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Akuma

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Akuma with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Street Fighter


Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 17 2009
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Street Fighter (1995)
AkumaDavid Kaye
David Kaye
Street Fighter (1995)
AkumaDale Wilson
Dale Wilson
Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie (2001)
AkumaKeith Burgess
Keith Burgess
Street Fighter IV (2009)
AkumaDave Mallow
Dave Mallow
Street Fighter V (2016)
AkumaRichard Epcar
Richard Epcar

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batcool
said at 7:24 PM on Mon Oct 23 2017
Tough choice between Keith Burgess and Dave Mallow both are really good
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:13 PM on Thu Oct 19 2017
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Dale Wilson and David Kaye don't really fit.

I'll go with Keith Burgess.
manavoid breaker
said at 3:39 AM on Sun Jan 8 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Tomomichi Nishimura/ Taketora
2. Daisuke Gori / Keith Burgees
3. Richard Epcar
4. Dave Mallow
5. David Kaye
6. Dale Wilson
martyyahar
said at 10:50 PM on Wed Oct 18 2017
@manavoid breaker really dawg? japanese vas? i hope you know the language well enough to understand its cadences and phonology.
martyyahar
said at 10:51 PM on Wed Oct 18 2017
@manavoid breaker I know you're not alone in doing this and this seems like a random comment, but still. Dawg.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:01 PM on Wed Oct 18 2017
@martyyahar

To be fair though I've honestly never been totally satisfied with Akuma's english voices, though Keith Burgess comes closest. Nishimura is the only one who I think has ever truly captured the power and the sense of mystic that defines Akuma to me. You don't need to know the language to feel the presence he brings to the role.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:58 AM on Thu Oct 19 2017
@NCZ I completely back this 100%. While there are several English voices for Street Fighter characters that I do like & I think are pretty good, when it comes to Akuma/Gouki, it's almost always been a let down.

From my own analysis of each English voice for Akuma, they only nail one core trait of his personality or they completely miss the mark entirely.
martyyahar
said at 9:36 PM on Wed Dec 6 2017
@NCZ Well, while you don't need to know the language to be entertained, nor is it impossible to be let down by everyone in this compare; it's still interpreting a language you don't know the nuances of. Projecting a good performance over a mystery is better than a mediocre performance, but it's still projection.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:30 PM on Wed Dec 6 2017
@martyyahar

Even aside from personal debates about whether or not one who isn't fluent in a language can understand its nuances (which, even if you're not fully fluent, is still completely possible if you've heard or been immersed in it enough), there's taking it down to brass tacks and noting that SF is a fighting game. For the most part you're listening to battle cries, attack calls, and occasional short intro/ending quotes. You don't need to know the language to judge those.

To be blunt I think the whole "you can't judge a performance if you don't know the language" thing is overthinking it a bit. Emotions are a universal human concept. You can still feel in someone's voice what emotion they're expressing, on what level of delivery, and if that's appropriate for the situation they're in. You can know if a voice itself is appealing to you or appropriate for a role. There's nothing "mysterious" about that. Language is just a medium.
martyyahar
said at 10:05 PM on Wed Dec 13 2017
@NCZ I digress hard.

It's one thing to prefer listening to a Japanese dub than an English one, out of projection onto the Japanese audio and disappointment in the English audio.

It's another to surmize that emotions are expressed the exact same way with the exact same connotations in every language. Obviously grunts and catchphrases aren't so distinct from language to language, but i'm not just referring to this compare but judging Japanese or acting of a language you don't speak in general. If non-fluent directors lead to the performances given in Troll 2 and Resident Evil 1, from competent directors in their respective languages (Italian and Japanese, respectively, duh) what makes you think we are on the same page as fluent speakers?

I'm not saying that acting and voice choosing can be "objectively good", only that you don't know what you're getting.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:14 AM on Thu Dec 14 2017
@martyyahar

Directing (i.e. telling someone how to perform) is very different from enjoying or appreciating how someone performs.

All things considered I think this is a moot point. Do you need to be a skilled painter yourself to appreciate a good painting? It'll give you a new perspective and the extra knowledge may help shape your perceptions, but it'd be pretty silly to go up to everyone in the Louvre and say, "hey, can you paint? You shouldn't be admiring this." Let people like what they like.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:25 AM on Thu Dec 14 2017
@martyyahar Are you trying to say that because we don't speak the language it makes their opinions invalid? It does come across that way.
Bookman230
said at 10:50 AM on Thu Dec 14 2017
@martyyahar I digress here, but... that's not how you use the word digress.
Shaun Ince
said at 1:15 PM on Thu Dec 14 2017
@Bookman230 I think he meant to say disagree. Digress means something completely different.
martyyahar
said at 9:33 PM on Thu Dec 14 2017
@NCZ Your opinions *are* valid, but i always find it sketchy when people unfamiliar with a language have opinions on acting in it. It just seems like we aren't getting the full picture.

It isn't like appreciating the work of artist who's mastered a medium you haven't. It's more like trying to talk to a wall because you can't make out where the voice you're listening to is coming from.
HienFan
said at 6:26 AM on Sat Dec 24 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Dave was a bit better later on(although my order does not change) but Richard so far err....
SalaComMander
said at 2:39 PM on Thu Dec 22 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Comparing them all, again, I feel Dave Mallow has gotten much better over the years and his voice compare should be updated.

I'll miss him as Akuma, but if they had to get somebody else, I think Richard Epcar is a wonderful choice.
Zillah
said at 4:35 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Oh, good choice with Richard Epcar as Akuma.
I'll put him at 2nd place behind Keith Burgess.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 10:00 AM on Sun Dec 25 2016
@Zillah Under maybe better direction, Richard Epcar could easily become the favorite here. There's too much texture here, whereas his more natural Batou-alike register would have worked just fine.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:40 AM on Sun Dec 25 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Yeah, here it sounds too close to his Raiden voice. The Batou voice would have worked perfectly here.
gtnish>7
said at 4:10 PM on Sun Dec 25 2016
@Shaun Ince ...indeed
Shaun Ince
said at 2:31 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
I'm liking Epcar's take on Akuma/Gouki. Much better than Dave Mallow in this role. I'd place him in second place under Keith Burgess
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:29 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
So now there's another Epcar-Kaye comparison besides Batou. Pretty cool. Probably will comment on this more after I get through Street Fighter more (so far I've only played the older games without English dubs).
Shaun Ince
said at 2:59 PM on Thu Dec 22 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Now we just need Sabat to voice him so that all 3 Batou VA's share another role between them.
baltazzarknight
said at 4:23 PM on Thu Dec 22 2016
@Shaun Ince Good idea. I didn't know that Batou was voiced by Sabat, untill just now. It would be interesting to see him take a shot at this role. Plus, he is also the actor that I would like to see voice Akuma in the future.
GreenGoblin75
said at 12:35 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
Richard should've gone a little deeper and toned down the gravel. His shouts sound really good, though.
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:26 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
Personally, I've always liked Dale Wilson's filtered voice more than the normal one in the clip. There is something I've always found unsettling about that voice. The effects really helped enhance his performance, but when he was finally revealed, I was kinda disappointed that they didn't keep the effects in. So yeah, I'm going with Dale's performance with the effects, though I'll give his unfiltered performance this, it's still nicely performed.

David Kaye is also pretty awesome. His voice fits quite well, and he does have an unsettling air about him. Only problem I have is that sometimes, he falls into Shang Tsung territory (especially his delivery of "NOW, YOUR CH'I IS MINE!!!!").

Richard Epcar sounds pretty cool. He actually fits Akuma quite well, but his delivery is kinda awkward at times.

Dave Mallow has a nice raspy, demonic voice. He does fit well, but like Epcar, his performance tends to get awkward at times.

Keith Burgess... the same as Epcar and Mallow... fitting voice, but forced acting at some spots.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:01 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
Even though he's a great VA, Dave Mallow's Akuma never really clicked for me, so I do appreciate that SFV decided to start fresh on this one. But man... Richard Epcar is a really good casting choice on paper, but the direction seems to be giving him the same issues. The problem is they go too far on the growly side of things and it comes off as awkward and unnatural.

But yeah, like I said, I think he's not a bad choice for the role, so hopefully there'll be plenty of room for improvement when he and the directors can settle into the role.
baltazzarknight
said at 12:10 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
@NCZ And here I was thinking that Keith now has a good match to compare when it comes to best Akuma voice, but after I saw your opinion, I think that you got a point, so I guess that I'll stick with Keith, even though I voted for Richard. I think there's still chance for him, but my guess is that there's still a long way to go before Akuma shines in English. By the way, I'm curious, who would you choose and who do you think would be ideal Akuma voice? I'm torn between Chris Sabat and Fred Tatasciore. Steve Blum would also be nice.
wdf1
said at 5:38 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Tomomichi Nishimura
2. Taketora
3. Keith Burgess
4. Dave Mallow
GreenGoblin75
said at 8:06 PM on Sun Apr 10 2016
1. Tomomichi Nishimura
2. Keith Burgess/Taketora
3. Dave Mallow (MVC3)
4. David Kaye
5. Dale Wilson is
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:02 PM on Tue Dec 20 2016
@GreenGoblin75 Dale Wilson is a...typo? Or an unfinished point? 😕
GreenGoblin75
said at 9:06 PM on Tue Dec 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
Typo.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 11:18 AM on Wed Dec 21 2016
@GreenGoblin75 Okay, my bad, then.
Hanzo Gamagori
said at 3:31 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Dale Wilson and David Kaye were both miscast (like most of the voices in that cartoon). I liked Dave Mallow only for a couple of minutes when I heard him for the first time, but soon thereafter, the more I listened to him, the more I realise how unfitting his voice is, and I thought "how could I like that voice at all?". It's not that much bad voice and he did improved a little in MVC3, but still it's not good enough. Keith Burgess's voice is IMO the only one I can develop liking and the only good among them and easily dominates them all, but it's still far from perfect. Nonetheless, I'm still waiting for Christopher Sabat or John Burgmeier (with his Nuova Shenron voice) to voice Akuma at some point, but that's just my opinion.
Zillah
said at 8:37 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
None of them are quite perfect imo, but Keith definitely has the strongest performance here.

I'd like to hear Neil Kaplan take a shot at this role.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:00 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
I can't really get behind any of these English voices for Akuma. Though if I had to pick one person in this poll it would be Keith Burgess. I think he gets the closest to how Akuma should sound. Dale Wilson is hugely miscast. Same with David Kaye. Mallow sounds very forced, & even though he did get better in MVC3, I'm not a huge fan of his voice for Akuma.
Zillah
said at 3:17 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
@Shaun Ince I'd say David Kaye was more misdirected than miscast. I could honestly see him pulling of the role very well.
DarkWhite
said at 10:43 PM on Sat Sep 19 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Keith's voice matches how I view Akuma's character perfectly: a mostly silent, mysterious warrior who only desires an honorable fight to the death like he was in SF2/Alpha.
HienFan
said at 5:27 AM on Wed Apr 29 2015
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Heard the episode Dale was in, his actual voice was okay
1 Keith
2 David
3 Dale
4 Dave- sooooo daaaaarrrrrrk and edgy what could possibly go wrong?
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:18 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1) David Kaye
2) Dale Wilson
3) Dave Mallow
4) Keith Burgess
atlien
said at 2:38 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
Who the **** thought Akuma should have a british accent?! Wilson is all wrong for Akuma
HienFan
said at 11:33 PM on Tue Jan 27 2015
1 David Kaye
2 Keith Burgress
3 Dave Mallow
4 Dale Wilson
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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!
CelestialOuroboros
said at 3:20 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
1. Keith Burgess
2. Richard Epcar
3. Dave Mallow
4. David Kaye
5. Dale Wilson

Over two years since I wrote that comment. Time flies; quick. I'm sticking with Burgess' performance generally speaking, though Richard Epcar is actually not half-bad in the role. A great casting choice and thankfully an improvement over what Mallow was capable of, but there's still a little something something that's missing. Epcar's rendition isn't quite as good as it could've been, yet I like it nevertheless.
CelestialOuroboros
said at 3:24 PM on Wed Dec 21 2016
*Slightly over two years. Can't seem to think properly today
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.
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 1:27 AM on Thu Nov 29 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Keith, Dave, David, Dale.
Aussieroth
said at 7:58 AM on Fri Jun 22 2012
 1 Shout Out!
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.
Caley
said at 9:08 PM on Wed Mar 4 2015
@Nightmare Crusher Doubt that Cummings would work non-union.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:47 AM on Sat Mar 7 2015
@Caley It's hypothetical, doesn't matter.
cardboardwalk
said at 5:36 PM on Mon Dec 26 2011
 1 Shout Out!
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 Shout Out!
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.
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Dale Wilson
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