The dubbing and the casting of an anime is part of what the viewer keeps in mind while watching a series and it is really important while animated an anime. The voice actors are really important because we, watchers, are feeling the mood of the show and the characters’ feelings through them and their acting.
For the beginners, while watching a new series, you should have thought you knew one character’s voice from another anime. With their interpretation, voice actors mark the spirits of the viewers and that is why some anime fans would even decide to watch an anime only according to the casting and the voice actors who are performing in it.
The dubbing industry is quite wide in Japan, but there are still some voice actors/actresses who would keep in our mind because of their acting and the way they make us feel the mood of the anime we love. Trying to select and ranking them is not that easy as the level of some of them is pretty high. However, I think you will agree with this Top 10 of memorable Voice Actor !
10. Paku Romi
Globally famous for her performance as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Paku Romi is also known for her role in Nana as Nana Osaki, which made her earned a great notoriety. In Japan, she was nominated several times in the Best Actors of the year Top 100 because of her participation in a numerous successful anime.
Within her pretty long career, people who know her are used to her pretty deep and serious voice, which allows Paku Romi to play young boys as well as girls or adults.
9. Sawashiro Miyuki
Especially known for her roles in Hunter x Hunter as Kurapika and her performance in Durarara!! as Sturluson Celty, Sawashiro Miyuki has the particularity to have played in Di Gi Charat, whose she also did the dubbing in English, which is pretty rare for Japanese Voice Actors.
She used to be part of a lot of successful anime as main or even support characters. As some of them would remember her shrill voice as Nanami Haruka in Uta no Prince-sama, she can also play young boys or more mature women with a deep tone thanks to her wide-range voice.
8. Kugimiya Rie
Kugimiya Rie was nominated several times for the Seiyû Awards and she is especially famous for her role as Kagura in Gintama and also for her acting as Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist.
The majority of us would know and remember her voice in anime like Toradora (Aisaka Taiga) or another anime where she played as a Tsundere character. Because she performed a lot of Tsundere characters, she gains her nickname of “Queen of Tsundere” among her fans. With her pretty long career, Kugimiya Rie has probably played you favorite Tsundere character !
7. Sakamoto Maaya
Sakamoto Maaya is incontestably a globally known Voice Actress. Notably known in the series Ghost in the Shell in the role of Kusanagi Motoko, she is also famous for her role as Kanzaki Hitomi in The Vision of Escaflowne.
With her performance in Black Butler as Ciel Phantomhive, she has shown she can do a lot of very different characters and her 19-year dubbing career proves she has the experience to do a great job for each anime she plays in. At ease with the role of young boys as well as the voice of a fearless heroine, she is really a safe bet in the dubbing industry.
6. Suzuki Tatsuhisa
With an over 10-year career, Suzuki Tatsuhisa played a numerous of roles in anime, but imposed himself quite recently with some really successful anime like Bakumatsu Rock or Free!, respectively as Takasugi Shinsaku and Tachibana Makoto. More recently, he made a great performance in Nanatsu no Taizai as Ban.
Suzuki Tatsuhisa owns a pretty particular and wide-range voice, which allows him to adapt it to a lot of very different and opposite roles naturally and which is quite surprising sometimes, even for his fans.
5. Kaji Yûki
Winner of the 2009 Seiyû Awards in the category “Best New Actor”, the career of Kaji Yûki is quite memorable. Famous for his role of Alibaba Saluja in Magi, he made a great performance with the voice of Eren Jaeger in Shingeki no Kyojin.
More recently noticed in Nanatsu no Taizai with his interpretation of Meliodas, Kaji Yûki possess a quite wide-range voice and appears frequently in famous and successful anime as very different characters. With his ever growing career, he imposes his place in the dubbing industry with more and more important roles.
4. Miyano Mamoru
Nominated several times for the Seiyû Awards, Miyano Mamoru is notably famous for his role in Death Note as Yagami Raito, which made him draw the attention and gain the respect from a lot of people.
He also shined in Ouran High School Host Club, performing the extravagant Tamaki Suô and shown how wide his range of voice was. In Uta no Prince-sama, he plays one of the main character, Ichinose Tokiya and all Otome Games fans surely know his name.
3. Mizuki Nana
Mizuki Nana has a great numerous of great roles within her career. Some of them should have known her in Naruto, where she is playing Hyûga Hinata. Others may be discovered her in Blood-C as the main character Kisaragi Saya. As a prominent voice actress, she is really famous in Japan as well for her acting as her musical career.
She is one of the most famous personalities in Japan and in 2010, a survey shown she was the actress/singer who was the most sold in this year. Because of her glorious career, the majority of us should have heard her voice in at least one or two anime and she will probably stay at the top for a long time.
2. Ono Daisuke
Ono Daisuke is mostly known for his role in Black Butler as the mysterious Sebastian Michaelis. This role was really a great opportunity for him to be globally known and his success keeps going on. After being one of the winners of the 4th Seiyû Awards, he won the 9th in the category of “Best Actor”.
Also known for his role as Midorima Shintarô in Kuroko no Basket, Ono Daisuke, with his 14-year career, is mostly known among the anime and seiyû fans, accumulating famous roles one after another.
1. Kamiya Hiroshi
Mostly known for his role in Shingeki no Kyojin as Levi Ackerman, as well as his performance in Noragami as Yato, Kamiya Hiroshi has recently made talk about him thanks to his great interpretation of Akashi Seijuro in Kuroko no Basket.
With a really great career and a growing popularity, Kamiya Hiroshi won the 9th Seiyû Awards with the largest number of votes. He is playing in the majority of the famous series and every anime fans known about him or have already heard his voice in lots of anime. He definitely earns his place as the number one of this list!
And that is what ends our Top 10 Memorable Voice Actor in anime ! The selection and the ranking was quite difficult, but I think all the voice actors mentioned have earned their place in this Top 10 regarding their career !
Of course, the ranking may change according to each of us and a lot of others voice actors could be in this selection, as Fukuyama Jun or even Hanazawa Kana, but I think a lot of people would agree with me ! And if you are not, don’t hesitate to tell us who would you choose to put in this Classement !