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A continuation of the previous Seiyuu Surprises – Same Actor, Different Roles article, here more of the sometimes surprising, often delightful coincidences in which many beloved 2D characters turn out to be voiced by the same seiyuu are explored.

The earlier entry covered many of the match-ups that would likely be large surprises to most fans, but there are still quite a number of possible shockers shown below, as well as a slightly larger emphasis on more recently aired shows.

As with the earlier article, the reputed existence of male seiyuu is an issue once again ignored here, but there are at least some male characters referenced below.

Aside from a small admonition against not forgetting to read the first entry, the comparison can begin.

We’ll start with several seiyuu with roles well-known enough that the “surprises” will likely not be anything of the sort to most anyone that happens to be reading this, but they will serve as a good warm up…

Romi Paku / 朴璐美

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Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Temari (Naruto)
Regene Regetta (Mobile Suit Gundam 00)

A seiyuu with a long list of credits to her name, Paku is best known for her portrayal of the Full Metal Alchemist Edward Elric, along with many other adolescent male roles, even including Bleach’s Hitsuyaga (the spiky white-haired Soul Reaper).

Her female roles are less well known, but the character of Temari is one that many must know of, even if one is not terribly familiar with Naruto. Yet another voice given us by Paku that sounds nothing like the previous roles mentioned is that of Gundam 00’s Innovator Regene Regetta, a character that could practically be counted as being both a male and female role…

Rie Kugimiya / 釘宮理恵

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Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Yuuki Kataoka (Saki)
Shannon / Sayo (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)

Tsundere queen Kugiyama’s many roles as famous tsundere characters such as Taiga, Louise, Shana is most definitely no surprise, so here is instead are some of her non-tsundere characters…

The younger brother of the aforementioned Edward is possibly her most widely known role, her casting as taco-loving loli Yuuki significantly less so, and the character of Shannon must be the oddest role of all three for Kugiyama.

The shy, gentle maid Shannon being voiced by the same seiyuu as hyperactive Yuuki and Alphonse is truly something that only true Kugiyama fans are ever likely to notice by ear alone. Truly, Kugiyama is a seiyuu with an impressive vocal range.

Aya Hirano / 平野綾

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Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi)
Misa Amane (Death Note)
Shinobu Oshino (Bakemonogatari)

Hirano’s breakthrough role of tsundere goddess Haruhi came early enough in her career that few of her other performances are likely to be a surprise to many due to her fame, but her turn as the Goth Loli Second Kira is still fairly interesting given the sharp contrast of Death Note’s dark tones compared to most of her work.

However, the last role listed above should be a surprise to quite a few – Hirano played the lovely loli vampire Shinobu in this summer’s Bakemonogatari. As the little girl is essentially mute thus far in the series, her voice was well disguised, but we did at least get to fantasize of hearing the sounds dear Haruhi-sama would make as she sucked a male character’s bodily fluids!

(Apologies to Konata Izuumi for her exclusion!)

Now, onto some less obvious seiyuu and character pairings…

Satsuki Yukino / 雪野五月

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Kagome Higurashi (Inuyasha)
Kaname Chidori (Full Metal Panic!)
Misae Sagara (Clannad)

Partly because Inuyasha (somewhat like Naruto) lies near the outskirts of the usual late-night anime focused otaku sphere, Yukino’s casting as both Takahashi heroine Kagome and the fiery tsundere Kaname is something sure to surprise many, although upon reflection the similarity of the characters and their voices might make it not seem such a stretch…

Add to that the fairly tsundere-ish role as Misae Sagara, the dorm-manager of Youhei’s building in both seasons of Clannad, plus the unshown roles of Mutsumi in Love Hina, as well as both Mion and Shion in Higurashi to make for a seiyuu who possesses a talen for slipping into many well known series while keeping her name less than prominent.

Mamiko Noto / 能登麻美子

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Haruka Nogizaka (Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu)
Kouta Oyamada (Kanokon)
Aisa Himegami (To Aru Majutsu no Index)

Noto, a seiyuu reknowned for her soft, kind vocal qualities, was absolutely perfectly suited forthe soft-spoken closet-otaku Haruka’s moe voice, but her voice was also that of the dimunitive shota Kouta, the constant recipient of huge-breasted Chizuru and voracious wolf-girl Nozomu’s attentions.

Aside from playing Kanokon’s beleagured male protagonist, another surprise should be the role of Himegami, a cold, ice-queen kuudere type of voice that bares next to no resemblance whatsoever compared to the other characters listed here.

As the closing moments of the final episode of Nogizaka’s second season reminded us, Noto also had a prominent role in Maria-sama ga Miteiru – hers was the long-haired beauty Shimako Toudou, a refined, genteel voice role that still manages to set itself apart from many of her other characters.

Ayako Kawasumi / 川澄綾子

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Megumi Noda (Nodame Catabile)
Chizuru Minamoto (Kanokon)
Saber (Fate /stay night)

Speaking of Kanokon once again, how many people would think of Nodame’s spaced-out, tomboyish voice to be the same as Kanokon’s sultry Chizuru?

Then, try to reconcile those two voices with that of of the King of Knights herself, Saber!

On top of those roles, Kawasumi has been a prolific seiyuu for over a decade, and otaku with a good memory will recognize many other of her past leading roles: Aoi of Ai Yori Aoshi, Otoha of Sky Girls (the one with the short, brown hair), Lafiel of Crest of the Stars, and another role that seems appropriate for the voice of Chizuru, the voluptuous Kanako Ohno of Genshiken.

Kana Hanazawa / 花澤香菜

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Suou Pavlichenko (Darker than Black)
Kobato Hanato (Kobato)
Nadeko Sengoku (Bakemonogatari)

A particularly young seiyuu with a limited number of perfomances behind her, Hanazawa has already collected quite a resume, with the past year’s roles including Darker than Black’s newest Coordinator, the moesome titular character in CLAMP’s Kobato, and the sinfully enticing serpent-loli in Bakemonogatari.

The roles shown here are not terribly alike, although one might be to recognize a similar twang between Suou and Kobato’s voices on a close inspection. Her singing voice is definitely more variable – Nadeko’s OP song and Kobato’s lullaby sound nothing alike.

The selection of Hanazawa’s characters here was a tough one, as she has also done Kannagi’s Zange-chan, To Love-Ru’s Mikan, and Kyoran Kazoku’s loli-daughter Yuuka…

Misato Fukuen / 福圓美里

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Yoshika Miyafuji (Strike Witches)
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Eruka Frog (Soul Eater)

The lead Strike Witch, short-haired Yoshika, shares the same seiyuu with the cold-as-ice kuudere Yin of Darker than Black!

That pairing alone is more than shock enough, but to keep to the three characters per seiyuu format, another role of hers is the cute amphibian-themed witch Eruka, a voice that sounds nothing like the previous two mentioned.

Yin had next to no lines in the second season of Darker than Black as she spent it mostly in a stupor of sorts, and Eruka was mostly a sidekick’s role, but anyone that watched the original 2007 DTB season and Strike Witches should be very much impressed with Fukuen’s range…

Kana Ueda/ 植田佳奈

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Hayate Yagami (Nanoha)
Rin Tohsaka (Fate /stay night)
Saki Miyanaga (Saki)

This batch of Ueda’s roles is more notable for the coincidence of these three well-known characters sharing the same seiyuu rather than a large difference in voice, as the trio’s voices actually don’t differ tremendously if one pays close enough attention when listening (and perhaps is specifically trying to compare them).

The resemblance of Haya-chan and Saki-chan’s voices are more likely to be noticed since the two characters’ personalities and usual demure speech patterns are closer to each other’s than Rin’s cutely tomboyish voice.

Besides Saki, another role Ueda has performed in the last year is Nanami, one of Haruka Nogizaka’s two main family maids – she’s the hyper, sometimes ecchi-minded long haired one with the golden hair ornaments!

Ai Nonaka / 野中藍

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Kafuka Fuura (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Fuuko Ibuki (Clannad)
Maya Kihara (Toradora!)

Here is quite a fun group of match-ups: Nonaka performed the characters of Zetsubou Sensei’s female lead, the irrepresively positive Kafuka, the starfish loving loli Fuuko of Clannad, and finally the love-hungry, hyper role of Maya in Toradora.

Maya’s character wouldn’t be as well known as the other two (she was a half of the pair of friends that frequently hung around Ami and Ryuuji), but it does certainly stand apart from the other two roles shown here, and thinking of Fuuko-chan’s voice performing any other character besides Fuuko is something in itself.

Sayaka Oohara / 大原さやか

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Beatrice (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Milly Ashford (Code Geass)
Alicia Florence (Aria)

Oohara has a particularly eclectic lineup presented here, having given voices to Umineko’s primary Witch, Code Geass’ student council president / weather report girl, and even Akari’s beautiful blonde mentor in the Aria series.

Milly does not especially resemble any of the other two roles, but, truly, the (usually) cruel and wicked Golden Witch having the same seiyuu as the angelic undine Alicia should be a tremendous surprise even putting aside that the voices sound nothing alike!

Kaori Fukuhara / 福原香織

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Tsukasa Hiiragi (Lucky Star)
Koromo Amae (Saki)
Plug Cryostat (Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!)

Despite being a newer seiyuu with a limited resume, Fukuhara does present a fairly curious cast of characters:

That Saki’s loli mahjong champion Koromo was played by the same seiyuu as Tsukasa is not too startling despite being a fun surprise, but discovering utterly innocent Tsukasa and the more lascivious-minded Plug to have the same voice is truly a shocker – what are those words coming out of your mouth, Tsukasa!?

Those last few should be more than enough for now, making this follow-up only a tad shorter than the original.

There are of course even more examples of such seiyuu versatility, which may become the stuff of a further continuation.


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    Comment by hALOTOO
    12:33 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quen is BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!
    Hey did anyone notice the matching eye color in Sayaka Oohara's chara

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    Comment by Drakanor
    07:01 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sayaka Oohara is such a superb Seiyuu.Sadness, they didn't mention her less prolific role as Ryuuji's mother in Toradora! or her more prominent role in the Space-time witch Ichihara Yuuko in both xxxHolic and Tsubasa:Reservoir Chronicles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Needs more Rozen Maiden and Queen's Blade.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How dare you to put in the part of Mamiko Noto-sama a stupid role as the shota kid of Kanokon instead of kawaii Yakumo-sama of School Rumble!!!!!!!!!!! That's disapointing =/

    The same goes to Ayako Kawasumi, I would like you to put an other role like Mahoro instead of that crap of Kanokon, I mean, c'mon, other more good roles for them! Not the crap they made in that shitty anime Kanokon -.-

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    Comment by vitrium
    13:28 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The most surpising seiyuu realization for me?

    Watanuki in xxxHolic is LeLouche in Code Geass

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Elric sibling actresses, Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya, also voice another sibling pair - the frequently angry, gun-toting siscon Switzerland and the kindhearted yet brutally honest loli Liechtenstein of Axis Powers Hetalia fame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:47 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Misato Fukuen+Kana Ueda

    (and sawashiro miyuki but she isn't on the list)

    fav female seiyuu of all time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh and hanazawa kana might get into the list too,loved her voice as sophie in the oh so hated tales of graces

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    Comment by brek_kreb
    11:15 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lafiel barely got mentioned, fffuuuuuu

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I'd like to see a male version of this soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "A seiyuu with a long list of credits to her name, Paku is best known for her portrayal of the Flame Alchemist Edward Elric"
    Someone please tell me this is a joke I'm not aware of on this site and not an actual error, 'cause that would be a fucking big error

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    Comment by Quen
    09:45 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I made a silly mistake, although I'm still not sure how I could have somehow typed out Roy's title instead of Ed's...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Got Roy on the brain I guess
    I must say I was shocked when I read it...yes, I lead a boring life

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just a heads up, your correction is still wrong
    He's the Fullmetal Alchemist, not the Full Alchemist

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    Comment by Quen
    21:12 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oops!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    KANA HANZAWA WIN !!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You missed one of Ayako Kawasumi's more famous roles: "Mahoro" in "Mahoromatic".

    (Great series, sucky ending.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their skills suprise me....

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    Comment by Tallgeese_VI
    10:06 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice review on seiyuu & their roles, should've come up with more in Part 3.

    GJ ! :3

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    16:02 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Tomatsu Haruka? D:

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I shat a ton when I first realized Beato=Alicia.

    My last seyuu-brix moment was when I discovered Shizuka Ito is a lesbian.
    And, liberal as I claim myself to be, I felt a little sad.

    Anyhow, Ai Nonaka=WIN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The most surprising role for Kugiyama Rie is the shy,wierd, dangerous and sadomaso girl, Kurotsuchi Nemu in Bleach.

    She is also the tomboy sister of Ichigo Kurosaki in the same manga.

    She is really good in many different role, one of best seiyuu in the last years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you put in Noto, you should have added Dai Mahou Touge. That one is totally unlike her.

    And that should be "Kawasumi", not "Kawashima"....

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    Comment by Soljashy
    18:27 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The voice cast is usually one of the first things I know about a series, so none of these come as a surprise to me today.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rie Kugimya is also Haruka from Yakuza games(quite impressive,considering that most of the Japanese voice-actors in Yakuza are celebrities.Both Haruka and the protagonist Kazuma are one of the few characters who are voiced by professional voice-actors).
    Misato Fukuen is also Sakura in Street Fighter IV

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    Comment by Ghostchase
    05:28 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kana Hanazawa is pure win, add Coco from Basquash!, Zange from Kannagi, and Yuki from Cencoroll to her list. I love her. I didn't know Aya Hirano was Oshino? Right, has she even any dialog yet? Though she is sooo kawaii!

    Ai Nonaka definitely has one of the cutest voices in all of Japan.

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    Comment by tyciol
    03:00 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like this article because it gives me a list of anime I want to get everything of so I can hear all the voices.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Talk about range.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No shock, expected all of them, you all suck if you couldn't tell a voice when hearing it

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah right, so many good roles for Mamiko Noto, like Yakumo, Ana Coppola, Ichinose Kotomi, and Ai - the Jigoku no Shoujo, and you had to choose Kouta?

    “Ippen…shinde miru?“

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "As the closing moments of the final episode of Nogizaka’s second season reminded us, Noto also had a prominent role in Maria-sama ga Miteiru – hers was the corkscrew twin-tailed Toko Matsudaira, a rather headstrong girl that also seems worlds apart from many of Noto’s other characters."

    this is wrong, kugimiya rie voices toko matsudaira

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    woot! I like Kana Ueda.

    she got a talent voice on Saki

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    Comment by funsohng
    17:18 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ueda Kana is a f***ing legend. love her voice

    Tanaka Rie does wide range of roles too. so does Kuwashima Houko

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is a real intersting article good work.

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    Comment by ali3n
    00:32 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to say I'm really surprised about few of them :O

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    Comment by ScarredBushido
    00:35 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i neva knew the chick that did chizuru voice also did sabers
    alos didnt kno aya did misa misa

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, now this is an article I loved to read. My ears aren't that attuned to picking out the individual voice actresses of most anime characters, but some really stand out for, and this article helped pinpoint them out. Many thanks *Quen*.
    Though the other "news" gets the readers in, you should do these kinds or articles more often.

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    Comment by Quen
    11:24 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I fixed your misspelling of my name - learn to read the Author tag on top of the posts. ^^

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    23:02 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Been noticing Hanazawa Kana for some time as well. She will soon have another lead role as Amano Tohko, the paper-eating "Bungaku Shoujo" in the upcoming movie based on the well-acclaimed light novel series of the same name this April.

    Another female seiyuu with a versatile voice I can think of is Shiraishi Ryoko, best known as Hayate the Combat Butler, but she can also do feminine roles equally well, like Mako from Saki, Sayoko from Natsu no Arashi and Kanako from Nyan-koi.

    Good list, Quen. How about doing the male seiyuus next time as well?

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    Comment by Morthoseth
    22:46 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Romi Park also voices Hitsugaya from Bleach.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "On top of those roles, Kawashima has been a prolific seiyuu for over a decade..."

    I think it should be Kawasumi?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    More seiyuu knowledge to know ;p

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    Comment by motaku96
    09:16 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    :3 Quen.

    Typo when referring to Edward Elric.

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:52 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuuko Ibuki`s voice is nothing more than grown-up (slightly) Bincho-Tan`s.
    When Ayako Kawasumi does a new seiyuu role i can hear directly it is her. Sorry, but most comparisons listed are not very different. If we are searching seiyuu with very wide range of voices, we should listen ones like Ami Koshimizu, Nana Mizuki and Paku Romi. Yes, they call her that in Japan.
    But comparing voice talents in Japan and North America... then all Japanese seiyuus are geniuses. English dubs make me cringe, i get a headache and want to throw up, generally.

    Comment by H-Ero
    06:57 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree that english dubs are bad (though there are a few I think are good, but none that are recent) but I don't think that America has bad voice talent overall. When it comes to dubbing, America does have quite a few good voice actors and the biggest reason why the dubs turn out so bad is usually because of bad directing, which the actors usually don't have much control over. I will say that a lot of newer voice actors for anime are pretty bad and sound like the average fandubber you would find on youtube.

    If you're including the voice talent of original American shows in your statement than I would say that you are very, very wrong. Most of America's good voice actors only do work on original American shows so you usually won't find them doing dubbing work.

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    Comment by erochichi
    07:47 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With all respect, i have said only my personal opinion, which maybe is colored by the fact English is not my own language. It`s not Japanese either, but somewhat similar, which make it hard for me to accept any other than Japanese when hearing dialogue etc. in anime. You ppl grown up with English do have every right too feel it different, it`s natural.

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    Comment by Myballz
    10:04 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, just like Dragon Ball Z: Abridged series?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj9IdUR7qaw

    Comment by H-Ero
    08:12 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's understandable for you to think that English voice acting is bad if you've only heard it from English dubbed anime. If you've never watched any American animation in its original language then you probably would have never heard any good English voice acting. If you do want to hear some good English voice acting then I'm sure youtube could help you with that.

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    Comment by Myballz
    07:07 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am going to point out that some Actors are not from America some are actually from Canada like for example Brian Drummond.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Drummond

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is Rie KugiMIYA, no Rie KugiYAMA...

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    Comment by Kortaku
    05:50 13/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Romi Paku is Romi Park. Yes, I will claim her as she is Korean and her name is park, not Paku...

    Most of the others are pretty straightforward once you learn their voices.






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