Ash Ketchum
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Ash Ketchum

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ash Ketchum with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Pokemon

Ash Ketchum is the protagonist of the Pokemon anime series. His goal is to be the world's greatest Pokemon Master. His hometown is Pallet Town and his very first Pokemon was Pikachu.

Ash has traveled through many regions capturing new Pokemon and battling Gym Leaders to qualify for that region's Pokemon League competition. Ash also seems to have a close connection with various legendary Pokemon such as Ho-Oh; who he has seen multiple times throughout the series.

In the English dub version of the Pokemon anime series by 4Kids Entertainment Ash Ketchum was originally voiced by Veronica Taylor.

Veronica Taylor would voice Ash for 8 seasons of the Pokemon anime and 8 anime films.

In 2006 4Kids Entertainment lost the license for the Pokemon anime to Pokemon USA. Pokemon USA then made the controversial move of recasting all the 4Kids voice actors.

The 10th anniversary special Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon was a testing ground for the new voices. In this special Ash Ketchum was voiced by Kayzie Rogers under the pseudonym of Jaime Peacock.

Fans criticized the voice (among other things) so Pokemon USA then hired Sarah Natochenny to voice Ash Ketchum for the anime series and all future Pokemon films. Pokemon USA would later re-dub the Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon special with Sarah Natochenny as Ash.
Created by Foxwolf on May 14 2009
Pokemon (1998)
Ash KetchumVeronica Taylor
Veronica Taylor
Pokemon (1998)
Ash KetchumSarah Natochenny
Sarah Natochenny
Pokemon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon (2006)
Ash KetchumKayzie Rogers
Kayzie Rogers


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said at 1:55 PM on Fri Jun 8 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
Repost, hope this is good enough now:

[First a disclaimer for Pokemon VCs: This comment reflects a limited experience viewing these clips as well as a few clips online, and doesn't reflect any improvements or decline that the actors had before or since then.]

I really don't have much to say about Kayzie Rogers, it's just there for me. Between Veronica Taylor and Sarah Natochenny, though, Veronica Taylor performed better, her natural, child-like voice worked perfectly for this character, and the acting was convincing too. Sarah Natochenny's voice doesn't sound all that natural, coming off as if she got punched in the gut and is speaking through the pain, every word seems to be a struggle for her to get out. Her voice is also notably deeper, raspier and more feminine than her predecessor's has ever been, which is ill-suiting for this character. Veronica Taylor had a slight rasp and was slightly deeper than usual depending on the episode/season, but she still had a voice throughout her run that still worked for the character. Even aside from Ash being a 10-year-old kid and being anything but mature, Sarah's take personally falls flat for me, as she has to completely go against the spirit of the character just to be able to pull it off. Meanwhile, Veronica Taylor could subtly convey wisdom and maturity just fine with her inflections. The only ways that Sarah really varies her voice are by shifting her pitch higher or lower, drawing out her syllables, or growling a little. Without context, I don't see most people being able to tell which emotion she was conveying 90% of the time.
said at 4:47 PM on Tue May 1 2018
 3 Shout Outs!
#1- Veronica Taylor
#2- Kayzie Rogers
#3- Sarah Natochenny

My opinion is quite different from the previous user's, but discounting Rica Matsumoto (whose portrayal I too respect given she's been voicing Satoshi in Japanese for the greater portion of 20 years now, so obviously knows the role best)...

Veronica Taylor did an excellent job with Ash. Whether he was sad, happy, upset, solemn, serious, or just plain bratty, her performance was very nuanced. To me, her weakest performance was in her first several episodes myself, and it was a little lower pitched and the acting a bit stiffer than what she would do later on- I didn't hate it as she could still emote rather well, but that was easily my least favorite of her renditions. As for her other portrayals, mid Kanto sounded pretty much like your normal 10 year old boy, late Kanto-OI was her highest pitched portrayal but satisfactory enough, and Johto-late Hoenn honestly sounded the same to me: medium pitched, not too high or too low, normal 10 year old boy once again: she also lost some of the rasp that developed during the Orange Islands Arc, which was fine with me, and I thought it got smoother if anything towards the end of her run.

Kayzie Rogers was a bit too nasally, too old sounding, and yes, quite raspy- however, I think at some points she was capable of emoting decently, and if she had more time in the role, we may have heard something better from her: this take hasn't aged too well.

Now as for Sarah Natochenny...err, despite her voicing Ash the longest (11 years now, Veronica voiced him for 8), this portrayal hasn't grown on me very much in that time and the TPCi dub's lackluster vocal direction kind of served as the impetus for me checking out the Japanese Version in the first place in later years, but ignoring this for a sec, like with Bill Rogers' rendition of Brock, I feel Sarah Natochenny makes Ash sound a bit too old (he's 10, but he sounds more like a teenager-young adult). Barring that, when she first started in BF, she was not good- the voice was okay, but her acting was really rigid and wooden. She couldn't emote well, and as BF progressed to the end of the first portion of DP or so, she used a very deep, gruff, rough voice for Ash. Mid DP, she sounded alright, but in Late DP she went back to the gruffer voice. She sounded fine in BW, though her laugh was still not the best.

And as for XY/SM, this is Natochenny's low point for me: she not only sounds too deep, but the voice is also raspier than any Veronica Taylor or Kayzie Rogers' portrayal of Ash to me, she can't emote very well without sounding strained or constipated, the voice can become very effeminate, and it's just wildly fluctuating all over the place.

So overall, Veronica Taylor takes it for me, despite voicing Ash for less time.

P.S. The "old granny sucking on a lollipop" comment on Veronica's Ash is about as over the top as "chain smoking guy" on Sarah's Ash- some of these comments exaggerate a bit much regarding perceived flaws in this regard to me.
said at 1:48 PM on Wed May 2 2018
@RadiantLight I disagree. I don't find Veronica's take that enjoyable in Advanced Challenge. I prefer her from mid Kanto-early Hoenn, when she sounded more like a young boy, not an old granny sucking on a lollipop. Yes, she did excellent on the emotional moments of the character, like when Ash released Charizard in Johto (that was when she was still in her prime as Ash, imo) and I am not going to lie that she nailed Ash's dense moments very well during all these years she had voiced him, but like I said, by Advanced Challenge, the voice didn't click on me anymore and sounds like an old granny sucking on a lollipop to me. Especially when Ash already was developing as a character, that voice she gave him didn't fit him as well to me. She's fine for a Classic Ash from Kanto, Orange Islands, Johto and maybe Hoenn, but as for Ash's character as a whole, the voice isn't fitting to me. Sarah is who I hear in the role as Ash, because she seems to suit the character these days, imo. To me, Sarah sounds the most like Rica in the role, while still making it her own. And about Kayzie as Ash, had she stayed as the character instead of Sarah, I don't think she would have improved. To me, she would have sounded worse and even more painful then she was in the TV version of Pokemon The Mastermind of Mirage- perhaps even earbleeding.
said at 2:14 PM on Wed May 2 2018
You're fully entitled to disagree and have that opinion, but you could perhaps phrase the "granny sucking on a lollipop" critique to something a bit less immature and overstated as that- I mean, you don't see me doing the "chain smoker" critique of Natochenny so many before me have made below, of course- there is a more polite way of addressing criticisms in the end.

I honestly thought Veronica's Ash voice during Advanced Challenge-Battle sounded more or less the same as Advanced, and I don't hear what you're hearing, but I respect your opinion though: she always sounded like a young boy to me (except for early Kanto which if I'm being honest, I almost have no real preference between Natochenny and her there- if she stuck with that take, I'd be pretty neutral on this issue). In fairness to Sarah Natochenny, the dub nowadays is hard to sit through for some fans, not just due to the weird vocal direction she and the rest of the cast are given, but the fact TPCi has been replacing more of the Japanese music than 4Kids did, even in Hoenn, during both XY & SM's dubs, TPCi has gone back to doing dub edits like 4Kids used to do lately, etc.- wine cups being made into orange juice glasses in SM among other things, the whole 12 minute Ash Crucifixion edit in XYZ's dub, and the intros keep on getting shorter every Season- it's not just one thing the dub has been disappointed me with lately, among some others who have commented). So I know it's not Sarah's fault for a lot of it, but I just don't feel the deeper voice fits all that well on a kid, myself.

I don't disagree that Kayzie may perhaps not have improved, however, given how the rest of the cast has been doing in these last several seasons (and the dub in general), it may well have turned out worse than where Sarah is now- we'll never know, but this point I concede is a valid one.
said at 4:09 PM on Wed May 2 2018
@RadiantLight About Veronica. The reason why I call her later Ash during Advanced Challenge and on an "old granny sucking on a lollipop" is because that's what her later Hoenn Ash sounds like to me. Instead of a young boy, I am hearing an old granny sucking on a lollipop. I couldn't find a better way to describe her later Ash take. Like I said, she was good as the character earlier on sounding like a young boy, but once Advanced Challenge rolled around (and as Ash was developing as a character at the time), her voice became worse to my ears and sounded like how I just described it as
I heard Sarah's take on Ash first, and she's who I hear as the character. Even her May was better in Advanced Challenge and Eric and Amy still rocked as Brock and Max during that saga to Advanced Battle. It's just Ash...That I am hearing different.

Like I said about Sarah, I don't believe the fact that Ash is still 10 (despite the anime confirming it), and that I believe that Ash has aged well into his teenagers, anywhere from the ages of 14-15- especially since he looks much older and taller in XY. My theory is that somebody who worked on the anime from the Advanced Generation to the XY series was going to make Ash older, but then somebody at the Japan flat out told them "No! We are going to make Ash still be 10. We can have the design, but we are going to bull**** and say that he's still 10". Thus, I feel that giving Sarah the role of Ash was fitting for that age. Not just the age, but like I said, her take is much closer to Rica and has come a long way with the role since Battle Frontier, she is able to handle both the badass and serious moments and the dense moments very well, something that Veronica lacked imo. And hell yeah! The edits that TPCI is making to the anime is just ridiculous, I mean how the hell could they call a friggin fruit or whatever a "berry" despite the fact that it's not even a berry at all? Ugh.

I actually think that Bill Rogers is a good Brock, and I like him almost as much as Eric Stuart. Bill clearly has potential as the character, but eh..I digress.

My point about this still stands.
said at 5:00 PM on Wed May 2 2018
I don't really agree, myself, on Taylor's progression nor Natochenny's, but at least you're explaining your point of view in some form, and I'll respect it regardless- nothing wrong with having a different perspective so long as you explain your reasoning, after all.

And I do agree it makes no sense Ash is still 10, but Japan has made him never aging, so to me I'd rather having him sounding 10 myself in the dub if they won't age him. I actually found Veronica's take closer to Rica, but that's just me. As for the "badass/serious" moments, I think Veronica could do those just fine in Advanced Challenge/Battle, but that's just me- dense moments seemed fine to me too during that period (e.g. when he got sprayed with sleep powder I think is one example and was too dense to realize it wouldn't make him fly). It's their jelly donut equivalent, yeah, I hate the visual edits being back too- we can agree on that for sure.

I'm not keen on Bill as Brock, either, but that's your opinion so I'll respect it: I think he could have done way better than he had/still has done, but the vocal direction lets him down big time.

Well, you have one viewpoint & I have one, so we can agree to disagree basically- neither of us is right or wrong here, after all. To each his/her own, as they say.
said at 3:19 PM on Tue May 1 2018
1. Rica Matsumoto- I'm including the Japanese voice. Her voice for Ash is actually amazing, she actually sounds like a young boy. My only complaint is that sometimes her voice can be earbleeding, but that's more of a nitpick then anything. You can tell she's having fun in the role.

2. Sarah Natochenny- Her take is quite underrated. For one, I don't believe the fact Ash is still 10 (despite the anime confirming it). I actually think Ash aged well into his teenage years- anywhere from the ages of 14-15. I feel that her take is much closer to Rica Matsumoto's as well, and she has come a long way with the role since she started. She's able to handle the badass and serious moments of Ash, while also handling the dense moments of the character as well. She isn't as bad as people make her out to be. When I see Ash that's the voice I wanna hear from him. Because of this, Sarah wins me over Veronica (don't kill me 4Kids dub fans)

3. Veronica Taylor- She was good the first couple of seasons, during her prime in the Kanto, Orange Islands, Johto and maybe early into Hoenn but once we got to Advanced Challenge, she started sounding like an old lady sucking on a lollipop. I am not hating on the woman, but come on? Even her May voice was better than that. I get that Ash is confirmed to still be "10" as much as I don't believe that, but Veronica is too raspy for my liking. I'm sorry but I just dislike her Hoenn Ash voice during Advanced Challenge. Plus, I think she would have sounded unfitting as Ash during Sinnoh and especially in Kalos- because Ash is supposed to be serious in XY and maybe in DP. She's good for the dense movements of the character though... I just prefer her early take more compared to her later Hoenn take on the character (before she got replaced). Still, besides Rica, Sarah wins me over Veronica, imo.

4. Kayzie Rogers- As much as I despise Veronica's later Hoenn take, sounding like an old lady sucking on a lollipop, I would take that over Kayzie anyday of the week. Her Max is okay, but her Ash....ugh, it's so horrible. It's a crappy performance coming from her. No wonder why she got replaced as Ash very quickly. She's obnoxious and unfitting for the character. Yes, Veronica is raspy as Ash, but Kayzie's take goes beyond that and sounds more and more raspy. It's so annoying and very obnoxious. Ugh. It's not even funny.

I prefer Sarah, with Veronica as a close second.
Vocal Evolver
said at 12:17 PM on Tue Apr 17 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor is DEARLY missed. Sarah Natochenny's voice for Ash just keeps getting worse and worse, and it makes it really hard to watch the dub since the main character sound so obnoxious.
said at 2:38 AM on Fri Feb 2 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor pretty much IS Ash even though she hasn't voiced her the longest (that goes to Sarah Natochenny who I'll get to in a sec). While she sounded really off for the first few episodes, she pretty much settled in and delivered one of the most consistent performances of the show to date.

Though Kayzie Rogers (who has now retired) showed some promise back then, looking back now she sounds somewhat nasally and old.

Now as for Sarah Natochenny I don't have a problem with her and I find the constant criticism thrown at her to just be tiring... I think the real problem is the inconsistent voice direction she's given.

She's too deep in BF and the first series of DP and halfway through it's higher and than the final eps it's gone back to being gruff and then higher again in BW and then too deep in XY and S&M.

Not to mention she suffers from getting flat deliveries at various points, she's not as mind bogglingly atrocious as a lot of people claim her to be but at the same time not the greatest ever voice in the series.
said at 12:00 PM on Sun Jan 14 2018
 3 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor was the most natural and consistent. She may not have voiced Ash the longest, but her performance was the most convincing, sounding like a 10 year old boy. It took her a few episodes to get it right, but her take settles in quickly, and really fits the role well. Her acting also had a lot more energy and spunk, rather than having lapses with inorganic flat deliveries, in comparison to the other two.

Kayzie Rogers was too forced in the Mastermind Special, sounding nasally sometimes, and too old at others- it's really unnatural. Having said that, it's still not as all over the place as...

Sarah Natochenny, who sadly, had the most inconsistent performance of the group. In BF and Early DP, her voice was very deep, coarse, and rough, like the "chain-smoker" some called it below: too gruff and masculine, for a kid.

However, it got a little bit higher and less rough in Mid DP, then went back to deep and gruff in late DP, but then once again sounded OK-ish in BW.

Unfortunately, in XY, Sarah's take got rather effeminate and also too deep again, and in SM, the voice is still effeminate, but her voice actually cracks at points in episodes like "Young Kiawe Had a Farm" and "Rising From the Ruins," making Ash sound like...a teenage girl...which he isn't.

This performance also suffered from some really flat deliveries at times, like Kayzie Rogers' take did, which made the character come across as unenthusiastic at points.

Overall, my opinion is:

1. Veronica Taylor
2. Sarah Natochenny (Mid DP-BW)
3. Kayzie Rogers
4. Sarah Natochenny (BF/Early DP & XY-Now)
said at 1:39 AM on Mon Dec 11 2017
While Veronica will always be the best Ash voice to me, I'm way less harsh on Sarah Natochenny's portrayal of Ash compared to many other Pokemon fans. Many young boy voices I've heard in anime sound similar to Sarah's Ash; I definitely don't hear the "smoking packs of cigarettes" voice that so many people claim.
said at 6:43 PM on Thu Oct 12 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor's Ash encapsulated the character, bringing enthusiasm, energy, charm, and warmth to the role, all while sounding like a 10 year old boy. A memorable performance that's too classic for be forgotten. I would agree with the previous comment that the performance got progressively better and better as the years passed for her, too, she got smoother and less raspy as time passed.

Kayzie Rogers was miscast while Sarah Natochenny is very inconsistent from saga to saga, especially in the Sun & Moon Series where the voice can go from high pitched and effeminate to low and gruff, so not much to say about those two performances, they're equally forgettable here.
said at 2:37 PM on Thu Oct 12 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor: She started off very rough early on in the first 20 episodes, but eventually she gets better as the 4kids dub went on. Went from higher pitched to a deeper pitched voice by the end of her tenure. I personally enjoyed her Hoenn Ash voice a lot. All the way through (aside from her early works), her performance was energetic for a character like Ash.

Sarah Natochenny: I think she gets too much hate for the fact she replaced Veronica. Let's be fair, I like both Veronica and Sarah equally that I won't tell you who's the better ones unless you look up my profile. Anyway, Sarah started off pretty bad with a chainsmoking voice. 1/4 through the DP series and she improved her voice. She comes off a little too enthusastic but eventually she sounds better than before in BW-present imo.

Kayzie Rogers: Easily miscast as Ash imo. She's a good voice actress, but only on certain people and mostly Pokemon. Here, Kayzie just uses her boy-voice for Ash, which is very out of place for him. I'm glad this was only used once.
said at 8:01 AM on Wed Aug 9 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor's voice is definitely the most classic and distinctive here, so I'll be voting for her. But overall I'd rank them like this personally:

1. Veronica Taylor
2. Sarah Natochenny
3 Kayzie Rogers (She isn't bad, but she's not really my favourite however)
said at 8:22 AM on Mon Oct 2 2017
@HylianBelmont What did you think of Sarah?
said at 9:11 AM on Mon Oct 2 2017
@HienFan She's alright really. Not quite as distinctive as Veronica Taylor was in the role but she does work. Though I like her Cheryl and Aura Sentia (from Yugioh Arc-V) a lot better however.
said at 7:08 AM on Fri Jul 6 2018
@HylianBelmont I really should have checked my comment thing more often but fine with me, not saying everyone should think she is super awesome but you know...

Althought it was sorta a rare case in some of these comment to have her over Kayzie lately, Kayzie was sorta average I think though that short was done more poorly then her MacDonald ads from the trailer I heard
said at 5:29 PM on Tue Aug 8 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Honestly, Veronica Taylor wins by a landslide. Don't get me wrong, Sarah isn't a bad actress (I realized that when I watch this video- but her voice works better for older woman than a ten year old boy. I'm honestly hoping for two things 1.That Natochenny will voice Lusamine (despite Carrie Kearan being my headcanon voice for the character) 2. Veronica will one day return to the role, because she's WAY better.
Ed Red
said at 8:32 AM on Mon Jul 10 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1) Veronica Taylor- Her voice wasn't the most boyish, but it was the least forced. I really like the personality she gave the character. She was the best at emoting. She was also the most convincing voice. I also like that it's unique, and not like your everyday ten-year-old. This voice is so good I can't think of any complaints. Obviously the best voice here. (10/10)
2) Sarah Natochenny (early on)- This voice is a very deep step down from Taylor. This voice was nasally like it is now, but she was better at emoting than she is now. Not a lot better, it didn't sound genuine, but it was okay. I prefer Sarah's higher voice over the lower one. The higher one sounded more like a boy than the lower one. Overall, this voice was mediocre, actually, worse than that, but she was better then than she is now. (4/10)
3) Kayzie Rogers- I did not like this voice. Her voice sounded very unnatural. I think Sarah was a better choice, until she made her voice lower. Anyway, this voice kind of sounds like an old lady to me. But at least she was good at emoting (Well, I think she was, I didn't watch the Mirage special, but her voice sounded like she could do a good job emoting) and her voice wasn't generic like... (3/10)
4) Sarah Natochenny (now, since XY)- I do not like this voice at all. This voice is even less convincing than Kayzie Rogers. She sounds like a young woman with a deep and gruff voice. This voice is very monotone. One time, I heard her in her new voice, as Ash, talking to his reflection, who was telling him to man up or something (I rarely watch new Pokemon so I forgot what happened) And to emote, she just did something lazy, she said "mhmm' in a higher voice. Like her older voice, it was nasally, but now it's more. I think this new voice was her attempt to sound more boyish, but it just made her fall to a new low. (1.5/10)
Jared DiCarlo
said at 8:54 AM on Sun May 21 2017
 1 Shout Out!
No offense to Miss Natochenny, but Veronica Taylor is the obvious winner. As for Kayzie Rogers, she was great as Wobbuffet, but not a good fit for Ash.
EPA Deane
said at 2:28 AM on Sat Apr 1 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor's Most Iconic Role... and For All the Right Reasons. She brought all the Dorky Goofiness, Endearing Heart, and Red Blooded Passion you could wish for in the part.
Her Love for voicing the Character is Crystal Clear and it's one of 4Kids' Finest Casting Choices (along with Dan Green as Yami Yugi/ Yugi Muto, Marc Diraison As Zolo and Sebastian Arcelus as Yoh Asakura).
said at 5:30 PM on Wed Jan 25 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Veronica Taylor
Easily my favourite. While she started off rough, she gradually improved. She sounded very convincing for a 10-year-old boy and brought so much passion, zeal and emotion to the role. I still cry when I watch "Pikachu's Goodbye."
2. Kayzie Rogers
While not as good as Veronica, she wasn't too bad. She sounded very nasally, but still boyish. Could have been better.
3. Sarah Natochenny
She had a not-too-bad start in BF, but now she sounds rather womanly and the way she awkward, but I blame the voice director for this. Don't get me wrong though, Sarah can act well as adult women, but Ash is kind of a miscast.
said at 5:56 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor is classic here. She has a classic charm as Ash Ketchum that made Ash, well, Ash. A young boy with a lot of spirit and determination to reach his goals. Taylor managed to capture his spirit very well, and really sounded like she was playing a 10-year old boy. There's a surprising degree of nuance in her performance and she brought out every bit of detail of Ash's personality and character well. Pretty classic performance, Veronica Taylor gave a very memorable performance here and is the best Ash definitely.

I can't say too much about Sarah Natochenny's performance as Ash despite having watched way too much DP, BW, and XY for my own good...other than that it lacks a lot of the charm that Veronica brought to Ash. She doesn't really hit too many of the nuances that Veronica brought to the character, and it sounds less, well, natural, if ya know what I mean. It doesn't sound as genuine to the character as Veronica did. Then again, the TPCi dub does lack a lot of the nuances that the 4Kids dub did have, which to me is a shame, so it's not really exclusive to Sarah's Ash specifically. Veronica Taylor's performance was more genuine and sincere to Ash's character, so yeah, Veronica wins definitely!
Skeeter Mania
said at 12:59 PM on Fri Dec 2 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest Anything to currently say about Sarah's Ash in Sun and Moon yet?
said at 1:29 PM on Fri Dec 2 2016
@Skeeter Mania
Not them, but I don't think it matches the new design well, personally. I say this because the Animators in Japan made Ash look younger in SM, so the performance is even stranger to listen to coming out of him now to me. I'd rather listen to Rica Matsumoto's Satoshi at this point- just seems to fit him a lot more.
Skeeter Mania
said at 6:19 PM on Fri Dec 2 2016
@WrightWay At this point, I would really be yearning for Veronica to be his voice actor again (at least in this saga).
said at 10:27 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor nuff said.
said at 12:57 PM on Mon Oct 10 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Veronica Taylor
2. Kayzie Rogers
3. Sarah Natochenny

He wants to be the very best that no one ever was. To catch them is his real test, and to train them is his cause. Admittedly the Pokemon series has grown off me as of late and pretty much the same can apply to the anime's main character Ash Ketchum/Satoshi. Not having him age is one thing, though for whatever inexplicable reason, he keeps losing Pokemon Leagues the same way I continue forgetting how to dab. It's pretty frustrating tbh. Though having said all that, Ash isn't a terrible protagonist in general; he can suffer from a bad case of Depending On the Writer and Idiot Ball at times, but still. I'm sure one can relate to him easy when you were about 10 or younger than that. Moving on to the actual compare...

Between the three actresses whom have provided the character's voice, Veronica Taylor is by far *the* definitive Ash. In the role, she managed to showcase a variety of emotions whilst pulling off a really convincing boy-like voice. Whether Ash is feeling confident, down in the dumps, contemplative, or simply downright comical, Taylor did great in the characterization area alongside displaying some real passionate acting in general. A fairly memorable performance by and large, and one that could occasionally top what Rica Matsumoto laid out (and still does). Neither Kayzie Rogers nor Sarah Natochenny are terribly fitting for Ash, but I find Rogers to be the lesser of two evils. The voice, though a tad nasally for my liking, is at least convincingly boyish, and Rogers did show potential in the role. The direction and script didn't do her much in the way of favors, yet she's better than her successor. Sarah Natochenny is unfortunately miscast, being unable to maintain a consistent voice as well as suffer from lackluster direction and stupid script work to boot. Natochenny is certainly not to blame here, though to say that she isn't an ideal Ash Ketchum would be an understatement.

I choose you, Veronica Taylor!
said at 9:30 AM on Fri Sep 30 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
1. Veronica Taylor: She sounded the most like a genuine boy, and I found her take to be very endearing, warm, and cute, so I suppose that's what I found charming about it. I really liked how much energy, enthusiasm, and passion she put into her acting, too. I think she was at her best in mid Kanto and late Johto-AG, where she sounded the most clear and least raspy of her performances (though I liked all her takes for different reasons).

2. Kayzie Rogers: It's not that bad, but it's not good, either: Ash sounded very nasally and raspy when she voiced him, but he did sound somewhat like a boy (at times). That said, I'm sure we could've heard something better out of her if she had more time in the part, but then again, who knows?

3. Sarah Natochenny: When she started out, in BF & DP she did a very gruff, deep manly voice, then in BW went higher, but then became effeminate, and now in XY-XYZ, it fell to a new low: Sarah now sounds deep, very effeminate, and raspy as Ash, and it's just not a good voice for him. Voice aside, though, she really struggles to emote, and has trouble making Ash yell or laugh properly for the most part. While it's not entirely her fault since (at least, IMO) the direction for the Pokemon dubs in general for the last several years has been pretty subpar at best, I think she's miscast in the part.
Evelyn L.
said at 8:36 PM on Fri Jul 15 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
I LOVE ASH KETCHUM! And Veronica Taylor adds that youthfulness and hot-headed brazenness to Ash!
said at 3:20 PM on Mon Jun 27 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Taylor, IS the real ASH. She gives the character more confident in himself and gives him a 10 year old voice personality we all know. She also makes him sound more tough and cool when Ash is in a battle against another person in the anime series, So in my opinion. Taylor makes him sound like the 10 year old Ash we all know and grew up with.

2. Natochenny, well.... her voice is not really that awful or not really that great or bad in my opinion, Her Ash voice is.... ok and so so. Her voice is nothing like Taylor's Ash voice. Natochenny makes him sound like a 16 or 17 year old type with that voice, and she's don't even give him a more 10 year old voice like Taylor's. In my opinion, she just makes him sound a little too teenage like, and a little old. Truth is, I just don't really care for her Ash voice in my opinion.

3. Rogers, not really at all. Doesn't sound like anything like a 10 year old voice in the Mirage special. I don't actually hate Kayzie Rogers herself, I really do love her voice acting work. Yes, her voice work is amazing in the anime series and others anime shows. it's just that her Ash voice doesn't fit him that well in the special. Sorry, but that's my opinion. But still I love Kayzie.

Out of all the three voices I pointed out. Taylor gets the win, and my vote. Because she's the voice I grew up with with the anime series, and I can never get enough of it. Hearing him sound confident, tough, and cool in his poke battles in the series makes me cheer on for him, it's just awesome. Taylor will alway's be the real Ash Ketchum no matter what. ;)
said at 7:22 PM on Mon Jun 6 2016
I'm a total novice when it comes to Pokemon, but from listening to these soundbytes (as well as some other clips) of these three voice actresses, I'll do my best to articulate my thoughts.

1. Veronica Taylor: Veronica's acting and performance are the most consistent and natural of these three actresses. I don't really think her boy voice is very convincing (a bit too raspy at points for my tastes), but otherwise, she fits the role like a glove. I understand why she's so iconic in the role.

2. Sarah Natochenny: Crazy as it may sound, when her voice is at its best, she sounds more genuinely boyish than Veronica Taylor. Her voice combines a high-pitch and a boyish tint to create a sound that works well for the character. However, this isn't always the case. Inconsistent direction has made her voice too gruff and too raspy at different points in the series, and her performance feels awkward compared to Taylor's. However, I believe she's generally a decent fit for the character.

3. Kayzie Rogers: A miscast, I feel. Her diction is very unnatural and her voice sounds too deep for the role. I wonder if maybe she was trying too hard to distinguish her voice from her other young boy roles, and her performance comes off unnatural as a result.
said at 5:18 PM on Thu Apr 21 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
If Ash aged as the show went on I'd like Sarah more.
1. Veronica Taylor
2. Sarah Natochenny
3. Kayzie Rogers
said at 6:06 PM on Tue Apr 19 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Veronica Taylor: This role was made for her, she is amazing as Ash. If you want a really good example of her voice as Ash check out "Bye-Bye Butterfree" or movie four her crying scenes are so genuine.
2. Kayzie Rogers: Her Ash shows potential despite not being able to improve. Despite the nerdy sound and nasal it is a great performance.
3. Sarah Natochenny: She started off as subpar but as the TPCi dub went on she progressed very badly. In BF she was too gruff, in DP she was too raspy up until DP052, in BW she was trying too hard to sound masculine, and in XY her Ash sounds effeminate. She's severely miscast here.
said at 6:45 AM on Fri Mar 25 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Sarah has her moments, but there far and few between. She's simply a pale imitation of Veronica Taylor, who in my opinion, truly fit the character.
said at 7:10 AM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Taylor will alway's be Ash!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:39 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016
 8 Shout Outs!
please remember, it is entirely possible to express your opinion fairly without senselessly criticizing pusa or asking that voice actors who have been playing the part for 10 years be fired, because that kind of rhetoric is just tiring at this point
said at 1:08 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
I'm assuming since my comments weren't deleted/removed, my criticism of TPCi wasn't really "senseless" in any respect, though? I just want to make sure of that, if possible.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:15 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Dr.Who apologies for any confusion, yours were at least fair and didn't attack anyone that i saw of

my comment was more directed in a general sense since there's been recurring patterns of users signing up to post rude comments toward the TPCI cast and do not much else, and artherax's recent comments definitely crossed the line which made think it was worth repeating once again
said at 1:17 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
Thanks: I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing anything wrong, I appreciate it.
said at 1:21 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@NCZ Ohh sorry @NCZ i wasn't meaning for hate and criticism,I was only expressing my opinion on the voice comparison and @fulgore then starting an argument :)
said at 8:54 AM on Wed Sep 7 2016
@NCZ I agree. This is Behind the Voice Actors not a new incarnation of OSPMF and rules are rules you know.

I am fully behind Dr.Who/OldSchoolFTW and Artherax about who I like best acting wise though and their opinions on the 30 seconds or so generic biker music being sub par was completely spot on.

So spot on with my opinion that I think they all are actually ex. OldSchoolPokemonFan YT voice acting compare comedy club members and I think they should revive it on that 13 members no videos yet version going back to basics with the comedy quote overs and the bad vs good rather than flaming the real cast members over personal gripes after the cast flaged the channel down because the one quote went too far out of the comedy into flaming terratory.

Going back to the dub opinions. I still watch XYZ in English regardness though as it's so bad it's a different show altogether and it's kinda good for watching for being bad I think although I prefer the Japanese for the more serious battles and other bits approach.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:56 AM on Wed Sep 7 2016
@TEOL What are you talking about
said at 9:18 AM on Wed Sep 7 2016
@Dr.Who Nato might be bad for this role I feel with the constant miss voice direction on her accent for the role but I'd probably blame it on her VA coach giving her a new accent thats worse than the last each series rather tham her directly but Team Rocket, Professor Oake, The Girls and The Women make Ash look like one of the least worst of a bad bunch these days.

Bonnie's voice sounds like a todler in her terrible 2s rather than a 5-8 years old range girl Serina's 2nd accent matches Nurse Joy's making her sound one dimentional in the scene where you seen both the young teen and the women together.

Serina's 1st accent was one of the most offensive accents ever made offending people who suffer with AS so I'm glad she went to the second but it clashes with joys.

I think the TPC bad reps are to do with writing direction in both story and song writing being sub par as well as the director in the VA's department not giving clear directions of a proper voice for a character.
said at 9:42 AM on Tue Feb 9 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor has the most emotion in her Ash,she puts all her heart in being Ash and treats him like her own son she is the best voice of Ash and she always will be.
Sarah Natochenny is a good VA but Ash is not her.She makes him sound like a girl who smokes and seriously his emotions from her series aren't even right like you can tell she just does the role and doesn't really care for the character and how much people care about him.No Sarah is not a good Ash,And I will never watch the dub again until she either makes Ash sound good or leaves,She's a good VA but not a good Ash,Veronica was and still is the Ash.

Kaycie doesn't sound that good,she sounds like those girls she voiced in professor Ivy's lab! You seriously want that voice for Ash?!I mean seriously the only spot on voice that is as close to a boy is Veronica Taylor and it's 20 years now,Bring her back already and watch all the fans return. They're all watching Rica Matsumoto now who has always kept her part as Satoshi.

Veronica Taylor is the best Ash,No arguments here.
said at 4:02 PM on Tue Feb 9 2016
I agree- I think Taylor would still fit him best if she continued to voice him to this day:
said at 8:17 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Artherax123 Not to be nitpicky, it it's been nearly 10 years since the dub change.

Besides, the show itself is aimed at children and not at viewers in their teens or 20s+. While bringing back the VAs will likely get viewers to return, it's going to be very jarring for those that are very comfortable with the current cast. All it will cause is even more silly arguments/wars over something as incredibly silly as a VA change that was a decade ago.
said at 9:12 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016

Sorry, but I have to say, I strongly disagree with this mentality. I don't think time passing changes or excuses the fact that many people seem to be displeased and upset with the way the English dub is being handled right now in general. Voices aside (and I'm not one of the people who realistically expects the dub to be changed back to the original team, ever), you can see how happy much of the Anime fandom is right now with the dub's current state online:,, and just being very good examples of this.

So being a show for kids, means that you shouldn't care about the effort or quality put into the dub? That's just absurd. Also, using that logic, it wasn't very jarring for those comfortable with the former cast to have a majority of them replaced 8 years into their run, either, right? I'm not saying I necessarily want a repeat of what happened again (unless of course, I feel it ends up improving the quality of the dubbing), but that's honestly a real double standard there.

I also don't think it's just the VA changes that have had a really negative impact on the dub's quality, either, in recent years: the extreme amount of music replacement (I should add, worse than 4Kids ever was about it) is aggravating many a number of fans these days, in addition to the script writing/dialogue being considered quite a bit worse than it was in the previous dub, especially in regards to Team Rocket, in addition to the openings/endings being notably shorter (and arguably worse) than they were in the former dub. Just saying, the English dub has declined in quality on more than one front to a lot of us.

To clarify, I just want to say I don't mind you or anyone else liking it, nor supporting it if you do enjoy it, and that's perfectly fine, but at the same time...I think Artherax123 is fully entitled to whatever opinion he/she believes will make the Series better in English.
said at 10:02 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Fulgore2005 The new cast don't even act they only read a script for money and also they have shown they do not care about the show or the fans,the old cast would make it more enjoyable for kids since they know and care about the characters and the fans of the series. So they would not care if they switched again. Your reply was not needed and was pointles good day.
said at 10:10 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016

I didn't say that people like Anthrax shouldn't have an opinion. I'm just saying it is very stupid to keep going on and on about how bad the current dub, although not all people do, thankfully. Nobody is forcing them to watch the current seasons. If somebody wants to keep watching the current dub, fine. But if they don't, that's fine too. But it's not as if they are being forced to watch the show. Besides, the twitter links you posted are on those who preferred the 4kids dub, and that was a long time ago now. The show itself won't change just because the 4kids staff are involved. For writing and editing might, but whether that is of any convenience is also subjective opinion.

I didn't say that because the show is aimed at children doesn't mean that they shouldn't care about the show itself. That's ridiculous. But at the same time, not everyone who watches it now is going to care about how the English version fares overall. Not everybody watches the Japanese version and there are those who don't want to as well. TPCi's dub has a fanbase of those who accept how they are handling the show. And that alone is reason enough for why it keeps going. But like you said, you don't to like it, but there are those who do.

Never forget, the franchise itself creates cash. Pokemon is a huge franchise by itself, thanks to the games and any other appropriate merchandise. There is market for all this, and that also goes with TPCi's dub.

But yes, it is perfectly fine if people don't like the current dub. I just want to say it is a bit over-the-top expect any sudden changes to it seeing as it has its fair share of loyal viewers.
said at 10:33 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016

Well, that was sure the feeling I got from your answer to him/her: sorry if I misinterpreted what you meant, but that's fine then. Oh, and I'm sorry, but this also comes across as rather condescending to me in particular as well, in that you have said, "it's very stupid to keep going on about how bad the dub is now." If that's not your intent, then that's fine again, not trying to start anything...but either way...I have a response to that...

Can I ask, how is that exactly the case, when they've had almost a decade now to show us they could improve, yet many like myself feel they have managed to somehow become even worse at that particular job, than they were when they took over? I have expectations from the English dub, because I have seen it be quite good in the past, and when they're not being met, I think myself and anyone else has every right to express that we're not pleased with this turn of events.

TPCi have had almost a decade now, and we all gave them a chance to improve with their style of dubbing, but it seems they're not meeting most fan's expectations, myself included. I'm assuming that we're all wrong for wanting to expect more of the Japanese music being kept when TPCi themselves did so in BW, or the script for being more faithful as opposed to the slang and alliteration that's being written in the XY dub for the main cast? I should add people are still complaining about the way 4Kids handled One Piece and Sonic X years later, after the fact they even dubbed them as well as them being defunct now anyway, so if that's excusable, why isn't criticism of TPCi's handling of Pokemon? Especially seeing as the current dub is still on air, too, just want to point this out.

The PLOT of the show wouldn't change, sure, but I think the show's DUB would have changed in many ways if 4Kids were still around and dubbing Pokemon, but I digress, that's not the point. Oh, and it's a fact TPCi are replacing almost all of the Japanese music these days, and that their dub themes are not only shorter in length than 4Kids were, but even their older ones, by the way. The most recent dub theme is 29 seconds long, for example.

So, a previous dub being around for a long time ago = an excuse for treating the dub poorly right now? Really? That makes absolutely no sense. 4Kids or no 4Kids dub, that's frankly absolutely no excuse for the way the XY (and XYZ) dub is being handled right now. I should add it's not just twitter posts that have this criticism, I could link tumblr ones, Serebii, Bulbagarden, etc. Plus many are ignoring the 4Kids dub, yet even then are displeased with TPCi's handling of the XY dub. On its own merit, it's being met with a majority of disapproval, which says something to me.

That doesn't mean I, nor anyone else, has to support said cash cow, does it? You can, you have every right to do so, but likewise not everyone has to like its direction.

That's fine, I can agree on that last bit, respect your stance, I just do not agree with it. I'll simply agree to disagree here.
said at 10:44 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Fulgore2005 Well sorry Fulgorea,but thousands of fans have shown they do care about the dub and still prefer the original cast i'm just stating my opinion which I am entitled to :)
said at 10:48 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Dr.Who Well said.
said at 10:58 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Dr.Who Again, most of what you said comes down to personal opinion.

I'm not saying that anyone is wrong for having criticism of the dub. It's just that PUSA, again, aren't going to just magically change things just because people complain about it online. Like the Japanese music for example. Yes, there are complaints about it not being used. But TPCi are far from the first company to have change the music. Of course, it doesn't mean that it isn't wrong from certain perspectives, but they aren't alone to do so.

The 4kids and Sonic X complaints are an interesting case. Personally, I think it is silly that people still complain about the work done to those seeing as it was all in the past, and that they will never see the light of TV again, (although they still appear on Youtube, which is open to numerous comments and complaints), but that is down to the complainer. It's pointless IMO, but there are those who will still complain, and it's not my decision to sway them.

Of course the 4kids isn't reason alone for the hate that the current dub gets, but once again, how good the current dub is nothing more than just opinion. Besides, all the posts from tumblr and the like are just people on the internet. It's not like they have the power or to just change every little detail of what goes and doesn't go into the dub. Only PUSA has that authority.

But yes, not everyone has to support the cash-in of the franchise. But then again, there are those that do. So that sorts itself out.

But once again, it's understandable that people don't like the dub, and I don't intend to sway them from such. I personally think it is silly to keep rambling on and on what whether something is good or not. It's not as if the person complaining will magically convince another to agree. Not to mention that repetitive complaining (IMO) can also be a hindrance as well as creating so much needless negativity. But then, I'm not going to stop someone from feeling what they feel. It's not my place to do so.
said at 11:08 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016

Likewise, the same can be said for yourself, I don't see your point whatsoever.

I'm not saying that, you're not getting what I'm trying to say: I'm saying that for this particular franchise, which has a history for keeping quite a bit of said Japanese music in both dubs prior to this point, it's disheartening to see PUSA/TPCi not doing something that they used to do for the last 3 years in a row now. There's a record of both 4Kids and themselves handling this aspect of their dubbing better, so to speak. I'm not saying we can do anything about it, but there's valid reasons to complain about that.

That's all I'm trying to say, we can complain if we don't like it, whether you deem it pointless or not: that's my point.

They're fans, too, not just people on the Internet necessarily: everyone's opinion is important- your own, mine, no one's has any less worth than another's.

That can be said for anything with any franchise, though, I just don't think opinion is something that should be ignored entirely. I'm aware of that, but with enough fan support, PUSA/TPCi can be pressured into making changes for the better. For example, look at the Mastermind Special redub, that alone is telling it can happen.

Agree there.

Don't see what's needless about it, when said complaining can warrant the staff in charge to take a real heavy look at their handling and think, "Wait, what are we doing wrong to garner so much derision? Maybe we should do this instead, that way, we'll get more fans and more support for our product." Since we brought up 4Kids and Pokemon, I should add that all of 8 letters they got in back in 2006 according to Dogasu and Maddie Blaustein caused them to cast Harley very appropriately with that fan input, rather than simply giving him a stereotypically homosexual voice.

Again, this was a very interesting discussion, nice to see someone else's thoughts on things in general, but thanks for actually going into your points on the matter. Agreeing to disagree, that's all.
said at 11:31 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016

The criticism in TPCi's inconsistency with the music is understandable. But then again, how it will affect the quality is down to the viewer.

The Mastermind special is an understandable case. But then again, that came about nearly right after the change. And the complaints against that are understandable, as regular viewers very likely weren't expecting a sudden and controversial change in the VAs. That was likely why Sarah replaced Kayzie for the redub. And for some, the recast was for the better.

In the special's case, the recast/changes were an understandable issue.

Although some previous VAs DID return, I'm aware of that, even though it was arguably because DuArt had a better budget than TAJ. Wasn't aware about the Harley part, so I can't comment on that.

Again, this is how I view it overall.
said at 11:43 AM on Thu Feb 25 2016

Yes, but it seems to have decreased the quality in many viewer's eyes, which is my point. I haven't met a single person online who thinks Ed Goldfarb's score is superior to the Japanese one by Shinji Miyazaki, honestly, even the very few who like it.

It's arguably still pretty understandable now seeing as from any polls taken online almost 10 years after the fact, you can see who is preferred even now. There are still many complaints, VA or not, coming in the recent era of the English dub that were not present, such as the music replacement dropping to new levels, the Team Rocket alliterating/rhyming dialogue making its unwelcome return from the DP Era of the dub (which I can assure you is nothing like what the characters say in the Japanese Version), apples being called "berries," etc. to name a few, though, which weren't present at the time of the switch. Likewise, some think the recast was for the worse, myself included. Also, many were more concerned about Brock and May's voices at the time, yet those weren't changed despite that, so I'm not sure what went on there, but at least they tried to do something back then. Now? Not so much.

Again, there are still many reasons why the dub warrants complaining to this day, in fact actually more than back then. Back then, only really the script and voices were criticized: now, it's both, but also the music and the openings as well, in addition to some errors and edits like calling Houndour "Houndoom," calling Voltorb "Electrode," etc.

Yes, while TPCi blacklisted several of the 4Kids VAs as well who they didn't let return under any circumstances (to name a major one, Veronica Taylor), I wager DuArt has some pretty shady internal politics as to who they let return and who they didn't, but I digress. Also, all > 90% of them did was voice characters of the day, and were never heard from again.

At the time, yeah. Now, though, I'd say at this point DuArt's budget is arguably lower than TAJ's with less people and staff being listed in the credits, and with Mr. Wayland's recent less-than-professional allegations being the reason why he was removed as director, as well as a recent development that his replacement Ms. Buchheister is now being replaced with another director (which in her case she has said on record she did not want to leave the dub, she was forced to do so). Right, ok.

Sure, and likewise, this is how I view things: I'm just saying, the criticism is very warranted.
said at 12:03 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016

Understandable, but just because you know people who didn't like Ed's music, doesn't mean every single person doesn't like it. And again, it falls into who is into the original version or not.

Again, even with the online polls, that is just a sign of how popular something is. Yes, the current dub isn't as popular as it could be, but again,it's based on who prefers what. It's not as if both dubs are technically perfect, but both dubs have people preferring them for different reasons.

The criticism of dub inconsistency is understandable thanks to many random changes or errors. But again, how bad this is depend son if the viewer struggles to adjust or not, and that is different for each and every viewer.

Again, there is understandable criticism, but is also depends who finds what jarring or not.
said at 12:11 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
I didn't say that, did I? I said there are a few I know who I like it, but even then, almost everyone agrees Shinji Miyazaki's music is better and more fitting for the Series. Yes, but then regardless of the original version, it is quite fair to compare it to 4Kids' dub or even TPCi's earlier dubs, which with 4Kids is widely regarded to have composed better dub BGM for the Anime than TPCi, and even John Loeffler's tracks in the TPCi era are considered better than Ed Goldfarb's. So, it's fair to criticize his music score.

Yes, but I think if one cast is more popular than another, there's surely a reason for it- surely, there's valid thinking into why that is, which I can frankly see is very well the case with Pokemon, for one thing. I never said any dub was perfect- I'm saying that criticism can help the current dub to try to find its faults, and attempt to improve on them, which in recent years seems to be taking the opposite path entirely. Point being, criticism is valid.

Again, sure, but "adjust" doesn't mean the same as "accept anything they do as good and be happy with it." That's my point.

True, but again, the criticism is perfectly understandable here.
said at 12:19 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Dr.Who Just ignore it,to each their own.
said at 12:25 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
Yeah, I'm getting a headache from this, to say the least. My point being no one has any right to tell anyone else they can't complain, or want changes if they don't like things as is, for any reason. If you want Veronica back as Ash, then you have every right to want that to happen as a fan, even if it probably never will happen so long as TPCi is in charge.
said at 12:28 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Dr.Who I agree
said at 1:07 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Artherax123 Doctor who no longer sees the point of arguing with you fulgore,the dub is pretty bad though some kids do enjoy it and some don't,criticism is warranted and to each their own opinion.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:08 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@Artherax123 stop
said at 1:17 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@NCZ excuse me? Stop what? I'm not doing anything nor am i involved.
said at 1:26 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@NCZ I'm sorry didn't mean to I was just saying I don't like the dub now myself I just like Veronica more and I still miss her is all."
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:29 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016

"you can tell she just does the role and doesn't really care for the character and how much people care about him.No Sarah is not a good Ash,And I will never watch the dub again until she either makes Ash sound good or leaves"

"Kaycie doesn't sound that good [...] You seriously want that voice for Ash?! [...] Bring her back already and watch all the fans return."

"The new cast don't even act they only read a script for money and also they have shown they do not care about the show or the fans [...] So they would not care if they switched again. Your reply was not needed and was pointles good day."


this is a site about celebrating voice actors

for too long there have been comments that bash the TPCI voices in ways that are not respectful, and/or demanding that they lose their jobs, and that's not a rhetoric that is healthy to have around

dismissing other people's comments without considering or acknowledging what they haven't say isn't really the best either

it is just tiring at this point

as the sidebar says: constructive criticism where you can go and logically and thoughtfully articulate how you feel is perfectly fine, but if criticism boils down to "sarah natochenny is the worst ever and cannot act and she hates pokemon and the fans" then that's not the kind of discussion that we need to be having
said at 1:41 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
@NCZ ok i didn't say that but ok, I admit i was wrong but i was just a bit upset I'll try not to do that in the future"
I'm just not happy with how TPCi are handling Pokemon is all.
I won't express any more distain towards the new dub cast on this site anymore.
For the record though,you should also as an admin warn Fulgore since he started an argument for no reason.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 9:44 PM on Sun Feb 7 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
If only I could bring myself to see where several people who are saying the VAs for the later dub are "the worse ones" are coming from, but I can't. I definitely like Veronica Taylor's take on Ash, I think Kayzie Rogers does a really good impression of Veronica's Ash voice (I'd like to say "perfect" but it sounds a little bit lower than Veronica's Ash, which I don't have any issues with), and although Sarah Natochenny may sound nothing like Veronica's Ash, I still think it sounds fitting and I quite like it!
said at 9:38 AM on Mon Feb 8 2016
@Jacob M. Keene
I can't speak for everyone who feels that way, but for me, it's not that Natochenny doesn't sound like Taylor that bothers me. I respect that stance, but I simply can't agree, though, I feel the quality of the voices + voice acting (and the dub in general, that aside, there's a lot of problems I have with it nowadays even on a fundamental basis) has dropped significantly at this point.
said at 4:43 PM on Mon Feb 8 2016
@Jacob M. Keene I kind of agree with you, although I've been listening to these "new" guys for about 10 years now and I've adjusted my expectations for what's good acting in this dub accordingly (not saying that anyone else has to or even should). Pokemon's dub was never perfect under any studio, and while the 4Kids group will always hold a place in my heart, they're sharing it with their successors as well. TPCi's voice actors paid their dues a LONG time ago.
said at 5:23 PM on Mon Feb 8 2016
@Jacob M. Keene
I respect your opinion. To me, I think Miss Natochenny was mis-cast. At times, she could sound like Veronica's take and even bring character on her own. However, I think her voice is more geared for adult women. If she was cast as Officer Jenny, I think she would really shine. Not to say, she doesn't have range. With her Buneary voice, she could voice energetic teenage girls and hot-blooded boys even.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 7:03 PM on Mon Feb 8 2016
@SonofWat2 That's an interesting way of looking at it.
said at 10:00 PM on Mon Feb 8 2016
@Jacob M. Keene I will say that tastes really varies to start with but I agree as well for this case, I don't watch much of the later seasons but I did like Sarah's voice even if it's different from Veronica(Veronica is still very good anyway)

She may be the type mainly for mature women but this is pretty good work for her
said at 12:07 PM on Fri Jan 20 2017
@Jacob M. Keene Thanks!
Jacob M. Keene
said at 1:09 PM on Fri Jan 20 2017
@SonofWat2 NP
said at 6:52 AM on Thu Jan 21 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Each recast just gets worse and worse to me: frankly, I think Veronica Taylor proved to be a perfect fit for Ash. Now I admit I do think her first pitch was honestly her weakest for her first 14-15 episodes, but it still sounded like a boy, just with a cold, but she still acted the part well and better than the other two did/ever have even then. I liked her second and third pitches best, the former went a little higher and raspier, while the latter a little lower and smoother. However, both variants were equally superb, and sounded just like a normal 10 year old boy, plus she had tons of energy as well as enthusiasm in her take. Overall, it was just a fun, enjoyable, heartfelt, as well as memorable performance, Taylor gave it her all, and it truly shows to me. Fun fact, by the way, Taylor was allowed to make Ash's voice higher because she brought in a real 10 year old boy to the 4Kids studios back then, and whether you like it or not, at that age a majority of kids have higher pitched voices.

The other two were hard to listen to, honestly, I tried very hard to like them, but they didn't fit at all to me.

Of them, Kayzie Rogers was less painful to me. She made Ash sound like one of those nasally, "special" education kids (no offense to them intended), but at least she got his age right (unlike her Max), and with time I hear potential in that take, which is more than can be said for...

Sarah Natochenny, who is horrendous in the role. At first, she made Ash sound like he went through puberty WAY too early, with absolutely zero emotion in her performance ("quickgrovyleusebulletseed," "nosnorlax"), then like a "chain smoker" for the rest of Battle Frontier through all of DP (for lack of a better term), then in BW like a teenage girl with a cold, and nowadays in XY devolved even further into making Ash sound like a constipated, deep voiced, throaty woman, who is also still extremely bored doing the performance ("itisover," "iamhoopa"). Oh, and she can't laugh ("a-ha-ha-ha") or do dramatic scenes, period. It's such a disingenuous, annoying, and obnoxious performance, and as I've mentioned before, Cathcart's poorly written dialogue makes it that much harder to like. 500+ episodes, 3 different directors, and 9 years have passed, yet I dislike her take more than I already did when she first started out, it's unfathomable. Now to her credit, Sarah has definitely shown talent in other Series, but I'm sorry, her work on Pokemon is by far the worst example of that to me.

I don't count Rica Matsumoto, but if I did, I like her and Veronica Taylor roughly the same in the role, because to me both of them put lots of emotion, energy, enthusiasm, as well as sincerity into Ash/Satoshi: they're just overall putting everything they can into it, and that matters a lot to me. I mainly watch the Japanese Version nowadays because the English dub has become too off-putting to me in later seasons.
Joel the Pokekid
said at 6:44 PM on Tue Jan 5 2016
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So glad Kayzie didn't become Ash's new voice. I grew up with both Taylor and Natochenny so I like both. If FUNimation took over the dub, then I would say Colleen Clinkenbeard. I think she can pull it off after I heard her as Luffy and Gohan.
said at 6:47 AM on Fri Mar 25 2016
@Joel the Pokekid Clinkenbeard would be interesting
said at 2:53 PM on Sat Jan 2 2016
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Veronica Taylor is Ash Ketchum, she easily wins this compare. She has such an awesome young boy voice for the character, she just makes him a likeable and earnest kid with ambition. In some ways I kind of prefer her over Rica Matsumoto.

I like Matsumoto's take but Veronica's take is just a bit smoother, however Rica is awesome at bringing out his hot blooded side. Plus she's always been his voice since day one and that's awesome. She might be the only consistent voice Ash has ever had.

It's been almost 10 years since the cast switch and honestly Sarah Natochenny still hasn't improved that much. Nothing against her personally but she really is miscast as Ash, her voice is really forced and grating to listen to. I know hearing in some of her other roles, that she has the potential to be a better VA.

Kayzie Rogers kind of makes Ash sound too deep and kinda slow, however I sort of agree with 1dbad that Kayzie could have improved over time had she continued to be his voice....then again considering how much the dub continues to devolve each year....I dunno.

I really would love Veronica Taylor to voice Ash again but at the same time, a part of me wouldn't object to a new person taking over for Ash. I actually think someone like Kathleen Barr or Maryke Hendriske could really shine as Ash. For a FUNimation voice maybe Leah Clark?
said at 5:39 AM on Sat Dec 19 2015
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just here to say that picture above looks EPIC!!!
said at 1:37 PM on Thu Dec 10 2015
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One thing I've noticed lately is how awful Ash's dialogue/script writing is in the TPCi dub compared to the old/original 4Kids dub:

"I'm so psyched, I'm shakin' so hard, I think I'm gonna burst!" (BW, AUI Episode 1)
"It's amazin' that Science is so amazin'!" (Several XY Episodes)
"Observation! I'm an observer! I'm doin' it!" (DP170)
"I bet I could get me a Buneary if..." (DP004)
"And when we get it, we're gonna raise the roof!" (AG172)
"Whoa, she's holdin' a Pokeball." (DP093)
"Alright, Froakie, this is where we really need to step on the gas!" (XY Episode with Sanpei)
"That's a fire type, nice and fiery!" (BW001)
"He's Golurk's trainer and he likes pie!" (BW AUI Filler)
"Wow, Nathaniel reminds me a' me!" ("Strategy Begins at Home!")
"I feel warm as toast!" (XY Episode "Coming Back Into the Cold!")
"Evolution is when a Pokemon starts to glow super bright and it's super cool, like BAM!" (Some XY Episode)

Having to say lines like this, frankly NO one could sound good in the role: that said, either way, I think Veronica did a far better job voicing Ash than Sarah as most of us have already said.
said at 9:54 PM on Sat Dec 12 2015
@Dr.Who Going to have to agree with this. While Veronica Taylor is my favorite, I'm sure Natochenny would've been better received if she was given lines that an actual person would say. The unfunny, cringeworthy scriptwriting is easily the biggest problem with the show nowadays. The "subs," as they say, are often too dry-sounding, but the overly slang-y lines from the past few seasons come off as James Cathcart trying to make the show funny (and... not doing a terribly good job of it).

And then there's the issue of the voice talent actually having to match the flaps while performing said dialogue...
said at 11:08 PM on Sun Dec 13 2015
Preach it, man, exactly how I feel as well.
Skeeter Mania
said at 4:52 PM on Thu Mar 31 2016
@Dr.Who Is that it for the onslaught of terrible dialogue?
said at 5:05 PM on Thu Mar 31 2016
@Skeeter Mania
Unfortunately, no, this is just a sample of it. Some other cringeworthy lines include:

"You're not seein' things, we're talkin' strong!" (Some TAJ-dubbed DP episode)
"I got me the luck symbol! (Some TAJ-dubbed BF episode)
"At first, ya hated goin' inside your Pokeball." (AG189)
"Knock his block off!" (Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon)
"I'm not even sad one little bit!" (DP133)
"You're seein' one now, so hold on to your hat!" (DP003)
"Who do ya guys think you are, anyway?!" (AG176 & XY093) boy talks like this, period.
Skeeter Mania
said at 5:37 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
@Dr.Who Several of these lines really don't mesh well. At worst, they don't even sound like real people.

I think one of the worst cases of this in TPCi (and you'll probably agree) that isn't one of the main characters is the COTD from the Ditto filler from Sinnoh. Duplica any day over her.
said at 7:35 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
@Skeeter Mania
Exactly. To me, it just comes across as an elderly man trying to sound cool and hip with younger people, and it doesn't work at all.

Narissa was her name, right, voiced by Lisa Ortiz? Yeah, Duplica over that by far, at least when it comes to the English dub in my book.
said at 5:39 AM on Wed Dec 9 2015
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I'm sure it comes as no surprise I love Veronica Taylor best in the role. You can't beat her or Rica Matsumoto as the character, IMO.

One thing I do think might surprise people though is I'm actually kinda disappointed Kayzie lost the role. Don't get me wrong, her voice for Ash in the Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon is totally wrong. But I think people forget just how huge of a vocal range she has. With a range as sweeping as hers, I feel pretty confident had they worked with her they could've found a good voice for Ash. She's also good at the acting part of the voice acting, to where I think she could've done well for emotional scenes and the like.

Sarah got off to a rough start, but I have to give her credit. She has improved TREMENDOUSLY. She may not be perfect in the role, but she seems to be fairly decent now.
said at 5:18 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015

Sarah has regressed if you ask me, but other than that, I agree with your ranking.
said at 2:08 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
@Dr.Who To be fair, it's been a while since I've heard her voice work in the show. In any case, I hate to hear that. Isn't there a new voice director for the show now? Maybe that has something to do with it?
said at 2:15 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
Yes, and her name is Theresa Buchheister, but the problem is she has very little experience in voice directing, actually Tom Wayland (as horrible as he was/is if you ask me) was more experienced when he took over as voice director back in 2008, TPCi's been making terrible decisions for a while now with the Pokemon dub.

Of course Cathcart as sole script writer is a huge issue all its own, too, his dialogue makes Sarah sound worse as well in the role.
said at 12:32 AM on Mon Dec 14 2015
@1dbad We know next to nothing about her, give her a chance who knows how it will go in the next few years
said at 4:42 AM on Mon Dec 14 2015
@HienFan Oh yeah, I'm sure she'll get better in time! I didn't mean to imply she's even bad to begin with. I was just guessing that if acting hasn't been quite as good lately that may have been why.
said at 5:22 AM on Mon Dec 14 2015
@1dbad I know but a lot of people don't when she just started out, I mean most first times are usually a bit iffy
said at 2:38 PM on Tue Dec 15 2015
I gave her half a year, personally, not liking the dub anymore than I did under Wayland.
said at 8:27 PM on Tue Dec 15 2015
@Dr.Who You hate everything about Pokemon XY so I doubt anything will change your mind
said at 9:23 PM on Tue Dec 15 2015

If by that, you mean I hate that:

- XY's dub has the most replacement background music in the entire English dub's run.
- XY's dub rewrites almost everything Team Rocket says into some alliteration and rhyme dialogue, as well as over half of what Ash as well as Bonnie say, into slang or state the obvious dialogue.
- The current voice director is the most inexperienced of all the ones ever hired in the dub's history, and is directing 17 years into a show's run.

Then acknowledging all of this, yes, I hate XY's DUB. I like the Japanese version of XY to a degree, though, apart from Team Rocket, so I really have a bigger issue with the dub than anything else about it.

I saw the Hoopa Movie dubbed recently, and I can say that my opinion has not changed, I'm sorry. Feel free to enjoy it, though, it's just a different opinion in the end.
Kira Doom
said at 3:58 PM on Thu Oct 15 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
No beef with Sarah, but Veronica will always be the best.
said at 10:33 AM on Sun Sep 20 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
I'm still sticking with Veronica Taylor! I didn't really elaborate on why I liked her Ash the most, but I feel like other than her voice sounding age appropriate and like a real boy like many others have said, her Ash had the energy and enthusiasm present in Rica Matsumoto's Satoshi in the Original Japanese Version, but her most remarkable trait to me is demonstrated in episodes like "Charizard Chills," "The Chikorita Rescue," "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt," and the infamous "Snow Way Out," which are where I feel Taylor's performance truly shines as Ash: she was able to give the character a real sense of compassion and warmth in her voice and tone that hasn't been replicated since her replacement.

Like I said before, Kayzie Rogers ironically showed more potential in terms of acting as well as having a smoother voice as Ash than Sarah Natochenny, and it's a shame they didn't give her more time to improve. She did have the energy of the character still remain intact, if nothing else.

Sarah Natochenny as Ash, like others have said, just sounds too old (I'd even add her Ash sounds too feminine now in XY), but the problem to me extends beyond that with her take- her acting is also really monotone and bland, which contrasts significantly with Ash's true personality. Take the BW episode called "The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!" where Ash has a flashback to where he was with all his Pokemon in a cave freezing to death in the OS, for example: Sarah just reads off her lines like one would a shopping list, sucking the life out of an emotional moment like that. Her laughter and crying are really strained, too, just coming off as half-hearted and fake...there's no attempt to give energy or act enthusiastic as Ash from her, which doesn't mesh well with his personality or nature at all.
said at 5:34 AM on Sun Sep 20 2015
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I've been thinking, Sarah's voice would actually be more appropriate if Ash had aged as the show progresses.

But he remains 10 throughout the series, which kinda hampers Sarah's version IMO. It's very silly that there's mention of time passing by, but the characters never age. Just saying.
said at 9:36 AM on Sun Sep 20 2015
The biggest problem with Sarah's take is what you just said: Ash remains 10 throughout the Series, thus her Ash sounds too old for the part, but the mentions of time passing by are all dub only, though I'm not sure if you're aware of that or not.

That said, even ignoring that, Sarah's acting still doesn't measure up to Veronica's (or even arguably Kayzie's): it's consistently lacking enthusiasm, energy, and the emotion just comes as forced and fake, particular when she's laughing or crying.

I'd also argue that Sarah's Ash is actually a bit too womanly nowadays in XY and comes off as the wrong gender for the role- when she started out, she came off as overly masculine, but now it's the reverse issue.
said at 12:15 AM on Thu Nov 26 2015
@Fulgore2005 To be fair I think the non aging deal was particularly mentioned around Best Wishes not on DP was why she went for the deeper voice
said at 5:16 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
It was mentioned during DP as well in an interview with Hidaka:

I get what you're saying, though.
said at 1:13 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
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Veronica Taylor's really the only one here who actually sounded like a boy as Ash, and who acted very well in the role, so she easily gets my vote.

Kayzie Rogers lacked consistency, and came off as sounding like an elderly woman imitating a child. She did have potential, though, and it's actually sad that she didn't get more time in the role because she really could've been a lot better than...

Sarah Natochenny, who sounds more like an adult woman doing a deep voice than a kid, and her acting as Ash is just plain awful a whopping 9 years after taking over the role- I really think she's badly miscast as Ash:
said at 6:32 PM on Fri Sep 4 2015
I think Veronica Taylor is still my favorite Ash voice, but mostly for the Johto and Hoenn sagas (she was a little too deep in Kanto now that I've heard her again). I've grown to like Sarah Natochenny in the near-decade she's voiced Ash, and while I think the voice itself improved when she stopped trying to imitate Taylor, the emoting could still use work. As for Kayzie Rogers, if she had been the original voice in lieu of Taylor (or simply voiced the character longer), she might be my favorite because she's the least raspy of the three.
said at 1:14 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
You're perfectly entitled to your opinion, but Veronica Taylor didn't sound deep at all in Kanto: I thought she was rather age appropriate when I look back there-
said at 3:29 PM on Sun Sep 20 2015
@Dr.Who That was fairly late in Kanto. I was referring to early Kanto, my apologies.
said at 6:48 PM on Wed Sep 23 2015
No problem at all- I just wanted to show as early as then Taylor had shown tremendous improvement.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:29 AM on Fri Sep 4 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor is the best Ash voice.
said at 2:16 PM on Fri Aug 28 2015
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Veronica Taylor, hands down: she made Ash so lovable, cute, and gave him a voice that sounded like a real 10 year old boy you'd meet in real life.

Sarah Natochenny's voice is way too deep, and her acting is still pretty poor, while Kayzie Rogers as others have said did make for a more fitting replacement, but was too raspy.
said at 11:23 AM on Wed Aug 26 2015
this may come to a shock but i like sarah. ye thats right. and im not damage controlling. i liked her performance during DP. it improved over the course of the saga
said at 2:13 PM on Fri Aug 28 2015
I disagree: I think it's too rough and deep- voice doesn't match his age, so to speak. To each their own, though.
said at 5:06 PM on Wed Aug 19 2015
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I'm sure if Kayzie had time to improve, she would be much better than Sarah. That being said, Kayzie is not exactly right for Ash too. I mean, we all know about Veronica's trademark slight rasp, but Kayzie apparently missed the 'slight' part. Too raspy for my liking.

Now, how about Sarah? She's not THAT bad, but she's...well...not Ash. She's got this really deep and forced voice. You can tell she's TRYING to be a 10-year-old kid, but she doesn't SOUND like it. However, while people say she's better in Battle Frontier, try her performance in episode 4 of the season, "Wheel of Frontier". "No, Snorlax"? More like "No, acting", Sarah.

Veronica Taylor wins. No questions asked. She just wins.
said at 2:15 PM on Fri Aug 28 2015
I think they mean the voice itself, which was a lot smoother and more childish in that early half of Battle Frontier than what it became later on. Sarah's acting got a little better when time went on, but her voice got a lot worse...hard to explain.
Silly Sally
said at 8:15 PM on Sat Aug 8 2015
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Everybody beat Ash to death so I'll talk about kid Ash in flashbacks.

Both Veronica and Sarah use basically the same voice for Ash in flashbacks as their current voices. It sort of works with Veronica as she has the energy required for a young kid and is high-pitched. It really doesn't with Sarah especially seeing as people have a hard enough time buying her as XY Ash who looks older. They put an echo in her voice but it didn't do anything.
Silly Sally
said at 8:19 PM on Sat Aug 8 2015
@Silly Sally Yes Veronica only did the laugh but you can still get a good idea of what it might sound like before anyone brings it up.
said at 1:52 PM on Sun Jul 26 2015
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My dad once overheard me watching a Sarah Natochenny episode. Guess he was used to hearing Veronica Taylor's voice, so he asked if Ash was going through puberty. Had to explain the replacement of the entire cast.
said at 9:05 AM on Mon Jul 20 2015
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Veronica- Cute young boy voice
Sarah- Gruff, deep adult woman voice
Kayzie- Nerdy kinda teenager voice

Veronica is the best Ash
said at 8:21 PM on Mon Jul 6 2015
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My favorite is Veronica, because it fits the character in age and energy. She knows when to settle down and rile up when she's in the role. Her emotion sounds very real. She is the prime definition of an actor. Best of all is that she's not too over the top or wooden, while delivering a clear, readable, convincing and professional performance. Kayzie Rogers is a little flat and girlish, but at least she's making an effort, it's still clear and easy to the ears. Sarah Natochenny's take sounds as much like Veronica Taylor's take as much as Chuck Power's Yami sounds like Dan Green's Yami. Not at all. Sarah is bland, deep, raspy, shrill and a terrible performance in general. It's of very poor quality and a completely unworthy successor to Veronica.

#1: Veronica Taylor.
#2: Kayzie Rogers.
#3: Sarah Natochenny.
said at 3:10 PM on Mon Jun 15 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor forever and always
said at 7:07 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
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Veronica Taylor for sure was the best Ash like no one ever was: she put a lot of emotion into Ash's voice and she also made him sound like a real boy: the character has lost a lot of his goofy charm and cuteness in her voice without her voicing him nowadays.
said at 7:27 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
For the other two, Kayzie Rogers sounds alright, but kind of generic. I

Sarah Natochenny sounds pretty bad to me...sounds too deep and feminine at the same time, and she can't really act- she sounds bored and flat all the time from the few newer XY Series episodes I saw.
said at 9:27 PM on Fri Mar 6 2015
It's a tie between Veronica and Sarah. Veronica did a great voice for Ash and Sarah has more emotion in her take of his voice.
said at 7:20 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
I kinda disagree: I think Veronica had a lot more energy and emotion when she voiced Ash.

Sarah (that is who voices Ash now, right?) kinda sounds monotone and flat when acting and doesn't emote much.
said at 5:11 AM on Sat Feb 21 2015
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@HienFan (continued, I pressed post comment on accident)

after having to watch that pokemon XY/teen titans go! marathon from a few weeks back, i don't think she got better there either. i guess its better than DP but she still didnt settle into the voice. its too deep, too breathy, and strained. also his lines mostly sound sarcastic. the only emotion shes really good at is anger

i can post videos if you want
said at 12:27 AM on Sun Mar 8 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 I heard XY already and I heard all the seasons Sarah is in, sorry but I felt she sound super strained on my ears in Battle Frontier and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels the same(if I did well I'm alone on my vote... but there's 40 over people)
said at 2:12 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
@HienFan i dont think she sounded strained in battle frontier. maybe flat but not strained, plus she was starting out. heres an example:
being worried sounds like being pissed, laughing is just saying Uhh-uhh-uhh like you would when lecturing somebody but faster, crying is saying Her-hurr-hurr, and so on. amazement ("Science is SO AMAZINg" sounds patronizing and throaty
said at 5:01 AM on Sat Feb 21 2015
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@HienFan , i can't respond to you directly, so I hope you can see this:

what was wrong with Sarah (BF) compared to after that? the acting was bad but that can be improved, while NOTHING can save a bad voice, NOTHING. i thought she was good then since i could still hear a young boy, which i can't now.
said at 8:55 AM on Wed Apr 22 2015
I actually agree with you: the MoMP redub and early BF voice worked for me, and all that was needed was better acting. Unfortunately, Natochenny made her Ash voice much deeper and gruffer so by now in XY, it just doesn't fit the character at all.
said at 8:11 AM on Sat Feb 7 2015
Veronica taylor is 1st, the acting is good and the voice sounds cool, and it evolved as Ash got older.
Kanto, Orange: 10 - 11
Johto: 12
Hoenn: 13 (14 once the league ends)
Sarah was pretty good when she was doing VT impression but when she did her own thing in DP she was too whiney and strained. i cant' say about BW and XY since BOOMERANG WONT AIR THEM
don't have much on ayzie either
said at 11:14 PM on Thu Feb 19 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 Depending on how you feel of an imitation of Veronica, I wasn't digging Sarah's Battle Frontier voice so the voice in BW and XY is a huge improvement in my book, it was an improvement on the DP voice but it still didn't sound like Veronica in those two either
said at 2:02 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 forget what i said here about the ages, just found out no one ages in pokemon....
said at 7:54 PM on Fri Jan 16 2015
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I have never liked Natochenny as Ash. Especially the way she says, "I choose YOU!"
said at 6:13 PM on Mon Jan 5 2015
Listening to Sarah Natochenny's early take on Ash again, I've got to say that she greatly improved. Although I think she could have tried going for an impression of Veronica Taylor like how Michele Knotz did with May. Veronica is my favorite.
said at 8:09 PM on Mon Jan 12 2015
@TrueMyriad A poor man imitation is not worth it over a completely different voice at least that's how I feel
said at 9:45 PM on Wed Dec 10 2014
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I will always love Veronica!!!!
said at 8:53 PM on Mon Oct 13 2014
I... like XY Ash a lot, my vote will go to her actually
Han Solo Fan
said at 6:13 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
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Veronica Taylor's my absolute favorite voice actress for Ash Ketchum, and she really got what I was looking for in the character- she took him beyond a hot-blooded battler and made the character really three-dimensional and identifiable with her voice for him to me: I really, really liked how smooth, soft, and humbling/sincere her voice and acting were for Ash, like in the episode "Tree's a Crowd" in Hoenn: I miss her portrayal of the character, even though I know she isn't ever going to come back in the role. She made him so...humble, I guess, and sincere- I admired that and I still like it a lot: I even preferred Veronica's rendition of Ash to Rica Matsumoto's in the Original Japanese Version of the show for this reason. 10/10

Sarah Natochenny's more or less mediocre in the role to me: sometimes, I felt she did a good job with Ash, like when she first took over the role in the early part of Battle Frontier (people called it "emotionless," but I liked her imitation of Veronica Taylor's voice: I wish she had kept that voice but just improved her voice acting- it would've worked for me), and in some parts of Black and White, but in Diamond & Pearl as well as the current XY Series, she made and now makes Ash sound kind of...grouchy, angry, gruffy, and has a voice that's really way too deep for a little boy to have it-- he kind of sounds constipated in the last few XY episodes I watched, and I'm not fond of the direction Sarah has gone in with Ash lately, truthfully. I liked her earlier portrayal of Ash more than her current one, in all seriousness, although I know most will laugh at me for saying that. 6.5/10

Kayzie Rogers' Ash know, I feel like even though she didn't leave a good impression on me when I heard her, looking back I feel like if she had time in the role, she could've been a good Ash: I did like the pitch of her voice and the emotion was decent, but it just sounded too goofy to me as well as nerdy. 5/10
said at 10:08 AM on Mon Aug 18 2014
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Ash Ketchum :)
1. Veronica Taylor - Not only did Taylor supply a unique voice for this character, she also gave him his personality. I especially like the voice from Johto-Battle Frontier because it's the highlight of her Pokemon career.
2. Sarah Natochenny - Complete opposite of Taylor. The highlight of her Pokemon career was the Mirage special redub and Battle Frontier. Diamond & Pearl is where she started to decline, the biggest mistake she made was pitching the voice higher so it'd sound closer to Veronica Taylor's. Sarah sounds forced and at times isn't very convincing.
3. Kayzie Rogers - Didn't fit the character's personality. She came off quite nasally and nerdy like Max, but she's still a great actress.
said at 3:18 PM on Fri Aug 21 2015
@MatthewC17 I have to say this after listening to Sarah's voice work in Battle Frontier and the Mirage redub I will say she did improve but still sounds far from Veronica's voice. In the Mirage special and a few Battle Frontier episodes she has a rather gruff, wooden and stilted sound in her Ash voice.
said at 4:23 PM on Mon Sep 14 2015
@MatthewC17 changed my mind.
Kayzie Rogers is #2.
Granted her Ash voice is not at all like Veronica Taylor's but I felt she could have improved. After all Taylor's voice has a slight rasp while Kayzie got the rasp part down I feel she missed the emotions. A shame she wasn't allowed to perfect it because TPCi hired Natochenny.
said at 3:05 AM on Fri Jun 27 2014
Not changing my vote but on a side note Ash on the first few episodes and the high pitched Ash on season 2-5 sounds worse than Sarah to me, I prefer her later season 1 and the Advanced generation voice more

Even though it's official Ash will never age if Ash ever grew up Veronica would not be fitting as Ash though, Sarah sounds more like how a teen Ash would sound like
said at 12:49 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
I disagree only because the fact is that since Ash will never age, Sarah has been making Ash sound too old for the last 9 Seasons, and the later season 1 pitch sounds the same as the season 2-5 pitch to me for Taylor, but to each their own.
said at 7:28 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
@Savate It still peeves me for a long time that he never ages since Red from the Pokemon Adventure manga did a long time ago
said at 7:29 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
I don't blame you: it irritates me too.
said at 12:11 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@HienFan For an older Ash who is a teenager (for example), I'd go with either Brad Swile or Alex Doduk.
said at 11:16 PM on Thu Feb 19 2015
@Netherman14 Eh I still think Sarah could voice teen Ash, yes he doesn't age but one can dream
said at 8:54 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
#1) Veronica Taylor (EP001-AG145; M01-M08)-

Perfect: Ash sounds like a 10 year old boy, the emotion is solid, the laugh is genuine, the crying as well as the acting are powerful and moving, there is an almost infectious enthusiasm to Ash...generally goofy, lovable, and cute-sounding. It suits this ageless 10 year old boy too well: Veronica Taylor IS Ash in the English Dub. 10/10

#2) Kayzie Rogers (Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon, Initial Dub-- under the pseudonym "Jamie Peacock")-

As Element Riser has said, Ash sounds like an old lady doing a bad imitation of Veronica Taylor doing a bad imitation of Ash. The voice is a bit goofy and charming in its own right, which is nice, but Ash sounds kind of like he's derping out or suffering from some kind of mental illness...doesn't fit Ash much, but it's still not as bad as Sarah Natochenny's performance as Ash. 5/10

#3) Sarah Natochenny (BW > BF > XY > DP)-
The worst. For one thing, Ash doesn't even sound his age, or like a boy at all. For another, he sounds constipated half the time and other times like a teenage to adult chain smoking guy (doesn't help that Sarah Natochenny does smoke cigarettes in real life, unfortunately). It's just jarring and it doesn't fit at all...the Fran the Nanny laugh and that growling/pissed off expression of emotion or just being bored/flat sounding makes it even worse. 3/10
said at 11:35 AM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@Savate I smoke in real life and it's not noticeable... let people do what they want without ragging on them. In my opinion, she didn't sound like a chain smoker at all, either. FFS
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:55 AM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@Shiroppu I don't mean to tell people what they should or shouldn't do, but it is a biological fact that smoking has been linked to the development of nodules on the vocal chords. These nodules are growths that cause an overall roughness and hoarseness in the voice, and sometimes simply make it painful to talk. Sometimes the nodules can develop even in non-smokers, as they do have other causes, but smoking will make one much more susceptible to the growth of vocal nodules.

I do know of a handful of professional voice actors who are former smokers, but they quit due to the obvious effect that it has on their voice, as well as the obvious health concerns.

If you want to smoke, more power to you, but the effect it has on the voice is undeniable.
said at 12:50 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
To each their own, but I don't think SN's Ash sounds like a kid at all, tbh.
said at 10:06 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor all the way, she can ACT
Element Riser
said at 6:29 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor is the best Ash! My favorite voice she used is from the Indigo League.

Next, we have Kayzie Rogers, who sounds like an old lady doing a bad imitation of Veronica Taylor doing a bad imitation of Ash.

Last, and definitely least, is Sarah Natochenny, whom not only sounds nothing like a kid, but she can't emote, either. She sounds forced and monotone all at once. If one listens to her "emote", you notice that, for example, her "angry" voice is just Sarah Natochenny's regular voice for him, but louder.

Veronica Taylor > Kayzie Rogers > Sarah Natochenny
said at 3:20 PM on Fri Aug 21 2015
@Element Riser I also find her early performance as Ash to be very gruff, wooden and stilted. Some of her lines sound odd preferably You give all those PokéBalls back." You can tell she's reading the script and not even trying to give emotion nor character.
said at 3:35 PM on Sat May 31 2014
 1 Shout Out!
love Veronica... we need her back.
said at 5:48 PM on Tue Apr 22 2014
There are times when Sarah sounds monotone and this isn't criticism only observation. When she voices Ash it's hard to tell the difference between a happy Ash and a sad Ash. The only time Ash varies is when he's yelling.

When I first saw Pokémon after the re-cast, I wasn't able to identify different voices immediately. There were times when Sarah could imitate Veronica's take on Ash but now I like how she chooses to Ash.

It won't sound like the original but it's good the part was recast. If not the dub could of stopped at Advanced Generation.
said at 8:35 PM on Fri Mar 7 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica is the classic voice, and I know that everyone here above the age of 12 grew up with Veronica, and just something about her voice works very well, and is one of the best nostalgic performances and it still holds up as one of the best performances in the whole Pokemon franchise. 9/10

When the voice cast was changed due to the contract issue and Kayzie and then Sarah took over I was extremely confused as to why all the voice actors had changed since they all sounded so good. And Kayzie I will admit is not that good at all. Kayzie was good more so as pokemon than she was human characters such as Lotad and Wobuffet but as Ash she falls flat and just sounds really boring and not at all enthusiastic when playing the role. 2.5/10

At first I hated Sarah as the voice of ash because I knew she could never live up to the fantastic performance that Veronica had given in the role, and even then after a few years I still didn't care for it all that much, but after listening to it a little more after all these years I will say its just...okay. It's nothing spectacular but she does emote well in many scenes and she does do her delivery well. I think she probably knows how good Veronica did the role and she probably knew she couldn't live up to those standards, but she does try and I do commend her for the role. 6.5/10

said at 11:56 PM on Tue Jan 14 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
this is no contest. veronica taylor wins already
said at 3:12 PM on Tue Jan 14 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Veronica gets my vote, I stopped watching the show by the end of 2nd generation so for me she is the only Ash Ketchum.
said at 10:48 AM on Sat Jan 4 2014
I think after B/W that Taylor and Natochenny are tied. As are the dubs themselves. Except Brock.
said at 1:28 PM on Fri Apr 25 2014
@myopinion1 Agree. However... I like both Brock voices.
said at 4:39 PM on Sat May 31 2014
@Zekewars010 That's your call, but I respectfully disagree.
said at 10:06 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
Likewise, I respectfully disagree with both of you: I think the 4Kids dub of Pokemon was much, much better than the TPCi dub of Pokemon in most ways.
said at 1:55 PM on Sun Dec 29 2013
 1 Shout Out!
While I love Veronica the most as Ash, the fact is Sarah brings an older sounding voice that's needed since ash should teqniquly be about 16 by now.
said at 2:57 PM on Sun Dec 29 2013
No, that's not a fact: Ash is still 10 years old as of BW001. The only time he ever aged was in the 3rd Movie Special, Pikachu & Pichu short, making him 11 years old at oldest. Thus, Sarah's voice is automatically much too older sounding for Ash Ketchum than it should be, given he is still 10. I would say Sarah would be good for an older Ash, but problem is he's never been that old, making her unfitting for the role.
said at 4:47 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@Savate He was 14 at least till B and w premiered.
said at 4:49 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@pete *B and W
said at 4:52 PM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@LongLiveTheLionKing Not entirely true by the time her voice improved at the start of B and W, he was revamped back to 10 so they could make more money and focus it on children since older fans were losing interest.
said at 10:05 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
Not true: he's always been 10.

said at 3:20 AM on Thu Dec 26 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor sounded the most like a 10 year old boy as Ash, and I feel like she put a lot of enthusiasm and warmth into her portrayal of the character that I find myself loving every time I hear her as the character.

Sarah Natochenny is okay as Ash nowadays, but I find her performance as Ash is a lot more strained and forced, personally. There's also a lack of enthusiasm and that likeable energy Veronica Taylor brought to the role on her part. I suppose she is alright, though, but definitely not the best.

Kayzie Rogers pitch is nice itself, but I dislike the acting behind it. She's my least favorite from this group.
said at 11:19 PM on Wed Nov 20 2013
Why is there so much flaming about Sarah and wanting Veronica back? I prefer Veronica but I like Sarah too
said at 3:04 PM on Fri Nov 8 2013
What I don't like about Rogers is that you can hear a little bit of woman aspects there, she did do good though -- but I have to go with Sarah. I think Veronica was amazing and the original, but sometimes it seemed forced out, Sarah seems so natural and like an actual boy XD They all did wonderful though!
said at 4:07 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Taylor is the superior Ash voice in my eyes. She gives the character an infectious youthful energy that really makes you want to root for Ash. She'll definitely be missed. I feel like Natochenny tries to capture that same intensity, but she just makes Ash sound angry.
said at 6:50 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
I personally think that they all did well, and the crew of pokemon did well with the casting for the voice of Ash, but I would have to go with Sarah for this one, the whole part of making Ash sound like he has more of a voice for some reason.
said at 1:30 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
Pokemon fans are expecting the XY series to be way better then the Black & White series. If this makes anyone feel better, I'm letting the XY series be the official judge of the anime. I know from youtube that the Black & White series really didn't gain anyone's favor. As for NCZ, I suggest you try reading my earlier comments from when Nightmare Crusher was all up on my face. From there, you'd know why I was standing up for Veronica Taylor in the first place. By putting myself in her shoes, I came to the understanding on how she feels more than any of the other originals!
said at 1:53 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman On a personal note, I wasn't trying to cause any trouble. The whole point to this website is to give personal feedback, right? I'm just being honest and that's that!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:29 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman There's a difference between kindly and politely stating an honest opinion, and aggressively attacking voice actors, ignoring facts and other people's opinions, and beating a dead horse after repeatedly being told to stop.
said at 2:50 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@NCZ I already said I never meant to cause trouble and I'm letting the XY series be the judge of pokemon! Can't you just think about how Veronica Taylor feels? Ash Ketchum was a role so dear to her. I agree with Veronica that Pokemon USA had the wrong exscuse to replace her! Just think about Digimon and Transformers. Digimon had new actors because they had focusing on new characters. Transformers had new actors because there were different show creators for different versions. Those are real reasons to have different voice casts. Shouldn't the actors of 4kids Entertainment have deserved another chance?
said at 2:53 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@NCZ This isn't a war between you and me. This is about how everybody feels the way Pokemon should really be. Just listen to your heart and think of what's meaningful.
said at 2:57 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman plus, I'm not attacking anyone. How can I if I'm not there to do it? I'm not a murderer!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:01 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman Just because you don't mean to cause trouble doesn't mean you aren't causing trouble. We've heard your opinion! There is no need to repeat it constantly! Doing that is not going to persuade anyone or change anything. All it is, is annoying and fills the comments with senseless and pointless negativity. Yes, yes, it's sad what happened to the 4Kids cast, but that was seven entire years ago. The new cast has been voicing the characters for about as long as the old voice actors have. Not getting over it by this point is one thing. If you'd just made these comments once and left it at that, it'd have been fine. But at this point, you're just beating a dead horse and that NEEDS TO STOP.
said at 7:04 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
You guys can't argue with me when I say rehiring Veronica Taylor to voice Ash Ketchum would be the wisest choice Pokemon USA has ever made. In fact, if that were to happen, Pokemon will be at its PRIME again and forever! Especially if Rachael Lillis and Eric Stuart reprise their roles of Jessie and James. No way I'm wrong about that!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:45 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman Right, okay, now that you're basically ignoring me even after I've told you to stop, and these kinds of comments are completely non-productive and only stir up trouble, I'm going to have to give you a time out.
said at 7:27 AM on Tue Oct 15 2013
@Legacyman Haven't you been told before to stop with these comments?
said at 12:43 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
Each voice keeps getting weaker. Veronica Taylor, in the Kanto and Hoenn arcs, was the best Ash, though her voice was too high and annoying for the Orange Islands and Johto.

Kayzie Rogers had the potential to be a great replacement, but the acting was dreadful and made Ash sound like Erica Schroeder's Luffy!

Sarah just obnoxious in both voice and performance. Only in the recent season has the voice toned down and gotten tolerable, but Sarah still cannot emote properly while she's putting on that voice. A shame: such a lovely woman shouldn't have to do a voice that ugly.
said at 11:41 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
Personally, I actually liked Veronica Taylor's voice for Ash in Orange Islands and Johto the best. I liked her Hoenn and Kanto voices a lot as well, though: no problems with them, but they were a bit deeper. I know her OI/Johto voice was high pitched, but when I think about it, Ash is 10, right? Most boys that age tend to have higher pitched voices. Sure, it could get annoying at times, but I feel it made him so cute-sounding and innocent, and I loved it. lol.
said at 7:25 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I personally thought Taylor's Kanto performance (past her horribly forced voice in the first 9 episodes) was the most believable sounding for a 10 year old boy. High but not too high, and believably boyish. Her Hoenn performance matched a more aged (though not really), matured Ash, despite the pitch being higher rather than lower. The Orange/Johto performance just got on my nerves. As with Eric Stuart's later James, I felt there was too much "shouting" delivery even when the lines didn't call for it.
said at 8:19 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I personally think Sarah's voice is very reminiscent of Veronica's early performance. It still sounds forced to me. She's performed other great voices on the show, but Ash, I think, is actually one of her worst. I agree that Kayzie Rogers had potential, and I think she'd end up being a much better replacement than Sarah. She's voiced many similar characters to Ash, and she's experienced at voicing little boys. I actually really liked her Max.
said at 10:44 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Even Veronica's early Ash didn't sound as grating as Sarah's forced take on Ash. And yes, why couldn't they have kept Kayzie and let her improve her Ash rather than replacing her with a worse alternative? That sucks so much!
said at 1:13 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Veronica did put more enthusiasm then, which is something Sarah has lacked from the beginning. The voice itself sounds similar, the performance doesn't.

Kayzie was replaced because of, I believe, the poor fan reception, so they looked harder to find someone (Kayzie was brought in quickly for the part). Or maybe they were unsatisfied themselves. I don't know. Either way, they thought they could do better, and whether they did so or not is a matter of opinion (I personally don't think so). However, I do think Kayzie is a better choice for Max than Ash and having her play both wouldn't have been a good idea.
said at 10:26 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
I can definitely understand that logic. I just like the higher pitched voice Veronica used more, because I feel it made Ash sound really cute in my eyes. He sounded more goofy and innocent to me, but I'll admit sometimes her delivery was lacking in OI/Johto a bit. I can see the "shouting" you're talking about.

Her Kanto voice was great post the first set of episodes, but I felt it wasn't AS great. I never had any problems with it, though.

Her Hoenn/Early BF voice was just a deeper version of her Johto voice to me as well, like you said, so I enjoyed that take as well. :)
said at 10:32 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
I really feel it would have been for the best if Kayzie Rogers had continued on as Ash. She sounded more like Coby to me than Erica's Luffy in MoMP, but I heard some potential there.

Sarah Natochenny started off pretty decent in early BF to me. The problem was that her voice was decent to me, but her acting was just plain horrible. "Snorlax. No." = lol.

Later on, in late BF and most of Sinnoh, Sarah was at her worst for me: she was bad in voice and acting. I really hated how deep, rough, and growly Ash's voice was, but more than that, the acting was still just as unenthusiastic/lifeless as before.

Sarah Natochenny has finally found the right voice for her Ash in Unova, and it does work, but her acting is still lacking. While it's my favorite of her takes on Ash, I still feel it lacks the genuine emotion and enthusiasm Veronica Taylor always put into her Ash: even from the beginning.
said at 12:18 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@OldSchoolFTW As long as the acting's good it doesn't ruin it for me. That's the one thing that let me tolerate Veronica's nails-on-a-chalkboard early Ash. Other than sounding constipated as hell, Sarah sounds hollow in her delivery, and her voice lacks passion and so much basic feeling that Veronica captured nicely. While Kayzie's acting lacked the heart of Veronica's, it sounded like she could've improved.
said at 12:51 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I think that's because of the voice director. 4kids never had the best voice direction to begin with.
said at 9:43 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
True, but I feel Michael Haigney and Darren Dunstan were fantastic voice directors: certainly better than Armen Mazlumian and Tom Wayland have been. 4Kids did have some great directors in its own right, and I will give them that much.
said at 12:27 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Well Darren was great yeah. I didn't know he voice directed but a talented voice actor makes a talented voice actor. Don't know anything but Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Sonic X, and TMNT 2K3 were some of the better shows 4 kids made/dubbed. They usually got the casts right but they weren't always the best at directing it.
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Also all direction in the franchise dubwise eother started out bad or became bad along the way like when TCPI first started to now. That was an improvement. Kayzie managed to get Max who she suited better. If she kept it she could have improved sure since the direction in that special was horrid but it'd be like redubbing it with California talent, casting Tara Strong right away, and Ash sounding like Timmy Turner which would fit Max better.
said at 1:22 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@pete either
said at 1:23 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@OldSchoolFTW My third sentence got a little messed up. Sorry about that.
said at 6:20 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
Tom Wayland is a very decent voice director, as he's put a lot of effort into bringing back the 4Kids VAs and hiring new ones; the only real problem is that DuArt decided to maintain the lackluster TAJ cast for consistency with the previous seasons. If DuArt had taken over from the beginning back in 2006, we'd most likely still have the 4Kids cast.
said at 7:24 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Did anyone see the episode The Path that leads to Goodbye? Now Pokemon USA made Ash Ketchum look like a jerk who can't learn anything. Doesn't that make anyone wish the company never changed the voice actors? Veronica never would've made Ash look like a selfish loser, am I right?
said at 2:55 PM on Wed Oct 2 2013
@Legacyman Still pinpointing the VAs responsible for the show's writing? Quit it aleady.

It has already been said. The VAs don't have any control. If anything, the writers at Japan are responsible for the show being dumbed down.
said at 12:18 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Fulgore2005 the thing is I can think of alot of excuses to replace an entire english cast. Death, sudden sickness, retirement/quitting, and for child actors becoming too old for their role, but not to find replacements for after ten years. Have you even seen the latest episodes of Pokemon? They're atrocious. Only the episodes where Iris doesn't call Ash a little kid are actually worth watching. She shouldn't even be saying it at all because that makes her the worst main character ever. You understand what I'm saying? Off coarse they have control of the english version. It's called dub editing, which is used to make changes that are okay!
said at 12:56 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman You're referring to the editing of scenes, the script as well as lip sync, yes?

I'm positive they already have editors and script writers that handle those tasks. There have been cases where the VAs are involved in script and voice directing, yes. But there is always a good chance that they are merely following the expectations of the higher-ups, who have more control over the process.
said at 1:15 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Fulgore2005 what higher-ups? Do you mean the CEO or the very Pokemon creator? I'm just saying if they edited the scenes and chose better lines to say, Ash would never have been hated by now!
said at 1:18 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman I was referring o the producers/directors of the dub. But I agree, I think the show would be better if it wasn't dumbed down the way it has, but considering that is now the case for the anime overall, it can't be helped.
said at 7:47 AM on Sat Sep 14 2013
Here is where I stand. Veronica Taylor has the most emotion and character, but Natochenny has the better battling voice, in which Taylor sounded to forced. Rogers is a bit bland in my opinon.
said at 5:49 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
Oh come on! Why are my comments being deleted? I'm saying Veronica Taylor is the best voice of Ash Ketchum, end of story. Sarah should be better off playing some different character she can be original to.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:17 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
@Legacyman give it a rest
said at 7:22 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
@NCZ it's easy for you to say, why isn't anyone deleting your comments?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:38 AM on Wed Sep 11 2013
@Legacyman I am an admin. Admin intervention is sometimes required in order to maintain a welcoming, healthy community.

We do our best to keep the comments sections healthy and productive. We have had numerous issues with people attacking the PUSA VAs and repeatedly stating their preferences for the originals. There is no need to make these comments over and over and OVER again when we heard you the first time. It's not productive, not pleasant, and an unnecessary display of aggressiveness and disrespect towards the voice actors. All comments of this nature will be blocked.
said at 4:05 PM on Sat Sep 21 2013
@NCZ let me ask you something if I may. How do you become an admin? Is there a survey or something I have to do?
said at 6:36 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
@NCZ *salutes*
said at 8:15 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy what do you mean by salutes? Did NCZ say something I don't understand?
said at 8:43 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@Legacyman I wrote that because I agree with his statement. So I saluted him... through text.
said at 1:15 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Veronica fricken Taylor.. Sarah sounds to recognizable as a girl to me.. and the other one.. just sounds like a whole different character.. not good..
said at 3:58 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
Easily Veronica Taylor. The others don't even hold a candle to her. I'm so sorry if I've offended anyone, but Sarah Natochenny is not on par with her predecessor. Kayzie Rogers was bad but then she only played Ash one time in that dreadful "Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" special. XD.

Veronica Taylor's voice complemented Ash like a glove. She was rough in her first 20 episodes but she practically became Ash later on in the middle of Kanto onwards.

Her voice was amazing in the Orange Islands, Johto, and Hoenn Seasons. It really sounded just like a 10 year old boy, but it was powerful and smooth sounding.

Taylor had this genuine warmth and sincerity in her voice that make her the clear winner. Add to that she is the only voice actor that sounds like a 10 year old boy as Ash Ketchum in my eyes (Ash is still 10 and he is ageless according to the anime-- see BW001-- believe me I wish the characters would age but that's the anime for ya!).

I don't hate Sarah Natochenny but her voice doesn't fit Ash's age. She still sounds too old. In Battle Frontier, her voice fit at first but her acting was dreadful, and in later BF episodes both her voice and acting were too deep and artificial. She was even worse in early DP episodes, to the point where I hated the dub with a passion.

In middle DP is where she began to acclimate to the role and she grew tolerable. She remained mediocre through the remainder of DP and in BW is when she hit her stride. She's now an average Ash Ketchum and fits the part. That being said her acting is still poor and that drags her down for me.

Kayzie Rogers was badly directed by Armen Mazlumian. The voice is...okay...but the acting was dreadful and it's a shame she didn't get more time in the role.
said at 6:02 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
Veronica Taylor is the best! Sarah Natochenny is the perfect successor for Veronica! Kayzie Rodgers is also good.
said at 11:15 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
Personally, no offense intended, I disagree about Sarah Natochenny. As much as she has definitely improved in the BW dub, I feel she's just average/decent as Ash Ketchum right now. Her acting still needs some serious work.

Kayzie Rogers was pretty horrible to me, actually. She doesn't fit the part under this kind of vocal direction, anyway. I'm sure with time she would've been a decent Ash, though.

In my eyes, Veronica Taylor far supercedes them both. She managed to breath life and enthusiasm into the character, all the while making him likeable and sounding like a 10 year old boy. I totally respect your opinion, though.
said at 6:38 AM on Mon Jan 13 2014
@OldSchoolFTW Kayzie Rogers would had been a perfect 17 year old Ash with an an evolve pikachu as a companion.
said at 12:43 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor is still my answer on who should play Ash Ketchum. If Sarash Natochenny were fired and I was asked to do Ash's voice, I'd do it in honor of Veronica Taylor. That's no lie! Everyone knows there's no better acting then by the original actor.
said at 6:45 AM on Tue Aug 13 2013
 1 Shout Out!
This probably the hardest things I have ever done. I love Veronica Taylor, but I thnk I have to choose Natochenny because she's the one I grew up with. I never knew Kayzie Rogers played him. But I would love to stop the wars and say that both Taylor and Natochenny own the role in different ways.
said at 2:57 PM on Fri Aug 9 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
It's been a while since I said anything about Ash. Because of Sarah, he's nothing like before. Now what does Ash have to show his reputation? A stupid hypocrite that won't give him a break once or anytime. Personally, let's face it. Nobody wants Iris to keep calling him a little kid ever. That line already got old the instant it was once said. Stupid Pokémon USA is mocking the character we once knew and love. Veronica had real passion to bring out of him. And yet Natochenny has the nerve to make him a pathetic excuse of a main protagonist. If you're reading this Veronica Taylor, I support you all the way and I hope you get the chance to play as Ash Ketchum again.
said at 8:57 AM on Sat Aug 10 2013
@Legacyman I agree with you 100%. Veronica gave Ash emotion, enthusiasm and life into his character. Ever since they changed his voice, his personality has been depleting. He's no longer that ambitious 10 year old boy that he was. It doesn't matter how long it's been, Veronica will always be the one and only Ash. And also to mention, Veronica seems like she's way more passionate about her role as Ash and about Pokemon in general. Luckily, SOVA is trying to get the original voice actors back. They're a group on Facebook called Save Our Voice Actors. Let's hope they succeed.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:12 PM on Mon Aug 12 2013
@Legacyman Do I have to say it again? The writing and characters would still be exactly the same no matter who's playing Ash. Heck, you can't even blame Pokemon USA for a lot of it. The show's produced pretty much entirely in Japan.
said at 5:43 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Nightmare Crusher, I don't think you understand. I'm just being honest in my opinions. That's the entire point to this website. If you have something to say, just say it. Your opinion matters too. Just say how you feel for Ash Ketchum.
said at 5:50 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Skyler24 I'll be honest with you. What you said was 100 times better than what I said. You should be a professional spokesperson.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:37 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Legacyman My point is that you seem to be blaming Sarah Natochenny for things that are not in her control. While I would like Veronica Taylor back as Ash it really wouldn't change anything about the plot or characters like you seem to be saying it would.
said at 6:58 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Nightmare Crusher don't make this harder than it has to be. I'm just thinking how Veronica Taylor feels. Ash was a role so dear to her. If I had a chance to help the original actors, I would by any means necessary help them as long as it's not wrong.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:16 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
While I do prefer the original cast, the fact that there are people who can't accept the change and move on eight whole years after the fact (the same length of time that 4Kids had the dub) somewhat confuses me.

Veronica Taylor and all the other VAs are of course disappointed that they lost those beloved roles, but it's not the end of the world for them. They still get plenty of other work, they know that they have loyal fans, etc. Considering that some of them are at different places in their careers (e.g. Eric Stuart and Andrew Rannells aren't doing voice acting anymore, Maddie Blaustein is dead) and the length of time the new cast has been in the roles among other factors, I'd say it's much too late for most of the old cast to plausibly return. Just accept it and move on. Besides, the anime itself isn't really what it used to be anyway.
said at 9:17 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@NCZ I did find out from the Pokemon wikia site that Veronica Taylor and Eric Stuart still wish to do Pokemon again. It was from that I realized they still want to come back.
said at 12:21 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@NCZ This looks like a re-run of last year. Ugh...
said at 12:46 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Nightmare Crusher before you respond to my latest comment, think about it. Do you really think Veronica Taylor never deserved to keep her role?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:41 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Legacyman It doesn't matter if she deserves to have the role back or not. My point from the beginning has been that you are unfairly blaming Sarah for things not in her control. I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall and this conversation is done to me if it's going to remain stationary.
said at 8:57 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@Nightmare Crusher maybe this will make you feel better. I sent over some ideas for the anime to Satoshi Tajiri for some new Pokemon Ash and friends will get. It has nothing to do with the voice change.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:23 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013

1. Satoshi Tajiri is, creatively speaking, completely uninvolved with the anime.
2. I don't think they can accept unsolicited ideas.
3. Stop.
said at 10:07 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@NCZ Oops. My bad. I already did that in June. I thought the very creator of Pokemon would've been involved with all Pokemon media.
said at 11:25 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
I myself really cannot blame people for struggling with adapting to this switch. After 400+ episodes of hearing the same voice cast, one does tend to grow very attached to the original English voice cast. So much so that it's tough to accept anything new after that long a time period. Add to that, the current voice actors are definitely not the best replacements that could've been chosen for their roles (not that they are the worst, either) and pretty much all of them still aren't up to par with their predecessors after they've had nearly the same amount of time the former VAs had to demonstrate their skills.

I do agree the original voice cast is long gone. They're never coming back. Definitely true. However, I must say the replacements that have taken their place are pretty mediocre, and I must say they definitely could've been better. I myself have been fairly disappointed with most of them over the years.
said at 12:01 AM on Sat Jul 27 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
I wish I had watched more Pokemon as a kid. I know a lot of people say that if you never watched Pokemom as a kid you had no childhood, and while I did watch some, I agree sorta with that statement. A fun show, and Veronica Taylor was awesome in it. She easily gets my vote. :)
said at 6:21 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
Let me be serious again. Veronica Taylor is the best actress for Ash Ketchum. In fact, if you look up Pokemon on the Mad Wiki website, you'll find a rumor going on that a Pokemon fan is planning for Veronica to reprise her role as Ash by planning a new Pokemon TV show.
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said at 7:17 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Legacyman Well, good luck with that.
said at 10:50 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
Veronica is the best voice of Ash Ketchum. Period. Sarah Natochenny blew it more than anyone can say, especially when black and white came out. Now Ash doesn't seem like he learned anything before. If Veronica were still around, this wouldn't have happened.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:24 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
@Legacyman No, the plot would still be just as broken no matter who is playing Ash. Dub actors have no influence on a show's production.
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Aug 5 2013
@Nightmare Crusher This. Only the people who make the anime are responsible for the plot/story. The actors, well, are just following the direction they are given.
said at 9:04 PM on Fri Aug 9 2013
@Fulgore2005 That's true but the voice actors also have to portray the right emotions at the correct times. Veronica was superb portraying both a sad Ash and an angry Ash and even the Ash that made funny jokes that could make us laugh. This emotion is what's missing in the anime.
Shiny Raticate
said at 2:09 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica all the way. She was the one I was most familiar with, and she was great with every emotion that Ash had on the show.
Sarah's gotten a little better, but she still needs to improve on defining Ash's angry voice from his neutral voice, and she doesn't do a very good job portraying a sad Ash.

Again, giving my vote to Veronica.
said at 1:20 PM on Tue May 21 2013
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Listening to this again, I have to congratulate Sarah on coming so close to Veronica's voice. Well done!
said at 10:26 PM on Sat Jun 29 2013
@tlemmens10 The acting is still off.
said at 1:42 AM on Sun Jun 30 2013
@Skyler24 True. But she's coming close.
said at 8:59 PM on Fri Aug 9 2013
@tlemmens10 Veronica will always be Ash no matter what but we all have our own opinions I guess..
said at 9:24 PM on Wed Aug 14 2013
@Skyler24 True.
said at 10:40 PM on Mon May 20 2013
I remember Veronica Taylor's Ash was pretty different in the early episodes, almost like a real boy. It did get a bit girlish over the years, but she was still the best Ash voice.
Sarah Natochenny isn't TOO bad; she makes Ash sound like a boy, and realistically thinking, Ash would probably be 12 or 13 years old by now in the anime's continuity, and the voice sounds like the kind you'd hear from a boy that age.
Kayzie Roger's Ash sounds too much like Ritchie...
said at 10:01 PM on Mon Jul 22 2013
@wiley207 No, Ash is still 10. He'll always be 10.
El Diabeetus
said at 1:47 AM on Wed Mar 13 2013
Veronica Taylor: Ended up being the best English voice for Ash. But, he sounded awkward at times, especially in the beginning. People get pissed that the TPCI cast sounds bad. But, when 4Kids just started with Pokémon they sounded really bad too. But, in the end. She did an amazing job.

Sarah Natochenny: She's become better at the role, and has become believe in it for the most part. But, even now no matter what character she voices (I noticed it with Skyla too), she can't laugh. It ruins an otherwise acceptable performance. Sound wise, she is closer to the Japanese voice than Veronica or Kayzie. But, yeah.

Kayzie: I know Kayzie only voiced him once, but it didn't feel like a voice I could see/hear from Ash.
said at 6:48 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
I'm going with Veronica Taylor. I like Sara Natochenny too.
said at 1:31 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012
Ah, Ash Ketchum. The protagonist and lead character of my favorite anime, Pokemon.

Veronica Taylor is the best voice actor for the English dub to portray Ash Ketchum. In her run, she managed to make this boy lovable, genuine, and really unique- she captured all of his emotions superbly and what can I say but she was great and I loved her performance.

My favorite voice was the one she used from late Kanto until the end of her tenure in mid-Battle Frontier. I really just liked the lighter pitch she brought to Ash and it just fit very well for the character, IMO, of course.

Sarah Natochenny has improved substantially since her beginnings as Ash; however, I do not like the deeper tonality she brings to him and her delivery is quite awkward at times. Still, she is relatively good these days for the most part.

As for Kayzie Rogers, she was alright as well but she sounded too forced and the voice was just awkward to hear she used in Mastermind. However, I think she would have been the better Ash for TPCi's dub had they retained her up until now.


1- V. Taylor
2- S. Natochenny
3- K. Rogers
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said at 11:49 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012
@NewAdventure Sup, JSD?
said at 10:18 AM on Mon Dec 3 2012
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My favorite variation of Ash would be Veronica Taylor's original boy voice which she kept for the character until about the 15th episode of the series then of course by Pokemon the first movie the voice had changed into a less smooth and more raspy boy voice which isn't bad any means its the variation of the character that a majority of us remember quite well but I feel that Veronica's original boy voice for Ash was hands down the best it was smooth and had little to no rasp to it. Now granted at the end of Veronica's run as Ash her voice once again changed into a more developed boy voice that was more smooth but still contained a bit of the rasp but was a huge improved over her second ash voice.
Sarah Natochenny and Kayzie Rogers are tolerable but they aren't in Veronica's league.
said at 3:41 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Sarah Natochenny, F*** NO.
said at 11:58 PM on Tue Nov 20 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Ash Ketchum/Satoshi, 10 years old, setting off from Pallet/Masara Town. Sayonara bye-bye! :)

Here's what I think after viewing all three versions (4Kids English, TPCi English, Original Japanese Version):

1) Veronica Taylor- Excellent. I can't describe what I love about this performance. It's hard to put it into words. It sounds the most like, well, a 10 year old boy of any of the voices I've heard. It may be squeaky at times, but that's part of its charm to me. She's the best to me: it's a timeless performance and it speaks for itself.

2) Rica Matsumoto- Same as Taylor: strikes all the right chords of Satoshi, but it's a bit...deep... for my tastes, particularly when she yells. Sometimes Japanese voices aren't the ideal for me (as much as I respect them being the original take intended for the characters and such, as well as how unpopular an opinion this may be).

3) Sarah Natochenny- She's good at Ash nowadays. Even very good at some points (I really liked her work as Young Ash in "Strategy Begins at Home!"). I like to think of Sarah's work as a mix between Veronica's and Rica's. Still, the laugh she gives him, and the yelling really doesn't sit well with me. It's fake-sounding at times: inconsistency is the issue with the performance. Still good, regardless.

4) Kayzie Rogers- It's an average performance. It has the right pitch I adore about Mrs. Taylor's work, but it's too forced and sounds a bit...nerdy. Agreeably, she had only one chance in the role, and I do think she would have become great had Pokemon International stuck with her.
said at 12:50 AM on Sun Nov 11 2012
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Veronica - To me she always came off more like a raspy voiced fourteen year old girl than a 10 year old boy. However, she was hilarious in the role and the original star. I hope someday her and the other actors return.
Sarah - She has gotten noticeably better from where she started, but she's still no Veronica. On a side note, why do people keep bringing up the fact that she's a model? Cameron Diaz is awesome as Fiona, Megan Fahlenbock always delivers on TDI, and Kate Higgins...well idk if she's ever modeled before but she's really REALLY hot! My point is models can voice act and being prejudice towards them is stupid and unfair.
Kayzie - Sounds a little too old and forced in places.
said at 9:42 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012
 1 Shout Out!
I think Veronica Taylor still has some Ash left in her and she's willing to come back even if the comapny makes a whole new show. She left Pokemon because the company who bought the rights to the anime went behind her back without a second thought and not even letting her know along with the others. Any1 who reads this is welcome to join the PK Revolution on Facebook.
said at 8:52 AM on Sun Aug 11 2013
@Revolution9 That was not right what they did to Veronica. Not right at all. If you ask me, I think the company should give her a bouquet of flowers, apologize to her, and let her voice Ash again. They need to do what's right.
said at 2:58 AM on Thu Aug 23 2012
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Veronica Taylor. She is the one and only Ash ketchum in my opinion. Her voice and acting was amazing, and fit him perfectly. I personally think Kayzie Rogers would have done a better job than Sarah, Acting-wise. She already had more emotion and enthusiasm than Sarah in the mastermind special and Sarah was almost emotionless in battle frontier.
said at 9:16 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
 9 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor without a doubt! I struggle to sit through Sarah's voicing.
said at 9:08 AM on Wed Aug 1 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor. Oh, yes. Nobody could do a better job. Kayzie Rogers would have done a much better job than Sarah Natochenny, though. Sounds better than her, by far.
said at 5:21 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
 10 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor's Ash is epic and incredibly awesome on all levels. She's just too excellent as Ash!
said at 11:52 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Pokemon how I love you for season 1 and 2 alone. Now then for out hero Ash

1 Veronica Taylor-Her voice is so goood I can say that. Cept for for her first few eps in season 1, she sounds awkward
2 Rika/Rica Matsumoto-I have some of the Japanese episodes of season 1 I like her voice a lot but she sometimes doesn't sound too good(yelling)
3 Sarah Natochenny-To be honest I didn't mind her voice at all. I like it
4 Kayzie Roger-She sounds... more like Max than Ash
said at 5:19 PM on Thu Jul 19 2012
 9 Shout Outs!
No one can ever come close to as good as Veronica did it. For God sakes, comparing any new Ash Ketchum voice actor to her is just an insult
said at 1:05 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Sarah does NOT fit Ash, she's a FASHION MODEL for god sake!

Kayzie wasn't too bad, but a little too deep.

Now, Veronica, she will always be the real Ash! Her Ash actually sounds like a kid! Sarah's just doesn't blend in.
said at 2:30 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
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This is my personal ranking for Ash
1. Veronica Taylor - I love her performance, I loved her emotional performance when Ash leaves Charizard, Also she brought the character to life and made him what he is today.

2. Sarah Natochenny - She sounds extremely forced and grating but she knew it would be hard to continue on the the character. Also she's trying to sound more like Ash

3. Kayzie Rogers - As much as I love her Baroness voice from GI Joe I have to say this is by far the most forced performance she has done. It sounds incredibly nasally and nerdy and just like her Koby voice from One Piece
said at 8:26 PM on Wed Jun 6 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Veronica will always be Ash, but...

Kayzie actually wasn't too bad either, considering how brief she voiced Ash. I actually like her slightly better than Sarah. You have to remember that Kayzie only voiced the character for that one special, and Sarah has voiced him for five seasons, five movies, and counting. I thought she seemed to capture the cheerful spirit of Ash very well, and was actually very reminiscent of Veronica. Yeah it sounded a little nerdy, but Veronica's Ash sounded a little nerdy too sometimes. With time, she would've DEFINITELY gotten better, and it would've been interesting to hear where she would've gone with the character. When I hear her Ash, it at least feels like it's the same character as before, and Kayzie is a talented voice actress. With Sarah, she was worse than Kayzie when she first started, and frankly, hasn't improved very much since then. She doesn't sound cheerful, she doesn't even sound remotely HAPPY some of the time! She lacks the certain energy Veronica brought to the character, that Kayzie was able to somewhat bring to her Ash. Sarah's Ash just sounds uninspired, too forced, too hollow, and not nearly as likable after all these years. Kayzie would've probably been the better Ash had she stayed on board.
said at 2:41 AM on Thu May 31 2012
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Hmm, this is odd. I always thought there was a voice actor that came before Veronica. Although I guess not. Ash's voice did seem to get higher in pitch and have some different nuances over time. I guess it was just Veronica coming into the character. I kinda like the slightly deeper version at the very start of the series a bit more though. Regardless, Veronica takes the cake. I kinda fell out of watching Pokemon after Johto but from what I've seen of the series since, it's all gone downhill and simply doesn't have that level of "maturity" and execution of the original seasons.
Psyche's Rose
said at 10:27 PM on Tue May 29 2012
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Veronica has the advantage. Being the original she's been with Ash since the begining and has naturally made him a character only she can do. Sarah is a decent replacement. She's just gotta work with a character that's been made for only one VA. She has to turn the new older Ash into a character only she can do too which takes a lot of time since the only parts she can make her own are where Ash has matured and changed. Given enough time and I think her Ash could be great (although still not as great as Veronica). I'm sorry for those of you who think Kayzie is good, but her Ash is terrible. He sounds too much like Gary and the accent is completely wrong! Why they even used it I will never know.
said at 11:04 AM on Fri May 25 2012
I am very sorry to say something like this. But i don't like any of them =/
said at 4:21 PM on Fri May 25 2012
@mrmanga I for one find it very refreshing to come across someone else who refuses to be swept up by the "nostalgia machine" and stands by the genuineness of Takeshi Shudo's original vision of the series, which will woefully never reach American soil. Of course, I might be jumping to conclusions in terms of your intent :P
said at 5:17 PM on Fri May 25 2012
Both yes and no. I do like the japanese voice for Ash a lot better. However i am more used to his Norwegian voice. Since well i am norwegian. Not saying i like him in my own language either though. Its pretty terrible.
said at 8:15 PM on Wed Jun 6 2012
@CatsTuxedo Please don't go on assuming that we only like Veronica for nostalgia, and that people who like her are against everything the series' vision.
said at 12:02 PM on Wed Dec 23 2015
Shudo's vision for Pokemon was really destroyed a long time ago, though, he left the Anime late Johto as a writer in Japan, because he was upset with the direction the Series was going in, and he was very concerned with how the show was handled by DP and didn't seem to like it, but then he passed away from suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage at Nara Railway Station during early BW.

Also, I have no idea what Shudo has to do with the dub at all, but Rica Matsumoto said she liked Taylor's Ash when she heard her in English, and said that is what she would sound like if she spoke English back in an interview in 2006, so I'd say the dub did a good job back then (key words: back then) at capturing the spirit of Pocket Monsters.
said at 4:07 PM on Fri Mar 30 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
Veronica - The clear best like everyone else says, pretty darn memorable and a performance that just makes you burst into tears. Veronica we will miss you!

Sarah - She was absolutely terrible in the DP saga, in BW she is better but still is pretty bad and can't compare to Veronica at all.

Kayzie - And I thought Sarah was bad, god she is awful at...well...EVERYTHING! At least Sarah replaced her but still...
said at 8:07 PM on Thu Apr 5 2012
@Torak Veronica makes Ash sound like he truly cares for his friends and Pokemon
Sarah sounds like she's just doing it because she wants to get it over with
said at 8:07 PM on Thu Apr 5 2012
@Torak Veronica makes Ash sound like he truly cares for his friends and Pokemon
Sarah sounds like she's just doing it because she wants to get it over with
said at 3:51 AM on Fri Apr 6 2012
@MatthewC17 Yeah. The problem with TPCI English is compare to 4kids they just lack the heart and originality that 4Kids have, and that makes a huge difference. TPCI English do it mostly for the money I reckon, while 4Kids actually care about Pokemon and put a lot more effort and emotion into it.
said at 12:42 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
I don't care what anyone says about 4Kids: they did a fantastic job dubbing Pokemon (and a few other shows like Shaman King). Their voice actors, intros, background music scores, and dialogue/script writing for Pokemon were great and highly entertaining. Things have never been the same without them: I have a lot of respect for them here, despite how much I may dislike some of their other dubs. Their dub was essentially the biggest part of my childhood on Kids WB. I can't hate them.
said at 5:58 PM on Thu Mar 29 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
I vote Veronica.
said at 4:50 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Kayzie sounds just liker her Max voice
said at 12:15 AM on Sat Mar 10 2012
@MatthewC17 Actually she used her Ash voice for Max. Since she wasn't well received as Ash's new voice they gave her Max instead.
said at 3:14 AM on Sat Dec 31 2011
I kinda like Sarah's voice work on Ash, to be honest, it sound like Ash's japanese voice.
said at 3:30 PM on Mon Dec 26 2011
 5 Shout Outs!
VT was the best EVER!!!
said at 11:14 PM on Fri Dec 16 2011
I like Veronica Taylor and Sarah Natochenny.
said at 11:43 PM on Tue Dec 13 2011
Okay, what's this whole thing that 4Kids Entertainment/Productions was evil when handling the dubbing of Pokémon? There's something circulating the internet that 4Kids Entertainment/Productions went so far as to create urban legends, that Pokémon was the devil's work, initiated by a Brazilian priest years ago??? Where'd all this come from. BTW This whole rumor/gossip stuff is coming out of Latin America. Some people, I swear.
said at 5:05 PM on Fri Jun 29 2012
@CGR What are you talking about?
said at 7:02 PM on Thu Dec 1 2011
They all sound the same to me, but versonica taylor's voice stands out the most, basically becuse she was the first person to voice ask/satoshi for the english dub, its a shame 4kids replaced her, seems they dont value they're voice actors or mabey the voice actors breached contracts by using the voices outside when they weren't suppost to, who knows???.

It's funny how you can get people who sound alike, take Betty Boop for example, all her voice actresses from the 30's were Helen Kane impersonators.
said at 11:59 PM on Thu Dec 1 2011
@Singyousinner Actually, 4Kids had nothing to do with the switches. 4Kids isn't even working on Pokemon anymore. When Nintendo and Pokemon USA wanted to cut costs, they hired another studio (Taj Productions) to produce the English-language version once 4Kids' contract expired. Since the voice actors were still under contract with 4Kids, the studio was unable to hire them, and cast sound-a-likes to do the voices. When Taj went out of business, DuArt and Video has been producing the English-language version, and some of the 4Kids voice actors have been able to return in new roles.
said at 9:10 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
@overlay TAJ went out of business following the first season of the Diamond & Pearl series. And yes, there have been more 4Kids VAs who have returned: Ted Lewis as Giovanni and Mike Pollock as Contesta, among several others.
said at 10:08 AM on Sun Aug 11 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 There was no reason why they couldn't keep the original voice actors. The only reason they fired them was because they wanted to save money. Which is not right at all.
said at 7:43 AM on Thu Aug 15 2013
@Skyler24 "is not right at all."

There's no definite right or wrong in anime dubbing. Nor is there any morals involved in it.
said at 7:50 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
You'd think there'd be a comparison for Pikachu by now?
said at 8:56 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
@SmartyBoyboy I don't think anyone else has voiced Pikachu aside from the original Japanese VA.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:52 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
@SmartyBoyboy Rachael Lillis voiced him in a few early episodes of the dub. But we can't do a VC for him because Pikachu doesn't have any real dialogue and only says his own name. Also, VC requests belong in the forum.
said at 8:48 PM on Fri Sep 14 2012
Also, Rachael Lillis is Pikachu's only English-dubbed voice actor. Since Ikue Otani's Japanese, those two alone can't be compared.
said at 1:26 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
 7 Shout Outs!
I cant accept anyone but Veronica Taylor as Ash, the character just isn't the same person anymore without her voice. His soul is just gone now if you ask me, he's like a whole different character. I don't even enjoy any of the new episodes these days with all the changed voices. I'm not bashing the new voice actors or anything, maybe they are great in other roles, but they dont fit in with characters we're all used to.
said at 9:30 AM on Mon Sep 5 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor is the best. When Veronica was Ash, I never doubted that she cared about Ash, Ash's pokemon, and that she was in character through out the show.

Although it's true that Sarah has improved a lot since she first took over the voice, she's still far from good. With Sarah, I can tell just from her voice when she's in character and when she's not in character, and she's not in character 95% of the time. On top of that, her portrayal of emotion is extremely spotty. She either over-acts or comes across as flat and one dimensional.

But the most annoying thing about her acting is that she pronounces words and uses the same tones, pace, and inflections usually reserved for when someone is speaking directly to a young child. Listen to Sarah speaking normally on a youtube video and then Sarah doing her Ash voice and you will immediately see it. It shows that she's far too aware of her young audience and not focusing enough on actually acting her part and this is a basic and fundamental acting mistake.

In DP, it was still possible to watch the show because Dawn, Paul, Barry and Brock, who's VA improved dramatically, were there to cushion Sarah's bad acting. Now that all of those characters have left the show and been replaced by three totally uninteresting characters, it falls to Ash to carry the show (for me, anyway). I've been unable to force myself to watch BW beyond the first five episodes because of Sarah's glaringly bad acting ability.

Kayzie suffered from a lot of the same problems as Sarah, especially the "talking to children" voice.

All of this is just my opinion and you're completely free to disagree of course.
said at 2:49 AM on Thu Sep 22 2011
@Izze I agree totally. I don't think Pokemon is nearly as good as it was during the original series. Let's just be thankful Veronica voiced Ash while the show was at the peak of it's popularity. Sarah took over quite a while after it's momentum died down. It kinda picked up again at Diamond and Pearl, but not to nearly where it was for the first few seasons. Pokemon B&W is the most bland and uninteresting of all the series, even more than Advanced, which still had some heart IMO. The new characters have no redeeming qualities, and their voice actors aren't good at all, in fact, they're actually quite awful. I honestly hope the franchise either ends or totally reboots. Pokemon has run it's course.

But I will say this: Sarah does work as an "older" Ash since her voice is much deeper, and kinda shows age progression for the character (it's physically impossible for him to still be at age 10 since the extremely large episode count has covered easily more than two years worth of days). But I get the impression that Sarah was referencing the first several episodes of Pokemon for her "Veronica Match" since Veronica herself sounded very similar in those episodes before she really loosened up. Sarah has yet to loosen up. She's always sounded extremely stiff and her voice is very blatantly forced. You would think after a couple hundred episodes you would really loosen up to your character to the point where you ease into your own and the character starts to come natural to you. It's unbelievable how forced Sarah still sounds after all of this time.
said at 2:20 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
It only got worse when Diamond and Pearl began. In fact, I'd argue Advanced had far more heart and emotion that DP ever did. I mean, we still had the original English voice cast, 4Kids doing the intros and the dialogue, Misty still made actual cameos, etc. I do agree that the OS was the best though, but it's a fact that ratings have declined for the series with every passing season and series. DP only received lower ratings and less viewers than AG did.
said at 9:40 AM on Wed Aug 21 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I think Battle Frontier is the worst dubbed season since they had a VERY small pool of pretty inexperienced actors attempting vague sound-alikes to the previous voice actors (Kayzie Rogers and James Carter Cathcart being the only "veterans" of the show and voice acting as a whole). It was pretty fandubbish-sounding. The first season of D&P was better, but mostly a continuation of the previous season's quality.

Pokemon's popularity with kids is still there, but nothing like it was 12 years ago. It doesn't help that Cartoon Network shoves all their action shows to the morning.
said at 9:45 AM on Wed Aug 21 2013
Oh, I most definitely agree with you there. Quality wise, BF was one of the worst dubbed season of Pokemon in my eyes. What I meant to say was that the 4Kids dub of AG, prior to TPCi's dub of BF that was the final part of AG, was better than DP to me. Holistically I feel AG was better than DP (as bad as BF was, the 4Kids dub of Hoenn made up for it). The BF dub was fandubbish-sounding and pretty awful most of the time. I struggled to grin and bear it myself.

I do agree with you there. It's rather sad to see how the Pokemon anime has, pardon my rudeness and if this sounds too old-fashioned, fallen from grace.
said at 9:47 PM on Tue Aug 23 2011
 6 Shout Outs!
Kayzie and Sarah may have provided the voices for Ash but no other Ash voice will ever be as good as Veronica's voice. :)
said at 1:44 AM on Sun Jul 31 2011
I could barely hear KAyzie
Veronica is the best
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:38 PM on Sun Aug 7 2011

If it makes any difference, Kayzie's clip has now been reuploaded and should sound a lot louder now.
said at 10:49 AM on Tue Jul 12 2011
 6 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor without a doubt. The others just feel wrong. One day I turned onto the new series and heard Ash and was like WTF!? and my friends were like WTF!?
said at 11:56 PM on Sat Jun 4 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
I miss Veronica she is the Ash from my childhood
said at 7:27 PM on Sun Jun 10 2012
@MatthewC17 Sarah's Ash is too forced and Kayzie's Ash voice is too nerdy
said at 11:55 AM on Wed May 25 2011
Sarah is good as Ash and has gotten better and better. But I do prefer Veronica's, it was the original and the one I grew up with. So Veronica wins this, followed by Sarah for me.
said at 6:06 PM on Tue May 3 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Taylor
2. Natochenny
3. Peacock
said at 11:34 PM on Fri May 6 2011
@myopinion1 That's how I would rank them too.

Veronica is the best because she's the original and sounds more natural and boyish than the others.

Sarah wasn't a bad replacement. She is gradually improving and warming up to the role quite nicely, so no real complaints from me here. I really think that she gets way too much flak for her performance; it can be MUCH worse.

Now, I know that Kayzie was only casted for MoMP, but it's her who's the by far the worst Ash voice. I'm sure that she would've improved over time if she had the chance, but as it stands she certainly won't see the center of stage for this one.
said at 9:08 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012

Natochenny may not be a bad actress but Ash was made by Veronica Taylor. She was the one who brought Ash to life since the very beginning until that role was stolen from her by the Pokemon Company International. She didn't leave because she wanted to. It was all because the company was too afraid to lose money, so they replaced her without even letting her know.
said at 1:05 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
 5 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor was pefect as Ash back in the first season but got kinda annoying afterwards. She's still the best Ash though.

Kayzie Rogers' isn't a bad voice actress and with better direction, she could have been a suitable replacement. WHY did they decide to go with Sarah Natochenny, who is the worst Ash ever? Her Ash voice is just grating and she overacts too much.
said at 10:06 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I'm sorry, but while I understand that Ash is supposed to be older in the many reincarnations of Pokemon, Veronica Taylor continues to be the one and only Ash Ketchum. After XYZ ammout of years with a role, it probably would've been no problem for a competent director to ask her to slightly modify her voice to make Ash sound older...why they gave her the sack is beyond me.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:28 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
@KhakiBlueSocks Well, actually, Ash has always been 10. Even in Best Wishes, he hasn't aged at all.

The main reason they were replaced, IIRC, is 4Kids' contract expired, they didn't bother renewing it, and getting PUSA to dub was cheaper.
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Apr 9 2011
@NCZ It's not PUSA who changed the voices. It was TAJ Productions (the recording company) who replaced them, because they assumed the original voices would be too expensive. Taj was really cheap at the time, as they ended up shutting down a couple of years ago. Now, DuArt and Video is controlling the recording. If they had been hired in the first place, we'd still have the original cast. They only used the Taj cast because of consistency with the previous seasons. Ted Lewis returned to his roles because his replacement, Craig Blair, was unavailable. Meaning if Sarah Natochenny leaves the show, then we'd likely have Veronica Taylor back.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:35 PM on Sat Apr 9 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 Really? Well, it's been a while. I think the last time I was involved with Pokemon fandom reading about this was in 2008, so I knew I'd misremember a few details.

Whatever the case, Veronica Taylor is the superior Ash. It'd be cool if she did come back, but it wouldn't make a difference to me because I don't really follow the anime anymore. I'll watch it once in a while, but I don't mind most of the new voices.
said at 5:58 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
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By the way PokeFan4Ever, I agree with you mostly but I like how more pokemon came out, I just wish everything else had stayed the same. I also didnt really care for most sinnoh pokemon but I did like a few. I think it would have been cool to see Misty with her old voice getting water pokemon in hoenn, sinnoh, and unova. Same with Brock and getting random pokemon all the time. If the characters had not changed so much with voice and personality then the show would be great again. By the way, I liked May, I just wished if anything that May had joined Misty and the rest instead of replacing her. Also the theme songs are too slow and emotional now. I liked them all up until Battle Frontier.
said at 4:47 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
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I like Veronica. It is partially because of memeries but also because the new voice doesnt suit Ash. The show also has become too serious in my opinion. I havent seen Best Wishes yet so can anybody tell me who voices Ash? I'm guessing its not Veronica because I probably would have heard about it by now.
said at 4:27 PM on Fri Mar 25 2011
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*Tear* When i was like 8 or 9 i had a big crush on ash. He was my role model. Every saturday morning I would wake up extra early just to watch the first season of pokemon. I new every single word to the Theme song and the Poke Rap. I even watched the commercials when pikachu would get on the bus. On the last episode of Master quest I cried so much when Misty and Brock left that i thought i would never stop. Then 5 seasons later when They changed the voice actors and some charectors... I hated it so much. Trust me, this is coming from everyone who grew up watching pokemon instead of cartoons. We need the Originals back! I missed Brocks constant advice and Mistys water pokemon. I knew every pokemon they ever caught. Please, it was much better when there was only 250 pokemon from Kanto and Johto. Now I am 16 and have never been able to sit through a full episode of my favorit childhood tv show. Although Sarah's is good, it would have never met up with the standards of Veronicas work.
said at 12:42 AM on Tue Mar 22 2011
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Veronica Taylor will always be the best Ash Ketchum! Her voice matches the character completely! I really wish that TPCI would bring her back as Ash already!
said at 6:37 AM on Fri Mar 11 2011
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veronica 100%
said at 12:52 AM on Fri Feb 11 2011
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Veronica Taylor puts the most enthusiasm into the role. Her Ash sounds very similar to Rica Matsumoto's! I miss her voice for this lovable idiot.
said at 11:36 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
^Back when Rica Matsumoto was actually good as Satoshi and not a gravelly, deep ear sore like she is nowadays, of course, but I agree.^
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:11 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
Cartoon Network has a dub promo available.

Sarah Natochenny is still Ash. :(
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:09 PM on Thu Dec 9 2010
@ poketrainer101

It's confirmed that in Best Wishes he's 10 years old because the Narrator in the Japanese version says so

As for who will voice him we'll just have to wait and see
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 5:38 PM on Thu Oct 7 2010
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Interesting fact.

In episode 1 of Best Wishes the Narrator officially says Ash is 10 years old.

Meaning regardless of how much time passes he'll never age.

This was mentioned once by a former director of the anime but it's nice to have confirmation within the show now.

I guess what I'm saying is I think Veronica Taylor's voice sounds more like a ten year old. ;)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:59 PM on Fri Aug 27 2010
@ angrymoviedork

While you're entitled to your opinion and I agree with you on some points, but please watch your language. :)

I had to block your post because of inappropriate words.
said at 10:36 PM on Wed Feb 24 2010
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Veronica has stated herself that she wants to return as Ash. She was a Pokemon fan herself you know!
said at 5:01 AM on Sun Jan 24 2010
@ keru
I watched the whole panel, and in part 1, she does say that Funimation "is trying to reunite the original cast", she is referring to Funimation reuniting the Slayers cast. Funimation has nothing to do with Pokemon.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:50 AM on Thu Jan 21 2010
@ keru
sorry for the late reply

I've actually seen those videos before and rewatched them.

I noticed that she did express interest in returning but hasn't been given the opportunity yet.
said at 3:32 AM on Thu Jan 21 2010
Hi. I'm not Jackson, but I did watch the video, and while I did find it very interesting, and otherwise entertaining, she didn't give any hint of coming back to the show at all.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 11:53 PM on Wed Jan 6 2010
@ keru

sure you she said funimation? not sure what they have to do with Pokemon. :?
Did you mean Pokemon USA?

anyways I'd like the link please :)
said at 10:58 PM on Tue Jan 5 2010
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No. Pokemon USA switched them thinking that they couldn't afford them, but they never consulted the actors themselves if they wanted a pay cut. They actors said they would've been fine with that. But they all found it very disgusting the Pokemon USA fired and recast them behind their backs.
said at 8:28 PM on Sun Jan 3 2010
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Veronica does indeed want to return to the show to play Ash, and she was very angry with Pokemon USA with firing her under her back. Ash was her heart and soul. She would jump at the chance to play Ash again, problem is, they won't let her.

As for Eric Stuart. He would probably want to come back himself, but he knows they won't let him, so he's taking a break from voice acting.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 4:50 PM on Sat Nov 7 2009
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I think he`s taking a break for now and focusing on his music. You can always check for updates on his own website
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:26 AM on Tue Nov 3 2009
Just added Kayzie Rogers AKA Jaime Peacock from the original Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon airing (not the DVD redub with Natochenny).
Now all VA are here at last. I still prefer Veronica though and she`ll always be my favorite. :)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:42 PM on Tue Oct 6 2009
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Even though I prefer the 4Kids English dub voices more than the PUSA voices, PUSA dub beats 4Kids in a few ways.

PUSA hardly uses any edits compared to 4Kids and the editing on any Japanese food or guns or random stuff.

PUSA makes fewer mistakes. Ex: 4Kids says Harrison is from Silvertown (Johto) but is actually from Littleroot Town (Hoenn)

Pros and cons to both dubs. Guess it depends whether you prefer quality voice acting or quality content.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:48 PM on Sat Sep 12 2009
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I'm not saying that Veronica may or may not return to the role of Ash. But see it this way. If somehow there was a a chance for her to return it would be after the current Sinnoh league episodes. 4kids were replaced after Hoenn, so a new cast for a season after the Sinnoh adventures are over would be the best chance if it were to ever happen.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 5:54 PM on Tue Aug 25 2009
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Ya, unfortunately that seems to be a problem thanks to some of the less than mature people that frequent our site... :(

We are trying to fix that
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 10:15 AM on Tue Aug 25 2009
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yeah why is someone who posted @ 4:49 AM on Mon Aug 24 using my name?

Not that I have a problem with it since I'm registered on the forums. But just kind of weird when people pretend to be others and say stuff in their name... :D
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:37 PM on Sat May 23 2009
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I miss Veronica Taylor. :(
She was amazing!
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