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TOP FIVE JAPANESE VOICE ACTORS

Monday 18th April 2016


Following on from our English voice actor article, it's time to share with you our favourite Japanese language voice actors. Make sure you let us know your favourites via Twitter and Facebook.

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

29 year old Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is probably best known for voicing the main protagonist in Sword Art Online, Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya. He has portrayed similar leading roles in other anime as well; Sora in No Game No Life, and Bell Cranel in Is It Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? Yoshitsugu isn’t solely type-cast as an adventurer though, with other roles such as The Comic Artist and his Assistants’ Yuuki Aito, and Food Wars’ Souma Yukihira; Food Wars is one of the latest Matsuoka roles, with the second season due to start this summer. He also voices the male protagonist in Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, a game that was released in the west earlier this year.

Hiroshi Kamiya

Hiroshi Kamiya

Active since 1992, the 41 year old Hiroshi Kamiya is best known for roles such as Izaya Orihara in Durarara!!, Yuzuru Otonashi in Angel Beats, and minor god Yato in both Noragami and sequel series Noragami Aragoto. Supporting roles of his include Ittetsu Takeda in Haikyu!! and fan-favourite character Levi Ackerman in Attack on Titan. Currently, he voices Choromatsu Matsuno, one of the sextuplets, in Osomatsu-san. Alongside fellow voice actor Daisuke Ono, he hosts the Japanese radio show Dear Girl Stories.

Jun Fukuyama

Jun Fukuyama

Jun Fukuyama is a 37 year old voice actor and singer who is potentially best known for voicing Code Geass’ Lelouch Lamperouge. He has also voiced Kazuma in Noragami, Tricen in Amagi Brilliant Park, and the Dark Flame Master, Yuuta Togashi in Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions. Currently, he voices Ichimatsu Matsuno, one of the sextuplets, in Osomatsu-san, and Koro-sensei in Assassination Classroom. You may also recognise him in Sekko Boys as the idol Hermes. We look forward to hearing his characterisation of Kinako in Twin Star Exorcists next month. When it comes to video games, he is known for voicing Roy in the Super Smash Bros. series of games; he is also set to voice the protagonist in the upcoming Persona 5 video game.

Daisuke Ono

Daisuke Ono

Active since 2001, and freelancing since earlier this year, Daisuke Ono has starred in a variety of popular anime. He is perhaps best known for voicing Joutarou Kuujou in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, and a supporting role as Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan. Magi’s Sinbad and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’s Itsuki Koizumi are another two notable roles. Currently, he voices Juushimatsu Matsuno, one of the sextuplets, in Osomatsu-san, and Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!! Alongside fellow voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya, he hosts the Japanese radio show Dear Girl Stories.

Yuuichi Nakamura

Yuuichi Nakamura

Although not possessing quite as extensive a history of roles as some other VAs, 36 year old Yuuichi Nakamura is responsible for some excellent roles, especially in the last couple of years. Some of his more well-known roles include Gray Fullbuster in Fairy Tail, main character Umetarou Nozaki in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, and Tatsuya Shiba in The Irregular at Magic High School. He has also provided the voice for Clannad’s Okazaki Tomoya, Seraph of the End’s Guren Ichinose, and supporting character Tetsurou Kuroo in Haikyu!! Currently, he voices Karamatsu Matsuno, one of the sextuplets, in Osomatsu-san, and Yuuichi Jin in World Trigger.

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