Kurama
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Kurama

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


Created by Pokejedservo on Mar 22 2010
Special thanks to Satoshi for additional sound clips.
Yu Yu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report (1998)
KuramaChris Orbach
Chris Orbach
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Golden Seal (1998)
KuramaDavid Hayter
David Hayter
Yu Yu Hakusho (2002)
KuramaCandice Moore
Candice Moore
Yu Yu Hakusho (2002)
KuramaJohn Burgmeier
John Burgmeier

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Darkness Dragon
said at 1:34 PM on Sat Jul 16 2016
As far as English Dubs go
John has my vote,I felt like he capture everything about Kurma perfectly he sounded smart,caring,serious and even funny too. He sounded awesome as Yoko too. I know some people wanted a female to voice him in the dub,In the Animax dub he is voiced by Candice Moore,but I did not really find anything particular interesting about her performance like I did with John. YYH is one of my favorite dubs and one of the few dubs I think everybody is perfectly cast John being no exception
Sk8erPrince
said at 11:03 PM on Tue Jun 7 2016
Kurama may be somewhat feminine, but I've always thought that casting Megumi Ogata was a complete miscast, due to the fact that Kurama is indeed a MALE. The voice I want to hear coming out of Kurama's mouth is a level headed teenage voice provided by John; hence I placed my vote on him.
Autovolt
said at 8:03 AM on Sun Mar 13 2016
 1 Shout Out!
John Burgmeier really brings this very light and very feminine type of voice which fits this bishonen hero really well. I'll admit he wasn't the most natural sounding but of all the actors who've voiced Kurama in English he's by far the most fitting. It's in his Yoko Kurama form that I think he was perfect.....that voice, performance....it just all adds up perfectly. Keep in mind that the Yoko Kurama form had a male seiyuu in the Japanese version so casting a male actor as Kurama in English really isn't that much of a stretch.

Chris Orbach/Hideo Seaver I think showed some real potential in the role, I feel if he had more time in the role he could have been better than Burgmeier but as of right now, it's good what he had all things considered.

Candice Moore is the only woman here, matching Megumi Ogata's excellent take but I feel she doesn't get the personality down right and she sounds more awkward than Burgmeier does.

David Hayter.....Solid Snake as Kurama? Seriously who kept casting these movies.....this is just wrong sounding.

I do think Megumi Ogata ultimately voiced Kurama best, she's great at bishonens and Kurama is no exception, she's the most charming one in the role.

Ultimately I'll give my vote to John even if he isn't perfect in the role.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:49 PM on Sat Jun 4 2016
@Autovolt "Keep in mind that the Yoko Kurama form had a male seiyuu in the Japanese version"

FUNimation did not have the Japanese audio tracks for YYH (same as DBZ) when dubbing. It took too long & they just weren't that interested. They were also cheaper than most other dubbing studios at the time (& still kind of are).


On top of this, even today, they aren't bound to be timbre-accurate to the Japanese version, as Viz, Aniplex, or (RIP) Bandai & Geneon are/were.

In general, though, I don't know exactly what problem English-speakers have with a woman doing a soft-spoken male's voice.
Sk8erPrince
said at 7:29 PM on Tue Jul 5 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

"In general, though, I don't know exactly what problem English-speakers have with a woman doing a soft-spoken male's voice."

My gripe with it is that it sounds like a woman is trying too hard to sound like a male, resulting in an unbelievably bad performance. It's not hard to see why John got the most votes here, is it?
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 11:21 AM on Wed Jul 6 2016
@Sk8erPrince "It's not hard to see why John got the most votes here, is it?"

Because Ogata isn't eligible for inclusion by site standards? Because otherwise, I can see how it could be.
Sk8erPrince
said at 9:51 AM on Fri Jul 8 2016
@CatsTuxedo

Do you honestly think Megumi would have gotten more votes than John? Kurama isn't 5, you know.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 11:48 AM on Fri Jul 8 2016
@Sk8erPrince Considering the sizable amount of anime fans who will always choose sub over dub, I say that's a strong possibility.
Sk8erPrince
said at 1:28 PM on Fri Jul 8 2016
@CatsTuxedo

Sure. They don't know what they're missing, that's all I'm gonna say.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 2:27 PM on Fri Jul 8 2016
@Sk8erPrince Most of them haven't missed it and have decided where they stand. The best you can do is learn to value the fact that some people have differing opinions from your own, and that you can't automatically assume that your stance is the gospel truth.
Sk8erPrince
said at 10:09 PM on Fri Jul 8 2016
@CatsTuxedo

Since WHEN have I stated that my opinion is the truth? It isn't. If they want to have a crappy opinion (the way I see it, WHICH ALSO ISN'T THE TRUTH), they are free to have one. Not like I'm gonna stop them or anything.
DarkWhite
said at 10:09 PM on Thu Sep 17 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I didn't like John's Kurama initially but I think he got a lot better later on in the series especially in the Dark Tournament
HienFan
said at 9:27 PM on Mon Apr 27 2015
1 Candice
2 Hideo(he had a good voice, it's just his acting is really flat, make sense, he wasn't planning to be a voice actor in the end)
3 David
4 John(he's stiff like Hideo but I'm sorry but I never warmed up to his voice)
Yira
said at 12:48 PM on Sun Apr 5 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
My vote goes for Candice as she expertly infuses the newly generated emotions Yoko Kurama feels through his human Shuichi avatar Kurama.
Burgmeier has a distinct manner of speeding up apassionate narration one gets out of just reading the script and hence doesn't do the teenage bishi as much justice as he does the cold bandit Yoko Kurama.
Maybe it's just me, but after listening the Candice voiceover, Burgmeier pales a bit in the funimation dubs on youtube.
Shiroppu
said at 12:21 PM on Thu Jul 3 2014
I love all of them! But I was really tied between John, Candice, and David.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:59 PM on Mon May 19 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
John Burgmeier is who I associate with him so my vote goes to him.
HienFan
said at 9:05 AM on Thu Oct 3 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I find it really unsettling to hear a male voice out of him so Candice takes my vote
HienFan
said at 11:28 PM on Thu Nov 7 2013
@HienFan On that note while I like Yusuke and Hiei's voice in the Funimation dub I cannot stand Kurama's voice
HienFan
said at 3:58 AM on Mon Mar 3 2014
@HienFan I should stop replying to myself...

But I will say I kinda like David Hayter's voice, John and (especially Hideo) though...
OldSchoolFTW
said at 11:46 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
Personally, John Burgmeier was pretty good in the role, and I feel he did a great job capturing Kurama's feminine characteristics. It's really not his fault he was cast in a role done by female seiyu Megumi Ogata: I mean, it's the casting director to blame for that. I can understand those who have watched the Original Japanese Version being disappointed, and it's understandable, considering an adult male trying to play a role done by an adult female is pretty hard to imagine. Having said that, Sean Schemmel plays Adult (Son) Goku when Masako Nozawa has done the role in the Original JPN version, so it can work well given the right direction.

Regardless, I feel John's performance is still the strongest of the four actors listed here, and was pretty good. He did tend to lapse into a bored sounding and flat voice at times, but I feel that was because he was trying to express how calm Kurama could be in the heat of battle or in tense moments, using his wits more to out wit his opponents. Candice Moore sounds okay, but she's too masculine in the role (oddly enough, John sounds more feminine to me). Hideo Seaver starts off pretty decent, but his delivery was weak. David Hayter just sounds so generic, and cast for the sake of it in the role. I do think there can be a better voice actor for Kurama, but for me John Burgmeier is the best so far. He receives my vote.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 12:15 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
The ability of a voice actress to sound convincingly male rests not in superficial elements like their gender or the language that they speak but by their own individual talent. I'm certain there's an English-speaking actress out there that can live up to or even surpass Megumi Ogata's original performance, but until one of that sort comes along, my vote for Candice will have to stick.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:44 AM on Tue Mar 26 2013
@CatsTuxedo I love the FUNi dub for Yu Yu Hakusho and I am in no way a strict purist to the exact original Japanese version's intentions... but this time I have to agree. I sorta like John Burgmeier in the role, but his delivery just sounds flat, boring, and a little out of place in most cases. Making Kurama sound more young and feminine than the others is what helps him stand out. John Burgmeier on the other hand just makes him sound stiff and pretentious, IMO.

I don't agree with you that only a voice actress could make this character work as there are some male VA's out there that could pull this character off, IMO. But I must agree that a more feminine approach to the character is needed.
Seandream91
said at 2:32 AM on Sun Jun 9 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy boring and flat not at all he sounded very convincing as kurama and fit his personality well and he never sounded pretentious unless he had sarcastic dialogue john was perfect for the role the seiyuu i was never that fond of because while the attempt was to make herva convincing male i never quite believed her performance at all
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:15 PM on Sun Jun 9 2013
@Seandream91 I watched some episodes of the show just a few months back, and yes, I thought he at least made him sound boring and somewhat passionless. I just couldn't really enjoy his performance, and the scenes where he was worrying for his mother sounded unnatural and stilted, I didn't get a strong sense of urgency or genuineness when he was afraid for her life.

I can tell he's trying, but the tone and inflection he goes for just doesn't fit. I don't know, it's hard for me to put it into words, but I don't feel he did the character proper justice and someone else should have been cast in the part. I love Chuck, Chris, and Justin in their parts, but I feel that John Burgmeier's performance doesn't deserve as much of the praise it gets.

He did sound pretty cool as Yoko Kurama though, I'll say that much.
Seandream91
said at 1:06 AM on Thu Jun 13 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy to each his own i guess i thought he was great in the role but you cant please everyone
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 12:00 AM on Wed Jun 19 2013
@Seandream91 I will admit, his acting got better later on, and John has a way of screaming that makes it sound like he's truly in pain, so he has some pluses to his performance. I believe he's easily the best person to play the character so far and I even voted for him, but I do have my issues with it at the same time. Ah well.
HienFan
said at 5:51 AM on Mon Jan 20 2014
@CatsTuxedo I can kinda see your point.

I'm not much better in picking a female for characters with female VAs 80% of the time. Most of these(Like Kurama here) sound weird with male VAs for me
Sk8erPrince
said at 7:32 PM on Tue Jul 5 2016
@CatsTuxedo

Except Megumi has no such ability; her performance on Kurama sounded like a woman trying too hard to sound like a guy. Uh, no. No. No. No.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:12 PM on Sat Dec 24 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
John Burgmeier best captured the character, though Hideo Seaver sounds very close. Solid Snake does not work for Kurama, neither does Candice Moore's forced voice performance.
satoshi
said at 5:54 AM on Sat Jan 15 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Well uh speaking of female VAs... Candice Moore from the animax dub now added
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 8:10 PM on Wed Jan 12 2011
As the character was originally voiced by a female seiyu (Megumi Ogata) to accentuate his feminity, I'm afraid I can't really go with any of these choices. IMO, this character only works if a female voice actor is at the helm, and having an adult male voice him just eliminates the feminine charm that the Japanese production team worked for.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 11:27 PM on Mon Mar 22 2010
 1 Shout Out!
They were all very good, but John Burgmeier was the one who stood out the most.
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