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    Favorite voice actors?

    Just curious as to who everyone's favorite anime voice actors are.

    My absolute favorite is Rie Tanaka. She's best known as Chii, but she voice acted in Azumanga Daioh and hack//sign as well. She has the sweetest, cutest voice I've ever heard- I always fall in love with whatever character she does.

    I also really like Kikuko Inoue- another Chobits voice actress. I fell in love with her voice when I heard her as Belldandy, though.

    I also have to give props to Shô Hayami. I don't know all that much that he's done, but he voiced Orson in Lodoss War, and he was what really made me fall in love with his character.

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    I've always liked Kikuko Inoue a lot. Some other favorites of mine are:

    Kotono Mitsuishi - I first paid attention to her for her role as Kanzaki in GTO. Later, I found out she was associated with some more of my favorite characters, such as Excel from Excel Saga.

    Isshin Chiba - He usually does supporting roles, but he's always done good work.

    Hikaru Midorikawa - This guy's list goes on forever. Some of my favorites of his roles are Ryuho from Scryed, Zelgadis from Slayers, Faust from Saber Marionette J, and Kikuchi from GTO.

    Koichi Yamadera - Longtime voice of Captain Harlock and Tochiro Oyama, two of my favorite characters (not just anime) ever. Some other roles of his were Spike from Cowboy Bebop, Kaji from Evangelion, Ryoga from Ranma, and Togusa from Ghost in the Shell.

    Megumi Hayashibara - You live in a cave if you don't know this name. She has over a hundred voice credits to her name and still more in various production roles.


    My favorite English speaking voice actors/actresses are Lex Lang, Monica Rial, Lia Sargent, Steve Blum, and Crispin Freeman. Mind you, those are only the ones who I've seen consistently good voice work from. There are others that I might've only seen once or twice, so can't really judge fairly.

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    As one of the few heretics who perfer to watch anime dubbed instead of subtitled, I'm not that familar with original Japanese voice actors unfortunately, although I admit Megumi Hayashibara is good (she played a mighty fine role as Haruka in Love Hina for instance), although I do agree that the acting quality of most dubbed anime leaves a lot to desired.

    Still, I do have a few favourites though:

    Wendee Lee: (Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop, the Su sisters Kaolla and Amalla plus Tama and Kuro in Love Hina and Love Hina Again, Urd in Adventures of the Mini Goddesses as well as quite a few others)

    Crispin Freeman (Juteski Tylor in Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Amon in Witch Hunter Robin, Alex Rowe in Last Exile, as well as many others..)

    David Lucas (Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Celestine in Ah! My Goddess the Movie, Vincent Alzy in Last Exile etc)

    There are a few others I like too, but their names elude me at the moment!
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    Can't believe I forgot about Wendee Lee. Hers was the first VA name I ever memorized. And that was way back when she went by Wendee Swan.

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    Megumi Hayashibara is indeed wonderful. There's this one girl in Ringu who sounds so much like her. I know it's not her, but it still drives me crazy every time she talks.

    Unfortunately, I'm not that familiar with English speaking voice actors, at least not anime-wise. I can tell you all sorts of people who voice act in cartoons.

    If Kevin Conroy or Phil LaMarr started voice acting for anime, I might start paying more notice to dubbed versions.

    Ah, Kevin Conroy. . . .*swoon*

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    I think Akashiya Sanma did Zenjiro's voice in kodomo no omocha. So I'll say him. He's a great actor too.
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    Megumi Hayashibara is freakily amazing. XD Watching Slayers with your parents in the room - great!

    I like Akira Ishida most. He has a very nice voice, somehow I find it gentle, soothing. He seems to speak a character in almost every anime, too... XD

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    Kappei Yamaguchi (Inuyasha, Ryuichi, Tombo... XD) is definitely my all-time favorite seiyuu. He's the only guy I'll watch an anime JUST because he's in it. I bow to his awesomeness. By far my favorite role of his is Inuyasha. When I heard his voice, I was like, "Holy HECK, that IS Inuyasha."

    The other seiyuu I'm really fond of are Noriko Hidaka and Ken Narita.
    It's like a car crash. It's horrifying, you feel sorry for everyone there, and yet you can't look away. And you just find youself circling back to check on it again. :P

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    In other words, you're a big fan of the Inu Yasha cast in general. But have you ever heard them in anything else?

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    Originally posted by kurohime
    Kappei Yamaguchi (Inuyasha, Ryuichi, Tombo... XD) is definitely my all-time favorite seiyuu. He's the only guy I'll watch an anime JUST because he's in it. I bow to his awesomeness. By far my favorite role of his is Inuyasha. When I heard his voice, I was like, "Holy HECK, that IS Inuyasha."

    The other seiyuu I'm really fond of are Noriko Hidaka and Ken Narita.
    Kappei Yamaguchi IS awesome. Everyone is making me think of all sorts of voice actors I forgot in my first post.

    Someone else I forgot who I think is really great is Kotono Mitsuishi.

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    Hikaru Midorikawa~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Such a great and wonderful voice!!! XD Zelgadis is only Zelgadis when Hikaru-sama is his voice actor. U_U

    Magumi Hayashibara for she´s awesome! Lina is just great with her voice, isn´t she?

    Kaze´s voice actor from Final Fantasy: Unlimited ... I cannot remember his name. >_< shame on me. But he´s also incredible when he fires his Demongun. Really cool indeed!!!

    Micheal from Witch Hunter Robin. He is just too cute and funny when he says: "Okay!" C´mon people admit it XD!

    Well, I am not going to say Matt McKenzie for he never did any work on animes... not YET!!!! =D

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    Originally posted by Prak
    In other words, you're a big fan of the Inu Yasha cast in general. But have you ever heard them in anything else?
    Yes, I have. I heard all the seiyuu in other roles, and it just happens that I'm especially fond of their Inuyasha characters. Just because I didn't list anyone else doesn't mean I haven't heard anyone else, I just like them the most. :P *shrugs*

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    Pardon me while I insert a random gripe into this otherwise happy-go-lucky thread.

    Throwing well-known Japanese words into your english posts really makes you look pretentious. I'm not handing out orders to not do it. I'm just saying that I will express my dislike for it, probably in a very degrading manner.


    But back on topic, another one of my favorites is Megumi Toyoguchi.

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    Prak... you really, really amuse me. Pretentious would be me writing my response to you in Japanese, which I will not do. You can express your dislike all you want. Now that I know it annoys you, I should probably keep doing it just to irritate you.

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    Oh come on. I've been around here long enough you should know that kind of thing doesn't irritate me. I lick my lips and set to work humiliating people.

    But seriously, what's the point? Is there any reason to do that other than to show what a great "otaku" you are? Speak whatever languages you want, I just don't like people trying to look cool by mixing them.

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    Right. I SPEAK Japanese at home. My mom is Japanese, speaks to me in Japanese, and I probably listen to more Japanese than English in a day. -_- The point is I've ALWAYS used the word "seiyuu," and why should I call them something else when I've been calling them that for as long as I've been wathing anime?

    Now if I were to randomly scream at you and say, "temee wa hontou ni baka baka bakakakakakakakka da naa baka baka!" then THAT would be making me look silly. :P

    So... right. Can we possibly get any more off-topic? I'm not saying anything more to you about this. You can think I'm trying to look "cool and pretentious," I'm just using a word that came to me frikking naturally. If that bothers you, then that's your problem.

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    *shrug*

    Whatever. In my experience, most people are trying to look cool. Most people don't speak Japanese at home and I have no way of knowing who does. Since that's the case, I'll give you a pass. Anyone else is fair game though.

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    I've always liked Amanda Win-lee; she did great at Rei Ayanami and Devil Hunter Yoko!
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    Originally posted by Prak
    Oh come on. I've been around here long enough you should know that kind of thing doesn't irritate me. I lick my lips and set to work humiliating people.

    But seriously, what's the point? Is there any reason to do that other than to show what a great "otaku" you are? Speak whatever languages you want, I just don't like people trying to look cool by mixing them.

    Quit saying anime. They're called cartoons in english.

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    Originally posted by rezo



    Quit saying anime. They're called cartoons in english.
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    Let's see, my favorites are...

    Megumi Hayashibara - Heck, I think she's the most popular seiyuu.

    Megumi Toyoguchi - OMG! I love the way she dubbed Mimiru of .hack//sign. I'm dying to hear her voice on Marimite (Megumi, Megumi, quite a popular name, eh? ^_^ There's another one, Megumi Ogata, but she's not my favorite. I can't believe they chose her to dub for Kenshin >_<)

    Fumiko Orikasa - Meia-neesamaaaaa ^_^

    Kappei Yamaguchi - Oh! So masculine! ^_^

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    Japanese:
    Masako Nozawa
    Toshio Furukawa
    Norio Wakamoto
    Kappei Yamaguchi
    Megumi Hayashibara
    Ai Orikasa
    Nobuyuki Hiyama
    Akeno Watanabe
    Daisuke Gori (god rest his soul)
    Masami Kikuchi

    English:
    Steven Jay Blum
    Wendee Lee
    Beau Billingslea
    Crispin Freeman
    Michael McConnohie
    Jameson Price
    Kari Wahlgren
    Luci Christian
    Amanda Winn-Lee
    Terry Klassen
    Brian Drummond
    Kirby Morrow
    Kirk Thornton

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    Norio Wakamoto, anyone? He's my favourite.

    And...My favourite female voice actor is Masako Nozawa, she voiced a lot of Dragon Ball characters.
    Sorry for my English.

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    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.

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    Most of my favorite voice actors are in cartoons. But, I do enjoy a lot of Troy Baker's, Kari Wahlgren's, Roger Craig Smith's, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn's, Laura Bailey's and Steve Blum's work.

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