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

Created by Pokejedservo on Mar 22 2010, 25 Comments, Add Comment
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)
KuramaJohn Burgmeier
John Burgmeier
Yu Yu Hakusho (2002)
KuramaCandice Moore
Candice Moore


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said at 10:09 PM on Thu Sep 17 2015
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
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)
said at 12:48 PM on Sun Apr 5 2015
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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.
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
John Burgmeier is who I associate with him so my vote goes to him.
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
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
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...
said at 11:46 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
 2 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
said at 6:12 PM on Sat Dec 24 2011
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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.
said at 5:54 AM on Sat Jan 15 2011
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.
said at 11:27 PM on Mon Mar 22 2010
They were all very good, but John Burgmeier was the one who stood out the most.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Kurama voice actors?
Chris Orbach
David Hayter
John Burgmeier
Candice Moore