Megumi Ogata (緒方 恵美, born June 6, 1965) is a stage musical actress-turn-voice actress note who has a following due to her unique voice, particularly her lower coarse voice which makes her one of the more famous go-to voice actresses for bishonen characters, and was named the first celebrity voice actress to startup the "Cool Boy typecast; a trend followed by ladies like Romi Park, Mitsuki Saiga and Junko Minagawa; contrasting and splitting from Rica Matsumoto's Hotblooded boys line in an era where various character typecasts set shape. note
Ogata was famous for her roles as Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion, the original Haruka Tenoh / Sailor Uranus of Sailor Moon, and her debut as Kurama in YuYu Hakusho. One very notable exception is her being the very willowy and girly Princess Emeraude, though she made up for it by later portraying the very bishonen Eagle in the next season.
She wasn't very active in the anime industry for a period of time, as after Happily Married a man 14 years her junior, she focused primarily on her singing career and her marriage. However, her burst of roles from Special A, Bleach, The Dangan Ronpa Series, Assassination Classroom, and reprising her roles as Shinji, Yukito, Yue, and Kurama has pushed her back into voice-acting.
Ogata is a close friend of Shinichi Yamada, and the late Shiho Niiyama since the three of them were classmates at the same voice acting school prior to their debut. It was also revealed that Ogata has ties with "The Mother of Japanese Voice Actors", Mari Shimizu, due to Shimizu's daughter being high school classmates with Ogata.
Ogata was awarded The Kazue Takahashi Award note at the 7th Annual Seiyuu Awards in 2012.
And if you just want the list of the works she has done, here they are:
- Akira/Goki in Kishin Douji Zenki
- Ann Gora in the Japanese dub of SWAT Kats
- Aoi Kagami in Ao no Kanata Four Rhythm
- Aro Isemi in Fate/Prototype
- Ayato Naoi in Angel Beats!
- Adult Valkyrie and Valkyrie Ghost in UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie
- Billy Batson in the Japanese dub of SHAZAM!
- Cranberry in Magical Girl Raising Project
- Colonel Mirror in Dengeki Stryker
- Grimnir in Rage of Bahamut, Shadowverse, and Granblue Fantasy
- Harara Hagakure in Apocalypse Zero
- Ioder Argylos Heurassein in Tales of Vesperia
- Itona Horibe in Assassination Classroom
- Jan Van Ruthberg in Animamundi Dark Alchemist
- Jun Ebisutani in Tokimeki Memorial Radio and Drama CDs
- June Lin Milliam in Star Gladiator
- Johann in Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
- Karen the General of the West in B't X
- Ken Amada in Persona 3 and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax
- Kenshin Himura in the Rurouni Kenshin dramas CDs
- Kumagawa Misogi in Medaka Box Abnormal
- Kurama in the YuYu Hakusho franchise (Debut and Star-Making Role)
- Makoto Naegi in Danganronpa
- Masaya Aoyama in Tokyo Mew Mew.
- Maya Kitajima in the Glass Mask OAVs
- Mega Man X in Mega Man X1note
- Oboro Yumeshima in Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
- Petz and Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the Sailor Moon franchise
- Princess Emeraude and Eagle Vision in Magic Knight Rayearth (Playing Against Type with the former)
- Protagonist/Kimimaru in Dancing Blade: Katte ni Momotenshi!
- Ring Mao in the Super Robot Wars franchise
- Shinji Ikari in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise
- Shion and her successor Xiao in Phantasy Star Online 2
- Sizer in Violinist of Hameln
- Sou in Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World
- Tier Harribel in Bleach
- Tsubaki 'Ookami' in Konohana Kitan
- Yugi Muto in Yu-Gi-Oh! season 0.
- Yukimura Sanada and Kosuke Anayama in the Samurai Deeper Kyo anime and drama CDs
- Yukito Tsukishiro and Yue in the Cardcaptor Sakura franchise
- Yuria Murai in Great Teacher Onizuka, once again Playing Against Type