Voice Compare » Rurouni Kenshin » Kenshin Himura
Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kenshin Himura with sound clips and images.
EDITOR'S OPINIONKenshin Himura once known as Hitokiri Battousai the Manslayer but is now the Hero of the Ruroni Kenshin series.
Surprisingly in both of the English dubs of the TV series (such as Sony and the one from Animeworks) he is voiced by Richard Hayworth/Cansino. And Richard's handiwork as Kenshin is IIRC quite possibly one of his most renowned performances yet and quite frankly I can understand why. Like various other Shounen anime series' the TV series did like to mix light hearted comedy with dramatic battles and Kenshin has had his fair share in both in which Richard's voicework for Kenshin fits it very well.
In the Samurai X OVA English dubs done by ADV he is voiced by VA J. Shanon Weaver who is not that bad actually. In fact J's voicework for Kenshin does kind of remind me of Richard's (especially during the flashback when Kenshin and Hiko go their separate ways and I admit his Okita voice as well). Unlike the TV series the OVA's feel a bit more Seinen but regardless of that the OVA's were a lot darker and flat out serious in nature and J. Shanon Weaver's handiwork for Kenshin does reflect that pretty well.
Overall I liked them both but I am going with Richard Cansino more here.