Created by Pokejedservo on Feb 10 2011
EDITOR'S OPINIONLast time on the Sengoku Basara VC section it was for this series' take on the infamous war lord Nobunaga, this time we shall see a VC for the young boy whom serves him... MORI RANMARU! Like the other Sengoku Basara VC we shall start this off with the first game that was slightly reversion-ed for the US as Devil Kings in which he was known as Hornet and was voiced by Cathy Weseluck. Yes I know that "Hornet" might be a odd choice of a name change but that is pretty much the only problem with how Mori was portrayed in this game as Cathy was quite a natural in this role. While Cathy doesn't do young boy voices as often as some of the other actresses she works with in Vancouver this is still a fine example of how she can do little boy voices just fine as she can make Mori sound very endearing (even if a bit naive). Basically to make a long story Cathy's performance as Mori Ranmaru is one of her better "young boy" performances and one of the better performances in Devil Kings.
In the Sengoku Basara anime Maxey Whitehead takes over the role and she is a pretty good alternative. I admit when I first heard Maxey's voice for Ranmaru here I was surprised that it sounded considerably different from her Alphonse Elric voice in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood but yes her voice still does work for the role pretty well. While Maxey's performance for the role doesn't seem as energetic as Cathy's but to be fair I suppose I can't really blame Maxey on this as Ranmaru is depicted a bit more seriously in the series than he did in the first game. (Sadly there is also on how Ranmaru only appeared until later on in the anime series and didn't have all that many lines as well.) But still despite these limitations Maxey did pretty well with what she got and while her performance did fit the more serious nature of how Ranmaru was in the series it still works with the role nevertheless. Overall both are good but I do feel that Cathy Weseluck gave a more memorable performance here.