Voice Compare » Street Fighter » Ken Masters
Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ken Masters with sound clips and images.
Ken is the best friend of Ryu. In contrast to his serious partner, Ken is laidback, cool, and fun-loving.
EDITOR'S OPINIONYes folks at last I can finally do a Voice Compare on the known Ken Masters, the more jovial of the two original "Shotos" of Fighting games.
We shall start this off with one of my favorite VAs namely Scott McNeil whom voiced Ken in the American Street Fighter Animated series. I know that the show is not exactly a fan favorite but while it did have its fair share of supporters it of course had its fair share of detractors as well but I always did have a soft spot for this performance.
(But then again this is the first time I remembered on how I was able to pleasantly recognize a voice as back then in the late 90's when I was watching the show I recognized the fact that Ken sounded like Proto Man from the American Mega Man series. And not too long afterwards when I started to get into using the Internet and learn more about Voice talent I soon saw why among various other things.)
But still I've always did enjoyed Scott McNeil's handiwork as Ken as it did fit Ken's rather playful personality (that can go serious when the situation calls for it as well.) And unlike his more serious White Gi Wearing Japanese counterpart Ryu, Ken had different English VAs throughout each of his Anime appearances.
In the highly renowned Fan Favorite film Street Fighter 2 the Animated Movie he was voiced by VA Eddie Frierson. I admit in retrospection this was a bit of a surprise but fortunately it turns out he was a rather suitable choice for the role as he too was able to capture more of his playful and serious sides well.
And for his other English Anime Dub VA's we will be seeing a trio of Steves here.
The first Steve we will mention here is VA Steve Apostolina (whom I heard is his actual name since he like many other Californian VAs have a history of using aliases). And well to be blunt this Steve's Ken was one of the better performances in II V's American English dub as he too does a good job at capturing Ken's persona well.
And for the next Steve which is easily the most known of the 3 Steves here is Steve Blum as Ken in the Street Fighter Alpha the Movie. Steve Blum was definitely a good choice that was definitely fitting Ken well and was one of the better performances in that movie.
The 3rd Steve is VA Steve "Tetsuzaemon Iba" Cassling in Street Fighter Alpha Generations and well this one is not as good as the others. I am not calling Steve Cassling a bad VA and his work here is not really bad but it seemed kind of off at first compared to the others here. (But to be fair Ken had a relatively small serious role in that movie didn't help either.)
And last but certainly not the least is his current VA Reuben "Current Dante" Langdon whom voiced him in the Street Fighter 4 game and anime. And alike most of the aforementioned VAs here Reuben was a definite natural in this role as well.
Overall I think all of them (except for Steve Cassling) were rather good for the role.