Mai Valentine
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Mai Valentine

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mai Valentine with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Yu-Gi-Oh!

Mai Valentine also known as Kai Kujaku in the Japanese version of the anime was voiced by four different voice actors. A recurring character in the series and best known for her Harpy Lady duel monsters deck.

She was first voiced by Megan Hollingshead for seasons 1 to 3 before she left 4Kids Entertainment.

Mai was then voiced by Erica Schroeder from season 4 onwards.

For the limited Yu-Gi-Oh! uncut DVDs Mai was voiced by Kathleen Delaney.

In a lesser known English dub by Odex Ltd Mai was voiced by Alison Lester.
Created by Jackson_H on Sep 14 2009
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Mai ValentineAlison Lester
Alison Lester
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Mai ValentineKathleen Delaney
Kathleen Delaney
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Mai ValentineErica Schroeder
Erica Schroeder
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Mai ValentineMegan Hollingshead
Megan Hollingshead


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said at 3:20 AM on Tue Dec 5 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Megan Hollingshead pretty much made the character her own and darn that chemistry between her and Grayson was marvelous.

Kathleen Delaney (despite being a little bland)'s good too. Just a shame 4Kids pulled the plug on the Uncut DVD's before she could be given a chance, she might have become pretty great.

The switch to Erica Schroeder in Season 4 was also jarring to me and she sounded quite odd at first but she did get better over time and she was actualy quite good in Duel Links.

Alison Lester is one of the more better Odex voices of an otherwise atrocious dub but that's still not saying much. I can see she's trying to give Mai something of a sexy-ish voice but she just sounds bored out of her skull instead... almost as if she didn't want to participate in duels at all.
said at 9:17 PM on Thu Oct 19 2017
Erica Schroeder's voice for Mai is fine on its own for sure, but the 180 voice change being done in the middle of the show just doesn't work. They really should have have Kathleen take over, since she can do a damn good match for Megan.
said at 11:02 AM on Fri Jul 14 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Megan IS Mai as far as I'm concerned!
EPA Deane
said at 1:26 PM on Fri Mar 24 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Megan Hollingshead REALLY defined the Character and had a Wonderful chemistry with Wayne Grayson's Joey Wheeler. Sultry, Commanding and Endearing, she earns my vote.

Erica Schroeder's Mai Voice was admittedly a Jarring Shift from Megan's and I won't deny there were questionable line deliveries from her at the start of Season 4..... However I felt she Did improve and was quite solid in Mai's final Appearances in the Show (Espically in the Aftermath of her Duel with Joey).

I also think her Work in Duel Links is Very Good as well, with her using a voice slightly Closer to Megan's Voice.....

(Maybe I'm willing to defend her because of my Love of Season 4).

Kathleen Delaney sound interesting in the part and I could rank her higher.... if she didn't sound Rushed in her Delivery. She Sounds like she needed a Better Voice Director IMO, Because her Mai Voice does have potential.....

Alison Lester...... Sounded better as Ishizu Ishtar and That's all I have to Say.....
said at 3:47 AM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Megan Hollingshead - Hands down, my favorite voice here. It's a very intelligent, sassy, and beautiful-sounding voice which fits Mai PERFECTLY.

2. Kathleen Dalaney - She does a good job too. Although her performance is a little bland in comparison. Still it's a shame she couldn't voice the character for longer than she did.

3. Erica Schroeder - She sounds a tad forced, and also has a southern accent I believe? It's not an awful performance but at the same time, it's not one of her best sadly.

4. Alison Lester - I'm not quite sure what she was going for here unfortunately. This performance in particular, just doesn't work for the character at all.
said at 12:17 AM on Tue Jan 31 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Megan Hollingshead
Hands down, my favourite role from her. Megan captured Mai's sassiness, but was also able to show that Mai wasn't as bad as she seemed on the outside.
2. Erica Schroeder
Don't get me wrong, over here she sounds very stilted and forced. But I think as time went on, she adjusted to the role and I think she isn't too bad. While she is no Megan Hollingshead, I think she has improved.
3. Kathleen Delaney
I haven't watched the uncut DVDs, so I can't give an overall opinion. But from the clip here...she does capture Megan's sassy attitude, but suffers from weird intonation syndrome.
4. Alison Lester
The worst of the bunch. I get the feeling she is trying to make Mai sound sexy, but it ends up sounding as though she is bored and uninterested.
EPA Deane
said at 4:10 AM on Tue Mar 21 2017
@heartbeat45 Erica Sounds quite solid as Mai in Duel Links.
said at 5:28 AM on Tue Mar 21 2017
@EPA Deane I haven't played the game myself, but I have heard clips and from the looks of it, Erica's performance is pretty good.
said at 8:23 PM on Wed Aug 2 2017
@EPA Deane Duel Links has made me come to appreciate Erica's take more. I think the problem with season 4 was she had to play Mai as a villain, and they focused more on that than making her sound similar to Megan.
said at 4:17 PM on Sun Nov 20 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Megan Hollingshead:

She had the most character in her performance, sounding pretty dignified, courageous, natural, and spunky of the English dub VAs Mai got, and it worked very well for the character.

2. Kathleen Delaney:

I found her intolerable as Rouge, but she's actually pretty good as Mai, though is a bit snootier and condescending when compared to Erica Schroeder. Shame that Uncut release didn't go on longer: I would've loved to hear more of this performance & that dub in general.

3. Erica Schroeder:

It wasn't bad by any means, though she was a bit too flat and stiff in the role when compared to the other two. Okay, but not great.

4. Alison Lester:

Pretty forced performance, along with stilted delivery at times: she sadly manages to sound even more dazed and confused than Erica Schroeder did in the role, so I find this a miscast.
said at 1:33 PM on Tue Sep 13 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Megan manages to nail it, but Erica and Kathleen are average substitutes (at least they show some enthusiasm (hint, hint)
said at 9:33 PM on Fri Jun 10 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Megan Hollingshead
2. Kathleen Delaney
3. Erica Schroeder
4. Alison Lester
said at 5:26 PM on Sat Feb 6 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Oh Mai, Mai, Mai! God she's just gorgeous and she needs a voice that captures her beauty and Megan Hollingshead was the perfect English VA to voice her.

Megan Hollingshead is without a doubt has one of the sexiest sounding voices in all anime dubbing. She has a very beautiful voice and is able to sound both commanding and compassionate in the role. Her voice fits Mai to a tee. Such a shame that she left New York and never finished voicing the character.

Kathleen Delaney is a pretty good replacement voice for Mai...soooo much better than her Rogue.

Alison Lester also sounds good as Mai, though she lacks the enthusiasm that both Megan and Kathleen had.

Erica Shroeder is a good VA but wow her Mai is not one of her better performances, which is a shame since I know she could legit pull off Mai. She puts on a southern belle accent which could be great if she was voicing Rogue and not Mai Valentine, it just sounds out of place compared to the rest.

I have to give this to Megan but Kathleen is a decent replacement. In an ideal world Megan would be able to come back but I have a feeling that will never happen. I wouldn't mind either Kathleen or Erica back but they really need to step up their game IMO.
said at 11:40 PM on Thu Dec 24 2015
Since it turn out that Kathleen was behind in the voice acting screen, yet she did a decent impression of Megan's first take of Mai, it doesn't actually mean i'm changing the vote for her.

For my updated results:

#1: Megan Hollingshead (Still keeping her as my favorite)

#2: Kathleen Delaney

#3: Erica Shroeder

#4: Alison Lester
said at 4:14 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Megan was the only one who stood out as being fitting to me and was excellent.

Caren's Mai was much better than her Rouge, though, sees decent.

Erica...yikes, not so good., just no.
said at 1:19 PM on Tue Aug 4 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Megan Hollingshead/Haruhi Terada
2. Kathleen Delaney (listed as Caren Manuel here)
3. Erica Shroeder
4. Alison Lester

Megan said Mai's one of her favorite roles, and I think it shows in the quality of performance. While Kathleen'a voice is deeper than the character should be IMO, everything else was solid. I was actually tempted to rank Alison above Erica, but the latter's acting is a bit better at least.

It's such a shame Megan didn't voice her the entire time. I also wish we could've heard more of Kathleen, since I would've liked to hear her take on some of Mai's best episodes.
said at 8:30 PM on Tue Aug 18 2015
@1dbad Andi Whaley could have voiced Mai. She nailed Cassidy of Team Rocket.
said at 12:55 AM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@MatthewC17 Good choice! It's too bad she couldn't have been Megan's replacement.
said at 11:19 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
1. Megan Hollingshead, perfect
2. Caren Manuel, has attitude
3. Erica Shroeder, flat & nasily imo
4. Alison Lester, sounds like she's trying to voice Ash Ketchum or something
said at 2:54 AM on Thu Apr 24 2014
1 Erica
2 Caren
3 Megan
4 Alison
said at 1:07 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
Megan Hollingshead was the best!
said at 11:03 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Indeed she was! I also really liked Caren's take, but I remembered that she also voiced Vivian Wong, so her voicing Mai too is kind of awkward. Especially if you've seen the epilogue in the Japanese version. XD
said at 11:48 AM on Sat Apr 11 2015
It's not as if the epilogue had any voices placed on top of the background ending music.

Besides, Delaney ain't Johnson (I know I told you this before, but darn it, I'm throwing my net into the deep end here). See the backburner for full disclosure.
said at 5:52 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Megan Hollingshead - She sounds the most natural out of the four
2. Caren Manuel - A worthy successor to Megan no doubt, just wish she voiced Mai in the cut dub
3. Erica Schroedor - Her voice doesn't work on this character, it worked for Nurse Joy but not for Mai
4. Allison Lester - Atrociously wooden, and she sounds confused
said at 3:09 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Megan has the best voice for Mai, but was a bit overacting at times. Caren probably performed the part most naturally, but the voice isn't as sexy as Megan's. Erica is incredibly forced and obnoxious in the role, and Alison Lester is wooden as all Hell.

Overall, my vote goes to Megan Hollingshead.
said at 1:29 PM on Tue Aug 4 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus It's nice to see I'm not the only one who felt that way about Erica in the role. Such a shame Kathleen Delaney (listed as Caren Manuel here) wasn't Megan's replacement for the edited dub as well.
said at 10:18 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@1dbad Oh, so it wasn't Caren? I wonder why they DIDN'T cast her for the first replacement to begin with?
said at 12:22 AM on Sun Mar 20 2016
@Galactic_Cyrus Apparently not, according to a recent development on here. And good question! Maybe she wasn't working for them at the time they first needed a replacement?
Shiny Raticate
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Aug 14 2013
Megan, Erica, and Caren did a good job.
said at 11:04 PM on Sat Apr 13 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Megan ftw
said at 12:43 PM on Tue Mar 19 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Megan Hollingshead made Mai for me.
said at 5:18 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
yeah the first Mai was best while I didnt mind Erica she made the character seem too depressed and sad all the time she lost her attitude
said at 6:29 AM on Mon Sep 10 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Megan was best, it kinda sounded like Erica was trying to imitate her, Caren Manuel is doing her impression of rouge the bat, and Alison just doesn't fit
Psyche's Rose
said at 11:23 PM on Sat Jun 2 2012
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Megan had the perfect mix of pride, dignity, loyalty, and spunk. Caren had waaaaaay too much punk in the mix and didn't show how much dignity Mai's character has. Alison didn't have any of those quilities in her Mai. For some reason Erica's voice didn't play on my computer so I can't judge her, but clearly Megan takes #1 this round.
said at 5:26 PM on Sat Dec 24 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Megan and Caren sound good in the role, Erica and Alison do not.
said at 4:46 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I'll say. Nice to see Caren gaining some credibility.
said at 7:01 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras Caren's great, though I prefer her as Vivian Wong. Megan Hollingshead is the best Mai.
said at 7:04 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Fair enough, but this is arguable one of Caren's better roles (even if she isn't the better actress)
said at 7:10 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras She did really great as Mai, and Viv, and Rouge the Bat.
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Certainly is one of 4kids most underrated actors. Glad you feel she did well as Rouge.
said at 9:19 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras Her Winx Club roles were great too.
said at 12:12 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I'll say.
said at 4:58 PM on Sun May 1 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Megan was hands down the best. She seemed to have the right voice and right attitude down for Mai. Erica was decent, but I got the impression that she was trying too hard to copy Megan, thus sounding too forced. Caren is probably my least favorite. She sounded too over-the-top like a chain-smoking hooker...not much personality...too much sultry attitude... Alison sounded both forced and flat while not sounding right for the part at all.
said at 2:52 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
Too bad Megan left I remember hearing her replacement and not knowing that she was replaced wondering what happened to Mai's voice.
said at 7:39 AM on Fri Mar 11 2011
 1 Shout Out!
megan and erica sound alike to me lolbut megan wins
said at 3:41 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
Sorry I meant to say now we know......Sorry about that XD Made a mistake that's what I get for typing too fast...
said at 3:40 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Wow know we know Caren could have given Rouge a more younger voice but with that sexy tone too....I still think she did an impressive job with Rouge I liked her voice being a bit edgy though I'm gonna have the give this to Megan she sounded more like the character but Caren and Bella are a close second

Maybe people wouldn of changed their minds about her Rouge voice if they heard this but screw it She will always be the best Rouge voice in my eyes :D Hell Bella could even change her voice a bit different too HAHA XD

Here's my order

1st Megan
Tie 2nd- Caren and Bella
Decent 3rd - Alison Lester
said at 5:15 PM on Thu Oct 24 2013
@Truesonic I agree with your rankings.
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said at 10:34 PM on Thu Dec 10 2009
Just added Alison Lester's version (Odex dub) enjoy!
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