Voice acting in Japan

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Voice acting in Japan is acting as a narrator or as an actor in radio plays or as a character actor in anime and video games.wikipedia
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Chikao Ohtsuka

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Chikao Ohtsuka, who dubbed Charles Bronson, was quoted in a special issue of Animage as saying, "We are actors. Even if a performance only requires the use of our voice, we still remain actors, and it is therefore incorrect to refer to us as just voice actors, isn't and voice actors, even in the face of emerging voice actors like Genzō Wakayama, who learned how to act using their voice and never set foot in a theater.
Chikao Ōtsuka was a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator.

Newtype

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The term character voice (abbreviated CV), has been commonly used since the 1980s by such Japanese anime magazines as and Newtype to describe a voice actor associated with a particular anime or game character.
Newtype is a monthly magazine publication originating from Japan, covering anime (and to a lesser extent, tokusatsu, manga, Japanese science fiction, seiyuu, and video games).

Genzō Wakayama

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Chikao Ohtsuka, who dubbed Charles Bronson, was quoted in a special issue of Animage as saying, "We are actors. Even if a performance only requires the use of our voice, we still remain actors, and it is therefore incorrect to refer to us as just voice actors, isn't and voice actors, even in the face of emerging voice actors like Genzō Wakayama, who learned how to act using their voice and never set foot in a theater.
Genzō Wakayama is a Japanese voice actor and disc jockey from Ōdomari, Karafuto Prefecture.

Nachi Nozawa

At the center of the first voice acting boom were actors like Nachi Nozawa, who dubbed the same foreign actors, in Nozawa's case Alain Delon, Robert Redford, and Giuliano Gemma.
Nachi Nozawa was a Japanese actor, voice actor, narrator and theatre director from Tokyo.

Akio Nojima

During the late 1970s, Akio Nojima, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Akira Kamiya, Tōru Furuya and Toshio Furukawa were the first to unite into a band, Slapstick, and perform live.
Akio Nojima is a Japanese voice actor, actor and narrator from Nishitōkyō, Tokyo.

Kazuyuki Sogabe

During the late 1970s, Akio Nojima, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Akira Kamiya, Tōru Furuya and Toshio Furukawa were the first to unite into a band, Slapstick, and perform live.
Kazuyuki Sogabe (曽我部 和恭 (formerly 曽我部 和行) Sogabe Kazuyuki, April 16, 1948 – September 17, 2006) was a Japanese actor, voice actor, musician and narrator from Chiba Prefecture.

Akira Kamiya

During the late 1970s, Akio Nojima, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Akira Kamiya, Tōru Furuya and Toshio Furukawa were the first to unite into a band, Slapstick, and perform live.
Akira Kamiya is a Japanese actor, voice actor, singer and narrator.

Tōru Furuya

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During the late 1970s, Akio Nojima, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Akira Kamiya, Tōru Furuya and Toshio Furukawa were the first to unite into a band, Slapstick, and perform live.
Tōru Furuya is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator.

Toshio Furukawa

During the late 1970s, Akio Nojima, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Akira Kamiya, Tōru Furuya and Toshio Furukawa were the first to unite into a band, Slapstick, and perform live.
Toshio Furukawa is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator affiliated with Aoni Production.

Nozomu Sasaki

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In 1989, the voice actors of the five main stars of the animated television show Ronin Warriors (Nozomu Sasaki, Takeshi Kusao, Hiroshi Takemura, Tomohiro Nishimura and Daiki Nakamura) formed an all-male singing group called "NG5".
Nozomu Sasaki is a Japanese voice actor and singer.

Takeshi Kusao

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In 1989, the voice actors of the five main stars of the animated television show Ronin Warriors (Nozomu Sasaki, Takeshi Kusao, Hiroshi Takemura, Tomohiro Nishimura and Daiki Nakamura) formed an all-male singing group called "NG5".
Takeshi Kusao is a Japanese actor, voice actor and singer who works for Aoni Production.

Japanese idol

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The then editor-in-chief of Animage, Hideo Ogata, was the first to publish editorials on the ongoing transformation of voice actors into idols.
Subcategories of idols include gravure idols, female models in "cheesecake" photographs intended for the male audience; junior idols, gravure models under the age of 15 years; AV idols, female adult stars; net idols, starlets who gained popularity through the Internet; idol voice actors, voice actors of anime and video games who also hold an idol singing career; and virtual idols, fictional starlets with real-time activities.

Hiroshi Takemura

In 1989, the voice actors of the five main stars of the animated television show Ronin Warriors (Nozomu Sasaki, Takeshi Kusao, Hiroshi Takemura, Tomohiro Nishimura and Daiki Nakamura) formed an all-male singing group called "NG5".
Hiroshi Takemura is a Japanese voice actor.

Tomohiro Nishimura

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In 1989, the voice actors of the five main stars of the animated television show Ronin Warriors (Nozomu Sasaki, Takeshi Kusao, Hiroshi Takemura, Tomohiro Nishimura and Daiki Nakamura) formed an all-male singing group called "NG5".
Tomohiro Nishimura, professionally using the Kanji 西村 朋紘, is a Japanese voice actor, actor, and singer-songwriter.

Daiki Nakamura

In 1989, the voice actors of the five main stars of the animated television show Ronin Warriors (Nozomu Sasaki, Takeshi Kusao, Hiroshi Takemura, Tomohiro Nishimura and Daiki Nakamura) formed an all-male singing group called "NG5".
Daiki Nakamura is a Japanese voice actor affiliated with 81 Produce.

Megumi Hayashibara

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Megumi Hayashibara, Hekiru Shiina and Mariko Kouda are the first examples of this new trend.
Megumi Hayashibara is a Japanese voice actress, singer, lyricist and radio personality from Kita ward in Tokyo and is affiliated with Woodpark Office.

Hekiru Shiina

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Megumi Hayashibara, Hekiru Shiina and Mariko Kouda are the first examples of this new trend.
Hekiru Shiina is a Japanese voice actress and singer.

Mariko Kouda

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Megumi Hayashibara, Hekiru Shiina and Mariko Kouda are the first examples of this new trend.
Mariko Kouda is a Japanese voice actress, J-pop singer and radio personality.

Anime

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Voice acting in Japan is acting as a narrator or as an actor in radio plays or as a character actor in anime and video games.

Animage

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The then editor-in-chief of Animage, Hideo Ogata, was the first to publish editorials on the ongoing transformation of voice actors into idols. Magazines focusing specifically on voice acting are published in Japan, with Voice Animage being the longest running.
Voice Animage is a sister magazine launched in 1994 that covers the voice acting industry in Japan.

Aya Hirano

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Prominent examples include Aya Hirano, Koharu Kusumi, and Nana Mizuki, all of whom were established actors or singers in mainstream entertainment before entering voice acting.
After starting her acting career, Hirano began to appear in commercials and received her first role as a voice actress at 14 years old in the 2001 anime series Angel Tales.

List of Japanese voice actors of foreign descent

This is the list of Japanese voice actors of non-Japanese ethnic descent.

Seiyu Awards

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The Seiyu Awards are award ceremonies for the recognition of voice acting talent (known as seiyū in Japan) for outstanding performance in anime and other media in Japan.

Voice acting

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Across many of the main game-manufacturing countries, in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan, actors often lend their voices to characters in games and some have made a career of it.

Nana Mizuki

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Prominent examples include Aya Hirano, Koharu Kusumi, and Nana Mizuki, all of whom were established actors or singers in mainstream entertainment before entering voice acting.