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Playing Kingdom Hearts in Japanese is Just Kinda…Different

Kotaku - As I've been working my way through Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix this past week, it occurs to me just how much I dislike the Japanese cast of the games in the collection—which, given how bad English dubs can be, is pretty surprising. But it isn't that the Japanese voice actors aren't good, rather it's that I miss the Disney voices I grew up with as a kid.

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Snookies121252d ago

The Japanese voice actors for Kingdom Hearts are pretty good. Especially Kairi/Xion and Axel. Axel sure shows a lot of great emotion in the 358/2 Days movie. I think Roxas has a pretty decent voice actor, though he sounds a bit too old at times... I do prefer the English cast on this overall though, which surprises me as well. I usually find that the Japanese have a wider range of emotion to convey when doing voice acting in most cases.

N0S3LFESTEEM1251d ago

I like how you actively avoid mentioning the the disney characters being voiced over in japanese... you know it's funky.

Snookies121251d ago

Lol, I already said I liked the English voices better, just giving props to a few of the Japanese voice actors is all. The last scene with Axel and Xion in 358/2 Days was the high point of the voice acting in my opinion.

I of course started with the English voices since Kingdom Hearts 1 though. So perhaps I'm a little bias there, but you've gotta give credit where it's due.

Capt-FuzzyPants1251d ago

Well most of the english cast are actually real actors. Like a lot of the Disney characters got their original voice actors. Plus the original KH characters like Sora, Kairi, etc. are all semi-accomplished actors.

Pozzle1251d ago

I'll always find Donald's Japanese voice hilarious.

JasonXS121251d ago

Both version's voice acting are superb with some instances in both that just don't work or are crap like the english Aerith. Absolute no emotion. All Disney characters just fit better with their english voice acting counterpart.

Pozzle1251d ago

I'm glad they ended up changing Aerith's voice actress. She sounded great in Crisis Core, and pretty decent in Kingdom Hearts 2. I don't know what the hell they were thinking with her bland emotionless voice acting in KH1.