Anime characters and voice actors. They are the hidden heroes behind the big story. It’s time to get to know them! Here are the names behind famous anime characters.
Animes and anime characters have been with us since our childhood. We grew up with them, learned, and embarked on adventures. These characters, consisting of an illustration and drawing, sometimes meant a lot to us. Of course, the most important factor in their entry into our life is the characters’ artists. What about those who voice them in real life?
The quality and visibility of the productions of a movie, series, or anime are also related to the voice actors beyond the script and editing. We know very little about the voice actors of anime characters. In fact, did you know that some of our favorite male anime characters have female voice actresses?
Let’s find out who are the heroes behind our favorite anime characters!
Eren Jaegar – Attack On Titan
English: Bryce Papenbrook
Original: Yuki Kaji
Bryce Austin Papenbrook is an American voice actor born in 1986 and voicing for Viz Media, Animaze, Bang Zoom! He has voiced in many anime series, especially movies of young male heroes.
Also, he is a three-time kickboxing champion. He occasionally works as a kickboxing instructor at the House of Champions Academy of Martial Arts in California. He started his first voice acting experience with the Trigun anime in 2000 and voiced the young Vash the Stampede.
There are many projects in Bryce’s career such as anime, movies and video games. The most known ones are; Eren Jaeger (Attack on Titan), Kazuto “Kirito Kirigaya (Sword Art Online), Meliodas (The Seven Deadly Sins), Marugori (One Punch Man), Cosmo Imai (Kengan Ashura).
Monkey D. Luffy – One Piece
English: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Original: Mayumi Tanaka
Perhaps many of us knew this, but some One Piece fans were still unaware of it. The voice of Monkey D. Luffy is an actress. Colleen Clinkenbeard, born in 1980, is an American voice actor, ADR Director, line producer, and scriptwriter at Funimation.
The rise of Colleen’s career began when she served as ADR director on the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series on Cartoon Network. In fact, Colleen is a stage performer but started her voice acting career when she was successful in the Dragon Ball GT audition.
Colleen Clinkenbeard has acted as a voice actor in many anime
, movies, and video games. Among them are Princess Snake (Dragon Ball Z), Ryoko Fueguchi (Tokyo Ghoul), and Momo Yaoyorozu (My Hero Academia).
Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass
English: Johnny Yong Bosch
Original: Jun Fukuyama
Johnny Yong Bosch, born in 1976, is an American actor, voice actor, musician, singer, and martial artist. His talent in martial arts led to great opportunities in his career. His first major role was the portrayal of Adam Park, the second Black Power Ranger in the Power Rangers’ franchise.
Johnny was born in America, but his mother is South Korean. He has been a huge Bruce Lee fan and martial arts fan since he was little.
Johnny Yong Bosch has been a voice actor in many anime, movies, and video games up to this time, including Shigure (Naruto), Lujon (Fullmetal Alchemist), Jonathan Joestar (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure), and Lelouch (Code Geass).
Izuki Midoriya – My Hero Academia
English: Justin Briner
Original: Daiki Yamashita
Justin Briner, born in 1991, is an American voice actor. He has provided voices for English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series with Funimation.
Justin studied theater at the University of North Texas but later chose a voice acting career. In 2015, he acted as the voice actor for Mikaela Hyakuya in the Seraph of the End anime series, and he was highly loved. Justin is also a hugely popular and beloved face in the geek world. He loves to take part in congresses such as Anime Expo and Comic-Con and give interviews.
Justin Briner has appeared in many anime series until this time. Some of those; Izuki Midoriya (My Hero Academia), Kid Vegeta (Dragon Ball Super), Luck Voltia (Black Clover), and Sho Kusakabe (Fire Force).
Light Yagami – Death Note
English: Brad Swaile
Original: Mamoru Miyano
Ligh Yagami character is one of the most popular anime characters globally. Brad Swaile, the voice actor of Light, is a Canadian voice actor born in 1976. Brad has been in the industry for quite some time and voices beloved characters since the 1990s.
Brad Swaile actually studied Graphics and Visual Design at Kwantlen University and graduated with a degree. However, his career flourished in the voice acting industry. His first experience was Mousse (Ranma ½). The voice actor, who has achieved many successes and won many awards so far, is currently preparing for the character Fron in the Hello Carbon anime series.
There are a lot of projects in Brad’s voice acting career, some of them; Teen Gohan (Dragon Ball Z), Light Yagami (Death Note), Saito Shimaru (Gintama), and Kurt Wagner (X-Men: Evolution).
Naruto Uzumaki – Naruto
English: Maile Flanagan
Original: Junko Takeuchi
The Naruto legend has quite a lot of productions, but most of them feature successful voice actress Maile Flanagan. Naruto Uzumaki character’s Japanese and English voice actors are both female actors. Maile Flanagan, an English voice actor, was born in 1965 and has been in this industry for quite some time. She has also had recurring roles on Shameless, Bad Teacher, The Class, Grey’s Anatomy, and many cartoons.
Flanagan graduated from the Department of Defense and later studied political science. However, life offered him a very different business opportunity. Although Flanagan has appeared in comedy and stand-up groups, the rise of his career has been through voice acting.
Among the characters Maile Flanagan has voiced so far are Lucky (Rango), Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto), Matthew (Astro Boy). She is also a very successful actress.
Saitama – One Punch Man
English: Max Mittelman
Original: Makoto Furukawa
Max Mittelman is the name that gave life to the strongest anime character in history. Max was born in 1990 and started his career in 2013. O, Toradora! In the anime series, 22 episodes have acted as voice actors for the character Hisamitsu Noto. Later, Max, who voiced the Rhino character in the movie Ultimate Spider-Man, gained popularity and became a well-known name in this industry.
Max has been featured in many productions so far include Overflow (Ben 10), Meruem (Hunter X Hunter), Jun (Sword Art Online II), and Ryuji Sakamoto (Persona 5).
Behind the many more beloved characters, there are many nameless heroes. We will be introducing new voice actors for you in the coming days, stay tuned!