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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Takeda Shingen / Red Minotaur with sound clips and images.

Created by Pokejedservo on Thu Feb 3 2011, 9 Comments, Add Comment
Devil Kings (2005)
Takeda Shingen / Red MinotaurMark Gibbon
Mark Gibbon
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings (2010)
Takeda ShingenChristopher Ayres
Christopher Ayres
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (2010)
Takeda ShingenMichael McConnohie
Michael McConnohie


Today on the Sengoku Basara Voice Compare Section we have a VC for the Lord of the Takeda army... LORD TAKEDA SHINGEN HIMSELF! We shall start this one off with the 1st Sengoku Basara game for the PS2 A.K.A Devil Kings in which he was known as Red Minotaur and was voiced by Mark Gibbon. First of all say what you will about some of the other name changes in that game but I do think that this one namely Red Minotaur works for Takeda rather well. But enough about the name changes in that game as for Mark's performance is pretty good. Mark's performance as the Red Minotaur / Takeda Shingen was generally at its best during Takeda's more hot-blooded moments as it certainly works for the games' over-the-top nature. While Mark wasn't bad in the Red Minotaur's more somber moments per say but Mark's more over the top performance felt a bit more naturall, not one of the best performances in that game but not the worst.

In the Sengoku Basara Anime, Christopher Ayres takes over the role of Takeda Shingen. To be honest while I am certainly not calling Christopher Ayres' performance a bad one at all but to make a long story short what I am going to say about Christopher Ayres' overall performance is pretty much what I said about Mark Gibbon in reverse. I was pleasantly surprised on how Christopher Ayres performance definitely gave off a good authoritative and intelligent feel for the role as Christopher's performance does give off a good feel of leadership. However as for Christopher's attempt at sounding hot-blooded its not bad as Christopher does try to have a energetic performance here but compared to some of the other attempts at a Hot-Blooded performance in the series it doesn't sound as over the top. But still it is a rather interesting performance from Christopher Ayres nevertheless.

Last but certainly not in the least is Michael McConnohie in the 3rd Sengoku Basara game and the idea of casting someone like McConnohie in this role is a great idea... too bad Takeda didn't have all that much of an appearance in this game. (Which is a bit of a shame as McConnohie definitely has the potential to fulfill both the wise seasoned soldier and the over-the-top hot-blooded warrior part well.) But still from what relatively little material McConnohie gets in the game he does well with it. Overall all of these guys did pretty well with this role in their own ways so I am for the most part am kind of neutral here.    


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said at 12:18 PM on Tue Oct 28 2014
Easily going with McConnohie. In Yukimura's blue path, he has plenty of power and passion in the role.

Although light, I thought Chris Ayres were quite exceptional. It's not his usual role, and he pulls it off well.

Mark is too awkward IMO.
said at 6:31 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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They should've used his other scene from Samurai Heroes to display Michael as a healthier Shingen.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:25 PM on Thu Sep 5 2013
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Having played the game I can safely say that Michael McConnohie is my favorite. Chris does a pretty good job too, even if his voice is too light for my tastes. Mark sounds unnaturally deep and his acting was kind of weird.
mlb (Guest)
said at 1:15 PM on Sun Feb 6 2011
I don't understand how you can compare actors without comparing the same portion of the script. Each Actor is good but the portion Michael McConnohie had was far more compelling and very well done. While the other actors did well I don't feel their scripts portrayed the depth that Mr McConnohie's did.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:14 PM on Fri Feb 4 2011
I'm going with Chris Ayres. Mark Gibbon's voice is okay, but it sounds a little unnatural. Michael McConnohie is an incredible voice actor, but if that's really all the dialogue he has, it really is a shame he didn't get to do more.
Omegas Squared
said at 1:25 AM on Tue Jan 24 2012
McConnohie actually had a fair number of lines in the game, mostly interspersed as short letters throughout Yukimura's story, but also in a rather hilarious cutscene I managed to find here:
I'd recommend uploading a more complete example of McConnohie's work, but it appears the anime' dub's fans have already dominated the poll :/ Plus it'd be extremely difficult to compile it all, despite the relative brevity of his performance.
critter (Guest)
said at 3:53 PM on Fri Feb 4 2011
All great actors, but Michael McConnohie has so much depth and strength it's really difficult to vote against him.
miguelirizarry (Guest)
said at 12:54 AM on Fri Feb 4 2011
I thought that Chris Ayres was the perfect voice actor for that role. No offence but the other 2 didn't really matched the character that much. In the order of the best to wrorst choices for this character is.

(1) Chris Ayres
(2) Michael McConnohie
(3) Mark Gibbon

Those are just my choices if you don't like it just make your own and don't complain.
michael (Guest)
said at 12:03 AM on Fri Feb 4 2011
Chris Ayres is such a diverse actor..you would never think the same man that voiced Freeza would also be voicing Takeda..that is just a testament to to how truly talented Chris is as a voice actor.
Who do you think has been the best from these Takeda Shingen / Red Minotaur voice actors?
Mark Gibbon
Christopher Ayres
Michael McConnohie