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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mai Valentine with sound clips and images.
Mai Valentine also known as Kai Kujaku in the Japanese version of the anime was voiced by four different voice actors. A recurring character in the series and best known for her Harpy Lady duel monsters deck.

She was first voiced by Megan Hollingshead for seasons 1 to 3 before she left 4Kids Entertainment.

Mai was then voiced by Erica Schroeder from season 4 onwards.

For the limited Yu-Gi-Oh! uncut DVDs Mai was voiced by Caren Manuel.

In a lesser known English dub by Odex Ltd Mai was voiced by Alison Lester.
Created by Jackson_H on Mon Sep 14 2009, 38 Comments, Add Comment
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Mai ValentineMegan Hollingshead
Megan Hollingshead
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Mai ValentineErica Schroeder
Erica Schroeder
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Mai ValentineCaren Manuel
Caren Manuel
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Mai ValentineAlison Lester
Alison Lester


Megan Hollingshead best captured the character IMO, and is my favorite voice from this group. Erica Schroeder did a decent job but is my least favorite of this group. Caren Manuel does a pretty good job sounding similar to Megan Hollingshead in some ways and Alison Lester did pretty good too.


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said at 1:19 PM on Tue Aug 4 2015
1. Megan Hollingshead/Haruhi Terada
2. Kathleen Delaney (listed as Caren Manuel here)
3. Erica Shroeder
4. Alison Lester

Megan said Mai's one of her favorite roles, and I think it shows in the quality of performance. While Kathleen'a voice is deeper than the character should be IMO, everything else was solid. I was actually tempted to rank Alison above Erica, but the latter's acting is a bit better at least.

It's such a shame Megan didn't voice her the entire time. I also wish we could've heard more of Kathleen, since I would've liked to hear her take on some of Mai's best episodes.
said at 8:30 PM on Tue Aug 18 2015
@1dbad Andi Whaley could have voiced Mai. She nailed Cassidy of Team Rocket.
said at 12:55 AM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@MatthewC17 Good choice! It's too bad she couldn't have been Megan's replacement.
said at 11:19 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
1. Megan Hollingshead, perfect
2. Caren Manuel, has attitude
3. Erica Shroeder, flat & nasily imo
4. Alison Lester, sounds like she's trying to voice Ash Ketchum or something
said at 2:54 AM on Thu Apr 24 2014
1 Erica
2 Caren
3 Megan
4 Alison
said at 1:07 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
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Megan Hollingshead was the best!
said at 11:03 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Indeed she was! I also really liked Caren's take, but I remembered that she also voiced Vivian Wong, so her voicing Mai too is kind of awkward. Especially if you've seen the epilogue in the Japanese version. XD
said at 11:48 AM on Sat Apr 11 2015
It's not as if the epilogue had any voices placed on top of the background ending music.

Besides, Delaney ain't Johnson (I know I told you this before, but darn it, I'm throwing my net into the deep end here). See the backburner for full disclosure.
said at 5:52 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
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1. Megan Hollingshead - She sounds the most natural out of the four
2. Caren Manuel - A worthy successor to Megan no doubt, just wish she voiced Mai in the cut dub
3. Erica Schroedor - Her voice doesn't work on this character, it worked for Nurse Joy but not for Mai
4. Allison Lester - Atrociously wooden, and she sounds confused
said at 3:09 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
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Megan has the best voice for Mai, but was a bit overacting at times. Caren probably performed the part most naturally, but the voice isn't as sexy as Megan's. Erica is incredibly forced and obnoxious in the role, and Alison Lester is wooden as all Hell.

Overall, my vote goes to Megan Hollingshead.
said at 1:29 PM on Tue Aug 4 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus It's nice to see I'm not the only one who felt that way about Erica in the role. Such a shame Kathleen Delaney (listed as Caren Manuel here) wasn't Megan's replacement for the edited dub as well.
Shiny Raticate
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Aug 14 2013
Megan, Erica, and Caren did a good job.
said at 11:04 PM on Sat Apr 13 2013
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Megan ftw
said at 12:43 PM on Tue Mar 19 2013
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Megan Hollingshead made Mai for me.
said at 5:18 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
yeah the first Mai was best while I didnt mind Erica she made the character seem too depressed and sad all the time she lost her attitude
said at 6:29 AM on Mon Sep 10 2012
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Megan was best, it kinda sounded like Erica was trying to imitate her, Caren Manuel is doing her impression of rouge the bat, and Alison just doesn't fit
Psyche's Rose
said at 11:23 PM on Sat Jun 2 2012
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Megan had the perfect mix of pride, dignity, loyalty, and spunk. Caren had waaaaaay too much punk in the mix and didn't show how much dignity Mai's character has. Alison didn't have any of those quilities in her Mai. For some reason Erica's voice didn't play on my computer so I can't judge her, but clearly Megan takes #1 this round.
said at 5:26 PM on Sat Dec 24 2011
Megan and Caren sound good in the role, Erica and Alison do not.
said at 4:46 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I'll say. Nice to see Caren gaining some credibility.
said at 7:01 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras Caren's great, though I prefer her as Vivian Wong. Megan Hollingshead is the best Mai.
said at 7:04 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Fair enough, but this is arguable one of Caren's better roles (even if she isn't the better actress)
said at 7:10 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras She did really great as Mai, and Viv, and Rouge the Bat.
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Certainly is one of 4kids most underrated actors. Glad you feel she did well as Rouge.
said at 9:19 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras Her Winx Club roles were great too.
said at 12:12 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I'll say.
said at 4:58 PM on Sun May 1 2011
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Megan was hands down the best. She seemed to have the right voice and right attitude down for Mai. Erica was decent, but I got the impression that she was trying too hard to copy Megan, thus sounding too forced. Caren is probably my least favorite. She sounded too over-the-top like a chain-smoking hooker...not much personality...too much sultry attitude... Alison sounded both forced and flat while not sounding right for the part at all.
said at 2:52 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
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Too bad Megan left I remember hearing her replacement and not knowing that she was replaced wondering what happened to Mai's voice.
said at 7:39 AM on Fri Mar 11 2011
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megan and erica sound alike to me lolbut megan wins
said at 3:41 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
Sorry I meant to say now we know......Sorry about that XD Made a mistake that's what I get for typing too fast...
said at 3:40 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
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Wow know we know Caren could have given Rouge a more younger voice but with that sexy tone too....I still think she did an impressive job with Rouge I liked her voice being a bit edgy though I'm gonna have the give this to Megan she sounded more like the character but Caren and Bella are a close second

Maybe people wouldn of changed their minds about her Rouge voice if they heard this but screw it She will always be the best Rouge voice in my eyes :D Hell Bella could even change her voice a bit different too HAHA XD

Here's my order

1st Megan
Tie 2nd- Caren and Bella
Decent 3rd - Alison Lester
said at 5:15 PM on Thu Oct 24 2013
@Truesonic I agree with your rankings.
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said at 10:34 PM on Thu Dec 10 2009
Just added Alison Lester's version (Odex dub) enjoy!

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"Megan Hollingshead was the best! I wish she voiced her for the ENTIRE series..."

- Bryrida
Who do you think has been the best from these Mai Valentine/Kujaku voice actors?
Megan Hollingshead
Erica Schroeder
Caren Manuel
Alison Lester