Voice Compare » Yu Yu Hakusho » Hiei
Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Hiei with sound clips and images.
EDITOR'S OPINIONAlright folks for this YYH Voice Compare it shall be for this fairly infamous fan favorite demonic "Bad Boy" of Yusuke Urameshi's little group here... HIEI! In the English dub of the Yu Yu Hakusho Poltergeist Report done in the late 90's Hiei was voiced by New York VA James Stanley. While Hiei doesn't have that many lines before he gets to battle we do get to see his loner side for a bit and James does do a decent job trying to convey Hiei's persona even though Hiei didn't have that many lines in that movie. Basically while its not one of the best performances in that movie but James does an alright job with that role.
In the English dub of Yu Yu Hakusho Golden Seal (also from the late 90's in fact a few months after the aforementioned dub) he was voiced by Kirk Thornton. I am aware that this performance is probably the most reviled part of that dub but to honest I find this to be a strong case of how I blame the Voice Direction instead of the Voice Actor. Seriously hear some of the other Kirk Thornton clips on the site I have definitely been able to hear Kirk being able to play characters like Hiei well. I know I sound awfully defensive right now but I know it sounds awfully strange to hear such a light take on Hiei however I do admit that the movie can also be blamed as well. Yes I know that Kirk's performance for Hiei in that movie is often reviled for being too flat out heroic but to be fair Hiei was flat out heroic in that movie since he wasn't all that much of a Anti-Hero in that movie. (Yes I am aware that they could've altered Hiei's dialogue a bit more to what we are use to but to be honest that wouldn't really matter much.) So in other words yes it is rather strange to hear Hiei like this but I more blame Jenny Haniver's direction then I would blame Kirk Thornton here.
Now for the FUNimation dub of the TV series we have Chuck Huber whom is the voice of Hiei and this is quite possibly one of Chuck's most renowned performances. Well I can certainly understand why and mind you I am actually a bit more fair-weathered when it comes to FUNimation (I like them but I do find them a bit overrated nowadays but that is a different story). However one other thing to consider is that unlike his late 90's movie dub counterparts Chuck Huber got to voice Hiei throughout the TV series and lets just say Chuck had a whole lot of good material to go with here. Chuck's performance definitely works for the role whether its for his brooding tone for Hiei's good dramatic moments, his deadpan snarker tone for Hiei's more comical moments, and a nice and sinister tone for Hiei's... "not so friendly" moments lets just say. But I will say that the renown for Chuck's performance is pretty well deserved and is another fine example of the voice work in the FUNi dub of the series.
Last but not quite the least is the Animax dub where Hong Kong VA Dave Bridges gets to be the VA for this dub. Now I know that Animax dubs are pretty reviled in general and sometimes I can understand that but I don't think that Dave's work in this dub is that bad. Oh sure Dave's Hiei voice is basically his Ryouga voice only lower and somewhat rougher but it does work for the role pretty well nevertheless. Oh sure Dave's voice and performance doesn't flow quite as naturally as Chuck's does but its not that bad really especially if you view Dave's work under its own merits. If anything else I will say that Dave's performance as Hiei is probably one of the better performances in that dub. Overall yeah I will be going with Chuck Huber the most here but the others are for the most part not that bad really.