In Japan, voice actresses are often treated just like idols, however, unlike idols, some can keep going in the business even if they get much older. Because of this, some voice actresses appear to be much younger than they look, even though they are already in their late 30’s.
Japanese media website, Goo, has recently asked 500 people, 250 male and 250 female, on which voice actresses have the most surprising age. Here is what the fans have to say:
20) Rie Kugimiya (Shakugan no Shana’s Shana, Toradora’s Taiga, The Familiar of Zero’s Louise, and Hayate the Combat Butler’s Nagi) 35 years old
19) Houko Kuwashima (Clannad’s Tomoyo, Gundam SEED’s Flay and Destiny’s Stellar) 39 years old
18) Nana Mizuki (Naruto’s Hinata, Cross Ange’s Ange, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha’s Fate) 34 years old
17) Romi Park (Full Metal Alchemist’s Edward Elric, Attack on Titan’s Hange Zoe, and Naruto’s Temari) 42 years old
16) Junko Takeuchi (Naruto’s Naruto, Hunter X Hunter’s Gon, and PreCure’s Cure Rouge) 42 years old
15) Sakura Tange (Cardcaptor Sakura’s Sakura) 41 years old
14) Yuko Miyamura (Evangelion’s Asuka, Detective Conan’s Kazuha) 42 years old
13) Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon’s Usagi, Evangelion’s Misato) 47 years old
12) Miina Tominaga (Rurouni Kenshin’s Yahiko, Akazukin Chacha’s Dorothy, and Hello Kitty’s Mimmy White) 48 years old
11) Naoko Matsui (Detective Conan’s Sonoko, Gundam Wing’s Dorothy, and Gundam ZZ’s Roux) 53 years old
10) Tomoko Kaneda (Azumanga Daioh’s Chiyo and Digimon Tamer’s Culumon)
41 years old
9) Yui Horie (Golden Time’s Kouko, Persona 4’s Chie, and Monogatari’s Tsubasa)
38 years old
8) Yukari Tamura (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha’s Nanoha, Cross Ange’s Hilda, and Akame Ga Kill’s Mine)
38 years old
7) Mayumi Tanaka (Dragon Ball’s Krillin, One Piece’s Luffy)
59 years old
6) Isono Tarako (Chibi Maruko-chan’s Sakura Momoko and PreCure’s Minutes)
54 Years Old
5) Satomi Koorogi (Clannad’s Ushio, Pokemon’s Togepi, and Mew)
52 years old
4) Kikuko Inoue (Ah! My Goddess’s Belldandy, Gundam 08th MS Team’s Aina, and Please Teacher’s Mizuho)
50 years old
3) Noriko Hidaka (Ranma 1/2’s Akane, Sakura Wars’ Erica, and the voice of the Psycho-Pass Dominator)
52 years old
2) Megumi Hayashibara (Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami, Cowboy Bebop’s Fate Valentine, Slayers’ Lina Inverse, and Ranma 1/2’s female Ranma)
47 years old
1) Masako Nozawa (Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan, and Son Goten)
78 years old
Wow, those are some pretty legendary voice actresses in the list, and many have very surprising ages, including the legendary voice of Goku, Masako Nozawa who is almost 80! And here I was thinking she is still in her mid or late 60’s. It just shows that in voice acting, sometimes, age is only a number.
Another surprise is the seemingly youthful Megumi Hayashibara, who at the height of her career was treated almost like a rock star. Yes, at 47, she still looks like that.
Other surprise ages include Yukari Tamura and Yui Horie, both of whom are still very very popular, but are almost 40. Honestly, Yukari looks like she’s still in her mid 20’s the last time I saw her.
So which voice actress’s age shocked you the most?