pitch is nice itself, but I dislike the acting behind it. She's my least favorite from this group.
HienFan
said at 11:19 PM on Wed Nov 20 2013
Why is there so much flaming about Sarah and wanting Veronica back? I prefer Veronica but I like Sarah too
ImAmuTan
said at 3:04 PM on Fri Nov 8 2013
What I don't like about Rogers is that you can hear a little bit of woman aspects there, she did do good though -- but I have to go with Sarah. I think Veronica was amazing and the original, but sometimes it seemed forced out, Sarah seems so natural and like an actual boy XD They all did wonderful though!
Dimentionalist
said at 4:07 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
Taylor is the superior Ash voice in my eyes. She gives the character an infectious youthful energy that really makes you want to root for Ash. She'll definitely be missed. I feel like Natochenny tries to capture that same intensity, but she just makes Ash sound angry.
AuroraLokidottir
said at 6:50 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
I personally think that they all did well, and the crew of pokemon did well with the casting for the voice of Ash, but I would have to go with Sarah for this one, the whole part of making Ash sound like he has more of a voice for some reason.
Legacyman
said at 1:30 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
Pokemon fans are expecting the XY series to be way better then the Black & White series. If this makes anyone feel better, I'm letting the XY series be the official judge of the anime. I know from youtube that the Black & White series really didn't gain anyone's favor. As for NCZ, I suggest you try reading my earlier comments from when Nightmare Crusher was all up on my face. From there, you'd know why I was standing up for Veronica Taylor in the first place. By putting myself in her shoes, I came to the understanding on how she feels more than any of the other originals!
Legacyman
said at 1:53 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman On a personal note, I wasn't trying to cause any trouble. The whole point to this website is to give personal feedback, right? I'm just being honest and that's that!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:29 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman There's a difference between kindly and politely stating an honest opinion, and aggressively attacking voice actors, ignoring facts and other people's opinions, and beating a dead horse after repeatedly being told to stop.
Legacyman
said at 2:50 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@NCZ I already said I never meant to cause trouble and I'm letting the XY series be the judge of pokemon! Can't you just think about how Veronica Taylor feels? Ash Ketchum was a role so dear to her. I agree with Veronica that Pokemon USA had the wrong exscuse to replace her! Just think about Digimon and Transformers. Digimon had new actors because they had focusing on new characters. Transformers had new actors because there were different show creators for different versions. Those are real reasons to have different voice casts. Shouldn't the actors of 4kids Entertainment have deserved another chance?
Legacyman
said at 2:53 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@NCZ This isn't a war between you and me. This is about how everybody feels the way Pokemon should really be. Just listen to your heart and think of what's meaningful.
Legacyman
said at 2:57 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman plus, I'm not attacking anyone. How can I if I'm not there to do it? I'm not a murderer!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:01 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman Just because you don't mean to cause trouble doesn't mean you aren't causing trouble. We've heard your opinion! There is no need to repeat it constantly! Doing that is not going to persuade anyone or change anything. All it is, is annoying and fills the comments with senseless and pointless negativity. Yes, yes, it's sad what happened to the 4Kids cast, but that was seven entire years ago. The new cast has been voicing the characters for about as long as the old voice actors have. Not getting over it by this point is one thing. If you'd just made these comments once and left it at that, it'd have been fine. But at this point, you're just beating a dead horse and that NEEDS TO STOP.
Legacyman
said at 7:04 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
You guys can't argue with me when I say rehiring Veronica Taylor to voice Ash Ketchum would be the wisest choice Pokemon USA has ever made. In fact, if that were to happen, Pokemon will be at its PRIME again and forever! Especially if Rachael Lillis and Eric Stuart reprise their roles of Jessie and James. No way I'm wrong about that!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:45 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman Right, okay, now that you're basically ignoring me even after I've told you to stop, and these kinds of comments are completely non-productive and only stir up trouble, I'm going to have to give you a time out.
Zekewars010
said at 7:27 AM on Tue Oct 15 2013
@Legacyman Haven't you been told before to stop with these comments?
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:43 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
Each voice keeps getting weaker. Veronica Taylor, in the Kanto and Hoenn arcs, was the best Ash, though her voice was too high and annoying for the Orange Islands and Johto.

Kayzie Rogers had the potential to be a great replacement, but the acting was dreadful and made Ash sound like Erica Schroeder's Luffy!

Sarah Natochenny...is just obnoxious in both voice and performance. Only in the recent season has the voice toned down and gotten tolerable, but Sarah still cannot emote properly while she's putting on that voice. A shame: such a lovely woman shouldn't have to do a voice that ugly.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 11:41 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus
Personally, I actually liked Veronica Taylor's voice for Ash in Orange Islands and Johto the best. I liked her Hoenn and Kanto voices a lot as well, though: no problems with them, but they were a bit deeper. I know her OI/Johto voice was high pitched, but when I think about it, Ash is 10, right? Most boys that age tend to have higher pitched voices. Sure, it could get annoying at times, but I feel it made him so cute-sounding and innocent, and I loved it. lol.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:25 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I personally thought Taylor's Kanto performance (past her horribly forced voice in the first 9 episodes) was the most believable sounding for a 10 year old boy. High but not too high, and believably boyish. Her Hoenn performance matched a more aged (though not really), matured Ash, despite the pitch being higher rather than lower. The Orange/Johto performance just got on my nerves. As with Eric Stuart's later James, I felt there was too much "shouting" delivery even when the lines didn't call for it.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:19 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I personally think Sarah's voice is very reminiscent of Veronica's early performance. It still sounds forced to me. She's performed other great voices on the show, but Ash, I think, is actually one of her worst. I agree that Kayzie Rogers had potential, and I think she'd end up being a much better replacement than Sarah. She's voiced many similar characters to Ash, and she's experienced at voicing little boys. I actually really liked her Max.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:44 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Even Veronica's early Ash didn't sound as grating as Sarah's forced take on Ash. And yes, why couldn't they have kept Kayzie and let her improve her Ash rather than replacing her with a worse alternative? That sucks so much!
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:13 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Veronica did put more enthusiasm then, which is something Sarah has lacked from the beginning. The voice itself sounds similar, the performance doesn't.

Kayzie was replaced because of, I believe, the poor fan reception, so they looked harder to find someone (Kayzie was brought in quickly for the part). Or maybe they were unsatisfied themselves. I don't know. Either way, they thought they could do better, and whether they did so or not is a matter of opinion (I personally don't think so). However, I do think Kayzie is a better choice for Max than Ash and having her play both wouldn't have been a good idea.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 10:26 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus
I can definitely understand that logic. I just like the higher pitched voice Veronica used more, because I feel it made Ash sound really cute in my eyes. He sounded more goofy and innocent to me, but I'll admit sometimes her delivery was lacking in OI/Johto a bit. I can see the "shouting" you're talking about.

Her Kanto voice was great post the first set of episodes, but I felt it wasn't AS great. I never had any problems with it, though.

Her Hoenn/Early BF voice was just a deeper version of her Johto voice to me as well, like you said, so I enjoyed that take as well. :)
OldSchoolFTW
said at 10:32 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@PurpleWarrior13
I really feel it would have been for the best if Kayzie Rogers had continued on as Ash. She sounded more like Coby to me than Erica's Luffy in MoMP, but I heard some potential there.

Sarah Natochenny started off pretty decent in early BF to me. The problem was that her voice was decent to me, but her acting was just plain horrible. "Snorlax. No." = lol.

Later on, in late BF and most of Sinnoh, Sarah was at her worst for me: she was bad in voice and acting. I really hated how deep, rough, and growly Ash's voice was, but more than that, the acting was still just as unenthusiastic/lifeless as before.

Sarah Natochenny has finally found the right voice for her Ash in Unova, and it does work, but her acting is still lacking. While it's my favorite of her takes on Ash, I still feel it lacks the genuine emotion and enthusiasm Veronica Taylor always put into her Ash: even from the beginning.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 12:18 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@OldSchoolFTW As long as the acting's good it doesn't ruin it for me. That's the one thing that let me tolerate Veronica's nails-on-a-chalkboard early Ash. Other than sounding constipated as hell, Sarah sounds hollow in her delivery, and her voice lacks passion and so much basic feeling that Veronica captured nicely. While Kayzie's acting lacked the heart of Veronica's, it sounded like she could've improved.
pete
said at 12:51 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I think that's because of the voice director. 4kids never had the best voice direction to begin with.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 9:43 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@pete
True, but I feel Michael Haigney and Darren Dunstan were fantastic voice directors: certainly better than Armen Mazlumian and Tom Wayland have been. 4Kids did have some great directors in its own right, and I will give them that much.
pete
said at 12:27 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Well Darren was great yeah. I didn't know he voice directed but a talented voice actor makes a talented voice actor. Don't know anything but Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Sonic X, and TMNT 2K3 were some of the better shows 4 kids made/dubbed. They usually got the casts right but they weren't always the best at directing it.
pete
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Also all direction in the franchise dubwise eother started out bad or became bad along the way like when TCPI first started to now. That was an improvement. Kayzie managed to get Max who she suited better. If she kept it she could have improved sure since the direction in that special was horrid but it'd be like redubbing it with California talent, casting Tara Strong right away, and Ash sounding like Timmy Turner which would fit Max better.
pete
said at 1:22 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@pete either
pete
said at 1:23 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@OldSchoolFTW My third sentence got a little messed up. Sorry about that.
pokemastanumba1
said at 6:20 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
Tom Wayland is a very decent voice director, as he's put a lot of effort into bringing back the 4Kids VAs and hiring new ones; the only real problem is that DuArt decided to maintain the lackluster TAJ cast for consistency with the previous seasons. If DuArt had taken over from the beginning back in 2006, we'd most likely still have the 4Kids cast.
Legacyman
said at 7:24 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Did anyone see the episode The Path that leads to Goodbye? Now Pokemon USA made Ash Ketchum look like a jerk who can't learn anything. Doesn't that make anyone wish the company never changed the voice actors? Veronica never would've made Ash look like a selfish loser, am I right?
Fulgore2005
said at 2:55 PM on Wed Oct 2 2013
@Legacyman Still pinpointing the VAs responsible for the show's writing? Quit it aleady.

It has already been said. The VAs don't have any control. If anything, the writers at Japan are responsible for the show being dumbed down.
Legacyman
said at 12:18 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Fulgore2005 the thing is I can think of alot of excuses to replace an entire english cast. Death, sudden sickness, retirement/quitting, and for child actors becoming too old for their role, but not to find replacements for after ten years. Have you even seen the latest episodes of Pokemon? They're atrocious. Only the episodes where Iris doesn't call Ash a little kid are actually worth watching. She shouldn't even be saying it at all because that makes her the worst main character ever. You understand what I'm saying? Off coarse they have control of the english version. It's called dub editing, which is used to make changes that are okay!
Fulgore2005
said at 12:56 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman You're referring to the editing of scenes, the script as well as lip sync, yes?

I'm positive they already have editors and script writers that handle those tasks. There have been cases where the VAs are involved in script and voice directing, yes. But there is always a good chance that they are merely following the expectations of the higher-ups, who have more control over the process.
Legacyman
said at 1:15 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Fulgore2005 what higher-ups? Do you mean the CEO or the very Pokemon creator? I'm just saying if they edited the scenes and chose better lines to say, Ash would never have been hated by now!
Fulgore2005
said at 1:18 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman I was referring o the producers/directors of the dub. But I agree, I think the show would be better if it wasn't dumbed down the way it has, but considering that is now the case for the anime overall, it can't be helped.
Zekewars010
said at 7:47 AM on Sat Sep 14 2013
Here is where I stand. Veronica Taylor has the most emotion and character, but Natochenny has the better battling voice, in which Taylor sounded to forced. Rogers is a bit bland in my opinon.
Legacyman
said at 5:49 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
Oh come on! Why are my comments being deleted? I'm saying Veronica Taylor is the best voice of Ash Ketchum, end of story. Sarah should be better off playing some different character she can be original to.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:17 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
@Legacyman give it a rest
Legacyman
said at 7:22 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
@NCZ it's easy for you to say, why isn't anyone deleting your comments?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:38 AM on Wed Sep 11 2013
@Legacyman I am an admin. Admin intervention is sometimes required in order to maintain a welcoming, healthy community.

We do our best to keep the comments sections healthy and productive. We have had numerous issues with people attacking the PUSA VAs and repeatedly stating their preferences for the originals. There is no need to make these comments over and over and OVER again when we heard you the first time. It's not productive, not pleasant, and an unnecessary display of aggressiveness and disrespect towards the voice actors. All comments of this nature will be blocked.
Legacyman
said at 4:05 PM on Sat Sep 21 2013
@NCZ let me ask you something if I may. How do you become an admin? Is there a survey or something I have to do?
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 6:36 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
@NCZ *salutes*
Legacyman
said at 8:15 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy what do you mean by salutes? Did NCZ say something I don't understand?
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:43 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@Legacyman I wrote that because I agree with his statement. So I saluted him... through text.
sosoubi
said at 1:15 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
Veronica fricken Taylor.. Sarah sounds to recognizable as a girl to me.. and the other one.. just sounds like a whole different character.. not good..
OldSchoolFTW
said at 3:58 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Easily Veronica Taylor. The others don't even hold a candle to her. I'm so sorry if I've offended anyone, but Sarah Natochenny is not on par with her predecessor. Kayzie Rogers was bad but then she only played Ash one time in that dreadful "Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" special. XD.

Veronica Taylor's voice complemented Ash like a glove. She was rough in her first 20 episodes but she practically became Ash later on in the middle of Kanto onwards.

Her voice was amazing in the Orange Islands, Johto, and Hoenn Seasons. It really sounded just like a 10 year old boy, but it was powerful and smooth sounding.

Taylor had this genuine warmth and sincerity in her voice that make her the clear winner. Add to that she is the only voice actor that sounds like a 10 year old boy as Ash Ketchum in my eyes (Ash is still 10 and he is ageless according to the anime-- see BW001-- believe me I wish the characters would age but that's the anime for ya!).

I don't hate Sarah Natochenny but her voice doesn't fit Ash's age. She still sounds too old. In Battle Frontier, her voice fit at first but her acting was dreadful, and in later BF episodes both her voice and acting were too deep and artificial. She was even worse in early DP episodes, to the point where I hated the dub with a passion.

In middle DP is where she began to acclimate to the role and she grew tolerable. She remained mediocre through the remainder of DP and in BW is when she hit her stride. She's now an average Ash Ketchum and fits the part. That being said her acting is still poor and that drags her down for me.

Kayzie Rogers was badly directed by Armen Mazlumian. The voice is...okay...but the acting was dreadful and it's a shame she didn't get more time in the role.
TrueMyriad
said at 6:02 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
Veronica Taylor is the best! Sarah Natochenny is the perfect successor for Veronica! Kayzie Rodgers is also good.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 11:15 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
@TrueMyriad
Personally, no offense intended, I disagree about Sarah Natochenny. As much as she has definitely improved in the BW dub, I feel she's just average/decent as Ash Ketchum right now. Her acting still needs some serious work.

Kayzie Rogers was pretty horrible to me, actually. She doesn't fit the part under this kind of vocal direction, anyway. I'm sure with time she would've been a decent Ash, though.

In my eyes, Veronica Taylor far supercedes them both. She managed to breath life and enthusiasm into the character, all the while making him likeable and sounding like a 10 year old boy. I totally respect your opinion, though.
knightforce01
said at 6:38 AM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@OldSchoolFTW Kayzie Rogers would had been a perfect 17 year old Ash with an an evolve pikachu as a companion.
Legacyman
said at 12:43 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Veronica Taylor is still my answer on who should play Ash Ketchum. If Sarash Natochenny were fired and I was asked to do Ash's voice, I'd do it in honor of Veronica Taylor. That's no lie! Everyone knows there's no better acting then by the original actor.
Zekewars010
said at 6:45 AM on Tue Aug 13 2013
This probably the hardest things I have ever done. I love Veronica Taylor, but I thnk I have to choose Natochenny because she's the one I grew up with. I never knew Kayzie Rogers played him. But I would love to stop the wars and say that both Taylor and Natochenny own the role in different ways.
Legacyman
said at 2:57 PM on Fri Aug 9 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
It's been a while since I said anything about Ash. Because of Sarah, he's nothing like before. Now what does Ash have to show his reputation? A stupid hypocrite that won't give him a break once or anytime. Personally, let's face it. Nobody wants Iris to keep calling him a little kid ever. That line already got old the instant it was once said. Stupid Pokémon USA is mocking the character we once knew and love. Veronica had real passion to bring out of him. And yet Natochenny has the nerve to make him a pathetic excuse of a main protagonist. If you're reading this Veronica Taylor, I support you all the way and I hope you get the chance to play as Ash Ketchum again.
Skyler24
said at 8:57 AM on Sat Aug 10 2013
@Legacyman I agree with you 100%. Veronica gave Ash emotion, enthusiasm and life into his character. Ever since they changed his voice, his personality has been depleting. He's no longer that ambitious 10 year old boy that he was. It doesn't matter how long it's been, Veronica will always be the one and only Ash. And also to mention, Veronica seems like she's way more passionate about her role as Ash and about Pokemon in general. Luckily, SOVA is trying to get the original voice actors back. They're a group on Facebook called Save Our Voice Actors. Let's hope they succeed.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:12 PM on Mon Aug 12 2013
@Legacyman Do I have to say it again? The writing and characters would still be exactly the same no matter who's playing Ash. Heck, you can't even blame Pokemon USA for a lot of it. The show's produced pretty much entirely in Japan.
Legacyman
said at 5:43 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Nightmare Crusher, I don't think you understand. I'm just being honest in my opinions. That's the entire point to this website. If you have something to say, just say it. Your opinion matters too. Just say how you feel for Ash Ketchum.
Legacyman
said at 5:50 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Skyler24 I'll be honest with you. What you said was 100 times better than what I said. You should be a professional spokesperson.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:37 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Legacyman My point is that you seem to be blaming Sarah Natochenny for things that are not in her control. While I would like Veronica Taylor back as Ash it really wouldn't change anything about the plot or characters like you seem to be saying it would.
Legacyman
said at 6:58 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Nightmare Crusher don't make this harder than it has to be. I'm just thinking how Veronica Taylor feels. Ash was a role so dear to her. If I had a chance to help the original actors, I would by any means necessary help them as long as it's not wrong.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:16 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
While I do prefer the original cast, the fact that there are people who can't accept the change and move on eight whole years after the fact (the same length of time that 4Kids had the dub) somewhat confuses me.

Veronica Taylor and all the other VAs are of course disappointed that they lost those beloved roles, but it's not the end of the world for them. They still get plenty of other work, they know that they have loyal fans, etc. Considering that some of them are at different places in their careers (e.g. Eric Stuart and Andrew Rannells aren't doing voice acting anymore, Maddie Blaustein is dead) and the length of time the new cast has been in the roles among other factors, I'd say it's much too late for most of the old cast to plausibly return. Just accept it and move on. Besides, the anime itself isn't really what it used to be anyway.
Legacyman
said at 9:17 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@NCZ I did find out from the Pokemon wikia site that Veronica Taylor and Eric Stuart still wish to do Pokemon again. It was from that I realized they still want to come back.
Fulgore2005
said at 12:21 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@NCZ This looks like a re-run of last year. Ugh...
Legacyman
said at 12:46 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Nightmare Crusher before you respond to my latest comment, think about it. Do you really think Veronica Taylor never deserved to keep her role?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:41 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Legacyman It doesn't matter if she deserves to have the role back or not. My point from the beginning has been that you are unfairly blaming Sarah for things not in her control. I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall and this conversation is done to me if it's going to remain stationary.
Legacyman
said at 8:57 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@Nightmare Crusher maybe this will make you feel better. I sent over some ideas for the anime to Satoshi Tajiri for some new Pokemon Ash and friends will get. It has nothing to do with the voice change.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:23 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@Legacyman

1. Satoshi Tajiri is, creatively speaking, completely uninvolved with the anime.
2. I don't think they can accept unsolicited ideas.
3. Stop.
Legacyman
said at 10:07 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@NCZ Oops. My bad. I already did that in June. I thought the very creator of Pokemon would've been involved with all Pokemon media.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 11:25 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
@NCZ
I myself really cannot blame people for struggling with adapting to this switch. After 400+ episodes of hearing the same voice cast, one does tend to grow very attached to the original English voice cast. So much so that it's tough to accept anything new after that long a time period. Add to that, the current voice actors are definitely not the best replacements that could've been chosen for their roles (not that they are the worst, either) and pretty much all of them still aren't up to par with their predecessors after they've had nearly the same amount of time the former VAs had to demonstrate their skills.

I do agree the original voice cast is long gone. They're never coming back. Definitely true. However, I must say the replacements that have taken their place are pretty mediocre, and I must say they definitely could've been better. I myself have been fairly disappointed with most of them over the years.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 12:01 AM on Sat Jul 27 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I wish I had watched more Pokemon as a kid. I know a lot of people say that if you never watched Pokemom as a kid you had no childhood, and while I did watch some, I agree sorta with that statement. A fun show, and Veronica Taylor was awesome in it. She easily gets my vote. :)
Legacyman
said at 6:21 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
Let me be serious again. Veronica Taylor is the best actress for Ash Ketchum. In fact, if you look up Pokemon on the Mad Wiki website, you'll find a rumor going on that a Pokemon fan is planning for Veronica to reprise her role as Ash by planning a new Pokemon TV show.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:17 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Legacyman Well, good luck with that.
Legacyman
said at 10:50 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
Veronica is the best voice of Ash Ketchum. Period. Sarah Natochenny blew it more than anyone can say, especially when black and white came out. Now Ash doesn't seem like he learned anything before. If Veronica were still around, this wouldn't have happened.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:24 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
@Legacyman No, the plot would still be just as broken no matter who is playing Ash. Dub actors have no influence on a show's production.
Fulgore2005
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Aug 5 2013
@Nightmare Crusher This. Only the people who make the anime are responsible for the plot/story. The actors, well, are just following the direction they are given.
Skyler24
said at 9:04 PM on Fri Aug 9 2013
@Fulgore2005 That's true but the voice actors also have to portray the right emotions at the correct times. Veronica was superb portraying both a sad Ash and an angry Ash and even the Ash that made funny jokes that could make us laugh. This emotion is what's missing in the anime.
Shiny Raticate
said at 2:09 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Veronica all the way. She was the one I was most familiar with, and she was great with every emotion that Ash had on the show.
Sarah's gotten a little better, but she still needs to improve on defining Ash's angry voice from his neutral voice, and she doesn't do a very good job portraying a sad Ash.

Again, giving my vote to Veronica.
tlemmens10
said at 1:20 PM on Tue May 21 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Listening to this again, I have to congratulate Sarah on coming so close to Veronica's voice. Well done!
Skyler24
said at 10:26 PM on Sat Jun 29 2013
@tlemmens10 The acting is still off.
tlemmens10
said at 1:42 AM on Sun Jun 30 2013
@Skyler24 True. But she's coming close.
Skyler24
said at 8:59 PM on Fri Aug 9 2013
@tlemmens10 Veronica will always be Ash no matter what but we all have our own opinions I guess..
tlemmens10
said at 9:24 PM on Wed Aug 14 2013
@Skyler24 True.
wiley207
said at 10:40 PM on Mon May 20 2013
I remember Veronica Taylor's Ash was pretty different in the early episodes, almost like a real boy. It did get a bit girlish over the years, but she was still the best Ash voice.
Sarah Natochenny isn't TOO bad; she makes Ash sound like a boy, and realistically thinking, Ash would probably be 12 or 13 years old by now in the anime's continuity, and the voice sounds like the kind you'd hear from a boy that age.
Kayzie Roger's Ash sounds too much like Ritchie...
Maron
said at 10:01 PM on Mon Jul 22 2013
@wiley207 No, Ash is still 10. He'll always be 10.
El Diabeetus
said at 1:47 AM on Wed Mar 13 2013
Veronica Taylor: Ended up being the best English voice for Ash. But, he sounded awkward at times, especially in the beginning. People get pissed that the TPCI cast sounds bad. But, when 4Kids just started with Pokémon they sounded really bad too. But, in the end. She did an amazing job.

Sarah Natochenny: She's become better at the role, and has become believe in it for the most part. But, even now no matter what character she voices (I noticed it with Skyla too), she can't laugh. It ruins an otherwise acceptable performance. Sound wise, she is closer to the Japanese voice than Veronica or Kayzie. But, yeah.

Kayzie: I know Kayzie only voiced him once, but it didn't feel like a voice I could see/hear from Ash.
coolgeek176
said at 6:48 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
I'm going with Veronica Taylor. I like Sara Natochenny too.
NewAdventure
said at 1:31 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012
Ah, Ash Ketchum. The protagonist and lead character of my favorite anime, Pokemon.

Veronica Taylor is the best voice actor for the English dub to portray Ash Ketchum. In her run, she managed to make this boy lovable, genuine, and really unique- she captured all of his emotions superbly and what can I say but she was great and I loved her performance.

My favorite voice was the one she used from late Kanto until the end of her tenure in mid-Battle Frontier. I really just liked the lighter pitch she brought to Ash and it just fit very well for the character, IMO, of course.

Sarah Natochenny has improved substantially since her beginnings as Ash; however, I do not like the deeper tonality she brings to him and her delivery is quite awkward at times. Still, she is relatively good these days for the most part.

As for Kayzie Rogers, she was alright as well but she sounded too forced and the voice was just awkward to hear she used in Mastermind. However, I think she would have been the better Ash for TPCi's dub had they retained her up until now.

Overall:

1- V. Taylor
2- S. Natochenny
3- K. Rogers
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:49 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012
@NewAdventure Sup, JSD?
IAMTHEVASTUNIVERSE
said at 10:18 AM on Mon Dec 3 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
My favorite variation of Ash would be Veronica Taylor's original boy voice which she kept for the character until about the 15th episode of the series then of course by Pokemon the first movie the voice had changed into a less smooth and more raspy boy voice which isn't bad any means its the variation of the character that a majority of us remember quite well but I feel that Veronica's original boy voice for Ash was hands down the best it was smooth and had little to no rasp to it. Now granted at the end of Veronica's run as Ash her voice once again changed into a more developed boy voice that was more smooth but still contained a bit of the rasp but was a huge improved over her second ash voice.
Sarah Natochenny and Kayzie Rogers are tolerable but they aren't in Veronica's league.
reeve2
said at 3:41 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
Sarah Natochenny, F*** NO.
Dra12as
said at 11:58 PM on Tue Nov 20 2012
Ash Ketchum/Satoshi, 10 years old, setting off from Pallet/Masara Town. Sayonara bye-bye! :)

Here's what I think after viewing all three versions (4Kids English, TPCi English, Original Japanese Version):

1) Veronica Taylor- Excellent. I can't describe what I love about this performance. It's hard to put it into words. It sounds the most like, well, a 10 year old boy of any of the voices I've heard. It may be squeaky at times, but that's part of its charm to me. She's the best to me: it's a timeless performance and it speaks for itself.

2) Rica Matsumoto- Same as Taylor: strikes all the right chords of Satoshi, but it's a bit...deep... for my tastes, particularly when she yells. Sometimes Japanese voices aren't the ideal for me (as much as I respect them being the original take intended for the characters and such, as well as how unpopular an opinion this may be).

3) Sarah Natochenny- She's good at Ash nowadays. Even very good at some points (I really liked her work as Young Ash in "Strategy Begins at Home!"). I like to think of Sarah's work as a mix between Veronica's and Rica's. Still, the laugh she gives him, and the yelling really doesn't sit well with me. It's fake-sounding at times: inconsistency is the issue with the performance. Still good, regardless.

4) Kayzie Rogers- It's an average performance. It has the right pitch I adore about Mrs. Taylor's work, but it's too forced and sounds a bit...nerdy. Agreeably, she had only one chance in the role, and I do think she would have become great had Pokemon International stuck with her.
Edork42
said at 12:50 AM on Sun Nov 11 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Veronica - To me she always came off more like a raspy voiced fourteen year old girl than a 10 year old boy. However, she was hilarious in the role and the original star. I hope someday her and the other actors return.
Sarah - She has gotten noticeably better from where she started, but she's still no Veronica. On a side note, why do people keep bringing up the fact that she's a model? Cameron Diaz is awesome as Fiona, Megan Fahlenbock always delivers on TDI, and Kate Higgins...well idk if she's ever modeled before but she's really REALLY hot! My point is models can voice act and being prejudice towards them is stupid and unfair.
Kayzie - Sounds a little too old and forced in places.
Revolution9
said at 9:42 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I think Veronica Taylor still has some Ash left in her and she's willing to come back even if the comapny makes a whole new show. She left Pokemon because the company who bought the rights to the anime went behind her back without a second thought and not even letting her know along with the others. Any1 who reads this is welcome to join the PK Revolution on Facebook.
Skyler24
said at 8:52 AM on Sun Aug 11 2013
@Revolution9 That was not right what they did to Veronica. Not right at all. If you ask me, I think the company should give her a bouquet of flowers, apologize to her, and let her voice Ash again. They need to do what's right.
pokefan7
said at 2:58 AM on Thu Aug 23 2012
 12 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor. She is the one and only Ash ketchum in my opinion. Her voice and acting was amazing, and fit him perfectly. I personally think Kayzie Rogers would have done a better job than Sarah, Acting-wise. She already had more emotion and enthusiasm than Sarah in the mastermind special and Sarah was almost emotionless in battle frontier.
Nikky
said at 9:16 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
 7 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor without a doubt! I struggle to sit through Sarah's voicing.
whytmango
said at 9:08 AM on Wed Aug 1 2012
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor. Oh, yes. Nobody could do a better job. Kayzie Rogers would have done a much better job than Sarah Natochenny, though. Sounds better than her, by far.
Fulgore2005
said at 5:21 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
 9 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor's Ash is epic and incredibly awesome on all levels. She's just too excellent as Ash!
HienFan
said at 11:52 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
Pokemon how I love you for season 1 and 2 alone. Now then for out hero Ash

1 Veronica Taylor-Her voice is so goood I can say that. Cept for for her first few eps in season 1, she sounds awkward
2 Rika/Rica Matsumoto-I have some of the Japanese episodes of season 1 I like her voice a lot but she sometimes doesn't sound too good(yelling)
3 Sarah Natochenny-To be honest I didn't mind her voice at all. I like it
4 Kayzie Roger-She sounds... more like Max than Ash
sydsnap
said at 5:19 PM on Thu Jul 19 2012
 8 Shout Outs! [?]
No one can ever come close to as good as Veronica did it. For God sakes, comparing any new Ash Ketchum voice actor to her is just an insult
Animefan98
said at 1:05 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Sarah does NOT fit Ash, she's a FASHION MODEL for god sake!

Kayzie wasn't too bad, but a little too deep.

Now, Veronica, she will always be the real Ash! Her Ash actually sounds like a kid! Sarah's just doesn't blend in.
MatthewC17
said at 2:30 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
This is my personal ranking for Ash
1. Veronica Taylor - I love her performance, I loved her emotional performance when Ash leaves Charizard, Also she brought the character to life and made him what he is today.

2. Sarah Natochenny - She sounds extremely forced and grating but she knew it would be hard to continue on the the character. Also she's trying to sound more like Ash

3. Kayzie Rogers - As much as I love her Baroness voice from GI Joe I have to say this is by far the most forced performance she has done. It sounds incredibly nasally and nerdy and just like her Koby voice from One Piece
PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:26 PM on Wed Jun 6 2012
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica will always be Ash, but...

Kayzie actually wasn't too bad either, considering how brief she voiced Ash. I actually like her slightly better than Sarah. You have to remember that Kayzie only voiced the character for that one special, and Sarah has voiced him for five seasons, five movies, and counting. I thought she seemed to capture the cheerful spirit of Ash very well, and was actually very reminiscent of Veronica. Yeah it sounded a little nerdy, but Veronica's Ash sounded a little nerdy too sometimes. With time, she would've DEFINITELY gotten better, and it would've been interesting to hear where she would've gone with the character. When I hear her Ash, it at least feels like it's the same character as before, and Kayzie is a talented voice actress. With Sarah, she was worse than Kayzie when she first started, and frankly, hasn't improved very much since then. She doesn't sound cheerful, she doesn't even sound remotely HAPPY some of the time! She lacks the certain energy Veronica brought to the character, that Kayzie was able to somewhat bring to her Ash. Sarah's Ash just sounds uninspired, too forced, too hollow, and not nearly as likable after all these years. Kayzie would've probably been the better Ash had she stayed on board.
MegaMac
said at 2:41 AM on Thu May 31 2012
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
Hmm, this is odd. I always thought there was a voice actor that came before Veronica. Although I guess not. Ash's voice did seem to get higher in pitch and have some different nuances over time. I guess it was just Veronica coming into the character. I kinda like the slightly deeper version at the very start of the series a bit more though. Regardless, Veronica takes the cake. I kinda fell out of watching Pokemon after Johto but from what I've seen of the series since, it's all gone downhill and simply doesn't have that level of "maturity" and execution of the original seasons.
Psyche's Rose
said at 10:27 PM on Tue May 29 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Veronica has the advantage. Being the original she's been with Ash since the begining and has naturally made him a character only she can do. Sarah is a decent replacement. She's just gotta work with a character that's been made for only one VA. She has to turn the new older Ash into a character only she can do too which takes a lot of time since the only parts she can make her own are where Ash has matured and changed. Given enough time and I think her Ash could be great (although still not as great as Veronica). I'm sorry for those of you who think Kayzie is good, but her Ash is terrible. He sounds too much like Gary and the accent is completely wrong! Why they even used it I will never know.
mrmanga
said at 11:04 AM on Fri May 25 2012
I am very sorry to say something like this. But i don't like any of them =/
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:21 PM on Fri May 25 2012
@mrmanga I for one find it very refreshing to come across someone else who refuses to be swept up by the "nostalgia machine" and stands by the genuineness of Takeshi Shudo's original vision of the series, which will woefully never reach American soil. Of course, I might be jumping to conclusions in terms of your intent :P
mrmanga
said at 5:17 PM on Fri May 25 2012
@CatsTuxedo
Both yes and no. I do like the japanese voice for Ash a lot better. However i am more used to his Norwegian voice. Since well i am norwegian. Not saying i like him in my own language either though. Its pretty terrible.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:15 PM on Wed Jun 6 2012
@CatsTuxedo Please don't go on assuming that we only like Veronica for nostalgia, and that people who like her are against everything the series' vision.
Torak
said at 4:07 PM on Fri Mar 30 2012
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica - The clear best like everyone else says, pretty darn memorable and a performance that just makes you burst into tears. Veronica we will miss you!

Sarah - She was absolutely terrible in the DP saga, in BW she is better but still is pretty bad and can't compare to Veronica at all.

Kayzie - And I thought Sarah was bad, god she is awful at...well...EVERYTHING! At least Sarah replaced her but still...
MatthewC17
said at 8:07 PM on Thu Apr 5 2012
@Torak Veronica makes Ash sound like he truly cares for his friends and Pokemon
Sarah sounds like she's just doing it because she wants to get it over with
MatthewC17
said at 8:07 PM on Thu Apr 5 2012
@Torak Veronica makes Ash sound like he truly cares for his friends and Pokemon
Sarah sounds like she's just doing it because she wants to get it over with
Torak
said at 3:51 AM on Fri Apr 6 2012
@MatthewC17 Yeah. The problem with TPCI English is compare to 4kids they just lack the heart and originality that 4Kids have, and that makes a huge difference. TPCI English do it mostly for the money I reckon, while 4Kids actually care about Pokemon and put a lot more effort and emotion into it.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 12:42 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
@Torak
I don't care what anyone says about 4Kids: they did a fantastic job dubbing Pokemon (and a few other shows like Shaman King). Their voice actors, intros, background music scores, and dialogue/script writing for Pokemon were great and highly entertaining. Things have never been the same without them: I have a lot of respect for them here, despite how much I may dislike some of their other dubs. Their dub was essentially the biggest part of my childhood on Kids WB. I can't hate them.
Applejerk
said at 5:58 PM on Thu Mar 29 2012
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I vote Veronica.
MatthewC17
said at 4:50 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Kayzie sounds just liker her Max voice
pete
said at 12:15 AM on Sat Mar 10 2012
@MatthewC17 Actually she used her Ash voice for Max. Since she wasn't well received as Ash's new voice they gave her Max instead.
akmaldanish
said at 3:14 AM on Sat Dec 31 2011
I kinda like Sarah's voice work on Ash, to be honest, it sound like Ash's japanese voice.
XxDream
said at 3:30 PM on Mon Dec 26 2011
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
VT was the best EVER!!!
akmaldanish
said at 11:14 PM on Fri Dec 16 2011
I like Veronica Taylor and Sarah Natochenny.
CGR
said at 11:43 PM on Tue Dec 13 2011
Okay, what's this whole thing that 4Kids Entertainment/Productions was evil when handling the dubbing of Pokémon? There's something circulating the internet that 4Kids Entertainment/Productions went so far as to create urban legends, that Pokémon was the devil's work, initiated by a Brazilian priest years ago??? Where'd all this come from. BTW This whole rumor/gossip stuff is coming out of Latin America. Some people, I swear.
pokemastanumba1
said at 5:05 PM on Fri Jun 29 2012
@CGR What are you talking about?
Singyousinner
said at 7:02 PM on Thu Dec 1 2011
They all sound the same to me, but versonica taylor's voice stands out the most, basically becuse she was the first person to voice ask/satoshi for the english dub, its a shame 4kids replaced her, seems they dont value they're voice actors or mabey the voice actors breached contracts by using the voices outside when they weren't suppost to, who knows???.

It's funny how you can get people who sound alike, take Betty Boop for example, all her voice actresses from the 30's were Helen Kane impersonators.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 11:59 PM on Thu Dec 1 2011
@Singyousinner Actually, 4Kids had nothing to do with the switches. 4Kids isn't even working on Pokemon anymore. When Nintendo and Pokemon USA wanted to cut costs, they hired another studio (Taj Productions) to produce the English-language version once 4Kids' contract expired. Since the voice actors were still under contract with 4Kids, the studio was unable to hire them, and cast sound-a-likes to do the voices. When Taj went out of business, DuArt and Video has been producing the English-language version, and some of the 4Kids voice actors have been able to return in new roles.
pokemastanumba1
said at 9:10 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
@overlay TAJ went out of business following the first season of the Diamond & Pearl series. And yes, there have been more 4Kids VAs who have returned: Ted Lewis as Giovanni and Mike Pollock as Contesta, among several others.
Skyler24
said at 10:08 AM on Sun Aug 11 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 There was no reason why they couldn't keep the original voice actors. The only reason they fired them was because they wanted to save money. Which is not right at all.
Fulgore2005
said at 7:43 AM on Thu Aug 15 2013
@Skyler24 "is not right at all."

There's no definite right or wrong in anime dubbing. Nor is there any morals involved in it.
SmartyBoyboy
said at 7:50 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
You'd think there'd be a comparison for Pikachu by now?
Metabad
said at 8:56 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
@SmartyBoyboy I don't think anyone else has voiced Pikachu aside from the original Japanese VA.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:52 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
@SmartyBoyboy Rachael Lillis voiced him in a few early episodes of the dub. But we can't do a VC for him because Pikachu doesn't have any real dialogue and only says his own name. Also, VC requests belong in the forum.
pokemastanumba1
said at 8:48 PM on Fri Sep 14 2012
Also, Rachael Lillis is Pikachu's only English-dubbed voice actor. Since Ikue Otani's Japanese, those two alone can't be compared.
AshytaFang
said at 1:26 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
I cant accept anyone but Veronica Taylor as Ash, the character just isn't the same person anymore without her voice. His soul is just gone now if you ask me, he's like a whole different character. I don't even enjoy any of the new episodes these days with all the changed voices. I'm not bashing the new voice actors or anything, maybe they are great in other roles, but they dont fit in with characters we're all used to.
Izze
said at 9:30 AM on Mon Sep 5 2011
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Veronica Taylor is the best. When Veronica was Ash, I never doubted that she cared about Ash, Ash's pokemon, and that she was in character through out the show.

Although it's true that Sarah has improved a lot since she first took over the voice, she's still far from good. With Sarah, I can tell just from her voice when she's in character and when she's not in character, and she's not in character 95% of the time. On top of that, her portrayal of emotion is extremely spotty. She either over-acts or comes across as flat and one dimensional.

But the most annoying thing about her acting is that she pronounces words and uses the same tones, pace, and inflections usually reserved for when someone is speaking directly to a young child. Listen to Sarah speaking normally on a youtube video and then Sarah doing her Ash voice and you will immediately see it. It shows that she's far too aware of her young audience and not focusing enough on actually acting her part and this is a basic and fundamental acting mistake.

In DP, it was still possible to watch the show because Dawn, Paul, Barry and Brock, who's VA improved dramatically, were there to cushion Sarah's bad acting. Now that all of those characters have left the show and been replaced by three totally uninteresting characters, it falls to Ash to carry the show (for me, anyway). I've been unable to force myself to watch BW beyond the first five episodes because of Sarah's glaringly bad acting ability.

Kayzie suffered from a lot of the same problems as Sarah, especially the "talking to children" voice.

All of this is just my opinion and you're completely free to disagree of course.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:49 AM on Thu Sep 22 2011
@Izze I agree totally. I don't think Pokemon is nearly as good as it was during the original series. Let's just be thankful Veronica voiced Ash while the show was at the peak of it's popularity. Sarah took over quite a while after it's momentum died down. It kinda picked up again at Diamond and Pearl, but not to nearly where it was for the first few seasons. Pokemon B&W is the most bland and uninteresting of all the series, even more than Advanced, which still had some heart IMO. The new characters have no redeeming qualities, and their voice actors aren't good at all, in fact, they're actually quite awful. I honestly hope the franchise either ends or totally reboots. Pokemon has run it's course.

But I will say this: Sarah does work as an "older" Ash since her voice is much deeper, and kinda shows age progression for the character (it's physically impossible for him to still be at age 10 since the extremely large episode count has covered easily more than two years worth of days). But I get the impression that Sarah was referencing the first several episodes of Pokemon for her "Veronica Match" since Veronica herself sounded very similar in those episodes before she really loosened up. Sarah has yet to loosen up. She's always sounded extremely stiff and her voice is very blatantly forced. You would think after a couple hundred episodes you would really loosen up to your character to the point where you ease into your own and the character starts to come natural to you. It's unbelievable how forced Sarah still sounds after all of this time.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 2:20 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
@PurpleWarrior13
It only got worse when Diamond and Pearl began. In fact, I'd argue Advanced had far more heart and emotion that DP ever did. I mean, we still had the original English voice cast, 4Kids doing the intros and the dialogue, Misty still made actual cameos, etc. I do agree that the OS was the best though, but it's a fact that ratings have declined for the series with every passing season and series. DP only received lower ratings and less viewers than AG did.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 9:40 AM on Wed Aug 21 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I think Battle Frontier is the worst dubbed season since they had a VERY small pool of pretty inexperienced actors attempting vague sound-alikes to the previous voice actors (Kayzie Rogers and James Carter Cathcart being the only "veterans" of the show and voice acting as a whole). It was pretty fandubbish-sounding. The first season of D&P was better, but mostly a continuation of the previous season's quality.

Pokemon's popularity with kids is still there, but nothing like it was 12 years ago. It doesn't help that Cartoon Network shoves all their action shows to the morning.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 9:45 AM on Wed Aug 21 2013
@PurpleWarrior13
Oh, I most definitely agree with you there. Quality wise, BF was one of the worst dubbed season of Pokemon in my eyes. What I meant to say was that the 4Kids dub of AG, prior to TPCi's dub of BF that was the final part of AG, was better than DP to me. Holistically I feel AG was better than DP (as bad as BF was, the 4Kids dub of Hoenn made up for it). The BF dub was fandubbish-sounding and pretty awful most of the time. I struggled to grin and bear it myself.

I do agree with you there. It's rather sad to see how the Pokemon anime has, pardon my rudeness and if this sounds too old-fashioned, fallen from grace.
Celeste
said at 9:47 PM on Tue Aug 23 2011
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
Kayzie and Sarah may have provided the voices for Ash but no other Ash voice will ever be as good as Veronica's voice. :)
Downloadsbacon
said at 1:44 AM on Sun Jul 31 2011
I could barely hear KAyzie
Veronica is the best
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:38 PM on Sun Aug 7 2011
@Downloadsbacon

If it makes any difference, Kayzie's clip has now been reuploaded and should sound a lot louder now.
DreamWeaver
said at 10:49 AM on Tue Jul 12 2011
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor without a doubt. The others just feel wrong. One day I turned onto the new series and heard Ash and was like WTF!? and my friends were like WTF!?
MatthewC17
said at 11:56 PM on Sat Jun 4 2011
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I miss Veronica she is the Ash from my childhood
MatthewC17
said at 7:27 PM on Sun Jun 10 2012
@MatthewC17 Sarah's Ash is too forced and Kayzie's Ash voice is too nerdy
Beau
said at 11:55 AM on Wed May 25 2011
Sarah is good as Ash and has gotten better and better. But I do prefer Veronica's, it was the original and the one I grew up with. So Veronica wins this, followed by Sarah for me.
myopinion1
said at 6:06 PM on Tue May 3 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Taylor
2. Natochenny
3. Peacock
pokemastanumba1
said at 11:34 PM on Fri May 6 2011
@myopinion1 That's how I would rank them too.

Veronica is the best because she's the original and sounds more natural and boyish than the others.

Sarah wasn't a bad replacement. She is gradually improving and warming up to the role quite nicely, so no real complaints from me here. I really think that she gets way too much flak for her performance; it can be MUCH worse.

Now, I know that Kayzie was only casted for MoMP, but it's her who's the by far the worst Ash voice. I'm sure that she would've improved over time if she had the chance, but as it stands she certainly won't see the center of stage for this one.
Revolution9
said at 9:08 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012
@pokemastanumba1

Natochenny may not be a bad actress but Ash was made by Veronica Taylor. She was the one who brought Ash to life since the very beginning until that role was stolen from her by the Pokemon Company International. She didn't leave because she wanted to. It was all because the company was too afraid to lose money, so they replaced her without even letting her know.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:05 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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Veronica Taylor was pefect as Ash back in the first season but got kinda annoying afterwards. She's still the best Ash though.

Kayzie Rogers' isn't a bad voice actress and with better direction, she could have been a suitable replacement. WHY did they decide to go with Sarah Natochenny, who is the worst Ash ever? Her Ash voice is just grating and she overacts too much.
KhakiBlueSocks
said at 10:06 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I'm sorry, but while I understand that Ash is supposed to be older in the many reincarnations of Pokemon, Veronica Taylor continues to be the one and only Ash Ketchum. After XYZ ammout of years with a role, it probably would've been no problem for a competent director to ask her to slightly modify her voice to make Ash sound older...why they gave her the sack is beyond me.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:28 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
@KhakiBlueSocks Well, actually, Ash has always been 10. Even in Best Wishes, he hasn't aged at all.

The main reason they were replaced, IIRC, is 4Kids' contract expired, they didn't bother renewing it, and getting PUSA to dub was cheaper.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Apr 9 2011
@NCZ It's not PUSA who changed the voices. It was TAJ Productions (the recording company) who replaced them, because they assumed the original voices would be too expensive. Taj was really cheap at the time, as they ended up shutting down a couple of years ago. Now, DuArt and Video is controlling the recording. If they had been hired in the first place, we'd still have the original cast. They only used the Taj cast because of consistency with the previous seasons. Ted Lewis returned to his roles because his replacement, Craig Blair, was unavailable. Meaning if Sarah Natochenny leaves the show, then we'd likely have Veronica Taylor back.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:35 PM on Sat Apr 9 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 Really? Well, it's been a while. I think the last time I was involved with Pokemon fandom reading about this was in 2008, so I knew I'd misremember a few details.

Whatever the case, Veronica Taylor is the superior Ash. It'd be cool if she did come back, but it wouldn't make a difference to me because I don't really follow the anime anymore. I'll watch it once in a while, but I don't mind most of the new voices.
Tan-tan
said at 5:58 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
By the way PokeFan4Ever, I agree with you mostly but I like how more pokemon came out, I just wish everything else had stayed the same. I also didnt really care for most sinnoh pokemon but I did like a few. I think it would have been cool to see Misty with her old voice getting water pokemon in hoenn, sinnoh, and unova. Same with Brock and getting random pokemon all the time. If the characters had not changed so much with voice and personality then the show would be great again. By the way, I liked May, I just wished if anything that May had joined Misty and the rest instead of replacing her. Also the theme songs are too slow and emotional now. I liked them all up until Battle Frontier.
Tan-tan
said at 4:47 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
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I like Veronica. It is partially because of memeries but also because the new voice doesnt suit Ash. The show also has become too serious in my opinion. I havent seen Best Wishes yet so can anybody tell me who voices Ash? I'm guessing its not Veronica because I probably would have heard about it by now.
PokeFan4Ever
said at 4:27 PM on Fri Mar 25 2011
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*Tear* When i was like 8 or 9 i had a big crush on ash. He was my role model. Every saturday morning I would wake up extra early just to watch the first season of pokemon. I new every single word to the Theme song and the Poke Rap. I even watched the commercials when pikachu would get on the bus. On the last episode of Master quest I cried so much when Misty and Brock left that i thought i would never stop. Then 5 seasons later when They changed the voice actors and some charectors... I hated it so much. Trust me, this is coming from everyone who grew up watching pokemon instead of cartoons. We need the Originals back! I missed Brocks constant advice and Mistys water pokemon. I knew every pokemon they ever caught. Please, it was much better when there was only 250 pokemon from Kanto and Johto. Now I am 16 and have never been able to sit through a full episode of my favorit childhood tv show. Although Sarah's is good, it would have never met up with the standards of Veronicas work.
Pokeyug
said at 12:42 AM on Tue Mar 22 2011
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Veronica Taylor will always be the best Ash Ketchum! Her voice matches the character completely! I really wish that TPCI would bring her back as Ash already!
Gohan
said at 6:37 AM on Fri Mar 11 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
veronica 100%
penguintruth
said at 12:52 AM on Fri Feb 11 2011
 8 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica Taylor puts the most enthusiasm into the role. Her Ash sounds very similar to Rica Matsumoto's! I miss her voice for this lovable idiot.
Savate
said at 11:36 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
@penguintruth
^Back when Rica Matsumoto was actually good as Satoshi and not a gravelly, deep ear sore like she is nowadays, of course, but I agree.^
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:11 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
Cartoon Network has a dub promo available.

Sarah Natochenny is still Ash. :(
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:09 PM on Thu Dec 9 2010
@ poketrainer101

It's confirmed that in Best Wishes he's 10 years old because the Narrator in the Japanese version says so

As for who will voice him we'll just have to wait and see
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 5:38 PM on Thu Oct 7 2010
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Interesting fact.

In episode 1 of Best Wishes the Narrator officially says Ash is 10 years old.

Meaning regardless of how much time passes he'll never age.

This was mentioned once by a former director of the anime but it's nice to have confirmation within the show now.

I guess what I'm saying is I think Veronica Taylor's voice sounds more like a ten year old. ;)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:59 PM on Fri Aug 27 2010
@ angrymoviedork

While you're entitled to your opinion and I agree with you on some points, but please watch your language. :)

I had to block your post because of inappropriate words.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:36 PM on Wed Feb 24 2010
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica has stated herself that she wants to return as Ash. She was a Pokemon fan herself you know!
PurpleWarrior13
said at 5:01 AM on Sun Jan 24 2010
@ keru
I watched the whole panel, and in part 1, she does say that Funimation "is trying to reunite the original cast", she is referring to Funimation reuniting the Slayers cast. Funimation has nothing to do with Pokemon.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:50 AM on Thu Jan 21 2010
@ keru
sorry for the late reply

I've actually seen those videos before and rewatched them.

I noticed that she did express interest in returning but hasn't been given the opportunity yet.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 3:32 AM on Thu Jan 21 2010
Hi. I'm not Jackson, but I did watch the video, and while I did find it very interesting, and otherwise entertaining, she didn't give any hint of coming back to the show at all.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 11:53 PM on Wed Jan 6 2010
@ keru

sure you she said funimation? not sure what they have to do with Pokemon. :?
Did you mean Pokemon USA?

anyways I'd like the link please :)
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:58 PM on Tue Jan 5 2010
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
No. Pokemon USA switched them thinking that they couldn't afford them, but they never consulted the actors themselves if they wanted a pay cut. They actors said they would've been fine with that. But they all found it very disgusting the Pokemon USA fired and recast them behind their backs.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:28 PM on Sun Jan 3 2010
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
Veronica does indeed want to return to the show to play Ash, and she was very angry with Pokemon USA with firing her under her back. Ash was her heart and soul. She would jump at the chance to play Ash again, problem is, they won't let her.

As for Eric Stuart. He would probably want to come back himself, but he knows they won't let him, so he's taking a break from voice acting.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 4:50 PM on Sat Nov 7 2009
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I think he`s taking a break for now and focusing on his music. You can always check for updates on his own website

ericstuart.com
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:26 AM on Tue Nov 3 2009
Just added Kayzie Rogers AKA Jaime Peacock from the original Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon airing (not the DVD redub with Natochenny).
Now all VA are here at last. I still prefer Veronica though and she`ll always be my favorite. :)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:42 PM on Tue Oct 6 2009
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Even though I prefer the 4Kids English dub voices more than the PUSA voices, PUSA dub beats 4Kids in a few ways.

PUSA hardly uses any edits compared to 4Kids and the editing on any Japanese food or guns or random stuff.

PUSA makes fewer mistakes. Ex: 4Kids says Harrison is from Silvertown (Johto) but is actually from Littleroot Town (Hoenn)

Pros and cons to both dubs. Guess it depends whether you prefer quality voice acting or quality content.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:48 PM on Sat Sep 12 2009
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I'm not saying that Veronica may or may not return to the role of Ash. But see it this way. If somehow there was a a chance for her to return it would be after the current Sinnoh league episodes. 4kids were replaced after Hoenn, so a new cast for a season after the Sinnoh adventures are over would be the best chance if it were to ever happen.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 5:54 PM on Tue Aug 25 2009
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
Ya, unfortunately that seems to be a problem thanks to some of the less than mature people that frequent our site... :(

We are trying to fix that
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 10:15 AM on Tue Aug 25 2009
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
yeah why is someone who posted @ 4:49 AM on Mon Aug 24 using my name?

Not that I have a problem with it since I'm registered on the forums. But just kind of weird when people pretend to be others and say stuff in their name... :D
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:37 PM on Sat May 23 2009
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I miss Veronica Taylor. :(
She was amazing!


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