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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Hiei with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Yu Yu Hakusho

Created by Pokejedservo on Jan 15 2011
Yu Yu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report (1998)
HieiJames Stanley
James Stanley
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Golden Seal (1998)
HieiKirk Thornton
Kirk Thornton
Yu Yu Hakusho (2002)
HieiDave Bridges
Dave Bridges
Yu Yu Hakusho (2002)
HieiChuck Huber
Chuck Huber


Alright 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.



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said at 12:12 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
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Chuck Huber has the best performance here, making Hiei sound very devious, cunning, and intelligent, while giving him very subtle inflections in his acting.

Dave Bridges is a bit too low and gruff tone wise, but he gets Hiei's personality down pretty well.

James Staley is alright, but he's a bit too flat and dull at points where it's not needed.

Kirk Thornton makes Hiei sound like a stereotypical hero (which he is definitely not, far from it) and is a bit nasally at times. Odd, because this is the type of character he normally excels at voicing, but then the dub of the film he's in had poor direction in general, so it makes sense.
said at 1:59 PM on Wed Jun 22 2016
Chuck Huber does Hiei the best.

Shame that Kirk Thornton's take falls flat hard. Hiei seems like the kind of character up in Kirk's alley.
said at 8:06 AM on Sun Mar 13 2016
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Chuck Huber really shines and fits best as this initially villainous and then later aloof anti-heroic character.

Dave Bridges I think sounded pretty good actually. He still brings out the smug aloof and deadly aspect of the character well.

James Stanley is serviceable.

Kirk Thornton....oh gosh...Kirk...you'd think Kirk would be perfect in a role like Hiei, I mean he's great in roles like Jin and Brandon Heat but he plays him way too downbeat and too heroic sounding. I probably chalk this up to how he's depicted in the movie. Shame because under better direction, he could have been the best voice Hiei's ever had. Such a wasted potential.

I'm giving this one to Chuck Huber.
said at 9:50 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
Chuck Huber was a perfect fit, enough said.

Others aren't too bad, except for Kirk Thornton, who is normally a great VA but was badly directed here.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:38 AM on Mon Jun 8 2015
Chuck Huber was really good as Hiei. Though, to be fair it's the only version I've seen.

Kirk Thornton sounds nice, but his voice doesn't seem to fit his looks to me.

Not sure what to say about the other two.
said at 10:10 PM on Sat Aug 9 2014
What if Corey Burton voiced Hiei?
said at 4:19 AM on Mon Mar 3 2014
Oh gosh Dave Bridges voice reminds me of Kirk's Shadow(And Kirk is also Hiei just makes it even more ironic...)

1 Chuck Huber
2 James Stanley
3 Dave Bridges
4 Sorry Kirk you are one of my all time favourites but for this you are dead last
said at 8:15 AM on Fri Jan 17 2014
I have to go with Chuck Huber as my favorite voice for Hiei. Maybe it's just because I'm a little bit bias, but to me, Kirk sounded more heroic rather than a badass who would more save the day rather than kill everyone in the area who looked at him funny. Also Hiei does not say "Good luck" he would say, "Don't die!"

Dave Bridges was good, but he sounded a little too old for Hiei.

James Stanley, I do kind of like, he captures the quietness of Hiei, someone who after spending a little time with Kurama (hint hint) XD has learned patience and serenity, but still holds in taste for blood and would choose fighting over talking.
said at 5:13 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
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Chuck Huber got the "you're an inferior being to me, fool" feeling down perfectly with Hiei. He was also fantastic in the character's more emotional moments when it came to how his mother's people tried to kill him as a baby, and he was great in terms of his very snarky and badass tone as the character. He did sound just a tad stiff at times, but I'm sure he would have nailed the character had he been given more time in the role. Chuck's my favorite voice actor for Hiei, though.

In second, I'm going with Dave Bridges. His Hiei has a really badass and ice cold flare feeling to it, but it is just a bit unnatural and flat at times.

In third, James Stanley. He was way too flat, not menacing, and overall dull in the role. He was okay in the role.

In fourth, Kirk Thornton. I blame poor vocal direction for this rather weak performance on his part, because this is the man who can nail villainous roles given the right kind of direction (e.g. Hajime Saito). It was a weak performance from Kirk, though. Too generic and bland.
said at 12:05 PM on Tue Mar 26 2013
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Chuck Huber's voice has plenty of personality, but he does sound quite stiff at times. At some points in the series he can really impress though. If they all had the chance to redub the series I'm sure he would give an incredible performance, here he had his moments of greatness and at others he was a bit stiff and lacked expression, but he's still perfect for the character.
Chikiru Uchiha
said at 9:52 PM on Mon Dec 31 2012
oh god!Who in their right minds would see Chuck ever even touching a character like Hiei?That lifeless,nasely voice makes my ears bleed when I watch the dub and it's attached to such a stone cold bad-ass like Hiei?He'ld make a MUCH better Kurama and when Hiei and Kurama talk to each other it sounds like a person talking to themselves.This.should.NEVER.happen, since Hiei and Kurama are so polar opposite each other in...everything. As far as I'm concerned, James NAILED Hiei's voice from the get go and with so few lines! A softer,smoother voice to match his appearance with a darker tone to match his personality. It's a perfect mix. Dave to me was 2nd best and could also work perfectly if his voice didn't crack from being unnecessarily too deep for both him and his character. The voice direction in the Golden seal was terrible for ALL the characters but I can definately hear the potential that you speak of. It'ld be easier to hear if he wasn't shouting so OOC-ishly. Chuck...just doesn't do the character justice. I'ld rather listen to Lanipator's take on Hiei then this hack.
said at 12:14 PM on Tue Mar 26 2013
@Chikiru Uchiha Chuck would fit better as Kurama? No.
said at 8:20 AM on Fri Jan 17 2014
@Chikiru Uchiha You do realize that Lanipator was doing an albeit "overdramatized" impression of chuck huber's Hiei, right?

and Chuck Huber as Kurama? No! John Burghmeier is perfect as Kurama!
said at 5:08 PM on Mon Mar 26 2012
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Chuck Huber wins this effortlessly..no one can bring out Hiei's devious nature yet still make him sound honorable better then Chuck himself!The other voice actors are no doubt horrid and aren't in Huber's league at all.
said at 7:09 PM on Thu Feb 9 2012
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Love Kirk, but he made an awful Hiei. Chuck is by far my favorite. Really fit the character to a T
said at 6:14 PM on Sat Dec 24 2011
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Kirk's voice does not suit Hiei in the slightest and both James and Dave sound stiff. Chuck Huber's the only one who nailed it.
said at 4:26 AM on Sat Sep 17 2011
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Chuck is the best, hands down, but Dave was actually quite good too! Both Kirk and James were kinda meh since they didn't have much time in the role.
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