In the last article we introduced you to the world of seiyuu or Japanese voice-acting. Now it’s time to look at five seiyuu that have actually made it in the Japanese entertainment industry.
We already mentioned how hard it is to make it as a seiyuu. Deciding to become one means having to study for many years and being ready to take on a lot of different jobs to make a decent living. Today we highlight five people who have made this commitment and are now proud to call themselves professional seiyuu.
What are they like, what did they do to achieve their goal and what are they known for? Let’s take a closer look at these personalities and which characters they have brought to life.
5. Hanazawa Kana
Let’s start with Hanazawa Kana, a voice actress from Tokyo who’s working with the Office Osawa talent agency. She has been in the entertainment industry for a long time, starting with small acting roles as a young girl. In 2003 Hanazawa made her debut, but it wasn’t until a few years later that she managed to get bigger roles.
One of her peak performances was Tachibana Kanade or Angel from Angel Beats! in 2010. Since then she’s been as busy as ever with doing voice-overs for characters like Shiro from Deadman Wonderland, Anri from Durarara!! or Tsunemori from Psycho Pass. Even though her roles mostly center on young females Hanazawa is still able to portray a number of different characters. She’s a new face in the seiyuu world and her popularity is rising steadily. Big things can be expected from her in the near future.
4. Ono Daisuke
When it comes to bishounen, or handsome young men in anime, there is one man whose voice you will encounter more often than anyone else’s – Ono Daisuke.
His career reaches as far back as 2002 when he first started doing voice-overs for supporting roles. He slowly managed to get some bigger roles in popular anime like Ao no Exorcist, Bleach, Deadman Wonderland, Naruto or Elfen Lied. What makes Ono really stand out from other seiyuu is the fact that he has a broad spectrum of different voices. Usually seiyuu voice specific kinds of characters over and over again, but Ono manages to portray almost anyone starting from quiet and cool guys to innocent and sweet boys.
Other main performances include Erwin from Attack on Titan or Sebastian from Black Butler. Right now you can hear his voice as Norito in Seraph of the End, so why not check him out?
3. Asumi Kana
Asumi Kana is one of those seiyuu that have managed to gain a big fanbase not only through their voice-acting but also with their other talents. Similar to Hanazawa, Asumi is also a Japanese singer and after working for the agency Voice & Heart she is currently affiliated with 81 Produce.
Her career started around 2007 and since then she has managed to get some major roles. Nowadays, she is often found in Shoujo anime, for example as the character of Ran in the Shugo Chara series or Yuno in Hidamari Sketch. Her characters are mostly young girls that are full of energy and innocent at the same time. She really knows how to use her special voice to bring these characters to life.
2. Kaji Yuuki
Currently, Kaji Yuuki’s career is at a peak with him appearing in two major anime in the last couple of years. Not only did he voice Ayato from Tokyo Ghoul but also main lead of Attack on Titan, Eren Jaeger. But that’s not all since he’s already known as Yukine from Noragami and Shu from Guilty Crown. Chances are high that you have heard his voice at least once or twice if you are a commited anime fan.
One of Kaji’s main strength is being able to express a lot of emotions through his work and the fans seem to notice that. He’s highly popular and it’s unlikely that his career will slow down anytime soon.
1. Kamiya Hiroshi
Last but not least we have Kamiya Hiroshi who gave characters like Levi from Attack on Titan or Otonashi from Angel Beats! his voice. He works for Aoni Productions and also hosts several radio shows like “Dear Girl Stories” together with Ono Daisuke. He won numerous seiyuu awards and is widely regarded as one of the most successful and popular voice-actors out there.
Kamiya also works as a singer and contributed to the opening songs for Brothers Conflict and Shirokuma Cafe. Not only is his field of work pretty broad but also the range of characters that he voices. Personally I couldn’t believe that the person who gave Levi his cold and sophisticated voice also read the lines for the quirky and eccentric Kou from Arakawa under the Bridge. Kamiya really knows how to adapt himself to every situation.
This concludes our Top 5 list as well as our little excursion into the world of seiyuu. We hope you got a good overview over this line of work and what it means to be a voice-actor in Japan. As you can see, the five people we introduced today all have different backgrounds and also personal strategies on how to survive in the entertainment industry. What they have in common though is the passion they show for their work and this might be the secret to their success.
What are your personal opinions on these seiyuu? Who is your favorite one and who should be included on this list no matter what? Your comments are more than welcome down below.