Top 50 Most Popular Seiyuu

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Seiyuu fans have offered up their latest verdicts on the popularity (and presumably even voice acting abilities) of the latest crop of seiyuu, both male and female, with plenty of movement once again evident with the ebb and flow of the popularity of their respective roles.

The rankings:

Male seiyuu:

1. Jun Fukuyama

2. Mamoru Miyano

3. Hiroshi Kamiya

4. Nobuhiko Okamoto

5. Kenichi Suzumura

6. Tomokazu Sugita

7. Takahiro Sakurai

8. Hiro Shimono

9. Yuichi Nakamura

10. Kisho Taniyama

11. Daisuke Ono

12. Akira Ishida

13. Katsuyuki Konishi

14. Soichiro Hoshi

15. Yuki Kaji

16. Suzuki Tatsuhisa

17. Takehito Koyasu

18. Shinichiro Miki

19. Tetsuya Kakihara

20. Kouki Uchiyama

21. Ryohei Kimura

22. Miyu Irino

23. Hiroyuki Yoshino

24. Daisuke Namikawa

25. Ryoutaro Okiayu

Female seiyuu:

1. Kana Hanazawa

2. Aki Toyosaki

3. Kanae Ito

4. Miyuki Sawashiro

5. Kugimiya Rie

6. Nana Mizuki

7. Haruka Tomatsu

8. Yui Horie

9. Junko Iwao

10. Aya Endo

11. Eri Kitamura

12. Minami Tsuda

13. Rumi Okubo

14. Ai Kayano

15. Shiori Mikami

16. Kana Asumi

17. Ayahi Takagaki

18. Ayana Taketatsu

19. Maaya Sakamoto

20. Yukari Tamura

21. Marina Inoue

22. Mamiko Noto

23. Kana Ueda

24. Minako Kotobuki

25. Yuka Iguchi


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 10/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    da fak? no Megumi Hayashibara?, you kids disapoint me!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 10/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    i mean seriously, Lina Inverse, Pyokola, Rei Ayanami, Faye Valentine, Lime, Ranma (girl).

    nobody?

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    19:10 10/10/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    And which of those have been relevant in the past 10 years? That's like complaining that Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't at the top of the popularity list anymore: he was one of the biggest stars in the world at one point, but that time has passed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 10/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Now if only the seiyuu/anime industry is more like Hollywood, then we might get an Expendables-like movie bringing back all those old seiyuus together, and it might actually sell.

    ...nah, let's just stick to our moeblobs starring the latest cute young thing who has to keep their private life a secret so otaku can fantasize about them as their waifus

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 10/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yea, gotta agree. Megumi Hayashibara, is definitely a great, this list looks to be of current Seiyuu. Even Maaya Sakamoto is low on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Sorry but the Eva fans are still beating their meat to Evangellion while releasing even more cabbage.

    There's even another moving coming out next month: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

    So yeah, still relevant.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    06:17 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you on this. Polls are always a reflection of "what have you done (for me) lately?" And with the great Megumi Hayashibara, the answer is "not much".

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 13/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just checked Megumi's IMDB page, and she's done several roles in 2012. She's still in the long-running Detective Conan anime, and Pokemon :D

    I would love-love-LOVE more Slayers! <3

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe if we get another new Slayers season that reaches up to battling Luke, She'll be on that list again!
    Maybe...

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    Comment by Greg Boscole
    19:45 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wise words sir.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, there have been Slayers and Evangelion sequels within the last five years, and there was that Ranma special awhile back... but in general, I agree. Hayashibara's last starring role in a non-sequel/remake anime was in Cheeky Angel, which began in Spring 2002.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Megumi has outstandings songs, and her works as the voices of ranma, lina, lime, just superb.

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    Comment by RedRat
    06:03 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Paprika!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've been wondering about this for some time now. Why hasn't Megumi Hayashibara been active after after 2002?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's still in Pokémon pretty much every week :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cost, simple as that its fairly cheaper to create a new "star" seiyu and pay them less and bind them to a contract.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nice rose-colored shades you got there. Seriously, what has Hayashibara done of note lately? Isn't it JUST her recurring roles as Musashi in Pokemon and Haibara in Detective Conan?

    I mean, I like her, and she was my favorite seiyuu maybe 10 years ago, but now she's just a kids' anime seiyuu, not the type to be on a list by otaku who actually care about seiyuu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She got married and had a kid. I assume she doesn't have nearly enough time to dedicate to voice acting as she used to. I mean, she was probably in around 70% of all anime released between 1994-2002.

    And honestly, I got a little sick of hearing her in EVERYTHING.

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    Comment by Bayonette
    02:35 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    On top of that, where is Aya Hisakawa and Kikuko Inoue on the list?

    Seriously...

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    Comment by Imyou
    03:06 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Hayashibara's my favorite, but... I'm old. Even stuff like Eva is classic now.

    No Hayashibara, no Inoue Kikuko, Midorikawa Hikaru, Yamaguchi Kappei, Furukawa Toshio, etc... But if they're more than 5 years out of date, you can't expect people to know them anyway. Anime is like a phase most people go through and the old ones usually get out of it.

    These days I admit I only really know Tomokazu Sugita, Rie Kugimiya and Romi Paku. And yeah, I totally just switched family name order. Deal with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:29 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad this doesn't have any English voice acters. STEVE BLUM! I'm also surprised Aya Hirano didn't manage to make it up here although I guess I shouldn't be considering all the dumb shit that she has done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's going to do despicable things to get on that list, but I'll understand because Amon's gotta do what Amon's gotta do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, these Seiyuu are way better than her!

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    Comment by cutemi2
    20:39 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    she's inactive, the only anime she has a role this year is the upcoming "Smile Precure!" Movie, that's all....

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOT TRUE! She has Ai Haibara, the best female character ever.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    23:41 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least until the next Evangelion movie gets put into production, that is.

    Or are hey using a different seiyuu for that?

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    Comment by Miroku74
    01:33 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. So why the hell didn't they have her up there somewhere? I'd say Ms. Hayashibara still has a rabid fanclub out there (I'm one, of course).

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, that's Megumi for sure. No one can voice Rei better than her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuckin exactly what I was thinking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, this is more current then "all-time", so it's not weird.

    Same as the Norio Wakamoto case down below, She only got 1 job for 2012, 1 job for 2011, and 2 jobs for 2010.

    Can't blame the crowd if they don't care about her anymore.

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    Comment by Shadow C
    19:34 10/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No Norio Wakamoto?
    Don't tell me this men's list is full of pretty-boys instead...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 10/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    He doesn't need to be in the list... he's on another level of Godly seiyuunism!!!!! XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's on the Top 2 list since there has to be one from each gender.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only list with one spot, one ranking, one name and eternal greatness. NORIO WAKAMOTO. 'Nuff said.

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    Comment by Kubelo
    20:19 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was disappointed as well. The guy has an incredible voice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    tbf, I don't recall him being in any anime the last couple seasons and anime fans have a horrible memory...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Mirai Nikki is the most recent one I can remember.

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    Comment by Lyrical Madoka
    04:11 12/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wakamoto voiced Deus in Mirai Nikki.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dog days S2, sort of... Only like a few lines though iirc.

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    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    22:41 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I looked through the list twice to see if I could find him, disappointed...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Noto Mamiko has the most gentle voice in the industry and one of the most distinguishable...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So I get Yuu Kobayashi all the myself then.

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    Comment by Sid Vicious
    18:50 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Megumi Hayashibara FTW.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are so right =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yep, any Seiyuu list without Megumi Hayashibara is just wrong

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    Comment by Bumpermelon
    18:37 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I have no idea who any of these people are...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm very happy that the KURONEKO seiyuu is at first place ! Hard work must be awarded ! ^^

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    Comment by dantesmaster
    06:15 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the lack of Youko Hikasa is disturbing......

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn!
    Where is Joji Nakata and Shizuka Itou!

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    Comment by Garret
    08:25 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nakamura 9th? wat

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    Comment by oniichan
    07:11 11/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am very happy to see Yui Horie is still in the Top 10. She is starting to get quite old on this young list.

    But how about 2 of my favorites who are missing

    Yū Kobayashi
    Miyuki Sawashiro






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