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Behind The Camera: 5 Notable Japanese Voice Actors Every Anime Lover Should Know

There are many factors why people love to watch anime. Some will say that the plot is great or the characters are dynamic. On the other hand, some cite animation style as the reason why they love a certain anime. But there are also people who watch the anime because their favorite Japanese voice actors, or seiyu, are in it.

Versatility is one of the reasons why a seiyu is praised by fans. And over the years, more and more seiyu are rising to prominence. For all of the anime enthusiasts out there, check out this list of seiyu who are noted for their skills and flexibility.

Notable Male Japanese Voice Actors

Jun Fukuyama

Jun Fukuyama has been active since the late 90s. However, many fans believe that he rose to prominence after voicing Lelouch Lameprouge from Code Geass. He landed many roles after Code Geass and even won  a lot of awards in the voice acting industry. He plays various roles like the typical good hero, childish characters, and anti-heroes.

Notable Characters: Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass, Grell Sutcliff from Black Butler, and Kei Takishima from Special A.

Sakurai Takahiro

Sakurai Takahiro is considered as one of the most versatile Japanese voice actors. His roles include charming and handsome protagonists, anti-heroes, villains, and characters full of angst. He also has roles in anime shows where yaoi, or boy’s love, is the main theme.

Notable characters: Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Suzaku Kururugi from Code Geass, and Misaki Takahashi from Junjou Romantica.

Daisuke Ono

This is the voice actor that drove a lot of fan girls wild when he voiced Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler. As a result, Daisuke Ono garnered the Best Voice Actor award in the 4th and 9th Seiyu Awards. He’s known for his smooth and deep voice that he lends to charismatic characters.

Notable characters: Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler, Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!, and Erwin Smith from Attack on Titan.

Notable Female Japanese Voice Actors

Masako Nozawa

Anime enthusiasts know that there are many female seiyu who lend their voices to male characters. For example, Junko Takeuchi voiced Naruto Uzumaki while Romi Park voiced Edward Elric. Masako Nozawa is best known for voicing Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z. She has been the voice of the lead character in over twenty anime series and is arguably one of the best female seiyu in the Japanese voice acting industry.

Notable Characters: Son Goku, Son Gohan, and Son Goten from Dragon Ball Z, Tetsuro Hoshino from Galaxy Express 999, and Hiroshi from Dokonjo Gaeru.

Megumi Hayashibara

Megumi Hayashibara has been active since the late 80s and is one of the most popular female seiyu in the industry. She has lent her voice to numerous headstrong women that pushed Hayashibara to her popularity.

Notable characters: Female Ranma from Ranma 1/2, Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Jessie from Pokemon.

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