Sanosuke Sagara
Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

Sanosuke Sagara

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Sanosuke Sagara with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Rurouni Kenshin

Created by Pokejedservo on Nov 17 2009
Rurouni Kenshin (2000)
Sanosuke SagaraGray G Haddock
Gray G Haddock
Rurouni Kenshin (2000)
Sanosuke SagaraLex Lang
Lex Lang
Rurouni Kenshin (2000)
Sanosuke SagaraDerek Stephen Prince
Derek Stephen Prince


Sanosuke Sagara, started off in the series as a fighter for hire but ended up being one of Kenshin's group of friends there.

In the late 90's Sony dub that faded off into obscurity he was voiced Derek Stephen Prince, now I am certainly not calling Derek a Bad VA but MAN was he miscast here. (But then again the only one in Kenshin's group that Derek would be remotely fitting for would be Kenshin himself. Granted while Derek might make a good alternative I would still go for Richard Hayworth but that's a different story.) But in Derek's defense while its easy to tell he is the one voicing Sanosuke and its rather unfitting to put it lightly Derek does try to give a good performance. But while Derek's acting is pretty good the fact that he was cast like this is a pretty big WTF moment. The difference in the casting for the Sony dub of the series is generally not that bad but this is a bit of an exception here.

In the 2K2 Media Blasters dub of the series VA Lex Lang voiced Sanosuke and this casting on the other hand was pretty much perfect. Seriously Lex's Sanosuke voice felt natural right from the start and its one of the best performances in his career.

And last but not quite the least is VA Gray G. Haddock who voiced Sanosuke in ADV's handiwork on Ruroni Kenshin namely Samurai X Reflection and he is not that bad. Gray's voice for Sanosuke is pretty fitting and his performance for the role does fit Sanosuke pretty well in general especially considering the fairly melancholy feel of that particular special.

Overall I am definitely going for Lex Lang in first place, Gray G. Haddock in 2nd and Derek Stephen Prince in a distant though miscast 3rd.



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said at 9:43 PM on Thu Apr 5 2018
Lex Lang and Eric Vale are both great as Sanosuke

Gray G Haddock is second
said at 2:33 AM on Fri Feb 23 2018
Lex Lang just sounds badass in the role and he completely nails it.

Derek Stephen Prince is too high pitched and Gray G Haddock is rather dull.

Not helping Gray at all is the poor writing which turns Sano into this wisecracking joke machine that somewhat goes against the character.
said at 6:38 AM on Thu Oct 26 2017
Lex nailed Sano. When you see a character like that, the first thing you think of is "that dude needs a badass voice". Lex's voice fits exactly that description. He gets my vote.
said at 3:29 AM on Mon Dec 18 2017
As an additional note, I do NOT like how Gray portrayed Sano as a comedian. Sano is sometimes somewhat sarcastic, but he is definitely not to meant to crack jokes or whatever.
said at 10:44 AM on Thu Jan 11 2018
@MizukaS That has to do with writing, which is not at all Gray's fault.
said at 10:57 AM on Thu Jan 11 2018
Even disregarding the writing, I highly prefer Lex as the Sano rather than Gray.

I can't take Gray's portrayal of Sano seriously at all. The acting's just not there. Lex, on the other hand, nails the badass aspect of Sano's character. It also helps that Lex has voiced as Sano for the entire series.
said at 7:18 AM on Fri Jan 12 2018
I agree with you. I'm just saying don't blame the actor for the writing or character direction.
said at 1:07 AM on Wed Oct 12 2016
Lex Lang had the most character in his performance, and his voice really suits this fighter for hire turned fighter for good.

Gray G. Haddock is decent, but he's a little flat at times.

Derek Stephen Price is too high pitched to me.
said at 10:49 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016
Prince just has a sexy voice!
said at 6:18 PM on Fri Mar 11 2016
Am I the only one that liked Derek Stephen Prince as Sano? I know when I first started watching this series that Derek was the voice actor so I maybe more inclined to like him and Lex is not to bad but I preferred Derek "Six, Five"
said at 1:41 AM on Mon Apr 18 2016

He's also a tenor, similar to the Japanese actor. I dig Lex Lang though.
said at 6:46 PM on Sat Nov 7 2015
Lex Lang's the best.
said at 9:01 AM on Thu Sep 18 2014
 1 Shout Out!
2 Gary Haddock
3 Derek Stephen Prince- No wonder he voiced Shino, he doesn't fit this guy at all
said at 7:37 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Derek Stephen Prince was a huge miscast, and Gary Haddock is incredibly dull. Lex Lang, however, is perfect.
said at 11:19 PM on Tue Nov 13 2012
I find Gray G Haddock to be the most natural sounding of the three so he will get my vote.
said at 3:34 AM on Mon May 17 2010
 2 Shout Outs!
Derek gets an A for effort, but it seems like he had trouble keeping a consistent voice. Sometimes it would be all growly and other times it would be really "nerdy" sounding. I'll go with Lex Lang on this one.
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