Top Five Japanese Voice Actresses

As it’s International Women’s Day this month, we thought now is a great time to share with you our favourite Japanese voice actresses!

Kana Hanazawa
Kana Hanazawa

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.

 

Sora Amamiya
Sora Amamiya

Sora Amamiya has 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.

 

Yui Horie
Yui Horie

Yui Horie has been active since 1997 and is both a voice actress and singer-songwriter. She’s 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.

 

Miyuki Sawashiro
Miyuki Sawashiro

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 Sinon in Sword Art Online and Fujiko Mine from the Lupin III franchise.

 

Aoi Yuuki
Aoi Yuukii

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.

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