Ever watch an anime with original Japanese voices and realized that something about a dude's voice is a little off? It might be because, much like many American cartoons, tons of men in anime are voiced by women. On this list, you'll find many lead male characters in anime whose roles are reversed behind the scenes. From tough guys to young adolescents, these ladies not only voice both men and women, they win awards for their work too.
You'll find that many lead roles of A-list and insanely popular shounen anime are actually voiced by leading ladies in the industry, many of whom possess a stellar singing career on the side! With magnitudes of talent, these women are really a huge staple in the entertainment industry as a whole.
Born in 1972, and pushing her way through major series in the anime industry ever since, Junko Takeuchi's niche is voicing goofy and quirky male anime characters. It seems to be working out stunningly for her, as she's taken many roles since she started her career in 1996, such as Naruto's own title hero Uzumaki Naruto, Metabee in Medabots, Mamoru Endou in Inazuma Eleven, and even Gumball Watterson in the Japanese localization of The Amazing World of Gumball.
Marina Inoue made her big debut as a singer and voice actress when she was chosen for the title role in OVA Le Portrait de Petit Cossette on "Gonna Be A Star." Since 2004, her dynamic voice allowed her to play a variety of major roles in highly popular anime series like the beautiful Kyōko Mogami in Skip-Beat! and Armin Arlelt in Attack on Titan.
Born in 1972, Romi Park is a Korean voice actress whose main typecast is tough and mature preteen boys who also double as prodigies. Edward Elric of Full Metal Alchemist and Shaman King's Tao Ren are perfect examples of this. Park's voice acting isn't just limited to tough guys, though; studios also like to cast her as "punky" females in anime, such as Naruto's Tamari.
Voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto made her debut in the world of voice acting in 1992 and has been a complete powerhouse ever since. Best known for her female lead roles of Hitomi Kanzaki in The Vision of Escaflowne, and Motoko Kusanagi of Ghost in the Shell, she also possesses a delicate yet abrasive voice capable of making a perfect match for younger male characters like Ciel Phantomhive, the lead character in Black Butler.