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Top Five Japanese Voice Actresses

Over the next few weeks we will be choosing our favourite Japanese and English voice actors and actresses. Disagree with our choices? Make sure you let us know your favourites via Twitter and Facebook.

Kana Hanazawa
Kana Hanazawa

Twenty-six year old Kana Hanazawa has been active as a voice actress since 2003, and as a singer since 2012. She is a consistent fan-favourite and has appeared in many anime and video games over the years. Her notable anime roles include Onodera Kosaki in Nisekoi, Akane Tsunemori in Psycho-Pass, and Kanade Tachibana in Angel Beats! Notable video game roles include Marie in Persona 4 Golden and Persona Q, and Mayuri Shiina in Steins;Gate; both of these roles were reprised in the anime adaptations. She is a part of five Winter 2016 anime, including Ojisan to Marshmallow and Girls Beyond the Wasteland.

Sora Amamiya
Sora Amamiya

Twenty-two year old Sora Amamiya has only been active since 2012, but, despite sporting a much smaller filmography than others, she is an excellent voice actress. Notable roles include that of Kaori Fukimiya in One Week Friends, Jin Hazuki in Blade & Soul, and Elizabeth Lyonesse in The Seven Deadly Sins. Two of the Winter 2016 anime include Sora Amimiya among their cast: Divine Gate, and Konosuba.

Yui Horie
Yui Horie

Thirty-nine year old Yui Horie is both a voice actress and singer-songwriter, having been active since 1997.  She is the voice of fan-favourite character Chie Satonaka from Persona 4, in both the video game and anime adaptations, alongside its spin-offs. In recent years, Yui Hori created, and voices, the Miss Monochrome character; the anime of the same name has had three short-form series thus far. Yui Horie has featured in recent anime such as Black Bullet, as Kisara Tendou, and Golden Time, as female lead Koko Kaga. Despite a large filmography, Yui Horie is only in two Winter 2016 anime, Konosuba and Maho Girls PreCure!, the latest in the Pretty Cure franchise.

Miyuki Sawashiro
Miyuki Sawashiro

Thirty year old Miyuki Sawashiro has been active since 1999. She voiced Perrine H. Clostermann in both seasons of Strike Witches, and the movie. More recently, she voiced Bishamon, as a recurring character in the first season, and main in the second season, of Noragami. On top of this, she is the current voice of popular character Fujiko Mine from the Lupin III franchise. Currently Miyuki Sawashiro can be heard in the latest installment of the long-running franchise, Lupin III Part 4, and Durarara!!.

Aoi Yuuki
Aoi Yuukii

Although she is only twenty-three years old, Aoi Yuuki, born Aoi Yabusaki, has been active since 1996 – however, her first anime role was in 2003. Most notably, she is the voice of Madoka Kaname in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica television anime and the films. She has also voiced Hana Oshiroi in Ben-to, Komachi Hikigaya in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, and Varel Jin in Blade & Soul. She is currently featured in Erased, and Divine Gate of the Winter 2016 season.

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