Yūko Gotō (born August 28, 1975 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan) has the voice of a Nice Girl, but is a damn competent biker in Real Life. She's also a fluent English-speaker, which means she gets cast as foreign characters a fair bit. (She studied at a university in Nagoya to be an English translator, but dropped out to go into TV production work.)
Gotō first gained recognition in her Yandere role as Kaede in SHUFFLE! However, with that said, her roles in Haruhi Suzumiya and Hidamari Sketch shot her to fame and basically made her the go-to lady for sweet, kind-hearted ladies who may (or may not) have something up their sleeves. Of course, considering her Badass Biker real life background, they make fun of it in Lucky Star. Apparently likes Fist of the North Star and her favorite character is Souther/Thouther, which led to her pseudonym in Lucky Star: "Gothouther-sama".
Apparently, Gotō is sick and tired of people treating her like a sweetie just because she is good at playing the role. If you do, be prepared to get hurt really REALLY HARD.
Recently appointed as one of the heads of the Hokuto Musou game. She is also known for forming the "Forever 29" movement, similar to Kikuko Inoue's "Forever 17", only that, you know, say "Always 29 years old."
She has several autoimmune disorders (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and Lupus, having diagnosed of the former as a teen), and in mid-2012 she got sent to the hospital due to a flare-up affecting her heart, lung and vessels. She was on a hiatus for two and a half months and was only out in late September. Thankfully by October 4th, she managed to recover and return. Unfortunately, the chronic nature of her condition continues to seriously affect her voice acting, so may we wish her the best. While she is still active in the voice acting industry, her constant health problems have severely slowed down her career after 2012.
Roles done by Yūko Gotō:
- Abiru Kobushi in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
- Anya Alstreim, Mutsuki Minase and Monica Kruszewski in Code Geass
- An assistant class president who is unnamed as of yet in Kämpfer
- Avril in Blessing of the Campanella
- Bunny in the Japanese dub of Courage the Cowardly Dog
- Cashmere in Lime-iro Ryukitan X
- Chachamaru in Nyanpire: The Animation
- Chihiro in Narcissu
- Cierra in Riviera: The Promised Land
- Constance in Granblue Fantasy
- Cris from Itazura Na Kiss ("Oh! Zat is gweat!" Also to note, that this is after she did Kate.)
- Drone in Interspecies Reviewers
- Eugene Horowitz in the Japanese dub of Hey Arnold!
- Farnese in Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō
- Futaba Riho in Simple Series, a set of budget games which has a bit more appeal than most american budget games.
- Fortune and Edinburgh in Azur Lane
- Gothouther-sama in Lucky Star
- Hikari Hanazono in Special A
- Hikaru Minato in Full Metal Daemon Muramasa
- Hiro in Hidamari Sketch
- Houtou/Hinari in Koihime†Musou
- Ichiko Takashima in Otoboku - Maidens Are Falling For Me
- Jacqueline in Arakawa Under the Bridge
- Junko Kaname in Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Playing Against Type — Considering her personality, it's actually quite fitting)
- Kaede Fuyou in SHUFFLE!
- Kirara Kinoshita in SHUFFLE! Episode 2
- Kate in Sketchbook ~full color'S (Surprisingly Good English indeed!)
- Kaori Mana in Ookami Kakushi
- Luffina in Hexyz Force
- Maou in 2 episodes of Hayate the Combat Butler
- Mayu Matsukaze in Why the Hell Are You Here, Teacher!?
- Menace in Queen's Blade
- Mikuru Asahina in Haruhi Suzumiya
- Miyu Kasumizawa in Blue Archive
- Miyu Kuonji in They Are My Noble Masters
- Nae "Georgie" Saikawa, the teacher and other background characters in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
- Nanami Konoe in Lamune
- Naru Otori in We Without Wings
- Neige in Mega Man Zero 4
- Poini Coon in Otomedius (a Child Prodigy polyglot)
- Riannon in Tears to Tiara
- Ririko Higuchi in Sharin no Kuni
- Saori Shikikagami in Ladies versus Butlers!
- Shikikagura Suzushiro from Princess Waltz.
- Susanna Hopkins in Genshiken ("Real hardcore!")
- Yukie "Mayucchi" Mayuzumi and Matsukaze in Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!
- Yuuna Kobe in Happy Sugar Life