Voice actors, also known as seiyus, play a key role in bringing fan-favorite characters to life. Like English voice artists, Japanese voice artists are immensely talented. There's a lot of pressure placed on these specific performers, as they're the ones giving their character an initial voice. It's their decisions that shape how the character is introduced to the world. With that in mind, it's clear these actors deserve far more recognition than they have received.
Who are the best Japanese voice actors in anime? With such incredible talent to choose from, it's hard to select just a handful - but these actors have extensive resumes and regularly deliver powerful performances.
Romi Park is a Korean-Japanese voice actress who was born in Edogawa, Tokyo. She tends to play tough, aggressive female characters and male characters who are considered geniuses - Edward Elric (one of her most notable roles) is a clear example of this. Park has also provided voices for video game characters and Japanese dubs of Western media, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Matrix Revolutions.
Notable Roles: Temari - Naruto, Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist, Tōshirō Hitsugaya - Bleach, Zoe Hange - Attack on Titan, Ragyo Kiryuin - Kill la KillIs this voice actor amazing?
Jun Fukuyama has a wide range of vocal abilities, lending his talents to unique characters like Lelouch and Koro-sensei. In addition to his anime work, he sometimes lends his voice to Japanese dubs of Western media like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. In 2017, he announced his intention to host a concert, proving himself to be a musical talent as well.
Notable Roles: Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass, Yukio Okumura - Ao no Exorcist, Koro-sensei - Assassination Classroom, Yuuta Togashi - Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Kimihiro Watanuki - xxxHolicIs this voice actor amazing?
Miyuki Sawashiro is an acclaimed voice actor who won the Special Jury Prize for her very first role in Di Gi Charat. Sawashiro is one of the only voice actors who's played the same role in both the Japanese and English versions of a show (Puchiko in Leave it to Piyoko). She even moved abroad to Pennsylvania to learn and practice English.
Notable Roles: Beelzebub - Beelzebub, Celty Sturluson - Durarara!!, Kurapika - Hunter x Hunter, Sinon - Sword Art Online II, Haruka Nanami - Uta no Prince-sama, Puchiko - Leave it to PiyokoIs this voice actor amazing?
Rie Kugimiya is an award-winning voice actress active in the industry since 1992. Because she's lent her voice to several tsundere characters like Taiga Aisaka and Louise, she's known to some as the "queen of tsundere."
Notable Roles: Alphonse Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist, 001 - Darling in the FranXX, Louise - The Familiar of Zero, Taiga Aisaka - Toradora!, Kagura - GintamaIs this voice actor amazing?