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Veteran voice actress Yuko Mizutani passes away

Deaths may be a fact of life, but it's always sad when someone is taken too soon. That's the case for Japanese voice actress Yuko Mizutani, a veteran of Japan's voice acting scene who was best known for playing Sakiko Sakura, from the long-...

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Voice actress Christina Vee has her own game

Youtube singer, voice actress, and fan favourite Cristina Vee is now star in her own game; Veecaloid Pop. Cristina Vee's work can be seen in a multitude of media but most prominently in anime; K-On (Mio Akiyama), Sailor Moon (Sailor Mars), ...

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Otakon '14: Saori Hayami interview

At Otakon 2014 Japanator was fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with one of the most prolific voice actresses in otaku anime and games of the past several years. Saori Hayami appeared at the con on behalf of Aniplex and had a killer iti...

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Shinji's voice actor set to marry Ms. Norway

No, Megumi Ogata isn't coming out of the closet by announcing her marriage to the reigning Ms. Norway. Spike Spencer, the voice actor best known for playing Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rolo in Code Geass is set to marry Kim MacKen...

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Man arrested for throwing a radio at Yukari Tamura

It's not the first and probably not the last time something like this happens, but a Fukui man attending Yukari Tamura's live concert this past Sunday in Osaka was arrested for disrupting the concert. During a MC segment early on, the man w...

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8th Seiyuu Awards crowns Yuuki Kaji, Rina Satou

The 8th Seiyuu Awards results are out. The annual organizational rewards program recognizes outstanding individuals and groups from the Japanese voice acting industry, and this year it crowds Yuuki Kaiji and Rina Satou as the top male and f...

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Yukari Tamura turns 17 again, more pink than ever

Yukari Tamura's fans have a special monikor that others identify them with: Oukokumin. It means that they are citizen of Yukari Oukoku, or Yukari Kingdom. It's part of the whole idol shtick Tamura has going on as this never-aging cute anime...

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Kana Hanazawa says 'no boys allowed' for meet & greet

Sorry guys, you're going to have to sit this one out in the cold. Kana Hanazawa's next meet and greet event is going to be a girls-only affair. The event, dubbed Kana Matsuri, will feature a meet and greet, live performance, and a talk show...

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The Dose: Petit Milady

It's official! Hump day is here! I know, it feels like Friday and looks like Antarctica outside, but I have just the thing to move your week along. How about some high energy pop music from adorable, talented young ladies? If you're a fan ...

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RIP: veteran voice actor Ichiro Nagai passes away

Sad news: veteran voice actor, famous for his roles in a myriad of anime, Ichiro Nagai, has passed away at the age of 82. He was found collapsed in his hotel room on Monday and taken quickly to a hospital. Nagai's agency says that the cause...

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Popular seiyuu Kana Asumi weds, twitter cries out

The news that popular Japanese voice actress Kana Asumi is married broke my Japanese twitter this morning. Fan reaction has been intense but overall very positive. What's remarkable is that Asumi has been one of the most prolific ...

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Santa Company Kickstarter gets funded, cast

It appears that 'The War on Christmas' has suffered yet another crushing defeat: Santa Company, the Christmas-themed anime that Amber has been going nuts about for a month already, has met its funding goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter. Of...

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Sumire Uesaka's new animated PV is Magical Soviet Russia

The latest music video from upcoming seiyuu idol Sumire Uesaka is now posted on Youtube. It's pretty notable because it's animated--we don't get a whole lot of animated music videos even this day and age. What's actually remarkable is that...

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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Music and Misc.

You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pretty much everyon...

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New Please Teacher/Twins Blu-ray for its 10th Anniversery

Over the weekend, Japanese voice actress Ai Shimizu tweeted a series of photographs involving her cosplaying her character from Please Twin, Karen Onodera, going around the sights of Lake Kizaki. This was a part of the 10th Annive...

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Ayana Taketatsu and Yoshinoya make a meaty match

Announced over the weekend, popular Japanese voice actress Ayana Taketatsu has an endorsement deal with gyudon chain Yoshinoya to cross promote their wares. While Yoshinoya gets people to do ads for them all the time, this one is noteworthy...

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Rest in peace: Tomoyuki Dan passes away

Another great person departs from the world of the living, and it happens to be someone from Kamen Rider W. Unfortunately, it was too soon for him to leave our side. On October 10th at 11:49 pm, Tomoyuki Dan passed away at the age of 50 fro...

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Noragami anime cast drops cast listing like it's hot

The life of a minor god is troublesome: You want an easy way to get a ton of followers and have them all worship you, but without a shrine dedicated to your glory and greatness, what can be done? That's the struggle Yato the minor god is in...

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Woah: Konami announce Kiefer Sutherland as Snake's voice

Well, this is a surprise. After months of practically-confirmed rumors surrounding Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has gone and confirmed that indeed, David Hatyer will not be the playing the voice of Snake. Instead, Kojim...

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Oreimo web radio is now taking your fan mail

Oreimo season 2's web radio show, hosted by Kana Hanazawa and Ayana Taketatsu, is soliciting oversea fans to write to them. One of the corners on the radio program showcases foreign fan letters, and they're asking for more comments. Wh...

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Guests galore in upcoming UK conventions

It's not often we get notable Japanese guests at our Japan-related get-togethers (as much as you'd think we would), so it's pretty exciting to hear that we've successfully lured some famous folk onto our collection of dinky islands. First u...

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RIP: Veteran voice actor Goro Naya passes away

It's time to say farewell to a true veteran of the old school: Goro Naya. The venerable voice actor passed away from chronic respiratory failure last week, at the ripe old age of 83. Though he debuted as an actor nearly fifty years ago, Nay...


Devil Survivor 2 anime summons and fuses a cast roll

Spring can't come soon enough, because that season contains the anime adaptation of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2. Salvador thought the game was pretty great, and I do to, so I've got high hopes for the show. Seems like Atlus thought...


Girls und Panzer episode 8 censored?

No--it's not that kind of censor in which you'll find in To-love-ru. This is about the GLROIO top image you can see on this week's Annotated Anime. The Crunchyroll stream for this week's Girls und Panzer appeared on Wednesday night, after ...


Headed to NYCC? Don't miss Yuu Asakawa

Crunchyroll reports that voice actress extraordinaire Yuu Asakawa has confirmed she'll appear at this year's New York Comic Con! The event is being held at NYC Midtown's Javits Center from Oct. 11 - 14. Here's a link to where you can buy ti...


Atlus: Casting for Persona 4 Arena might not be permanent

Quite a few folks are excited about Persona 4: Golden. However, for some, that excitement is tempered by worry over voice-acting. Perceptive fans noticed changes to the cast, in English trailers for Persona 4 Arena, the PS3/360-bound 2D fig...


Anime Boston '12: Halko Momoi Press Panel

Over at Anime Boston, singer-songwriter, seiyuu and self-proclaimed Queen of Akihabara Halko Momoi was kind enough to sit with a bunch of us press-types and go over what makes her tick and what drives her to travel around the world and spre...


AKB0048 gets a trailer, pro voice actresses

As everyone in their right mind knows, AKB0048 will be the show to watch this spring season. I mean, look at all those other in our Spring 2012 Preview Guide! What a bunch of losers! Nothing can compare to this post-apocalyptic guerrilla id...


Aki Toyosaki's Hey Jude cover is fun, even to hate on

I was figuratively crawling in my skin when I listened through Aki Toyosaki's cover of "Hey Jude," now on Youtube. It's not so much a murdering of a classic Beatles piece as much as hearing your average anime seiyuu pinching it up a notch i...


A Daily Dose of Music: Nana Mizuki

Superstar seiyuu, Nana Mizuki is absolutely lighting up the charts with her newest single, Synchrogazer. You may also recognize the song as the opening theme to Senki Zessho Symphogear. Today's Dose is a sexy futuristic bit, full of lovely ...


Anime apps, now ruling my smartphone world

A long time ago there was this app called Bisei Tokei: some developers cleverly rounded up a dozen notable Japanese voice actors and made them say lines from our favorite anime. The end result was an iOS app that would turn your iPad or iPh...


The Persona 4 anime's got a dub, it had better be good

And by "good" I mean "use everyone that was in the Persona 4 game." Or else. Seriously, Sentai Filmworks. I've heard accusations (some unfounded) that you skimp on dubbing, and you haven't actually announced a cast, but if there's any serie...


AX 11: Miyuki Sawashiro interview, talks shop

Anime Expo 2011 brought to the States the voice behind many of our favorite characters: Miyuki Sawashiro. Well, Shinku from Rozen Maiden, Mint from Galaxy Angel, Puchiko from Di Gi Charat, Tsugumi from Kannagi, and Claire from Red Garden ar...


Rest in Peace, Tomoko Kawakami

It's always a sad day when an industry figure passes on, but it's even more sad when the cause is due to illness. Such was the case with veteran voice actress Tomoko Kawakami, who you may know as the voice behind Utena Tenjou, lead characte...


Rejoice: Miyuki Sawashiro to guest at Anime Expo

If there weren't enough reasons to rejoice at your ability to visit 2011's Anime Expo, or curse your inability to visit 2011's Anime Expo, here's a another one. Veteran voice actress/singer Miyuki Sawashiro will be joining the guest-of-hono...


Aya Hirano in NYC TONIGHT? Forbidden Planet?

[[Update: ANN has confirmed that an event is taking place, but will be "low-key." Those of you expecting an autograph session may be out of luck. She'll only be there to film for a television project. - Tim]] Forbidden Planet, the comic boo...


Why can't Aya Hirano act in any more anime?

That's what I'd like to know, because her Twitter account has yet to release more detailed info. Her voice will still be heard in ongoing anime, however. She'll still be speaking in Maria Holic Alive (rejoice, Marcus!), Fairy Tail (rejoice,...


Heroes stars to voice Wolverine, Iron Man anime leads

I know many of you have voiced your dismay at the Wolverine anime, along with its Iron Man counterpart, though I admit I'm intrigued. As for their English voice overs, I am both enthusiastic and concerned. First up is Heroes&...


Welcome Michelle Ruff as the voice of Katherine-with-a-K

The wait is over, dear friends. We now know who will be speaking the English-language lines of Catherine's Katherine-with-a-K. And as the headline might suggest, it's Michelle Ruff, confirmed by the actress herself after a super-fan asked. ...


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