Created by Pokejedservo on Feb 12 2011
EDITOR'S OPINIONToday on the Sengoku Basara VC section we have a little something on what is quite possibly the most psychotic and treacherous version of this known soldier in Nobunaga's army... AKECHI MITSUHIDE! Like all the previous SG Voice Compares we shall start this off with the US version of the first Sengoku Basara game "Devil Kings" in which he was renamed Reaper (makes sense what with the scythes and all) and was voiced by Peter Kelamis in this game. The idea of casting Peter to voice a maniacal psychopath like this version of Akechi seems a bit strange at first (I would more initially picture someone like Brian Drummond, yes I know he voiced Imagawa/Muri in this game but still). However Peter is certainly not bad in the role as it certainly is an interesting change of pace for him (as he is normally not known for doing villainous roles, especially ones like this.) Peter's voice for the role was really trying to go for a pretty high raspy tone which does work pretty well as Peter was apparently trying to make Akechi/Reaper sound rather creepy in which he was fairly successful with here. So in other words while its not one of the best performances in that game it is an interesting example nevertheless and it did get Peter Kelamis to play against type here.
In the Sengoku Basara anime (and to an extent the 3rd game) Vic Mignogna takes over the role and I admit it is a rather bit of a mixed bad here. Fortunately Vic was able to do a somewhat higher, raspy voice well enough in which Vic does a pretty good job in trying to make him sound creepy. However my problem with Vic's performance was that it didn't sound insanely psychotic enough, oh sure Vic did make an effort but to be honest it didn't sound insanely psychotic enough to me. But to be fair I wouldn't consider Vic's overall work on the role to be really bad as his voice worked for the role but his performance didn't grab me enough. Overall neither one of these guys were perfect for the role (nor where they the best casting choices for either region) but they both did okay. But I must admit that I do think that if I had to choose I would go with Peter Kelamis a bit more since he sounded a bit more insanely sinister to me.