Voice acting in Japan is a fine art. Since anime is such a deep and powerful industry, you can imagine the need and competition of extremely talented voice actors. However, most people never really think about the people behind the voices of their favorite anime characters. If you love Dragon Ball, you don’t wonder who is the person at the recording studio screaming Kamehameha.
But then one day you finally see the real people behind the voices. And you are shocked. No . . . This can’t be who you’ve been watching all these years. This just can’t be.
Oh but it can . . .
Here are 10 voice actors who absolutely will change the way you viewed your favorite characters.
(*Note: the videos are cued up to the scene where they appear*)
1. Uzumaki Naruto (Naruto)
Can you picture her taking over the ninja world?
2. Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
Strongest person in the universe? Or your sweet old grandmother?
3. Luffy (One Piece)
Can you feel the intensity of the (wo)man who will become pirate king?
4. Himura Kenshin (Ruroni Kenshin)
The peaceful warrior. I can see it.
5-7. Kurama, Hiei, Kuwabara (Yuyu Hakusho)
I laugh when I think about a session of these guys getting together to voice an episode of Yuyu Hakusho. Why isn’t the main character (Yuusuke) included? Because he looks exactly like the character he voices!
(Where to find them each talking)
8-9. Gon, Kilua (Hunter x Hunter)
Strong, powerful, and motivated hunters. Exactly.
I will never look at Pikachu the same way again. This video is too cute.
Not what you thought?
Do any of these really surprise you? Which character and voice actor has the biggest image gap between them? Any good ones you know of that I missed out on?
Update: Want more? Check out part 2!
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.