My Top 5 All Time Favourite Seiyuu/Anime Voice Actors

When watching anime, one must always stop and listen to the character’s voice and figure out whether they know the owner of the said voice before googling them. Anime will not be sufficient without the voice actors or as they call it “seiyuu”(声優).  I have watched anime ever since I was in primary school and even though I am reaching adulthood, anime will always have a special place in my heart. I have fangirled for years and have no plans to stop. These top 5 seiyuus are all male (I prefer shounen over shoujo) and whenever they are casted in an anime, I will always  recognise their voices immediately. They will be ranked from 5 to 1 which actually has no meaning since I love them all equally and have so much admiration for them. Imagine adoring someone just through their voice? Hah! Let’s start with : 

5. 宮野真守 (Miyano Mamoru)

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If you’re an avid anime fan, just by hearing his voice or seeing his name, you already know this charming guy. His seiyuu friends and fans call him Mamo and his well-known roles include Yagami Light (Death Note), Fushimi Saruhiko (K series), Tsukiyama Shuu (Tokyo Ghoul series), Ichinose Tokiya (Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love series) and one of my favourites are Dazai Osamu (Bungou Stray Dogs) and Matsuoka Rin (Free! series). Mamo can embody any character given to him with ease from a clumsy, cheerful guy to a disturbed and quiet character. He not only can act out multiple impressions but can also sing. He has this presence that whenever he’s on stage for an event or a concert, he shines and everyone acknowledges his presence. He is definitely a man of many talents. He is such a delightful and funny person in real life too. What I would do to meet him.

 

4. 鈴木達央 (Suzuki Tatsuhisa)

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Don’t let me start with this guy. (He is the man of my dreams) I first known him from the Kuroko no Basket series as Takao Kazunari (one of my favourites). His laughter is so contagious whenever Takao laughs I love it so much. The thing about Tatsu is his voice is originally so soothing to me. You know, like, comforting. A character he played named Tachibana Makoto (Free! series) is so cute and got every fangirl in the world kyaa-ing. He plays a character who is kind and considerate but is also adorably a scaredy cat and a worrywart ugh I can’t handle . And I loved his role as Tsubaki in Servamp. His sinister laugh and the coolness of his voice is just amazing. Watch Servamp and you’ll know what I mean. His roles in animes are Yoshida Haru (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun), Kurosaki Ranmaru (Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love series), Mukami Yuuma (Diabolik Lovers) to name a few. He is also the frontman of the band オルドコデックス (OLDCODEX) and has provided OPs and EDs (soundtracks) for some animes including the Free! series, God Eater, Kuroko no Basket series, Servamp and much more. He’s also charming in real life and I love it when he’s close to his seiyuu friends and calls them by their given names it’s so cute.

 

3. 内山昂輝 (Uchiyama Kouki)

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Despite rarely smiling in photos, he’s a really funny guy in person. Just by watching seiyuu events with him joking around with his fellow seiyuu friends and probably the only one with the sense of humility (in Haikyuu Matsuri event he refused to dance on stage when everyone else did haha but when he did the “yay!” cheer he got so embarrassed he immediately sat down during the introduction part hahaha) . Also during Haikyuu!! Winter Training Camp event where fellow seiyuu co-star or the mother of the group, Irino Miyu told him to act like an adult haha I love the childish yet shy side of him. His role as Asaba Yuuta in Kimi to Boku series attracted me to him as he had this cool demeanor about him. Probably most of the character he plays is snarky, quick-witted and cool like Tsukishima Kei in Haikyuu!! (mine, all mine) and Yuri Plisetsky in YURI!! On ICE. I can listen to his voice all day and still love him more. Some of his roles include Naoe Tsuyoshi (Nijiiro Days), Ichijou Raku (Nisekoi), Evans (Soul Eater), Shigaraki Tomura (Boku no Hero Academia) and Harada Takumi (Battery). 

 

2. 諏訪部順一 (Suwabe Junichi)

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Let me tell you about this man. He has one of the SEXIEST voices in anime history and I know a lot of anime fans would agree because his voice has no age limit. He voiced a 27 year old russian figure skater named Victor Nikiforov (YURI!! On ICE) who is seductive yet playful (whenever he smiles, his mouth is shaped like a heart dear lord save me) and also a 16 year old airhead and self-loving basketball player named Aomine Daiki (Kuroko no Basket  series) and oh my goodness I love how much of a delinquent yet badass he sounds. He has been in so many animes because really, who can refuse such a heavenly voice?  Not only that, he also sings. My god. What a combo! Some of his works include Jae-ha (Akatsuki no Yona), Archer (Fate/stay night), Undertaker(Kuroshitsuji series),  Atobe Keigo (Prince of Tennis series), Ootori Itsuki (Starmyu) (I love him) and Jinguuji Ren (Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love). We should be thankful for his existence because without him, anime wouldn’t be enjoyable (to me). 

 

1. 細谷佳正 (Hosoya Yoshimasa)

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Hosoya-san’s voice is just mesmerising. It’s deep but is reassuring. He can be the goofball ace of the volleyball team like Azumane Asahi in Haikyuu!! and even the cool as hell yet  intimidating backstroke swimmer named Yamazaki Sousuke (Free! series). If you watch the seiyuu events he was in, you’d love his personality. He’s shy yet outspoken, funny but doesn’t get the joke sometimes. Hosoya-san can also be awkward at times and whenever he starts to get nervous he’d talk really fast and even forgets what he wants to say. But, he said he always tries his best. He’s also playful like whenever he meets with Miyano Mamoru (they have worked together in several animes) and I love his raspy laugh. He speaks his mind and that’s what makes him funny and a really chill dude. In Kurobas Cup 2013, his Tanabata wish was to be better at talk corners which is so adorable. A few roles that I personally love are Nezumi (No.6), Hyuuga Junpei (Kuroko no Basket series), Kunikida Doppo (Bungou Stray Dogs), Sekizan Takuya (All Out!!), Ohta (Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge) and Reiner Braun (Shingeki no Kyojin series). I also love it when he screams in any anime he’s in. He must feel really embarrassed screaming in a booth aww. For a small man, his voice is manly and that’s what I love about him.

That is my top 5 all time favourite anime seiyuus! I love doing top 5 lists and let me know if you want me to do more. Like I said, the ranking doesn’t mean anything; I love them all equally and fangirl about them on a daily basis. Hope you enjoyed my list and share yours if you have any!

Great Teacher Onizuka (Japanese Drama, 2012)

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So I have finished watching GTO today. Great Teacher Onizuka is about a gardner at Meishu Academy, a prestigious school in Japan. One day, he witnessed a student trying to commit suicide by jumping from the school roof. He was able to talk down the student and later found out that he was bullied by 3 female students. Onizuka befriended him and helped him solve the problem with his chaotic methods and succeeds. The director of Meishu Academy, Sakurai Yoshiko, saw Onizuka’s effort in solving students problems, she hired him as a teacher. From then on, he tackles every problem faced by his students and is tested to great lengths.

I just want to say the drama was amazing. Every episode is so entertaining and I couldn’t stop watching it until the end. I confess, I cried while watching some episodes. You can never expect whats going to happen and Onizuka goes through really serious shit on the way. Very very intriguing and hilarious.

I wished I had a sensei like him. I would’ve enjoyed my high school years. Nonetheless, 8/10 stars! And I just found out that there will be a new series in July this year! But don’t worry, the main casts are the same. Trust me, its a very good drama. (y)

My Boss, My Hero (Japanese Drama)

Yo, minna-san! Its been a while since I’ve watched a Japanese drama. Aah I remember being such a fan of everything related to Japan from culture to music. Indeed, I have listened to numerous bands such as 嵐(Arashi, means Storm), NEWS, KAT-TUN and also female artists such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Namie Amuro. Yes, I adore Japan. I would love to go there someday. Moving on, I have found an app that allows me to watch japanese dramas. How can I resist to relishing on my old past likes? There was a drama that I have been dying to watch for years but never had the chance to. Now that I have that chance, it is one of the best dramas I’ve ever watched. And it is My Boss, My Hero.

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My Boss, My Hero tells a story about Sasaki Makio, or Tornado (as people would call him for reasons, find out when you watch it), a 27 year old member of a notorious yakuza. He is the heir to the title of Boss, after his father. Although, an incident happened because of his stupidity, his fathers condition of him being the Boss is he has to graduate high school. But there is a catch, no one has to know his true identity. Thus, he struggles with school life in order to obtain the title as Boss before his well-educated, fickle younger brother, Mikio gets it. The drama centers on school life, friendship, love (yes it has to, but I promise you its not that bad), hardship and youth.

I really loved this drama. I specifically enjoy it when the main actor is a guy and Nagase Tomoya who plays Sasaki is such a superb actor! He will tickle your funny bone with his hilarious antics, peculiar facial expressions and even cry at his downs. What a talented actor. I admit that I had cried a little while watching but that shows how good the drama is! This show was a remake of the South Korean movie, My Boss, My Teacher. But, I guarantee that this drama beats the movie hands down. I’ve watched both of it and may I say the drama is 10 times better! One of the best things about Japanese dramas is that they always have life lessons encrypted in each episode. You can actually learn a thing or two from watching it.

It mainly focuses on youth, life of teens, the struggles of teens, student life, studies, love life and so much more. I am pretty sad that I watched the drama after I graduated high school so now I wish I could relive some of the memories back. Nonetheless, I had a great time watching it. Overall, 8/10 stars. Amazing!

The World’s End

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I know its a bit late but I just finished watching this movie. I am a huge fan of Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead and watching this movie was a MUST for me. First things first, the cast is perfect. Who can’t say no to a combination of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? They are as funny as they were in the other two movies together. There’s Martin Freeman, I am a Sherlcok and The Hobbit fan as well so of course I was excited and Paddy Considine, who was in Hot Fuzz too.Plus, Eddie Marsan, funny guy, and Rosamund Pike, what a beauty she is. The World’s End is about a group of old friends embarking on a quest to complete The Golden Mile, a pub crawl encompassing 12 pubs in their hometown of Newton Haven. The idea is very simple, but the whole story is just amazing! I laughed quite a lot during the movie and I really enjoyed it! Not to mention the soundtrack list is great too!

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There’s Blur! I won’t give any spoilers. Overall, I give it a 7/10. I did not expect the ending though. I could not get over it. In the other two movies, the endings were happy, you know? In TWE, I don’t consider it happy though. Its very out of the ordinary. Which I applaud. Last but not least, to those who has watched it, I don’t think I should miss out the point about the cast as younger boys. I mean, how can you not notice?

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Young Gary King (the middle, Simon Peggs’ character), is just wow! Some of them were there during the premiere too. Ah fresh faces. Anyways, for fans of Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead, you need to watch it. TWE would be the last of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Its just a movie about some old friends having pints at 12 different pubs while being chased by mindless robots or ‘slaves’ that are controlled by ‘The Network’. Sounds like a combination of Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead, yeah? And there’s also a scene where Simon’s character has a terrible time with going over fences? Something similar with the other two movies? Definitely connected! Go watch it!