The most popular seiyuu….
Inoue Kikoku (井上 喜久子) (her birth name is 井之上 喜久子, pronounced the same as her stage name) is a popular Japanese seiyū (voice actress) and singer born on September 25, 1964 (though she frequently says “I am 17 years old”) in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. She has been part of the singing groups DoCo and Goddess Family Club, among others. She is married and has one daughter.
Inoue’s vocal roles are usually female characters characterized as dignified, reserved, beautiful, kind, regal, mature or domestic. For example, Belldandy, a goddess who is kind, compassionate and skilled at domestic tasks. Kasumi Tendo is an older sister who has taken over domestic duties after the death of her mother, and who acts as a counter-balance to the more rambunctious members of her family. Notably, both Kasumi and Belldandy are almost parallels of each other due to their roles as domestics in a home which could explode into chaos at any moment. She also plays Rune Venus in El-Hazard, a princess and leader of her country; as well as Kazami Mizuho in Onegai Teacher, a sensible, strong-hearted alien agent in charge of observing humanity that ends up falling in love with an earthling.
On the other hand, Inoue occasionally takes on roles which are more sultry, such as Corvette, a curvaceous dancer who flirts quite intensely with Mimu, the young heroine. In the hentai OVA Ogenki Clinic she provides the voice of a sex-crazed nurse. Also, as Alv in Kiddy Grade, she was an antagonist the main characters have to contend with more than once.
Her most odd role would probably be Guilty Gear’s I-No, as she provided two voice sets (both sultry sounding). One being subdued, while the other, is very very aggressive. Loyal fans have therefore found it hard to associate her with the character.
She is referred as “Onee-chan” (“big sister” in Japanese) and stayed with the title on her official site and a few albums because of her role as Kasumi Tendo in Ranma ½; this is confirmed in her online profile. She believes that in her past life she was a fish and therefore uses fish as her trademark. She made a guest appearance at the 2007 Animazement anime convention in Durham, North Carolina for an autograph and Q&A session. When asked her age, she often responds that she is only 17. After voice acting Belldandy from the Ah! My Goddess anime, subsequent chapters of the manga used Inoue’s distinctive style as the basis for Belldandy’s character.
The American voice actress Bridget Hoffman has worked as the English voice for four of Kikuko’s roles: Belldandy in the Ah! My Goddess! movie, Chitose Hibiya in Chobits, Rune venus in El Hazard and Mizuho Kazami in Onegai Teacher.
If i asked to named a seiyuu of century, she is the one. I love her sexy voice….! Gambatte, Onee-chan…
Favorite For :
Belldandy – Ah! My Goddess.
Kugimiya Rie (釘宮理恵, May 30, 1979) is a prolific Japanese seiyū who was born in Osaka and brought up in Kumamoto. She is affiliated with I’m Enterprise.
Kugimiya is most known for the roles of Alphonse Elric in Full Metal Alchemist, Shana in Shakugan no Shana, and Kagura in Gintama. She is typecasted to tsundere roles due to her voicing of tsundere characters Nagi (Hayate no Gotoku!), Shana (Shakugan no Shana) and Louise (Zero no Tsukaima), all of whose anime aired around the same time.
She has also contributed her voice to various merchandise such as with Mugen Puchi Puchi Moe, a virtual bubble-wrap popping game, and voiced various characters on a set of moe Karuta cards.
She was nominated for Best Actress in Leading Role in the first Seiyu Awards for the role of Louise in Zero no Tsukaima, and jointly won Best Actress in a Supporting Role with Mitsuki Saiga at the second Seiyu Awards. Some of her fans has branded her as the Queen of Tsundere. Because she makes a remarkable portrayal of tsundere characters, that aside, most of the roles given to her are tsundere ones, Shana, Louise are no exception to this.
Favorite for :
Shana – Shakugan no shana
Note : I cant actually state all, but her role as a Tsundere is the greatest!
Noto Mamiko (能登 麻美子, born February 6, 1980) is a prolific seiyū working under Office Osawa. She was born in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa, and graduated from Hokuriku Gakuen Senior High School. According to the Japanese blood type theory of personality she is an O.
She is affectionately referred to as “Mami-mami” (まみまみ) by her fellow seiyū and fans. Additionally, she is also called “Noto-chan” (のとちゃん), “Mami-chan” (まみちゃん), and “Noto-mami” (のとまみ).
I personally describe her the best among the best seiyuu. She is KAWAI type, but indeed she also voiced male and evil character.
Favorite for :
Ichinose Kotomi – Clannad
Nogizaka Haruka – Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Horie Yui (堀江 由衣, born on September 20, 1976) is a popular Japanese singer and voice actress. Horie’s real name is (堀江 由子 Horie Yoshiko), and she is sometimes affectionately nicknamed “Hocchan” (ほっちゃん) by her Japanese fans. She is not to be confused with YUI, another J-Pop singer.
She hosts a radio show called “Horie Yui no Tenshi no Tamago” (堀江由衣の天使のたまご “Yui Horie’s Angel Eggs”) and is the founding member of the singing group, Aice5. She is also a member of the band Kurobara Hozonkai, with the name YUIEL. Her blood type is B, and her hobbies include shoulder massage, reading and food.
She debuted in 1997 in a video game Voice Fantasia and for several years had minor roles in various anime. She landed her first leading role as Haruka in Kurogane Communication. The turning point in her career wasn’t till the year 2000, when she won the role of Naru Narusegawa in the popular anime Love Hina. Other notable and defining career moments were taking the role of Tohru Honda in the anime Fruits Basket in 2001, and releasing her 1st music album (Mizutamari ni Utsuru Sekai) in 2000. She has since become one of the most popular anime voice actresses in Japan.
Favorite for :
Honda Tohru – Fruit Basket
Tsukimiya Ayu – KANON
Kawasumi Ayako (川澄 綾子), born on March 30, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan, is a prolific seiyū and J-pop singer. She is affectionately referred to by her fellow seiyū and fans as “Ayachii (あやちー)”, “Peyaya (ぺやや)”, “Ayasumi (あやすみ)” and “Aya-nē (あやねえ)”. She is a skilled pianist, having practiced the piano since childhood. This is most noticeable in that she composed and performed “…To You”, the OP to Piano, as well as playing pianists in animes Piano and Nodame Cantabile.
Saber – Fate/Stay Night
Sugita Tomokazu (杉田 智和) is a seiyū who was born on October 11, 1980 in Saitama. He is employed by Atomic Monkey; his bloodtype is B. He has alleged rivalry with Seki Tomokazu, as indicated in some episodes of Lucky Star. Not surprisingly, three of Sugita’s characters have strong interactions with Seki’s: Yuuichi Aizawa from Kanon (2006), Kagami Mikage from Ayashi no Ceres, and Hideki Motosuwa from Chobits, to Seki’s Jun Kitagawa, Alex Howell and Hiromu Shinbo, respectively.
Sugita and fellow seiyuu Narita Ken are sometimes referred to as “brothers”, although no one really knows why. During an Omaera No Tame Darou event, hosts Morikawa Toshiyuki and Hiyama Nobuyuki asked Sugita how they were similar. His answer was that both of them rarely blink, making eye-to-eye contact with either a frightening encounter.
Kyon – The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
Sakata Gintoki – Gintama
Hirano Aya (平野 綾, born October 8, 1987) from Aichi Prefecture, Japan, is a seiyū and J-pop singer who has had roles in several anime, visual novels, and TV commercials in Japan. She is contracted to Space Craft Produce, a branch of Space Craft Group for her seiyū career. For her singing career, she is signed under Lantis. Her blood type is O.
Aya spent a few of her very early years of life in America before returning to Japan. In 1998, she joined the Tokyo Child Theatrical Group division of the Space Craft Group company. Eventually, she began to appear in commercials and got her first role as a seiyū in Tenshi no Shippo. From 2002-2003 she was a member of the short-lived girl band “Springs.”
After graduating from high school, she began seriously pursuing her seiyū and solo singing career. Her big break came in 2006, when she was cast as the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya, the title character of the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The show’s public success has greatly enhanced her popularity and career in Japan. Her CD single Bōken Desho Desho? containing the opening song of the show sold out in Japan the very day it was released. This success was followed by her voicing two lead characters in anime based on popular manga (Reira in Nana and Misa in Death Note). Her popularity was confirmed at the first Seiyū Awards, where she won “Best Newcomer (female)”, for her role as Haruhi Suzumiya; the same role also won her a nomination as “Best Main Character (female)”. At the same awards, she was also nominated for “Best Supporting Character (female)”, and earned two nominations for “Best Single” (One of which is a solo, Bōken Desho Desho?; the other was a group nomination for the single Hare Hare Yukai). In 2008, she won the “Best Main Character (female)” award at the second Seiyu Awards.
She performed at the “Animelo Summer Live” concerts for both 2006 and 2007, as well as the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisou concert during March 18, 2007.
Aya Hirano was a guest at Anime Expo 2007, along with other cast members from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Minori Chihara and Yuko Goto. In 2007, she continues to enjoy great success in her career, landing the role of Konata Izumi in the anime version of Lucky ☆ Star and launching three separate single albums back-to-back monthly at year’s end.
Favorite for :
Suzumiya Haruhi – The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
Izumi Konata – Lucky Star
Seki Tomokazu (関 智一, born September 8, 1972) is a popular and very famous seiyū in Japan. He formerly worked for Haikyou, now he works for Atomic Monkey. He has alleged rivalry with Tomokazu Sugita, as indicated in some Lucky Star episodes
Some of his most notable roles include Gundam characters Domon Kasshu and Yzak Joule, Kyo Sohma from fruits basket, Chichiri from Fushigi Yuugi, Toya Kinomoto, Sakura Kinomoto’s older brother in Cardcaptor Sakura, Van Fanel from The Vision of Escaflowne and Ken Hidaka from Weiss Kreuz alongside Hiro Yūki, Takehito Koyasu, and Shinichiro Miki. Koyasu and Miki along with Seki have voiced in Initial D as well.
His most recent roles are Ryūki Shi in Saiunkoku Monogatari, and in Lucky Star as the recurring guest character, Meito Anisawa.
He is considered very versatile in his industry and has portrayed a wide variety of characters, ranging from comical to dramatic. Very often, the characters he voiced have very comical sides to their seriousness, such as Sagara Sousuke in the Full Metal Panic series, Kenichi Shirahama in Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi, and Toji Suzuhara in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Shirahama Kenichi – Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
Fukuyama Jun (福山 潤, born November 26, 1978) is a male seiyū (voice actor). He is a member of Production Baobab. Born in Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Jun grew up in Takatsuki-shi, Osaka-ken.
At the first Seiyū Awards, held in 2007, he won the award for Best Main Actor for his leading role as Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and had also been nominated in the category for Best Male Rookie.
Jun is proficient in kendo and judo. His nicknames are Jun (ジュン), Juntsu (ジュンツ) and Junjun, Junie (ジュンジュン、ジュニー).
Favorite For :
Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Sawashiro Miyuki (沢城 みゆき) was born on June 2, 1985 in Tokyo, she is a seiyū who works for Mausu Promotion.
Favorite for :
Shinku – Rozen Maiden
Tanaka Rie (田中 理恵) born January 3, 1979 in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan) is a singer and voice actress (seiyū). Notable among her numerous roles are Lacus Clyne in Gundam Seed/Gundam Seed Destiny, Chii and Freya in the Japanese version of Chobits and Suigintou in the anime adaptation of Rozen Maiden.
Favorite for :
Chi – Chobits
Mariel – Hanaukyo Maid Tai