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Anime, as a medium, has not only been around for a few decades, but it was quite self-contained for much of that period. It therefore has a select number of people who were extremely influential in its development. It is useful to know these people, as their personal style has formed the foundations of many Japanese Visual Arts Tropes found in this wiki.

Not to be confused with Essential Anime: that's about programs.

The "who's who" in anime includes the following directors and producers:

Those who are most famous for anime on TV and in OAV:

TV and OAV

Primarily known for working in anime films:


Some production studios are particularly well known, especially if they have their own little quirks:


The following manga writers, while not always directly involved in anime, have provided the basis for a large number of essential anime:


Following music performers and composers have made their name in anime history:

Musicians and Composers

Finally, the following seiyuu (voice actors) are either extremely significant presences in anime, or have had a major influence in the history and development of the medium:


Several seiyuu that are beginning to rise in popularity in recent years (though this is subjective):

Recent seiyuu

Unfortunately, seiyuus are also humans, some gained fame, and then died. Here's some famous seiyuus that have passed away, but has contributed a lot in the anime business:


Here's a list of noteworthy English dub voice actors. Voice actors are usually not exclusive to one studio or region - this list is separated by where they are based.

Dub Voice Actors

Los Angeles area:

Companies located in this area include Bang Zoom! Entertainment, New Generation Pictures, Animaze and Studiopolis.


Companies in this country include The Ocean Group and Nelvana.


Companies in this area include FUNimation, Seraphim Digital Studios (formerly ADV Studios), Sentai Filmworks and the now-closed Monster Island Studio.

New York City

Companies in this area include 4Kids, NYAV Post and Headline Studios.

Much like their Japanese counterparts, English voice actors are only human. Some have died. Here be a list of the dearly departed.


Others, while still very much alive, have either retired or changed careers, such as:


  • Tristan Mac Avery: original English dub voice of Gendo Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion, retired from voice-acting after a falling-out with ADV. Now enjoying a career in writing.
  • Dameon Clarke: Started out at FUNimation as the voice of Cell and Scar, moved to Los Angeles and now only does live-action TV and a few video games. Although he recently returned to reprise his role as Cell for Dragonball Z Kai.
  • Ceyli Delgadillo: Had a brief stint working at Funimation as the voice of Goku (in the second and third movies), Dende (dubbed over by Laura Bailey on the remastered DVD releases), and the little boy that Yusuke sacrificed himself to save. Left Funimation circa 2001, and is now living in New York City.
  • Mark Gatha: English dub voice of Domon Kasshu in G Gundam, who has now become a doctor.
  • Lia Sargent: English dub voice of Milly Thompson (and the show's ADR director), as well as providing voices and/or ADR scripts for Rurouni Kenshin, Wolf's Rain, and Planetes. Mostly retired from voice acting in 2006, but has done a few video game roles since then, such as Natsume from .hack GU and Shion in Xenosaga, as well as a couple minor anime roles, such as the redub of Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and the Dantes Inferno animated movie.
  • Andrew Rannells: He retired from voice acting to start a career on Broadway.
  • Joshua Seth: English dub voice for the likes of Tai Kamiya (Taichi Yagami), Shoubu, Hige and Tetsuo Shima, is now a Comedy Hypnotist.
  • Jason Gray Stanford: Had a good history in doing voicework in Canada during the 90's in roles such as Raditz, Joe Higashi, and Donatello. In the early 2000's he moved to California and in 2002 he became Lt. Randall Disher in the TV Series Monk and that's what he is mainly known for today. (though it's uncertain if he would ever make a comeback since Monk has now ended, he probably wouldn't)
  • Eric Stuart: retired from voice acting just after recording for the newest Slayers series, and moved from New York to Tennessee to focus on his music career and family.

And others occasionally get involved in Anime voice acting even though they aren't really regulars in the industry, such as:


Here's a list of noteworthy Latin-American dub voice actors. Voice actors are usually not exclusive to one studio or region, and several countries have their own studios - this list is separated by country.


Mexico (Mexico DF)

Much like their Japanese and English counterparts, voice actors are only human. Some have died. Here be a list of the dearly departed.