Behind Your Favorite Anime Characters: Best Japanese Voice Actors
Who is your favorite seiyuu?
Watching anime is probably one of the favorite hobbies of kids, teens, and young adults who are engaged in Japanese culture. For whatever reasons we have for watching it, whether for fun, entertainment, learning or just simply a way to chill, there's no doubt that watching anime never fails to amaze us. Of course, aside from the brilliant animations, unique characters, and mind-twisting plot and story, we satisfy our happiness by our fandoms, OTPs, and even sometimes, simply hearing the voice of your favorite anime character makes you go "kyaaaaa!"
Speaking of anime characters, anime fans are all aware that their voices are being dubbed by voice actors, and these voice actors are called 'Seiyuu' in Japanese language. Being a seiyuu is a nice job, given the fact that voice acting in Japan is widespread because it is the country where anime originates. Today, Japan produces 60% of the animated series in the world, and our seiyuus are working on the voices of our characters. Have you ever wonder who's the man behind Light Yagami? Can you still remember his crazy laugh? How about Levi Heichou's authoritative voice? Sebastian Michaelis' sexy voice? Now, let's meet them and have a closer look on them.
1. Hiroshi Kamiya
Born on January 28, 1975 at Matsudo, Chiba. Hiroshi Kamiya's voice is known for having authority, and the perfect voice for cool-type characters like Akashi and Levi. He is working for Aoni Production, and won the "Best Lead Actor" and "Best Personality" award at the Third Seiyuu Awards and "Best Supporting Actor" at the Second Seiyuu Awards. He is also awarded as the "Best Personality in Radio" and "Most Popular" seiyuu for four consecutive years, during the Afachan Asia 2015.
Along with Daisuke Ono, he is hosting a talk show, "Dear Girl Stories". It has also been said by Ono that despite his tough and cool-looking personality, he is actually a 'tsundere'.
He is best known for his roles as:
- Akashi Seijuuro from Kuroko no Basket
- Levi from Shingeki no Kyojin
- Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!!
- Trafalgar Law from One Piece
- Yato from Noragami
- Hiroomi Souma from Working!
- Yuzuru Otonashi from Angel Beats
- Takashi Natsume from Natsume Yujin Cho
- Koyomi Araragi from Monogatari, and
- Juli from Brothers' Conflict
Although his voice seemed so arrogant in most of his roles, his voice is still attractive! Anyway, just try to imagine Levi Heicho, Akashi Seijuuro, and Izaya laughing for a while... now... let's hear the actual laugh in the video below:
2. Daisuke Ono
Probably one of the sexiest and the hottest voice you'd hear in the history of voice acting, Daisuke Ono is prominently known for his role as 'one hell of a butler', Sebastian Michaelis. Born on May 4, 1978 at Sakawa, Takaoka District,Kōchi Prefecture, Japan, he is working for Mausu Production. He weighs 64 kg (about 141 lbs) and his height is 174 cm (about 5’8”).
He won the "Best Voice Actor" award during the 4th Seiyuu Award and along with Kamiya, he won the "Best Personality in Radio" during the Afachan Asia 2015.
He is also noted for his roles and tandems with his fellow seiyuu, Hiroshi Kamiya. He is popular for voicing the following popular anime characters:
- Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji
- Midorima Shintaro from Kuroko no Basuke
- Erwin Smith from Shingeki no Kyojin
- Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!!
- Jun Sato from Working!
- Yakumo Saitou from Psychic Detective Yakumo
- Kou Ichijou from Persona 4
- Sinbad from Magi
- Subaru Asahina from Brothers' Conflict
- Itsuki Koizumi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Let's watch his compilation roles' video below:
3. Mamoru Miyano
Best known for his voice as Yagami Light from Death Note, Mamoru Miyano is one of the most prominent voice actors of Japan. Born June 8, 1983 at Saitama Prefecture, Japan, he is also known for his career as a musician. His debut album, 'Break' was released on March 2009. He won the "Best Voice Actor" award at the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair, and during the 2008 Seiyu Awards, he won the "Best Lead Actor Award" for his role as Setsuna F Seiei in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and as Hakugen Rikuson in Kōtetsu Sangokushi.
His height is 5' 11¾" (1.82 m), and his hobbies are playing harp and soccer. He married in late 2008.
He is known for his voice as:
- Yagami Light from Death Note
- Rin Matsuoka from Free!
- Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club
- Tokiya Ichinose from Uta no Prince-Sama
- Zero Kiryu from Vampire Knight
- Rintaro Okabe from Steins Gate
- Setsuna Seiei from Mobile Suit Gundam 00
- Joker from Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus
- Death the Kid from Soul Eater
- Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul
He has also a very funny yet cute laugh! Watch the video below:
4. Kaji Yuki
Kaji Yuki is popular for his voice as Eren Yeager in the anime series Shingeki no Kyojin. Born September 3, 1985 from Tokyo, he was part of the 4-unit singing group G.Addict. He has won the "Best New Actor" Award in the 3rd Seiyuu Awards in 2009, as well as the "Best Male Lead Role Award" for two consecutive years during the 7th and 8th Seiyuu Awards 2013 and 2014. He started his voice acting role as Chikage Ukyo in Ouran High School Host Club.
Looking young and handsome, he is noted for his voice roles as:
- Eren Yeager from Shingeki no Kyojin
- Yukine from Noragami
- Alibaba Saluja from Magi
- Kozume Kenma from Haikyuu!
- Yumasaki Walker from Durarara!!!
- Shu Maiko from Nisekoi
- Asahina Wataru from Brothers' Conflict
- Ayato Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul
- Makoto Shinozaki from Overdrive
- Finnian from Kuroshitsuji
- Ouma Shu from Guilty Crown
But before he became popular as seiyuu, here is a short video clip showing him as a girl in a TV show. P.S. he is only 19 here. Enjoy!
5. Kenichi Suzumura
Born on September 12, 1974 at Niigita Prefecture, Kenichi Suzumura is a voice actor known for his jolly, lively, childish, and cheerful roles such as Momo from Free! and Lavi from D-Gray Man. He is called Suzuken by his fans and fellow seiyuus. He is part of the group Nazo no Shin Unit Starmen with Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Kishio, Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Makoto Yasumura, and Kosuke Toriumi. He is married to fellow voice actress Maaya Sakamoto.
Suzuken is popular for his roles as:
- Lavi from D-Gray Man
- Mikoshiba Momotaro from Free!
- Murasakibara Atsushi from Kuroko no Basket
- Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club
- Okita Sougo from Gintama
- Masato Hijirikawa from Uta no Prince Sama
- Yoshitake from Daily Lives of High School Boys
- Rogue Cheney from Fairy Tail
- Tsubaki Asahina from Brothers' Conflict
- Reo Mouri from Gakuen Alice
Here is a video of Suzuken's compilation roles: