Natsumi Yanase is a veteran seiyuu born May 10, 1971. She was born in Tokyo, and uses the pseudonym Maki Izumi when playing roles in adult games. Her voice has a unique soft and nasal tonal quality, making her perfect for playing Yamato Nadeshiko characters and Shrinking Violet, though she occasionally plays roles outside her pigeonhole. Like many other seiyuu, she occasionally sings character songs and openings, and is reputed to be good at hitting high notes. She also loves cats.
Notable roles by Natsumi Yanase:
- Fia in Riviera: The Promised Land
- Chihiro Shindou in ef - a fairy tale of the two.
- Norn, Fee, and Nell Ellis in the Atelier Iris series
- Kaede Yuzuki in Haru No Ashioto
- Komari Kamikita in Little Busters!
- Himeko in Narcissu Side 2nd
- Akane Hanasaki in Da Capo II
- Manaka Kiryū in RapeLay (as Izumi Maki)
- Nanami in Valkyrie Profile
- Rikuson Hakugen in KoihimeMusou
- Ea in I/O
- Nanami in Soul Link
- Marion in Katahane
- Shizuru Kamigusa in Radirgy Noa
- Waka Kyogoku in Moe! Ninja Girls RPG