Saying that voice actresses are treated like pop stars in Japan is a bit of an understatement, since they are already pop stars in their own right. Not only are they voicing your favorite anime characters but they are also highly sought after by fans and do a lot of other things like concerts, personal appearances and sometimes figures are even made in their own likeness - just ask Nana Mizuki and Yukari Tamura.
Voice actresses have their own personal fan base and they often interact with fans either online through their own blogs or at live events.
However, the majority of a voice actress’s fan base is male.
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Japanese anime website, Anime One has recently conducted an online poll asking only GIRLS who their favorite female voice actress or seiyuu is.
If you don’t see your favorite voice actresses in there, remember that this poll only asked for female respondents, not males. With a total of 7280 votes, here are the results:
44-Kitta Izumi (Cordelia Glauca from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes and Tomoko Kuroki from WataMote)- 58 votes
43- Saori Gotou (Plue and Meredy from Fairy Tail and Moeka Kiryuu from Steins; Gate)- 60 votes
42- Sumi Shimamoto (Kyoko Otonashi from Maison Ikkoku and Nausicaa from Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa)- 62 votes
41- Emiri Katou (Hideyoshi and Yuuko Kinoshita from BakaTest, Kyuubey from Madoka Magica and Mayoi from the Monogatari Series)- 64 votes
40- Aki Toyosaki (Yui Hirasawa from K-On!, Ai from Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi and Uiharu from the To Aru series)-66 votes
38/39- Minori Chihara (Chiaki Minami from Minami-Ke and Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)- 68 votes
38/39- Ai Kayano (Menma from AnoHana and Inori from Guilty Crown)-68 votes
37- Aya Uchida (Kotori Minami from Love Live! and Himawari Shinomiya from Vividred Operation)- 71 votes
36- Kikuko Inoue (Balldandy from Ah! My Goddess, Mizuho Kazami from Onegai! Teacher and Kasumi Tendo from Ranma 1/2)-74 votes
35- Miki Itou (Taiga Fujimura from the Fate series and Android 18 from Dragon Ball)- 75 votes
34- Tomoko Kaneda (Nel from Bleach, Culumon from Digimon Tamers and Chiyo Miyama from Azumanga Daioh!)- 77 votes
33- Yui Horie (Tsubasa Hanekawa from the Monogatari series, Naru Narusegawa from Love Hina and Minori Kushieda from ToraDora!)- 86 votes
32- Yu Kobayashi (Ayame Sarutobi from Gintama, Danma Kuso from Bakugan and Honda Futayo from Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon)- 89 votes
31- Marina Inoue (Yozora Mikazuki from Haganai, Armin Arlert from Shingeki no Kyojin, Tohka Yatogami from Date A Live and Laura Bodewig from IS: Infinite Stratos)- 94 votes
30- Ryo Hirohashi (Kyou Fujibayashi from Clannad and Alice Carroll from Aria the Natural)- 95 votes
29- Yukari Tamura (Nanoha Takamachi from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Tenten from Naruto and Sakura Yoshino from Da Capo)- 109 votes
28- Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten from Dragon Ball and Kitaro from Gegege no Kitarou)- 113 votes
27- Yuka Iguchi (Index from the To Aru series, Tsukihi Araragi from the Monogatari series and Maria from Haganai)- 130 votes
26- Nobuyo Ooyama (Doraemon and Monokuma, nuff said)- 132 votes
25- Mariya Ise (Levy McGarden from Fairy Tail, Killua Zoldyk from Hunter X Hunter (2011) and Huang Pao-Lin from Tiger & Bunny)- 140 votes
24- Kanae Itou (Elsie from The World God Only Knows, Sena Kashiwazaki from Haganai, Saten from the To Aru series and Yui from Sword Art Online)- 156 votes
22/23- Chinatsu Akasaki (Natsuo Maki from Love Lab and Shinka Nibutani from Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai)- 166 votes
22/23- Satomi Arai (Seiko Shinohara from Corpse Party, Shiroyasha from Mandaiji-tachi, Shantak-Kun from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and of course, Kuroko Shirai from the To Aru series)- 166 votes
21- Megumi Hayashibara (Tira Misu from Bakuretsu Hunters, Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, Christina Mackenzie from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket and of course, Rei Ayanami from Evangelion)- 176 votes
20- Aoi Yuuki (Yagyuu Juubei from Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls, Victorique from Gosick and Madoka Kaname from Madoka Magica)- 177 votes
19- Miyu Matsuki (Kuuko from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and Yoshinoya from Hidamari Sketch)- 179 votes
18- Rina Satou (Vert from Hyperdimension Neptunia, Negi Springfield from Negima?! and Mikoto Misaka from the To Aru series)- 182 votes
17- Saiga Mitsuki (Enzan Ijuuin from Rockman.EXE, Kairi Sanjou from Shugo Chara! and Tsukasa from .hack//Sign)- 184 votes
16- Mutsumi Tamura (Jonathan Mar from Jormungand, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi from Tiger & Bunny and Jinta from AnoHana)- 188 votes
15- Junko Takeuchi (Naruto Uzumaki and Akamaru from Naruto and Takuya Kanbara from Digimon Frontier)- 191 votes
14- Ryoko Shiraishi (Hime Onizuka from Sket Dance and Hayate Ayasaki from Hayate the Combat Butler)- 195 votes
13- Shizuka Itou (Hinagiku from Hayate the Combat Butler, Akeno Himejima from High School DXD, Hildegard from Beelzebub, Koko Hekmatyar from Jormumgand, Bellows from Suisei no Gargantia, Wilhelmina Carmel from Shakugan no Shana and Himawari Kunogi from xxxHOLiC)- 198 votes
11/12- Kaori Nazuka (Lynette Bishop from Strike Witches, Nunnally Lamperouge from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Tenri/ Diana from the World God Only Knows and Eureka from Eureka Seven)- 199 votes
11/12- Yoko Hikasa (Rias Gremory from High School DXD, Erica Blandelli from Campione! and Mio Akiyama from K-On!)- 199 votes
10 Aya Hirano- 202 votes
Haruhi Suzumiya from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail, Misa Amane from Death Note, Konata from Lucky☆Star and Paiman from Gatchaman Crowds
9 Mamiko Noto- 203 votes
Black★Gold Saw from Black★Rock Shooter, Ai Enma from Jigoku Shoujo, Hecate from Shakugan no Shana, Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi Ni Todoke, Tomoe from Queen’s Blade and Mavis Vermillion from Fairy Tail
8 Megumi Ogata- 209 votes
Haruka/ Sailor Uranus from Sailor Moon, Shinji Ikari from Evangelion, Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho and Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!
7 Mayumi Tanaka- 212 votes
Krillin from Dragon Ball, Koenma from Yu Yu Hakusho and Luffy from One Piece
6 Romi Park- 215 votes
Capt. Hitsugaya from Bleach, Temari from Naruto, Uesugi Kenshin from Sengoku Basara and Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist
5 Minami Takayama- 216 votes
Conan Edogawa from Detective Conan, Kati Mannequin from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Nabiki Tendou from Ranma 1/2
4 Kana Hanazawa- 279 votes
Mato Kuroi from Black★Rock Shooter, Kaede Tachibana/Angel from Angel Beats, Kobato from Haganai, Kuroneko from OreImo, Charlotte Dunois from IS: Infinite Stratos and Mayuri Shiina from Steins; Gate
3 Chiwa Saito- 388 votes
Homura Akemi from Madoka Magica, Riko Aida from KuroBaske, Kou Ichinomiya from Arakawa Under the Bridge, and Hitagi Senjougahara from the Monogatari Series
2 Miyuki Sawashiro- 533 votes
Kurapika from Hunter X Hunter (2011), Beelzebub from Beelzebub, Shinku from Rozen Maiden, Perrine Clostermann from Strike Witches and Haruka Nanami from Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%
1 Yui Ogura- 536 votes
Hinata Hakamada from Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Athena from Campione!, Tamaki Gokou from OreImo and Tsukiko Tsukakishi from Hentai Ouji
There you have it, Yui Ogura’s sweet, childish loli voice has even won over other females as she takes the #1 spot on the list with 536 votes.
Because this poll was directed to the female audience, it isn’t very surprising that most of the female voice actresses near the top of the list have voiced MALE characters, and not just male characters, but bishounen male characters while some have even been known for voicing androgynous female characters like Megumi Ogata.
Some voice acting legends also made it to the list like Nobuyo Ooyama who voices both Doraemon and Monokuma as well as Masako Nozawa who voices Son Goku. Yes, the MANLY Son Goku was originally voiced by a woman in the Japanese dub, mostly because Son Goku started out as a kid in the early stages of the legendary anime.
Well, there you have it, Anime One’s most popular female voice actresses among other women. Certainly, if this poll was aimed towards GUYS or both men and women, the result would have been very different. Do you agree with Anime One’s poll?
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From Anime One