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Old 09-25-2014   #1
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Default Who could pull off a Gintama Dub?

I recently reached the 100 episode milestone of the anime series Gintama.
It's one of my favorite shows, which says a lot, since I usually prefer dubbed anime. That said though, not a single day goes by on which I don't wonder which anime voice actors could possibly pull off a Gintama dub. After much contemplation, this is what I came up with:


Gintoki - Ian Sinclair
Why? This might be a strange choice, since Ian Sinclair usually has kind of "awkward" roles. But his voice acting in Space Dandy greatly reminds me of Gintoki Japanese voice actor usually talkes. If he would use the rather low-pitched voice he uses in that series, or in another series like e.g. Toriko, and add a little boredom to it, he'd be a perfect fit.


Shinpachi - Bryce Papenbrook
Why? This role contains a lot of shouting. Something Bryce Papenbrook should be used to, considering his role as Eren in AoT. Plus, Shinpachi's voice is just basically the voice of a regular midteen schoolboy, a voice which reminded me of Bryce Papenbrook's role as Red from Pokemon Origins


Kagura - Jad Saxton
Why? Kagura is basically Haruna from "Is this a zombie?". This was a very easy choice ;3


Katsura - Johnny Yong Bosch
Why? Johnny Yong Bosch is well-known for his slightly more serious characters, such as e.g. LeLouch from Code Geass or Rossiu from Gurren Lagann. Katsura takes himself way to serious all the time, so I think letting him be voiced by Bosch could turn out pretty good


Otae - Colleen Clinkenbeard
Why? She's a strong female character. Shouldn't this be obvious?


Sarutobi - Brina Palencia
Why? Because who could play a stalker girlfriend better than Mirrai Nikki's Yuno?


Hijikata - Robert McCollum
Why? Everything of Hijikata reminds me of Kogami from Psycho-Pass. Robber McCollum'd be the best VA for Hijikata.


Sogou - Todd Haberkorn
Why? Sogou's one of the youngest Shinsengumi members, and while hijikata's voice is rather low-pitched his voice is clearly that of a young adult. I think this contrast could be best replicated if Todd Haberkorn starred next to Rober McCollum. Also because I like Todd Haberkorn.


Kondo - Vic Mignogna
Why? Okay, this might be a bit of a stretch. Kondo has a unique voice, and so does Vic. It's hard to describe, but they're both a bit "throaty" if needs be, and they both can very easily transcend into more loud, shouting version of themselves. If Vic could do his Edward Elric voice, but a bit more low-pitched, I think it'd turn out alright.


Kyubei - Caitlin Glass
Why? Boy that turns out to be a girl? That's basically Haruhi from Ouran Highschool Host Club. Caitlin Glass it is.


Madao - Steve Blum
Why? Well... he has a low-pitched voice... and he's badass.... sort of? Okay, you caught me, I just wanted to put Steve Blum in here. Patrick Seitz would probably be a more realistic choice.

So, fellow Gintama followers (if there are any besides me), who do you think could voice these characters best? I'm very curious to hear about your ideas :3

The Captain

PS: Yes, I know FUNimation dubbed the Gintama movie, but I hope I'm not the only one when I say that dub was "eh" at best.

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Old 09-25-2014   #2
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Default Re: Who could pull off a Gintama Dub?

Actually it was Sentai Filmworks that dubbed the Gintama Movie not FUNimation.
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Old 10-08-2014   #3
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I think BangZoom could do a good job with Gintama. Here's who I've though of so far:

Gin - Matt Mercer
Shinpachi - Erik Kimerer
Kagura - Cassandra Morris or Sarah Williams

Hasegawa - Tony Oliver

Kondo - Patrick Seitz
Hijikata - Kaiji Tang
Sougo - Lucien Dodge
Yamazaki - Todd Haberkorn

Katsura - David Vincent

Takasugi - Keith Silverstein
Kamui - Bryce Papenbrook
Abuto - Kirk Thornton

Kyubei - Amanda C Miller

I'm drawing blanks / haven't thought of who could voice the other characters, but this is a pretty good start.
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Old 10-03-2016   #4
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Ancient but I just finished the 3rd Season so I figured I could make an extensive-ish one. Also seems appropriate since Gintama is getting a dub eventually (though it will probably be Funimation due to Crunchyroll and Funi's partnership). My dream is LA union though.

Incidentally, BlueHeracross, mine has a lot of similarities to you. Like, a lot. Great minds think alike.


  • Gintoki Sakata - Crispin Freeman
  • Shinpachi Shimura - Lucien Dodge or Erik Kimerer
  • Kagura - Cassandra Morris
  • Tae "Otae" Shimura - Carrie Keranen
  • Kotaro "Zura" Katsura - David Vincent
  • Taizo Hasegawa - Dan Woren
  • Isao Kondo - Patrick Seitz
  • Toshiro Hijikata - Chris Tergliafera
  • Sogo Okita - Kyle McCarley
  • Sagaru Yamazaki - Todd Haberkorn
  • Katakuriko Matsudaira - Kirk Thornton
  • Ayame Sarutobi - Kari Wahlgren
  • Kyubei Yagyu - Brina Palencia
  • Tsukuyo - Wendee Lee
  • Otose - Barbara Goodson
  • Tama - Mela Lee
  • Zenzo Hattori - Steve Blum
  • Ayumu Toujo - Vic Mignogna
  • Tatsuma Sakamoto - Matt Mercer
  • Mutsu - Amanda Miller
  • Shinsuke Takasugi - Liam O'Brien
  • Kamui - Bryce Papenbrook
  • Umibozu - Jamieson Price
  • Shigeshige Tokugawa - Johnny Yong Bosch
  • Isaburo Sasaki - Keith Silverstein
  • Nobume Imai - Cherami Leigh
  • Prince Hata - Sam Riegel (plugging his nose...)
  • Nobunobu Hitotsubashi - Kaiji Tang
  • Shoyo Yoshiya - Neil Kaplan

That's all I got, though I think I hit most of the big ones.

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Old 10-03-2016   #5
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Default Re: Who could pull off a Gintama Dub?

Let me take a crack at it.

Matthew Mercer - Gintoki
Eric Bauza - Shinpachi
Alyson Stoner - Kagura
Jason Marsden - Katsura
Kari Wahlgren - Otae
Laura Bailey - Sarutobi
Travis Willingham - Hijikata
James Arnold Taylor - Soguo
Nolan North - Kondo
Grey Delisle - Kyubei
Steve Blum - Madao

(I almost... ALMOST went with Josh Keaton for Gintoki. But thankfully I decided not to)
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Let me take a crack at it.

Matthew Mercer - Gintoki
Eric Bauza - Shinpachi
Alyson Stoner - Kagura
Jason Marsden - Katsura
Kari Wahlgren - Otae
Laura Bailey - Sarutobi
Travis Willingham - Hijikata
James Arnold Taylor - Soguo
Nolan North - Kondo
Grey Delisle - Kyubei
Steve Blum - Madao

(I almost... ALMOST went with Josh Keaton for Gintoki. But thankfully I decided not to)
Travis would be an excellent Hijikata. He could sell the mayonnaise love as well as the seriousness.
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Let me take a crack at it.

Matthew Mercer - Gintoki
(I almost... ALMOST went with Josh Keaton for Gintoki. But thankfully I decided not to)
Gintoki is voiced in Japanese by Tomokazu Sugita, who Matt has dubbed like 3 times (Fire Emblem, Xilia, Gargantia), & in fact they sound quite similar. Even in other dubs, like as Kaz from MGS, his dub VA sounds similar to Matt. That being said. I think Nolan North would work as Gintoki pretty well. I kinda wanted Nolan as Joseph Joestar (also voiced by Sugita). & I do notice you really seem to like Josh Keaton. I happen to like him for Spectacular Spiderman & an easy name.
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Gintoki is voiced in Japanese by Tomokazu Sugita, who Matt has dubbed like 3 times (Fire Emblem, Xilia, Gargantia), & in fact they sound quite similar. Even in other dubs, like as Kaz from MGS, his dub VA sounds similar to Matt. That being said. I think Nolan North would work as Gintoki pretty well. I kinda wanted Nolan as Joseph Joestar (also voiced by Sugita). & I do notice you really seem to like Josh Keaton. I happen to like him for Spectacular Spiderman & an easy name.
I admit, I like Josh, but the reason why I cast him so often is soley because he's made such a big name for himself as the token "Young Male Lead Protagonist" and he seems to have perfected it, even more so than Jason Marsden and Will Friedle, hence why EVERYBODY casts him over the other two most often.

Honestly, I'd rather cast someone different and give Josh a break from the lead role. ^^;
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Ancient but I just finished the 3rd Season so I figured I could make an extensive-ish one. Also seems appropriate since Gintama is getting a dub eventually (though it will probably be Funimation due to Crunchyroll and Funi's partnership). My dream is LA union though.

Incidentally, BlueHeracross, mine has a lot of similarities to you. Like, a lot. Great minds think alike.
  • Gintoki Sakata - Crispin Freeman
  • Prince Hata - Sam Riegel (plugging his nose)
I believe we've disussed on Reddit that this is going to be union in Vancouver, aka THE most expensive dubbing option (that isnt flat-out paying animation rates like Ghibli or Laws of the Universe). If this were union in LA, I believe the castings would be a but more diverse than that. New Generation Pictures & NYAV seemed to be pretty diverse, as is Studiopolis.

I havent seen this show outside the old Jump printing...it was before the anime even released, so it was impossible to localize that well.

I hear a lot of praise for Sugita's performance, but I only ever read the comics, so yeah..

As a gag casting, I would use Billy West, seeing as this show is like the Japanese equivalent of Futurama.

John DiMaggio would in fact be a legit Hijikata actually, as a counterpart to Kazuya Nakai (Wakka & Gilgamesh).

I'll make a list of my own after actually watching this series.
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I admit, I like Josh, but the reason why I cast him so often is soley because he's made such a big name for himself as the token "Young Male Lead Protagonist" and he seems to have perfected it, even more so than Jason Marsden and Will Friedle, hence why EVERYBODY casts him over the other two most often.

Honestly, I'd rather cast someone different and give Josh a break from the lead role. ^^;
He's like the JYB of Hollywood animation, is what you're saying. I do like him, however Gintoki is pretty clearly a baritone role. & I dont think Josh & Matt sound anything like each other lol
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