No, this is NOT a 4Kids vs. TPCi vs. Original Japanese Version thing...just wondering who you guys like most from the Pokemon voice actors we've had over the last 15 or so years.
4Kids English: Veronica Taylor; Eric Stuart; Rachael Lillis; Maddie Blaustein; Amy Birnbaum (Main character cast)
I love the original 4Kids dub of Pokemon, and especially its main character cast for the dub. I always generally felt they were extremely good and put 100% into their work. Early Kanto bugged me a bit, but by about episode 16, I felt the voice acting was great. :)
I love Veronica Taylor's voice for Ash, and the cute "WAH!" noise he used to make along with the enthusiasm she brought to the role, as well as the bubbly, energetic May voice she had.
I also love the rasp and mature, wise tone Eric Stuart gave Brock, and the downright hilarious voice he gave James.
I loved Rachael's Misty and Jessie voices. She had this passionate fire and intensity in her voice that I just love hearing.
Maddie's Meowth is a legend to me. She did a great job sounding like Inuko Inuyama (barring the Brooklyn accent thing, which I found kind of cute). R.I.P.
Also I loved Amy's Max. Was really cute and intelligent sounding.
P.S. I actually really, really love Stuart Zagnit's Professor Oak. In fact, I prefer it to his JPN seiyu Unsho Ishizuka. He gave off this really kindly, grandfatherly voice and it sounded perfect where it was cast to me.
TPCi English: Sarah Natochenny (BW+); Bill Rogers (BF); Jason Griffith; Emlyn Morinelli; Craig Blair
I'm probably one of the few people who actually likes Sarah Natochenny's Ash now. Her yelling, yeah, I honestly hate it and I feel it's too fake-sounding. Everything else seems pretty solid now to me. I like that Natochenny is trying to voice Ash in a more Veronica Taylor-esque voice. It seems like she's improved the most of any of TPCi's VAs over the years, so I will give her credit for that.
Bill Rogers' dub work in the Battle Frontier Saga as Brock, Scott, Tucker, and several others. I loved his work here. He voiced Tucker in a Kelsey Grammar-esque voice and I think he was spectacular at the role. I think he also did a very good job emulating Eric Stuart's Brock and sounded quite close to him in Season 9.
Jason Griffith's Cilan is a great casting and he always makes me laugh with his enthusiasm in the role. Reminds me a lot of Eric Stuart's James. XD.
P.S. Actually I like Carter Cathcart's James now. Also Michele Knotz sounds very close to Rachael Lillis as Jessie.
Emlyn and Craig because they sounded VERY close to their original dub voices in 4Kids to me as Officer Jenny and Giovanni, respectively.
Original JPN ver: Rica Matsumoto; Mayumi Iizuka; Yuji Ueda; KAORI; Mamoru Miyano
I love them all, really, but these ones stood out to me. IDK why.
Your thoughts? :)