Star Making Role: Anime & Manga
These voice actors and actresses made their names
in the anime scene. Due to its nature, there is sometimes some overlap
with video games
(or Western animation
, in the case of a few English-language voice actors).
Japanese Voice Actors (Seiyuu)
- Masako Ikeda in Ace Wo Nerae
- Tōru Furuya, Keiko Han and Shuichi Ikeda in Mobile Suit Gundam
- Masako Nozawa in Galaxy Express 999
- Toshio Furukawa and Fumi Hirano in Urusei Yatsura
- Show Hayami, Mika Doi and Mari Iijima in Super Dimension Fortress Macross
- Sumi Shimamoto in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Norio Wakamoto and Kazuki Yao in Dancougar
- Mayumi Tanaka in Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- Nozomu Sasaki in AKIRA
- Ryo Horikawa in Legend of Galactic Heroes
- Ryusei Nakao and Miki Itō in Dragon Ball Z
- Kappei Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara and Noriko Hidaka in Ranma ˝
- Kotono Mitsuishi, Aya Hisakawa, and Emi Shinohara in Sailor Moon
- Ai Orikasa, Yumi Takada, Chisa Yokoyama, Masami Kikuchi and Etsuko Kozakura in Tenchi Muyo!
- Toshiyuki Morikawa and Takehito Koyasu in Tekkaman Blade
- Megumi Ogata and Nobuyuki Hiyama in YuYu Hakusho
- Kikuko Inoue in Ah! My Goddess
- Tomokazu Seki in G Gundam
- Junko Iwao in Key the Metal Idol
- Nobutoshi Canna in Macross 7
- Yuko Miyamura and Akira Ishida in Neon Genesis Evangelion
- To some extent, Fumihiko Tachiki in the same series (as Gendo), although it was his role in Bleach that solidified his popularity.
- Hikaru Midorikawa, Toshihiko Seki and Ryōtarō Okiayu in Gundam Wing
- Atsuko Tanaka in Ghost in the Shell
- Omi Minami and Houko Kuwashima in Martian Successor Nadesico
- Maaya Sakamoto in The Vision of Escaflowne (although often mistaken for her debut role, it's actually pre-dated by her bit part in Ghost in the Shell)
- Tomoko Kawakami in Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Ikue Otani and Shinichiro Miki in Pokémon
- Sakura Tange in Card Captor Sakura
- Kaori Shimizu in Serial Experiments Lain
- Masaya Onosaka and Satsuki Yukino in Trigun
- Asami Sanada and Miyuki Sawashiro in Di Gi Charat
- Kazuya Nakai and Akemi Okamura in One Piece
- Ayako Kawasumi and Yui Horie in To Heart
- Junko Noda in Love Hina
- Mitsuki Saiga in The SoulTaker
- Rie Tanaka and Soichiro Hoshi in Gundam SEED
- Tomoko Kaneda, Yuu Asakawa and Yuki Matsuoka in Azumanga Daioh
- Mayumi Shintani in FLCL
- Ryō Hirohashi in Haibane Renmei
- Junko Takeuchi in Naruto
- Romi Park and Megumi Toyoguchi in Fullmetal Alchemist
- Chiwa Saito in Keroro Gunsou
- Natsuko Kuwatani in Rozen Maiden
- Masakazu Morita in Bleach
- Mamiko Noto in Maria-sama ga Miteru
- Nana Mizuki and Yukari Tamura in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Mai Nakahara in Mai Hi ME
- Yoko Honna in Futari Wa Pretty Cure
- KENN in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX
- Rie Kugimiya in Shakugan no Shana
- Rina Sato in Negima!
- Eri Kitamura in Blood+
- Mamoru Miyano in Death Note
- Kana Ueda and Junichi Suwabe (along with Bleach) in Fate/stay night
- Although you can also make a case for Kana's role as Yumi in Maria-sama ga Miteru as having been this.
- Aya Hirano, Daisuke Ono, Minori Chihara, Yuko Goto and Tomokazu Sugita in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Jun Fukuyama and Ami Koshimizu in Code Geass
- Hiroshi Kamiya and Yuuichi Nakamura in Gundam 00
- Kanae Itō in Shugo Chara!
- Katsuyuki Konishi, Tetsuya Kakihara, Marina Inoue and Yukari Fukui in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Megumi Nakajima and Aya Endo (plus singer May Nakabayashi) in Macross Frontier
- Emiri Katou in Lucky Star
- Shizuka Ito in Hayate the Combat Butler
- Kana Asumi in Hidamari Sketch
- Atsushi Abe and Nobuhiko Okamoto in A Certain Magical Index, and Satomi Arai in the spinoff, A Certain Scientific Railgun
- Haruka Tomatsu in Kannagi
- Kana Hanazawa in Bakemonogatari
- Aki Toyosaki, Yoko Hikasa, Minako Kotobuki, Satomi Sato and Ayana Taketatsu in K-On!.
- Nao Touyama in The World God Only Knows
- Hisako Kanemoto in Shinryaku! Ika Musume
- Suzuko Mimori, Sora Tokui, Izumi Kitta and Sasaki Mikoi in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
- Aoi Yuuki in Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Ai Kayano in Ano Hana The Flower We Saw That Day
- Yuka Ootsubo, Minami Tsuda, Rumi Ookubo and Shiori Mikami in Yuru-Yuri
- Megumi Han in Hunter × Hunter (2011).
- Kazuyuki Okitsu as Jonathan Joestar in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure TV anime
- Kaito Ishikawa in Suisei no Gargantia
- Aya Suzaki in Kill la Kill
- Daisuke Hirakawa, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki and Tsubasa Yonaga in Free!
English Voice Actors
- Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn and Wendee Lee in Cowboy Bebop
- Steve would later gain further fame as TOM, the host of Toonami.
- Chantal Strand and Samuel Vincent in Gundam SEED
- Johnny Yong Bosch (coupled with Trigun and Eureka Seven) and Michelle Ruff in Bleach
- Before this, Johnny was known for his roles as Adam Park and Vash. It wasn't until he got the role of Ichigo Kurosaki that his popularity began to soar.
- After landing the role of Rukia, Michelle Ruff was much more likely to be playing a lead role or a major supporting one.
- Crispin Freeman (coupled with Slayers) and JB Blanc in Hellsing
- Veronica Taylor and Eric Stuart (both coupled with Slayers) in Pokémon.
- In the Battle Frontier and beyond voice cast, Sarah Natochenny and Emily Bauer.
- Kari Wahlgren in FLCL
- Vic Mignogna, Caitlin Glass, and Travis Willingham in Fullmetal Alchemist
- Lisa Ortiz in the Slayers TV series, and Cynthia Martinez (who replaced Ortiz as the voice of Lina Inverse) in ADV's dubs of the movie and the OVA.
- Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
- Karen Strassman in Code Geass.
- Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Eric Vale and Sonny Strait in FUNimation's dub of Dragon Ball Z
- Yuri Lowenthal (coupled with Ben 10: Alien Force), Dave Wittenberg, Stephanie Sheh, Liam O Brien, and Kate Higgins, among others, from Naruto.
- Neil Ross in Voltron: Defender Of The Universe (specifically, the Go Lion half)
- Billie Lou Watt in Astro Boy
- Dan Green, Wayne Grayson (along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)) and Megan Hollingshead in Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Greg Ayres in Saiyuki
- Spike Spencer, Tiffany Grant and Amanda Winn Lee in Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Chris Patton and Luci Christian (the latter coupled with One Piece for Dallas based dubbing with FUNimation) in Full Metal Panic!
- Hilary Haag in Chrono Crusade (Though she did dubs for other series for ADV before this particular one).
- Laura Bailey in Fruits Basket
- Maryke Hendrikse in Black Lagoon.
- Richard Ian Cox, Kirby Morrow and Kelly Sheridan (the latter two coupled with The Vision of Escaflowne) in InuYasha
- Tabitha St. Germain (coupled with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) in The Ocean Group's dub of Shakugan no Shana
- Cherami Leigh for Shakugan no Shana (FUNimation Dub), Strike Witches, Soul Eater, or Fairy Tail (for Texas based work) and Sword Art Online (for California based work).
- Brad Swaile, Shannon Chan-Kent, and Alessandro Juliani in Death Note.
- Scott McNeil and Lisa Ann Beley in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
- Bryce Papenbrook in Durarara!!.
- Cassandra Lee and Christine Marie Cabanos (both would later team up as leads in Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and to a lesser extent, Shelby Lindley and Xanthe Huynh in K-On!.
- Carrie Keranen (even though she has done some earlier roles, such as Casca from Berserk) and Sarah Williams in Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
- Mark Gatha in Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
- Josh Grelle for Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.
- Todd Haberkorn for either Ouran High School Host Club, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Soul Eater, or Axis Powers Hetalia
- Justin Cook, John Burgmeier, and Chuck Huber for YuYu Hakusho.
- Colleen Clinkenbeard in Kiddy Grade and FUNimation's dub of One Piece.
- Micah Solusod and Jamie Marchi, among others, in Soul Eater.
- Alexis Tipton in Sekirei and My Bride Is a Mermaid.
- Jessica Calvello (coupled with Girls und Panzer eleven years later), Monica Rial (coupled with Princess Nine), and Jason Douglas in Excel♥Saga.
- Jason Griffith and Mike Pollock in Sonic X.
- Mela Lee in Fate/stay night.
- Brittney Karbowski in Pani Poni Dash! (for Houston-based work) and Soul Eater (for Dallas-based work).
- Eileen Stevens in Ah! My Goddess (TV series).
- Wally Wingert (tied with The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes) and Eden Riegel in Tiger & Bunny. The former was already a well known voice actor but lacked a big role.
- Joshua Seth, Michael Reisz, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Mona Marshall, Lara Jill Miller and Richard Epcar in Digimon Adventure.
- Lucien Dodge in Fate/Zero.
- Erik Kimerer in Accel World.
- Kira Buckland (coupled with Mugen Souls) in Rinne no Lagrange and Accel World.
- David Matranga and Shelley Calene-Black (coupled with Noir) in Sorcerer Stabber Orphen.
- Jessica Boone, Kira Vincent-Davis (coupled with Elfen Lied, which she starred in one year later) and Nancy Novotny in Azumanga Daioh.
- Brianne Siddall in .hack//SIGN.
- Erica Mendez in Magi - Labyrinth of Magic.
- Brina Palencia in Rebuild of Evangelion and Spice and Wolf.
- Emily Neves in CLANNAD and Broken Blade.
- Tia Ballard in Fairy Tail.
- Austin Tindle, Jad Saxton, and Morgan Garrett in Is This a Zombie?.
- Caitlynn French in Bodacious Space Pirates and Girls und Panzer.
- Ian Sinclair in Toriko and Space Dandy.
- Jerry Jewell and Alison Viktorin in FUNimation's short-lived dub of Case Closed
- David Vincent in GUN×SWORD.
- Erica Schroeder (Under the name Bella Hudson) and Marc Diraison for the 4Kids Entertainment dub of One Piece.