Voice actors have one of many coolest jobs on the planet: they get to play tons of cool, highly effective characters. Some stars have turn out to be legendary merely due to the sheer variety of superior heroes and villains they’ve lent their voices to — from robotic pilots and overclocked alchemists to magical ladies and megalomaniacal mothers.
That acquired us pondering: how would a voice actor’s many and various roles stack up in opposition to one another?
We have seemed again on the roles of a few of our favourite anime stars and provide you with a sequence of battles. This is not about reputation or coolness (as a result of truthfully, they’re all cool): we simply actually wish to see them struggle. Extra particularly, we simply actually take pleasure in imagining these three voice actors voicing either side of an epic anime battle. Till the day that really occurs, that is the following neatest thing.
To that finish, we’re not selecting a winner for every spherical: you are. Keep in mind, it is not about reputation or desire — we actually wish to know who you assume would reign supreme in these fights. And when you’re finished, we wish your takes on these match-ups (and different voice actors whose characters ought to go toe-to-toe), so you’ll want to be part of us within the feedback!
Notice: This text might include spoilers for the sequence Fullmetal Alchemist, Kill la Kill, Boogiepop and Others, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. In case you do not wish to be spoiled for any of those sequence, learn on at your personal threat.
First Battle: Romi Park
Edward Elric vs. Ragyo Kiryuin
Voice actress Romi Park has an epic CV, filled with fascinating characters. She debuted as Kanan Gimms in 1998’s Mind Powerd, and her roles have simply gotten an increasing number of epic since. You could have heard her as Temari in Naruto, Toshiro in Bleach, and Madam Purple in Black Butler, simply to call a number of. However in the present day, we’re specializing in two of her most explosive, reality-bending roles so far.
In each 2003’s Fullmetal Alchemist and 2009’s Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Park performed the titular character, Edward Elric: a pint-sized alchemist with a historical past of taboo actions and loads of self-contained energy. Collectively together with his brother Alphonse, he is searching for a method to restore their our bodies (his arm and leg, and Alphonse’s in its entirety).
Ed has some apparent benefits, the massive one being that he does not want to attract a transmutation circle to get issues finished. He is additionally no slouch on the precise science of alchemy (particularly contemplating among the issues he is tried prior to now). Having the ability to management matter is fairly cool … however what if he was up in opposition to somebody who might do the identical?
Ragyo Kiryuin rocked Kill la Kill together with her look, pulling the highlight from daughter Satsuki. This rainbow-haired Dangerous Mother has been finding out the character of sure overclocked parts — and as an alternative of the Legislation of Equal Trade, the one rule she’s beholden to is the Rule of Cool. She additionally does not precisely have the identical household loyalties Ed does, so she’ll be greater than prepared to chop her losses in a pinch.
However does that actually put her forward? Each wield colossal energy above and past what most people have. Each have devoted their total lives to their respective fields and all that entails. Each need one thing very badly and have already gone to unimaginable lengths searching for it.
However the ultimate reply is as much as you:
Second Battle: Akira Kamiya
Ryoma Nagare vs. Ryo Saeba
It is solely honest to incorporate a spherical for the voice actor who singlehandedly impressed this characteristic! Akira Kamiya was an enormous hitter within the ’70s tremendous robotic anime growth, and remains to be going robust in the present day. Followers of Tremendous Robotic Wars will have already got heard a number of Kamiyas go into battle side-by-side, as he has voiced Roy Focker in Macross, Akira Hibiki in Raideen, and Sanshiro Tsuwabuki in Gaiking, to call a number of. He was additionally Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star … however virtually any struggle involving Kenshiro can be a walkover.
For this battle, we matched two of Kamiya’s well-known antiheroes who’re identified for working in groups: Ryoma Nagare from the unique 1974 Getter Robo, and Ryo Saeba from the long-running Metropolis Hunter. However these battles are one-on-one — no teammates allowed.
In contrast to loads of Go Nagai’s leads, Ryoma is not identified for being a bare-knuckle brawler. Nevertheless, he has a less-explored benefit: he’s a grasp swordsman, because of coaching from his father. We do not see Ryoma cross blades fairly often, but it surely’s a talent that serves him effectively when he is out of the robotic. Which is lucky — as a result of with out Getter Robo, he will want all the assistance he can get, particularly in opposition to the legendary Metropolis Hunter. Nicely, half of it, anyway.
Whenever you write “XYZ” on the board at Shinjuku Station, you are getting not one, however two individuals in your facet. That is to not say Ryo Saeba is not the muscle of the Metropolis Hunter operation. He is an incredible sharpshooter and brawler versed in a wide range of weapons, because of his coaching as a guerilla fighter in his youth. However Kaori retains his eyes on the prize (and off something in a skirt), sometimes with the assistance of her big hyperspace mallet.
So, how will the pair fare with out their groups? Is Ryoma bringing a knife to a gunfight? Or will Ryo get distracted by one other fairly face on the incorrect second? You resolve:
Third Battle: Aoi Yuuki
Boogiepop vs. Madoka Kaname
Aoi Yuuki made her voice appearing debut in 2008, however she got here to broad consideration three years later because the lead in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The sweet-voiced heroine led to an increasing number of roles throughout a significantly spectacular vary. Followers have heard her swivel from Maya Fey in Ace Lawyer to Tanya von Degurechaff in The Saga of Tanya the Evil, from Tiamat in Destiny/Grand Order to Tsuyu in My Hero Academia.
And talking of swiveling, one among our fighters in her spherical is the mysterious Boogiepop: a hidden character that bubbles to the floor inside in any other case regular schoolgirl Touka Miyashita. And talking of in any other case regular schoolgirls … effectively, we might hardly do that with out Madoka, might we?
Who and what Boogiepop of Boogiepop and Others is is defined, re-explained, debated, hidden, and in any other case confused all through their numerous media appearances. Boogiepop is an city legend, a benevolent spirit with a darkish edge, a protector of the world, a protector of the misunderstood. Most significantly for our functions in the present day, Boogiepop has some shinigami-level powers, a complete bunch of razor wire, and no concern.
After which there’s Madoka Kaname, the lady who by no means requested for any of this. In her ultimate type, she’s galactically highly effective, in a position to defeat witches and save magical ladies all all through area and time. That is undoubtedly greater than sufficient to face as much as Boogiepop … or is it?
Each are saviors of Earth in their very own manner, particularly influenced by the magic or paranormal. It is onerous to think about a state of affairs wherein they’d be on opposing sides, however — for the sake of argument — only for now, they’re. Which superpowered schoolgirl might convey down the opposite?
In all three instances, whoever wins, the battle would sound tremendous cool.
How do you assume these fights would go? Are there every other voice actors whose characters ought to completely struggle themselves? Would you prefer to vote on one other spherical of battles? Let’s discuss it within the feedback!