Fans have been polled concerning the seiyuu they find to have the most surprising age, whether it be by dint of their youthful appearance or the age of the characters they still manage to voice convincingly – with Masako Nozawa (the voice of the young fighters in DBZ) proving to be the most shocking.

The ranking:

1. Masako Nozawa (Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan, and Son Goten) – 78


2. Megumi Hayashibara (Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami, Cowboy Bebop’s Fate Valentine, Slayers’ Lina Inverse, and Ranma 1/2’s female Ranma) – 47


3. Noriko Hidaka (Ranma 1/2’s Akane, Sakura Wars’ Erica, and the voice of the Psycho-Pass Dominator) – 52


4. Kikuko Inoue (Ah! My Goddess’s Belldandy, Gundam 08th MS Team’s Aina, and Please Teacher’s Mizuho) – 50


5. Satomi Koorogi (Clannad’s Ushio, Pokemon’s Togepi, and Mew) – 52


6. Isono Tarako (Chibi Maruko-chan’s Sakura Momoko and PreCure’s Minutes) – 54


7. Mayumi Tanaka (Dragon Ball’s Krillin, One Piece’s Luffy) – 59


8. Yukari Tamura (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha’s Nanoha, Cross Ange’s Hilda, and Akame Ga Kill’s Mine) – 38


9. Yui Horie (Golden Time’s Kouko, Persona 4’s Chie, and Monogatari’s Tsubasa) – 38


10. Tomoko Kaneda (Azumanga Daioh’s Chiyo and Digimon Tamer’s Culumon) – 41


11. Naoko Matsui – 53

12. Miina Tominaga – 48

13. Kotono Mitsuishi – 47

14. Yuko Miyamura – 42

15. Sakura Tange – 41

16. Junko Takeuchi – 42

17. Romi Park – 42

18. Nana Mizuki – 34

19. Houko Kuwashima – 39

20. Rie Kugimiya – 35

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    Avatar of Kudeh
    Comment by Kudeh
    04:36 14/02/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dat azn ageing

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Truest image on the internet.
    ironic considering that Japanese people think that once you turn 20 you're an old woman

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    sooner or later, they will lower the bar to 18...then 16...and possibly 14.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Just as planned.bear

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 16/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why would a small girl want to fuck you in the first place, even if it were legal?

    Dumb question, the answer is money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hope my time doesn't run out until then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 15/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You fucking wish, kiddie-diddler. It won't happen, because most men actually like breasts, especially the men who make age of consent laws.

    Girls have enough about their bodies to be ashamed of, and you want them to hate themselves even more, and pressured to fuck you before they become "hags". You hate girls and see them as cheap ass candy, that's why you call them "lollies".

    Why would a small girl want to fuck you in the first place, even if it were legal? They only want to play with their toys, not boys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 15/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Japanese people", you mean Lolicons. You mean 25

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    Comment by kamehappo
    03:22 15/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe it was when you get 30...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't seem to age different than anybody else according to those images tho if you ignore the shoop, most woman don't look much different until they hit their 40s besides getting laugh lines in their late 20s.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It really just depends on how much make-up they scrape on/off their face on a regular basis.

    Bitches want guys to like them for who they are, but their -foundation- is built on lies and only multiplies the issue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People still turn up their noses when my mother uses the services reserved for elderly people and had a ten years younger white woman underestimating my mother's age by using her age as a trump to prove her point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    According to many studies white is the king of skin that ages fastest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No surprises there, aside from yui horie maybe, she looks quite damn good for her age.

    Megumi hayashibara too if that's her actual photo, though she's been voice acting since i was a kid so i figured she'd be around this age.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 14/02/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Horie Yui is just adorable.

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    Comment by oniichan
    13:59 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't believe her role as Naru from Love Hina was not listed. To me her best role and most popular anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 17/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Narusegawa Naru was like babby's first tsundere lol.

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    Comment by Dia
    14:31 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Must be that Love Hina is so popular overseas only because it was the first anime for many.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    She was also Tohru in Fruits Basket

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I saw Hayashibara in a convention a 2-3 years ago and I must say... She looks even better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Mind was blown when I figured out she voiced those 2 girls in Me Me Me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:00 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What's the surprising in it if someone who voice actressed in a 30 years old anime is now close to 50?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 14/02/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The point is that they don't look like it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Inoue Kiuko is always 17 years old

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There are some of her sect's devotees in this list, in fact...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So true, god that's true

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yukari Tamura and Yui Horie are also members of Kikuo Inoue's Eternal 17 club. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You beat me to it lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Oh Yui Horie. I absolutely adore her. He's still good looking too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yui horie is just glorious. perfect tsundere voice for me also.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Only she is not a HE...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I love Hayashibara's works and songs, she is so sweet and energetic at the same time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Hayashibara will always have a special place in my heart. Seeing that time has treated her so well makes me happy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I¨m the anon that made the comment you replyed. Yes, Megu will also always have a place in my heart, in my worst times were her songs that gave me warm and happines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Mayumi Tanaka isn´t much of a surprise because she´s Pazu in Laputa.
    Megumi Hayashibara has an awesome range from cool lady to DiGi Charat and Detective Conan´s Haibara Ai.
    Yui Horie I´ve heard since her first major role in Love Hina and that was in turn of the century. Love all of them and only surprising one is number one because the age when she did the voice of Goku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    For an even better appreciation about Megumi Hayashibara's voval range, try watching Rainbow (the one about the boys in a prison for teenagers in post WW2 japan), she voices the narrator. Then compare it to any of her teen girl roles, for example Lina Inverse.
    She's freaking awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    wow, those are very hot 38 and 47...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 15/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Two thumbs up for placing Yukarin and Yui Horie in the top ten. Now the industry needs to get more good roles for Yukarin to play.

    On a slightly different note, Miki Itou would have been on my list a while ago. I watched Marimite recently and looked up Sachiko's seiyuu during the first season and was surprised at her age. However, somewhere between the third and fourth season, the character voicing felt much older. She also voiced Asa Shigure in Shuffle and managed to sound very youthful. On the other end of the spectrum, I'm just re-watching Natsume Yuujinchou in which she voices Touko-san and you really wouldn't guess that the same seiyuu is voicing this role.

    If they do this again in a few years, I think Sayaka Oohara should be in there as well. Her voice is warm and silky smooth even if she doesn't sound like a teenager.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 15/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The list is missing Miki Itou, the seiyuu of Fate's Taiga Fujimura and Higurashi's Takano. She's 52. Umineko, you can kinda hear it from Eva, but Taiga sounds like she's really in her twenties...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I find it more shocking that Japan thinks adult Goku's voice sounds good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:09 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where is my bestest wife Tanaka Rie!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She is already somebody else's wife

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    norio wakamoto where?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm bit disappointed they didn't included Ayako Kawasumi who voiced Oyodo of Kancolle. She's already 38 years old and one of the most active veteran seiyuu. at least they include Yui Horie who voiced Mamiya.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:30 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some of their current roles should have been noted also, most of them are still very active as seiyuu.
    Kikuko Inoue is doing voice of Archangel Michael in Junketsu no Maria to begin with. It shows how great range of voices she has, as many of these 20 have too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Still looking good for their ages. I recognized a few of these women from various Japanese games I have as well.

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    Comment by Wierd Guy
    07:03 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So thats what Goku voice actor looks like

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It was back into 30 Years a go or something
    So that means she voice Goku around 40's?

    WoW just... WoW

    Sry bad English~

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yeeeah, and in the remake, too (Dragonball Kai)... that was only a few years ago. She really does take the cake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Number 2 is 47 with that face?!?!
    Those are some really good genes she has

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:52 14/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The trick is not being white. Black people also age better than white people.

    From an study:

    "Traditionally, Asians have been thought to age more gracefully than Caucasians. The resistance to aging in the Asian patient was credited to the thicker dermis of Asian skin that contains greater collagen and the darker pigment that protects against photoaging."

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 17/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is, Black people look like complete shit though. Unless you're into orcs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:19 17/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    better than white devils who all look the same

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    Comment by Anonymous

    + Photoshop.

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