Kaori Shimizu is a versatile voice actress that for some reason tends to avoid the spotlight. She rarely appears in hit shows, and if she does, she doesn't do their main protagonist (except for her debut). However, most of the characters she has voiced are recognized as great characters and mostly well liked. Basically, this translates to cult status as a voice-over actress. She currently seems to be pigeonholed into calm, cool, stoic characters, mostly with tender sides that pop up time to time, but can also be found voicing roles at the opposite end of that spectrum. She has also done Nightmare Fuel and debuted as Lain, but the one role that has probably shot her to fame is Signum.
She announced her marriage with...an ordinary man with no links with voice-acting industry in December 2017.
Notable roles by Kaori Shimizu:
- Akira Takano in School Rumble
- W-07 Aschen Brodel & W-17 Lamia Loveless in the Super Robot Wars Franchise
- Boogiepop in Boogiepop Phantom
- Chihaya Kisaragi in Idolmaster: Xenoglossia
- Hazuki Sakurazaka in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
- Hiyori Tamura in Lucky Star (oh so Playing Against Type)
- Kaya Narumi in Aoi Shiro
- Kumi Kawamura in Alien Nine
- Lain Iwakura in Serial Experiments Lain (Debut role)
- Little Sister in BioShock (if you ever get a Japanese copy of it...)
- Lou Roux in Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
- Miki "Destiny Fucker" in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
- Motoko Minagawa in Fruits Basket
- Nonoha in Phi Brain: Puzzle of God
- Noriko Nijou in Maria-sama ga Miteru
- Richia Spodune in Tales of Hearts (a different spectrum of Playing Against Type)
- Signum in Lyrical Nanoha
- Zenia Valov in Arcana Heart 2
Despite being not quite so well known, she has quite a relationship with Mamiko Noto, as she has the dubious honor of being "the only one to closely mimic Mamiko's voice." She also seems to be good friend with fellow voice-over actor Kana Ueda, who had their roles kind of reversed in between Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. She also recently has been cast together with Marina Inoue. Hitomi Nabatame, who likes to hit on her female coworkers, refers to her as "Wife #3."
P.S: Apparently there is another person with the same name as her, and amongst her portfolio, she is a model and has voiced Athena Asamiya during her old Psycho Soldier game. This is not Kaori Shimizu the voice actress described above, so don't think that Psycho Soldier or The King of Fighters are amongst her portfolio.
Western counterpart? For Texas, Luci Christian. For New York, Debora Rabbai.