Heihachi Mishima
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Heihachi Mishima

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Heihachi Mishima with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Tekken

Heihachi is the owner of the Mishima Zaibatsu, the sponsor for the King of the Iron Fist Tournament. Heihachi is a Mishima-style karate master with a cruel, extreme personality; when his son Kazuya was a child, he threw him off a cliff declaring that he would make it back up, were he truly his son. Heihachi will do anything possible to achieve his goals.

He is one of the few characters to appear in every Tekken game, and has even made cameos in some of Namco's other franchises (including an appearance as a bonus character in the PS2 version of Soulcalibur II).
Created by NCZ on May 12 2011
Tekken: The Motion Picture (1998)
Heihachi MishimaJohn Paul Shepard
John Paul Shepard
Soul Calibur II (2002)
Heihachi MishimaKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Tekken: Blood Vengeance (2011)
Heihachi MishimaJamieson Price
Jamieson Price

EDITOR'S OPINION

John Paul Shepard was maybe a little too old-sounding, but was acceptable aside from that. KMR, though epic-sounding as always, was a little too deep. Jamieson Price has to be my clear favourite. Strikes a great balance; not too old-sounding and has a very cool deep voice, a lot like the late Daisuke Gori.


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GreenGoblin75
said at 8:43 PM on Wed May 4 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Kevin Michael Richardson
2. Jamieson Price
3. John Paul Shepard
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 4:13 PM on Sun Jun 19 2016
@GreenGoblin75 Yeah, I agree. A lot of folks find that KMR is too deep, but Daisuke Gori was actually a bass, just like KMR is. Japanese is spoken much lighter than English, which is why it often sounds lighter.

But I'm gonna say that Jamieson sounds fairly close to Ishizuka, & KMR sounds like Gori.

That being said, I'm not sure exactly why Ishizuka replaced so many of Gori's roles after his death.

I figure Tessho Genda, Ryuzaburo Otomo, or other basses would be a better fit.

Maybe Banjo Ginga?
GreenGoblin75
said at 4:15 PM on Sun Jun 19 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
Yeah, I thought KMR's deepness was fitting.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 4:17 PM on Sun Jun 19 2016
@GreenGoblin75 I know I'm repeating myself, but I'm not really sure why they lightened his voice lighter on.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:26 PM on Sun Jun 19 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

I think you're getting too hung up on the whole vocal timbre thing. Daisuke Gori's voice for Heihachi has a very gruff and aged sound to it. Because of how accustomed I am to his voice, it's what I think of when I hear Heihachi. KMR's voice is fine by its own merits, but I just prefer the gruffer approach that Jamieson Price takes, as it means he better captures the spirit of what I expect from Heihachi.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 5:36 AM on Mon Jun 20 2016
@NCZ Oh, that's a good point. Yeah, I agree that Jamieson's performance is better, though it's probably in part due to the material in the movie versus KMR's guest appearance in a game.

BUT, I was moreso thinking of the switch to the notably lighter Unsho Ishizuka after Gori died, & similarly in the dub to Jamieson Price.

There are various other Japanese basses I can think of, Ryuzaburo Otomo, Tessho Genda, Banjo Ginga (who's even deeper), Kenta Miyake.

In SoCal dubbing circles, we have...perhaps Paul st Peter & Richard Epcar? Damn, even that's stretching it, goes to show how limited dubbing circles are, sadly.

My point, anyhow, is...I know that Namco Bandai isn't exactly Disney Character Voices...but I think there's something to be said for consistency.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:19 PM on Mon Jun 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

Heihachi was actually made younger in Tag 2, when Ishizuka took over (due to a potion, and you're still WAY too hung up on this whole timbre thing. It shouldn't make or break a performance that a VA is one octave lower than some other VA because every person sounds different from one another. It's an unhealthy and unrealistic mentality to have.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 2:53 PM on Mon Jun 20 2016
@NCZ There is in no way any sort of blame on the VA's for sounding different. It's just a rather notable pitch difference, that IMO should be taken into account when casting a replacement actor.

Remember when Travis Willingham in Persona 3's dub was replaced by Bryce Papenbrook?

* Cool stylistic change, which fit the chibi nature, but the original (I mean the primary, Japanese production) wasn't like that, & * I'm pretty sure there's a reason for it. *

* & as I said, Bryce did an *awesome* job with the performance, & it was quite the awesome out-of-box casting for him.

BUT IMO, at least when dubbing a character (which, to be clear, isn't what you're defending), you've got to keep the sort of voice the original production staff found befitting of the character.


Your point about the story of Tekken reminds me that I spend far more time on voice compares than actual entertainment.

But, when criticizing Ishizuka's replacement of Heihachi, I was ALSO considering Mr. Satan.

Gori-san unfortunately stuck himself in the middle of the show's airing.

* Thus, the replacement with Ishizuka's voice causes a noticeable pitch difference DURING the run of the show, & THAT was my main issue.

On the other extreme, though, how would you feel if we cast more male/female shared characters?

That's to say, Todd Haberkorn/Spike Spencer play female roles, & the likes of Deborah Strang & Mary McGlynn play male roles?

Is timbre really not an issue?
Zillah
said at 3:04 PM on Mon Jun 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed "that IMO should be taken into account when casting a replacement actor."

I'm sorry, replacement actor?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Jun 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

There is a big difference between "actor 1 has a deep voice and smooth delivery and typically plays characters that require such a portrayal, and is replaced by actor 2 who has a noticeably higher and raspier voice and is now playing a character where he sounds totally out of his comfort zone" and "actor 1 who is well-known for his gruff performances has a deep voice and actor 2 who is also known for his gruff performances has a marginally less deep voice". It comes off as unnecessarily pedantic and while obviously timbre is a factor in any performance, boiling it down to just that as the sole make-or-break factor is missing the forest for the trees.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:55 PM on Sat Jun 25 2016
@NCZ You know what, I re-listened to Gori & then the SCII dub, & I do see your point. KMR's voice, while close to Gori, lacks a lot of the aggression that Gori (& Price) put into it. I voted for Jamieson.

That being said...I suppose I just wanted to play Devil's Advocate in this case, to point out that KMR isn't actually TOO deep, it's his Performance# that #matters.

Although, I DO think that vocal consistency matters in Japanese media, just because it doesn't refresh as often as the way Marvel/DC refreshes.

& I'll take this to the MGS compares when I get done playing them/watching them in Japanese.
AntiSabat666
said at 6:21 AM on Sun Sep 6 2015
 9 Shout Outs!
I can't decide between Price and Richardson. Both are epic.
Starscreamsfan
said at 4:03 PM on Mon Jul 27 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1) Jamieson Price
2) Kevin Michael Richardson
3) John Paul Shepard
OmeedMirVA
said at 9:06 AM on Thu Jan 15 2015
 7 Shout Outs!
I think Chris Rager should play Heihachi since the guys who played him in the Japanese version also played Mr. Satan. Anyone else think so?
Shaun Ince
said at 2:09 PM on Mon Jul 27 2015
@OmeedMirVA He was one of my first ideal choices to playing Heihachi at one point.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:21 AM on Wed Oct 8 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Jamieson Price is the best one here. It's the closest match to Gori & Ishizuka's voices for Heihachi.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:31 AM on Mon May 2 2016
@Shaun Ince 1.5 years old, but I find that in terms of depth:

JPS

Jamieson/Unsho


Daisuke Gori
KMR (though he is a larger guy with much more resonance due to his size)
Shaun Ince
said at 6:29 PM on Tue May 3 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Yeah, that actually makes sense.
Axem Red
said at 11:43 AM on Sat May 24 2014
Jamieson Price's take on it sounds like the way he does Lu Bu.
TaylorJosephB
said at 1:24 AM on Wed Oct 23 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Jamieson Price all the way on this one.
BCHolbrook
said at 10:43 AM on Mon Sep 16 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I have something that I like about all of them, but I'm voting for Jamieson Price.
Aussieroth
said at 8:36 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
KMR needs an updated clip... I'll see if I can find one.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 3:41 AM on Mon Mar 26 2012
Is Vitor Stone an alias of Kevin Michael Richardson?
SupremeTarantulas
said at 12:36 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@pete Victor Stone*
pokemastanumba1
said at 6:30 PM on Sun Apr 28 2013
@pete This has actually been disputed for quite some time now, and I do believe Victor Stone could very well be a KMR alias. However, there's absolutely nothing anyone could find that can confirm this.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:12 AM on Tue May 28 2013
@pokemastanumba1

A couple of days ago, TheVengeanceKnight found something that proved it is indeed KMR and that he used "Victor Stone" as a pseudonym.
Aussieroth
said at 1:11 AM on Fri May 31 2013
@Anicomicgeek HA! CALLED IT!
ConfusedPhantom
said at 1:56 AM on Fri May 31 2013
@Aussieroth *spits water*
ninjinister
said at 6:48 PM on Tue May 3 2016
@Anicomicgeek I'd like to see that evidence trail.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:04 PM on Tue May 3 2016
@ninjinister

I did read the interview where he said it was him doing the vocie once, but I can't seem to find it now.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:18 PM on Thu May 19 2016
@ninjinister The comments have since been removed, but it was on a podcast where KMR spoke about the name.
Anon
said at 12:35 AM on Thu Mar 22 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I really like Victor's voice here, but Jamieson just fits better.

@Dark Kuja
Come to think of it, I think Clancy would make for an interesting Heihachi.

@Aussieroth
Same. Guess we can call KMR if we ever need a Spawn back-up.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 11:10 PM on Tue Mar 13 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Jamieson Price is a little bit like the current Japanese Heihachi. Victor Stone is a little more like Daisuke Gouri...and Kevin Michael Richardson apparently. o_O Both are my favorites here.
Dark Kuja
said at 3:31 PM on Thu Mar 8 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
As much as I love Jamieson Price's voice, I think Clancy Brown would make an awesome Heihachi.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:39 PM on Sun Jan 22 2012
I always thought the same thing.
Beaux
said at 8:54 PM on Tue Dec 13 2011
I was thinking the same thing...
Aussieroth
said at 6:05 AM on Sun Dec 4 2011
Is it me, or does Victor sound like Kevin Michael Richardson?
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