I probably should’ve put this together for Valentine’s, but I was too lazy. But hashihime’s Seiyuu Romance Rumors post got me off my duff. Note, this isn’t a list of my "favorite" seiyuu per se, but just those who’s voices I could listen to all night long… or forever… whichever comes later.
This post is just an excuse to put up a Haruka Tomatsu picture
Now whether or not you consider her a good singer, or a marvel of auto-tune, there’s no denying the natural quality of her voice. Very cute, but not stereotypically so. Someone like Aki Toyosaki might be too high-pitched to be a big hit outside Japan, but Megumi could pull it off. Her voice is cute, but also smooth and super silky. Every time I hear her sing or speak, it always catches my attention. She’s probably why I loved Ranka so much. And her Chii is cute enough to die for. She really needs to take on more roles. I don’t have enough of her to listen to.
She’s probably the one of this group that I’d marry regardless of what she sounded like. I mean check out her… nice legs! So cute. Plus, she has really nice teeth – which I’ve found is sadly lacking amongst the seiyuu crowd. But anyway, back to her voice. It’s not the typical cutesy type of voice that I fall for, but I just love the spunk to it. I urge you to check out Hashihime’s profile on her, if not for the info, then for more of the maid cosplay pics. The bigger question is which of her many voices I’d want to listen to. The more nasally, slightly bratty Nagi, Lala Satalin type of voice, the very soft Mamiko Noto-esque Kisaragi (from Geijutsuka Art Class) voice, the slightly nasal, but tinged with cute Fluffy Hime-chan voice, or the somewhere in between soft and seductive denpakei Kotone voice? Mmm, tough choice, but I’m going with the denpakei Kotone voice. Irresistibly sexy in a deviant way. Yum.
So soft, so fuwa fuwa. I can understand how people might get tired of her, considering she doesn’t seem to have much range or variety. But not me. I could listen to her read a phone book and be mesmerized. The second best thing from Railgun this season was hearing her go off as Uiharu in Limits-Off mode. I want to hear her again… right now. As either Uiharu, Yui or Lisa (the only redeeming character from Sacred Blacksmith).
Otherwise known as Imoooo-channn! She’s another one that’s very similar to Aki Toyosaki, high-pitch, soft, fluffy, not much variety or range, but a vocal quality I just love listening to. Or maybe it’s that I just love listening to her as Kafuka painting everything in a super positive (or sort of crazy) light in Zetsubou Sensei.
Nobody pulls off the surprised, slightly disgusted Eh!? better tan Marina. She was good as Kana Minami and obviously Yoko in Gurren Lagann, but she took the Eh!? to new heights as Alicia Melchiott. I’d be conditioned to tease her like a Pavlovian response, just to hear her mock me in disbelief over and over again.
I wonder, what seiyuu would get the title as queen of tsundere? There’s probably so many candidates. Do Ami’s performances as Kallen Stadtfeld and Horo seal the deal? I don’t know. Either way, I think I would love listening to her all full of fire and fury, eventually giving away to hints and cracks of deredere, until finally… DING! I crack the hard tsundere shell to reach the soft vulnerable core.
On the other hand, there’s something to say about cold and mysterious like CC. There’s just something undeniably sexy about her voice. But seeing as I am a purveyor of the cute, given the choice, I’d prefer to melt for Yukana’s Tessa Testerossa.
Zange-chan was alright, but to be honest, I was more taken by Miyuki Sawashiro’s Tsugumi (and obviously Haruka Tomatsu’s Nagi), but Kana’s bit back since then with To Love-Ru’s Mikan and Kobato. But her soft, somewhat plain voice (sort of a less saccharine Toyosaki and Nanoka I guess) hit the Mount Everest of moe as Sengoku Nadeko. I’d close my eyes and pretend to listen to her as Nadeko all night long. Very, very soothing.
On the flip side, who are the guys I’d want to sound like? Well, that list is shorter. Again, this isn’t my list of favorite male seiyuus, but if I were to walk into a club and try to smooth talk some girls, these are the guys who I’d want to sound like.
Well, this one should come as no surprise for anyone’s who’s a frequent reader here. There’s been no lack of praise for Daisuke, whether he’s cool as a cucumber Koizumi, befuddled Battler, or kicking ass as Akasaka, or tossing vending machines as Shizuo Heiwajima. There’s just a certain… eloquence to his voice that I love. It’d make any self-respecting girl tremble at the knees. But I think the role that won me over was his stint on Lucky Star, filling in as the Lucky Channel assistant. Look at that class!
But only the Lelouch version. Not sure if it’d drive the girls wild, but if I needed to make a rousing speech I’m not sure there’s a better voice. It’s very… presidential sounding. On the other hand, if I needed to be lost in the crowd and not stick out, I could use Fukuyama’s "normal person" voice (I think best exemplified through Doctor Shinra in DRRR). What I wouldn’t want to sound like though is his whiny Wayanuki voice. No thank you.
Obviously, there’s no one who has a better "in despair" voice, but there’s something slightly mischievous about his voice that’s a lot of fun to listen to. It’s sort of like he can come off as an asshole without even trying. Tieria was a good example of that, but his role as Izaya Orihara is probably an even better example of it. But even when he’s playing it straight, it sounds like he’s messing with you. I guess it’s that "bad boy" quality.
There’s more, but these are the top three that come to mind. Hmm, whattya know, all of the three male seiyuu above are in Durarara! What a coincidence!
Edit: Totally forgot about #4:
I haven’t heard him in too many roles yet, but he has such a distinctive voice that I enjoy hearing every time. There was no better pick for Tales of the Abyss’ Jade Curtiss. He’ll always be the perfect "Mr. Smartass" in my book.