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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Akuma with sound clips and images.
Akuma is the younger brother of Ryu's master, Gouken. His only desire is to fight strong opponents, and uses a fighting style intended for assassination.

Created by Pokejedservo on Fri Jul 17 2009, 27 Comments, Add Comment
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Street Fighter: The Animated Series (1995)
AkumaDale Wilson
Dale Wilson
Street Fighter: The Animated Series (1995)
AkumaDavid Kaye
David Kaye
Street Fighter Alpha The Movie (2001)
AkumaKeith Burgess
Keith Burgess
Street Fighter 4 (2009)
AkumaDave Mallow
Dave Mallow

EDITOR'S OPINION

Akuma the infamous master of the Dark Hadou, while some of us may want to question his "mastery" in other skills he has always been known as one of the most menacing fighters in the series.

In the American Street Fighter series he was only in 2 episodes and had a different VA in each one. In the first one we have VA Dale Wilson as Akuma in "Strange Bedfellows", while his Akuma voice was for the most part altered there is a scene in which it wasn't and its for the the most part its his Perfect Cell voice. (Which seems kind of awkward, but the modified voice only sounds somewhat better.)

Dale Wilson did seem kind of miscast as Akuma but a more egregious example of that came in the 2nd Akuma episode "The World's Greatest Warrior" where he is voiced by David Kaye. Kaye is a perfectly fine VA but he seemed really miscast in this one as while I won't bash Richard Newman's handiwork this seems more fitting on Bison than Akuma for sure.

In both of the Street Fighter Alpha anime we have somewhat known Manga Entertainment VA Keith Burgess handling the role. He does give it a good shot in trying to do a deep menacing tone for Akuma, its not perfect but it is some of Keith's best handiwork.

And last but not least we have VA Dave Mallow voicing Akuma in SF4, while I can understand why he would do a tough gravelly voice its not deep enough. I don't think Dave's Akuma voice was that bad but its not his best handiwork either.

And so to me well known of these 4 voices are a seemingly perfect fit to me but I think the closest one to that is Keith Burgess though.

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Bauglir100
said at 4:11 PM on Sun Jul 6 2014
The guy that recorded the Dale Wilson clip should've included his voice for the false Akuma. Sure, it wasn't the real thing, but it was still featured loads more in that episode than the real Akuma's voice, and it would make for a much fairer comparison to hear more of the false voice along with the real voice.
Starscreamsfan
said at 5:43 AM on Tue Sep 9 2014
@Bauglir100 I agree with you there
TrueMyriad
said at 2:49 PM on Tue Jun 24 2014
Dave Mallow is my favorite
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:29 AM on Mon May 5 2014
Dale Wilson used two voices for Akuma, if you see the episode. The one in the clip is the high-pitched voice. The second season Akuma sounds more like Richard Newman rather than David Kaye.
CelestialOuroboros
said at 2:23 PM on Fri Mar 28 2014
Dale Wilson: For Akuma, he was quite honestly miscast. I wholeheartedly did NOT think that that affably evil tone suited him. It certainly isn't a terrible villain-esque voice, but definitely not spectacular either... nor average.

David Kaye: With a properly-handled script and all-around better voice direction, David could've made for a grandiose Dark Hadou master. But, uhhh.... "I am superior... TO ALL MEN!" I think that infamous quote speaks for itself.

Dave Mallow: I appreciate much of his roles, especially Commander Amarao and the Anti-Spiral. Dave's performance as Akuma? I find myself a bit polarized: while he can pull off that powerful, gritty style adequately enough, the latter sounds CONTRIVED. Thankfully, I have no issues with Dave on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 vanilla and its update...

I suppose Keith Burgess is the clear victor, IMHO. Even without those slight effects that I noticed in his clip (not quite sure if the rest of y'all realized or anything), he can produce a nigh-perfect Akuma voice. Ominous, robust, and also depraved; that's EXACTLY what I got from Keith's performance.

On a side note, Tomomichi Nishimura is also responsible for making Akuma/Gouki (the latter being his original name, of course) iconic. Particularly speaking, his handiwork in the Street Fighter III series and the Capcom vs. SNK crossover are honorable mentions!
pokemastanumba1
said at 12:28 PM on Sat Aug 10 2013
...Was Dale Wilson being serious with that performance? I'll admit it's not the worst villain voice I've ever heard, but it's a horrible Akuma voice. :-/ David Kaye is much more fitting for the role, even if it's not too different from his other villain voices. Dave Mallow isn't half bad either, though his acting, while better than Wilson's or Kaye's, is still questionable, and he sounds pretty forced at times.

Keith Burgess easily blows everyone else outta the water here.
Silence
said at 11:54 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
If I could, I would vote for Tomonichi Nishimura. But if any of these actors came the closest to capturing the character the best for me, it's definitely Keith Burgess. Mainly because of how intimidating yet calm he sounded. That sort of voice fits with how I interpret Akuma as a character. None of the others fit in my opinion.
rosebr10
said at 9:16 PM on Fri May 17 2013
Personally I thought Burgess worked best as his younger self ("Gouki") in Generations. His "Akuma" didn't transfer well, where it was his more typical appearance (Burgess' original performance was as a towering, statue-esque monstrosity and otherwise cameo fodder).

Mallow, meanwhile, really got into it later on. He was downright nasty come SFxT.
Ringworm128
said at 7:32 PM on Mon Jan 21 2013
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Despite sounding a bit over the top Dave Mallow is the most fitting IMO because he sounds like he's consumed with rage and blood lust, the others sound too composed. IMO Akuma/Gouki should sound like someone who will Raging Demon you if you speak to him the wrong way Dave Mallow is the only one who pulls this off IMO.
SonicTheVA
said at 9:02 AM on Tue Dec 18 2012
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I personally don't like Dave Mallow as Akuma. I thought the voice is too raspy and old sounding for my taste. I imagined him with a deeper voice with a little gravel in it, but not so much gravel. I feel that Keith Burgess is the best English Akuma, while Tomomichi Nishimura is the best Japanese Akuma. Taketora is good but I like Tomomichi Nishimura better.
pete
said at 1:27 AM on Thu Nov 29 2012
Keith, Dave, David, Dale.
Aussieroth
said at 7:58 AM on Fri Jun 22 2012
Keith... just, Keith hands down.
Dark Kuja
said at 1:52 PM on Tue Feb 7 2012
This may sound weird, but I think Vic Mignogna would make a pretty good voice for Akuma.

If you've seen Yu Yu Hakusho, think Bui, with hints of Broly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJLF21sdi1Q&feature=watch_response
Caley
said at 12:43 PM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@Dark Kuja nope
SLEDGERAID
said at 6:51 AM on Sun Dec 2 2012
@Dark Kuja I honestly would agree with you there Vic Mignogna would probably be a great akuma sometimes when he uses his Broly style voice I would mistake him for Peter Lurie(the current Sabretooth) who also would probably be a damn good akuma as well
Aussieroth
said at 6:49 AM on Thu Jan 3 2013
@SLEDGERAID ........ Yeah I could see Peter Lurie as Akuma. Another choice would be Fred Tatasciore.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:27 PM on Tue Jan 10 2012
I honestly don't like any of them, they just all bug me in some way.

By the way, does anyone else think that Jim Cummings would make for a pretty good Akuma?
Caley
said at 12:44 PM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@Nightmare Crusher You do know they are all directed to sound like you hear them, right?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:28 PM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@Yeah, so is just about every acting performance EVER! What does that have to do with anything? If I don't like it I don't like it.
Aussieroth
said at 12:11 AM on Thu Jul 19 2012
@Nightmare Crusher Either him or Fred Tatasciore. Peter Cullen wouldn't be a bad choice either. Jim however can just do anything XD.
cardboardwalk
said at 5:36 PM on Mon Dec 26 2011
Burgess without a doubt, but David Kaye did do a pretty different take of the character. Wilson's while not poorly acted sounded to campy and unthreatening. And Dave Mallow is a 50/50 balance of intimidating and hammy over acting.
Ninjaman15
said at 7:58 PM on Wed Dec 7 2011
1. Keith Burgess
2. Dave "Commander Amarao" Mallow
3. David Kaye
4. Dale Wilson (is he just saying part of his Perfect Cell voice or something?)

So let me say this, all and all: Keith Burgess is no doubt one of the best Akuma/Gouki voices you will EVER hear in English. That gravelly tone is just... OHHH!!! Other than the likes of Tomomichi Nishimura or Taketora, I'm tempted to say that Mr. Burgess (who does a rather good job as Chinko Drill in the psychotic trip Dead Leaves) is almost a true od at performing such an act.

As for Dave Mallow, I can agree to NCZ's opinion that he has improved around MvC3... but to my hearing skills, it's as if Mallow only improved just slightly. He's definitely alright on his own; however, I still hear that demonic Cookie Monster on some points. It's safe to say Mallow has had better roles, including the aforementioned Commander Amarao from FLCL.

And Kaye and Wilson... I honestly don't feel like wasting my breath on any of the two. David Kaye gets credit for using an appropriate amount of gruffness, but it's somewhat smug and (as NCZ pointed out) Megatron-ish. Dale Wilson loses all originality just for using a voice that looks like it doesn't fit this demon at all. {shrugs}

"I AM superior... to all men!"
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:34 PM on Mon Jun 13 2011
Keith Burgess is the best. Dave Mallow wasn't too good in Street Fighter IV, but he improved in MVC3.

David Kaye was certainly deep enough, but too smug and Megatron-ish. Dale Wilson just doesn't fit at all.
imran (Guest)
said at 3:26 AM on Tue Nov 9 2010
dave mallow and keith burgess were best at akuma's voice and also most sf4 voices do not suck as matter of fact all voices from sf4 rocks.
d20watt (Guest)
said at 2:30 PM on Tue Sep 29 2009
Hehe. Keith Burgess was the one for Akuma. His voice suit Akuma very well. Pretty creepy if you ask me. Keith's voice is more superior.
davemallow (Guest)
said at 1:50 PM on Tue Sep 29 2009
Well, this is what I get for Googling myself! Sometimes even *I* am surprised when certain auditions go on to a booking. . in which case you jump into the booth and do your best. That three others had also voiced this character came as a surprise.
spike32 (Guest)
said at 2:09 PM on Fri Jul 17 2009
Keith Burgess is for sure the best Akuma here, that's the kind of voice I imagined for Akuma. Dave Mallow's voice is actually not too bad considering most SFIV voices suck. Not as cool as his Baboo voice from Power Rangers of course but it'll do I guess ;) Dale Wilson and David Kaye don't interest me for an Akuma voice at all.


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