Writing this post kind of broke my heart because I have about 35 female seiyuu that I adore and want to mention… so I will definitely be mentioning them in later posts. As for now, here are a few recurring favorites whose voices are known by many anime otakus. For each entry there are several examples of roles the seiyuu played, and one of them will be my favorite character voiced by that seiyuu to date. On some entries, I won’t be able to pick my favorite, so I’ll choose a random role or one that may or may not be widely known. If you don’t know many seiyuu in anime, this should be an educational post.
10. Eri Kitamura
For some reason, people sometimes find her voice annoying, but I’m a diehard fan. Kitamura voiced Yui in Angel Beats, Saya in Blood+, Mina in HeroAca, Aquarios and Alberona in Fairy Tail, Karen Araragi from Monogatari series, Hazuki (the older lady) in New Game, Mikoto Aiura from Saiki Kusuo, Lucifer from Seven Deadly Sins, Ami from Toradora, and Todoroki (the sword girl) from Working/Wagnaria. My favorite EriKita character is definitely Sayaka Miki from Puell Magi Madoka Magica!
9. Satsuki Yukino
This actress did the voices of Kagome from Inuyasha, Chidori from Full Metal Panic, Francoise from Cyborg 009, Tae from Gintama, Izuko Gaen from the Monogatari series, Hiiragi the youkai from Natsume Yuujinchou, Milly Thompson in Trigun, and more! My favorite character ever played by her is Shion Sonozaki from Higuarashi no Naku Koro ni.
8. Ami Koshimizu
Don’t forget this seiyuu, whose roles include Holo from Spice and Wolf, Kallen from Code Geass, Shiziku from Alice and Zouroku, Leonmitchelli from Dog Days, Kanako Hosokawa from MariaMite 3, Nanako Yatsuhiro from Myself;Yourself, Hirose from H20: Footprints, Yukiki Amagi from Persona 4, Tenma from School Rumble, Aunt Rosa in Umineko, Kawasaki in Love Comedy SNAFU, and many more! My favorite character done by Koshimizu is Ryuko Matoi from Kill la Kill!
7. Miyuki Sawashiro
Miyuki-chan might just have the sexiest voice on this list. She performed as Kirari from Kakegurui, Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter (2011), Inaba Himeko from Kokoro Connect, Hakaze from Blast of the Tempest, Suruga Kanbaru from Monogatari series, Luca and Slan from Berserk, Touko Fuwaka from Danganronpa, Virgo and UI from Fairy Tail, Saeko from Highschool of the Dead, Mine Fujiko from Lupin III, Bishamon from Noragami, Shino from Sword Art Online II, and even more! I can’t pick a favorite role, so how about one that’s widely known? Celty from Durarara!
6. Yukari Tamura
To me, her voice is unforgettable once you’ve heard it once, though that’s not to say she can’t act in varied ways. YukaTa’s characters include: Rika Furude from Higurashi (When They Cry), Togame from Katanagatari, Harime Nui from Kill la Kill, Nanoha from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Elizabeth from Black Butler, and Jibril from No Game No Life. My favorite character YukaTa voiced is Rika Furude, but I’ve already used a Higurashi character, so… oh difficult choice… let’s go with Suzuha Amane (Steins;Gate).
5. Rie Kugimiya
She is the voice of the angry loli! Yet she’s also capable of great diversity with her acting. Her roles include Aisaka/Taiga of Toradora, Kagura in Gintama, Karin from Bleach, Shana from Shakugan no Shana, Alphonse from FMA: Brotherhood, Happy from Fairy Tail, Nagi from Hayate Combat Butler, Koto from Kyousou Giga, Alisa Banings from MG Lyrical Nanoha, Teto from No Game No Life, Louise Francoise from Familiar of Zero, and many more! My favorite character that Rie-chan plays is either Taiga or… we’ll go with Juuzou (Tokyo Ghoul)!
4. Megumi Ogata
Most Famous for playing Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion, the amazing talent Ms. Ogata also played the following characters: Yugi in Yu-Gi-Oh, Ayato in Angel Beats, Naegi in Danganronpa, Tsukishiro and Yue from Cardcaptor Sakura, Izumi in Full Moon wo Sagashite, and Kurama in Yuu Yuu Hakusho. Still, my favorite character that she played was/is Shinji.
3. Aoi Yuuki
Her sheer talent is amazing, the power of her voice, and the range of characters she can play. She was the voice of Hinazuki in Erased, Tanya in Youjo Senki, Victorique in Gosick/Gothic, Madoka in Madoka Magica, Tsuyu or Froppy in Hero Academia, Boogiepop in Boogiepop and Others, Yuuki from Sword Art Online, Dianne in Seven Deadly Sins, and Kuroki of WataMote.
I can’t possibly choose one single favorite character voiced by Aoi-chan, so I’ll pick one you might not know: Mina Tepes from Dance in the Vampire Bund. She’s pretty much like Krul Tepes in Owari no Seraph, but with a much more interesting and developed personality. All you lolicons will adore her, if you don’t mind the whole vampire thing.
2. Maaya Sakamoto
With both singing and acting, Miss Sakamoto excels. Her roles include: Haruhi from Ouran Highschool Host Club, Nino from Arakawa under the Bridge, Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler, Shinobu from Kizumonogatari, Lyza from Made in Abyss, Merlin from Nanatsu no Taizai, Eto from Tokyo Ghoul, Akashi from Tatami Galaxy, and Hitomi from Escaflowne. My favorite character played by her is either Haruhi or… I’ll pick Ryougi Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai. I can’t even describe how awesome she is. You’ll have to watch this series of 7 anime movies to see for yourself!
1. Kana Hanazawa
KanaHana has an amazing range of voices she can do. For just a few examples, she played: Hinata Kawamoto from 3-Gatsu no Lion, Seryu from Akame ga Kill, Kanade (Angel) from Angel Beats, Shiro from Deadman Wonderland, Anri Sonohara from Durarara, Satou from Happy Sugar Life, Charlotte Dunois from Infinite Stratos, Manaka from Nagi no Asu kara, Akane Tsunemori from Psycho Pass, Mayuri from Steins;Gate, and Onodera from Nisekoi.
My favorite character ever played by her is either Akane or Aika… this time I’ll pick the latter. Fuwa Aika from Blast of the Tempest! Aika is gorgeous, but if you’d better get ride of any (ahem, sexist) expectations of her being: modest, humble, sweet, clumsy, dumb, or otherwise “typical anime girl.” She is a strong-willed, brave, genius, and flirtatious girl who is also a bit of a troll. She also happens to be kick-ass.
Favorite Role: Zoe Hange from Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan.
Favorite role is Ruka in Steins;Gate, but I’ve already used that series, so I’ll pick another: Shizuku or Weiss Winterprison from Magical Girl Raising Project.
My fave character done by Ms. Ise is… Killua Zoldyck from Hunter x Hunter (2011).
Join me in the next seiyuu post for more amazing voice actresses!