Genma Saotome
Ranma 1/2 Ranma 1/2

Genma Saotome

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Genma Saotome with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Ranma 1/2

Created by Pokejedservo on Sep 13 2010
Ranma 1/2 (1994)
Genma SaotomeDave Bridges
Dave Bridges
Ranma 1/2 (1994)
Genma SaotomeRobert O Smith
Robert O Smith


Alright folks today on the Ranma 1/2 VC section we have Ranma Saotome's not-so dear father GENMA SAOTOME! In the English dub of the Ranma 1/2 series that was released in North America by Viz ever since the 90s Genma was voiced by the late great Robert O. Smith in one of his earliest and most known roles and performances and its not too hard to see why. Robert is definitely able to sound like a fairly large middle aged father (though the fact that he was a middle aged father when the dub for the show first began does kind of help) and his performance for Genma was by all means just fine. While Genma himself is rarely ever considered to be good father material, Robert's performance does still have a fatherly feel for it in its own way and it was definitely suiting the role for Genma's various comical and occasionally serious moments. Basically its one of the best performances in the Ranma 1/2 dub and is one of the late great Robert O. Smith's best performances.

Over the course of the 2000s there was a HK-made dub for Animax in which he was voiced by Dave Bridges whom I was fairly pleasantly surprised with. I did like on how Dave does do a pretty good attempt at sounding like a big middle aged father (though granted unlike the late Robert Smith, Dave Bridges is only about a couple years older than me not that big a deal but I just thought I point that out). But still Dave does give a very good attempt as well as his performance does do a pretty good job being suiting for Genma Saotome all around and is probably one of the better performances in that dub. Overall yes once I again I admit I am going with the Viz dub again but both of these guys did really well with this role here.



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said at 12:13 AM on Sat Jan 9 2016
Dave is decent, but Robert was a perfect fit for Genma.
said at 6:55 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
Giving Dave a vote here. I actually like them both equally, though.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:49 AM on Sat Jan 8 2011
hi Dave, thanks for swinging by. A better photo would be great. whenever you have a chance, please fill send us a message on our page and we can reply to you so you can email us a better photo :)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 7:38 PM on Mon Sep 13 2010
 1 Shout Out!
If the Ranma OVA "Nightmare! Incense of Spring Sleep" ever gets dubbed it's a shame there'll be a recast for Genma.
said at 2:54 AM on Sun Feb 21 2016
@Jackson_H I think Garry Chalk would be a decent replacement. His voice is very similar to how Robert's Genma sounded to the point that I thought it was Gary the first time I heard the character.
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