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These Are Japan’s 20 Favorite Voice Actresses

There are plenty of polls about Japan’s favorite characters, but what about the voices behind those characters?

Good old Charapedia just released a list of Japanese fans’ favorite voice actresses, so let’s take a look at who’s been pleasing Japan’s earbuds lately.

19 (tie). Yui Horie
19 (tie). Risa Taneda
18. Suzuko Mimori
17. Yui Ogura
16. Megumi Hayashibara
15. Nana Mizuki
14. Nao Toyama
13. Maaya Uchida
12. Rie Takahashi
11. Yoshino Nanjo
10. Haruka Tomatsu
9. Rie Kugimiya
8. Sora Amamiya
7. Ayane Sakura
6. Aoi Yuki
5. Ai Kayano
4. Miyuki Sawashiro

3. Saori Hayami

2. Inori Minase

1. Kana Hanazawa

Saori Hayami, taker of spot number three, has been in the voice acting biz since 2007. Her most famous role is probably Kaede Takagaki from The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, but her most impressive might be in A Silent Voice, in which she plays a character who is deaf.

Number two, Inori Minase, won Best Lead Actress at the 10th Seiyu Awards for her roles as Jun Naruse in Anthem of the Heart and Yuki Takeya in School-Live!. Her latest role is that of Yoshino Koiwai in Masamune-kun’s Revenge.

In the number one spot: Kana Hanazawa, who’s played roles like Psycho-Pass’s Akane Tsunemori, Durarara!!’s Anri Sonohara and Nisekoi’s Kosaki Onodera. Hanazawa has topped Charapedia’s voice actress poll since 2014, making her Japan’s favorite voice actress four years running.

But here’s the real question: who’s yours?

Source: Charapedia

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.