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This page is part of the "Names to Know" project.

Anime, as a medium,[1] 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.

Directors and Producers

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

Primarily known for working in films

Studios

See the main article at Category:Anime Studios.

Manga-ka

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

Musicians and Composers

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

Seiyuu

Major Figures

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:

Recent seiyuu

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

RIP

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

American Dub Voice Actors

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

Los Angeles

  • Zach Aguilar
  • Hannah Alcorn (based in Houston until 2016)
  • Chris Jai Alex
  • Jon Allen
  • Mark Allen Jr.
  • Jennifer Alyx (largely left voice acting in 2012 to focus as a writer, but slowly making a return since 2015)
  • Laura Bailey (based in Dallas until around 2007; mostly does union work, moreso in video games and western animation than in anime)
  • Ryan Bartley
  • Tom Bauer
  • Brian Beacock
  • Christopher Bevins (based in Texas until 2017)
  • Jamison Boaz
  • Reba Buhr
  • Beau Billingslea (Works mostly on union dubs, though occasionally still does non-union work)
  • J.B Blanc (mostly does union work moreso in video games and western animation, but still does non-union work on occasion)
  • Steve Blum (does Union-only work in anime)
  • Johnny Yong Bosch (occasionally works with Funimation; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Edward Bosco
  • Gina Bowes (mostly does union work, though occasionally still does non-union work)
  • Kira Buckland (has done some work in Dallas)
  • Griffin Burns
  • Christine Marie Cabanos (has done some work in Dallas and in Houston)
  • Richard Cansino
  • Jalen Cassell (has done work in Dallas)
  • Chris Cason (based in Dallas until 2013; divides his time between LA and Dallas)
  • Alex Cazares
  • Ray Chase (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Sean Chiplock (has done work in Dallas)
  • Greg Chun (has done some work in Dallas)
  • Allegra Clark (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • David W. Collins (former LucasArts voice director/sound designer)
  • Kevin M. Connolly (based in Dallas until 2012)
  • Sara Cravens
  • Khoi Dao
  • Skyler Davenport (Based in Dallas until 2017; divides her time between LA and Dallas)
  • Robbie Daymond (has performed in both union and non-union dubs)
  • John DeMita
  • Mari Devon
  • Ben Diskin (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Lucien Dodge (based in New York until 2011. Did some work in Dallas)
  • Marc Diraison (worked in New York until 2013)
  • D.C. Douglas (was once involved in a Hajime no Ippo special before he stopped doing dub work in the early 2000s, but has been slowly making his return to anime since 2014.)
  • Jake Eberle
  • Richard Epcar (has done some work in Dallas; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Doug Erholtz
  • Dorothy Elias Fahn
  • Jonathan Fahn (slowly making his return to anime since 2018.)
  • Melissa Fahn (seems to mostly do union work, but still does some non-union work on occasion)
  • Tom Fahn
  • Erin Fitzgerald (worked in Vancouver, Canada until early 2000s. She also has done some voice work in Dallas)
  • Sandy Fox
  • Crispin Freeman (worked in New York until 2002; does Union-only work in anime)
  • Katelyn Gault
  • Jessica Gee
  • Grant George
  • Barbara Goodson
  • Darrel Guilbeau
  • Todd Haberkorn (based in Dallas until 2011; divides his time between LA and Dallas and has done some work in NY; works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Chris Hackney
  • Erika Harlacher
  • Kyle Hebert (based in Dallas until 2005; still works with Funimation occasionally; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Marieve Herington (based in Toronto, Canada until 2008; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Kate Higgins (mostly does union work, but still does non-union work occasionally)
  • Bridget Hoffman (does Union-only work in anime)
  • Megan Hollingshead (based in New York until 2004; seems to mostly do union work, but still does some non-union work on occasion)
  • Xanthe Huynh
  • Taliesin Jaffe (occasionally works for Funimation)
  • Carrie Keranen (worked in New York until 2010. Did some voice work in Dallas)
  • Erik Kimerer
  • Brianna Knickerbocker
  • William Frederick Knight
  • Steve Kramer
  • Lauren Landa (Frequent regular of Funimation since 2014)
  • Lex Lang (seems to mostly do union work, but still does some non-union work on occasion)
  • Cassandra Lee (aka Cassandra Morris; worked in New York until late 2000s. Did some voice work in Dallas)
  • Mela Lee (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Wendee Lee (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Cherami Leigh (based in Dallas until 2012; divides her time between LA and Dallas)
  • Ben Lepley
  • Rachael Lillis (worked in New York until 2013)
  • Erica Lindbeck (works in both union and non-union dubs; has done some work in Dallas)
  • David Lodge (seems to mostly do union work nowadays, but still does some non-union work on occasion)
  • Yuri Lowenthal (seems to mostly do union work, though occasionally still does non-union work)
  • Julie Maddalena
  • Dave Mallow
  • Austin Lee Matthews
  • Mona Marshall (seems to mostly do union work nowadays, but does some non-union work on occasion)
  • Faye Mata
  • Erica Mendez (has done some work in Dallas)
  • D.W. McCann
  • Kyle McCarley (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Michael McConnohie
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (has done some work in Dallas; seems to mostly do union work nowadays, but does some non-union work on occasion)
  • Danielle McRae
  • Matthew Mercer (has shown up in some Funimation titles since 2014; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Vic Mignogna (based in Texas until around 2007; still works with Funimation in Dallas often, Houston on occasion, and has done some work in New York)
  • Amanda Céline Miller
  • Marianne Miller
  • Kayli Mills
  • Max Mittelman (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Xander Mobus
  • Casey Mongillo (based in New York until around 2016/2017)
  • Chris Niosi (aka Kirbopher; based in New York until 2014; has done some work in Dallas)
  • Liam O'Brien (worked in New York until around 2003/2004; seems to mostly do union work nowadays)
  • Colleen O'Shaughnessey (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Joe Ochman
  • Tony Oliver
  • Brina Palencia (based in Dallas until 2016; divides time between LA and Dallas; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Bryce Papenbrook (Frequent regular of Funimation since 2014; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Chris Patton (based in Houston until around 2017; still divides his time between Houston often, and some work with Funimation in Dallas on occasion.)
  • Paul St. Peter
  • Tara Platt (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Laura Post (has done some work in Dallas)
  • Jamieson Price
  • Derek Stephen Prince (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Ben Pronsky (based in Houston until late 2000s)
  • Douglas Rye
  • Sam Riegel (worked in New York until around 2004/2005; seems to mostly do union work nowadays, but still does some non-union work on occasion)
  • Cindy Robinson (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Rachel Robinson (worked in LA until early 2012/2013, and in Dallas until 2017; currently divides her time between LA and Dallas)
  • Bill Rogers (based in New York until around 2015; divides his time between LA and New York)
  • Sandy Rojas
  • Nicolas Roye
  • Michelle Ruff (has done some work with Dallas; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Philece Sampler
  • Tara Sands (aka Tara Jayne; worked in New York until 2004)
  • Sean Schemmel (based in Dallas until 2003 and in New York until 2013; still does work with Funimation particularly for the Dragon Ball Z franchise)
  • Patrick Seitz (frequent regular of Funimation; has performed in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Stephanie Sheh (occasionally works with Funimation; does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Brianne Siddall
  • Keith Silverstein (works in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Michael Sinterniklaas (Based in North Carolina until early 90's, and New York until around 2006/2007; has done some work for Funimation)
  • Christopher Corey Smith (has performed in some Funimation titles; seems to mostly do union work, but still does some non-union work on occasion)
  • John Snyder
  • Michael Sorich
  • Spike Spencer (based in Houston until around 2005/2006)
  • Laura Stahl
  • Steve Staley
  • Skip Stellrecht
  • Doug Stone
  • Karen Strassman (has performed in both union and non-union dubs; has done some work in Dallas)
  • Kim Strauss
  • Kaiji Tang (has done some work in Dallas)
  • Julie Ann Taylor (does both union and non-union dubs)
  • Veronica Taylor (worked in New York until around 2014/2015)
  • Chris Tergliafera
  • Joe J. Thomas
  • Bobby Thong
  • Kirk Thornton (has performed in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Josh Tomar
  • Abby Trott
  • Cristina Valenzuela (aka Cristina Vee; has done some work in New York and Dallas; has performed in both union and non-union dubs)
  • Brad Venable (based in Dallas until around 2016/2017)
  • David Vincent (has performed in some Funimation titles)
  • Kari Wahlgren (does Union-only work in anime)
  • Ezra Weisz
  • Mark Whitten
  • Cedric Williams
  • Imari Williams
  • Sarah Williams
  • Travis Willingham (worked in Texas until 2008 and occasionally flew back to do a few roles for Funimation; nowadays mostly does union work, more in western animation and video games than in anime)
  • Dave Wittenberg (does Union-only work in anime)
  • Dan Woren
  • Joe Zieja

Canada

Texas

Primarily works in Dallas/Ft. Worth:

  • Felecia Angelle
  • Bryn Apprill
  • Tia Ballard (has done work in Houston and Los Angeles)
  • Dawn M. Bennett
  • Justin Briner
  • Kate Bristol
  • John Burgmeier
  • Clifford Chapin
  • Leah Clark (has done work in New York)
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Justin Cook
  • Amber Lee Connors
  • Cynthia Cranz
  • Aaron Dismuke
  • Jason Douglas (worked in Houston until 2010; briefly does some voice work in Houston from time to time)
  • Kara Edwards
  • R Bruce Elliott
  • Ricco Fajardo
  • Morgan Garrett
  • Caitlin Glass (has done work in Los Angeles and New York)
  • Natalie Hoover (based in LA until 2015; divides her time between Dallas and Los Angeles)
  • Chuck Huber
  • Jerry Jewell
  • Marissa Lenti
  • Jason Liebrecht
  • Lydia Mackay
  • Jamie Marchi (has done work in Houston)
  • Bryan Massey
  • Elizabeth Maxwell (has done work in Los Angeles)
  • Robert McCollum
  • Joel McDonald (has done work in Los Angeles)
  • Mike McFarland (has done work in Los Angeles)
  • Trina Nishimura
  • Wendy Powell
  • Whitney Rodgers
  • Michelle Rojas
  • Christopher Sabat (has done work in Los Angeles)
  • Lindsay Seidel
  • Ian Sinclair (has done work in Los Angeles)
  • Micah Solusod
  • Sonny Strait
  • J. Michael Tatum (has done work in Los Angeles and New York)
  • [[Austin Tindle
  • Alexis Tipton (has done work in Los Angeles)
  • Jeannie Tirado
  • Eric Vale (has done work in Los Angeles)
  • Alison Viktorin
  • Maxey Whitehead
  • Sarah Wiedenheft
  • Kent Williams
  • Linda Young
  • Stephanie Young

Primarily works in Houston:

  • Chris Ayres (occasionally works with Funimation)
  • Clint Bickham (does ADR script writing with Funimation)
  • Shelley Calene-Black (does some work with Funimation)
  • Jessica Calvello (worked in Texas until 2002 and in New York until 2013; does some work with Funimation)
  • Jessica Boone (briefly did some voice work even after moving to the Czech Republic)
  • Rozanne Curtis
  • Kira Vincent-Davis (did some work with Funimation)
  • Shannon Emerick
  • Maggie Flecknoe
  • Caitlynn French
  • Scott Gibbs
  • Tiffany Grant (does some work with Funimation)
  • Kara Greenberg
  • Hilary Haag (did some work with Funimation for a short time)
  • Corey Hartzog
  • Jay Hickman
  • Allison Keith
  • George Manley
  • Kelly Manison
  • Cynthia Martinez
  • Andy McAvin
  • Margaret McDonald
  • Emily Neves (does some work with Funimation)
  • Nancy Novotny
  • Molly Searcy
  • Blake Shepard (does some work with Funimation)
  • Genevieve Simmons
  • Juliet Simmons
  • Allison Sumrall

Works in both Ft. Worth/Dallas and Houston:

Primarily works in Austin:

  • J. Shannon Weaver

New York City

  • Greg Abbey
  • Emily Bauer (a.k.a. Emily Jenness; worked in LA until 2003/2004)
  • Sam Black
  • J. David Brimmer
  • Kevin T. Collins
  • Shannon Conley (a.k.a. Vibe Jones)
  • Michael Crouch
  • Daniel J. Edwards
  • E. James Ford
  • Wayne Grayson
  • Dan Green
  • Jason Griffith

Graham Halstead Melissa Hope Laurie Hymes Carol Jacobanis Eva Kaminsky Michele Knotz Christopher Kromer

  • Brittany Lauda (has done work in Dallas)
  • Eddy Lee
  • Ted Lewis
  • Michael Liscio Jr.
  • Sarah Natochenny
  • Michele O'Medlin
  • Suzy Myers
  • Karen Neill
  • Michelle Newman
  • Lisa Ortiz (has done work in LA and Texas)
  • Amy Palant
  • Haven Paschall
  • Mike Pollock (has done work in LA)
  • Debora Rabbai
  • Scottie Ray
  • Sean Reyes
  • Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
  • Carrie Savage (worked in LA until 2007, in Texas until 2011, and LA again until 2015; still works with Funimation occasionally)
  • Erica Schroeder
  • Ryan Shanahan
  • Matt Shipman
  • Eileen Stevens
  • Billy Bob Thompson
  • Bill Timoney
  • Georgette Timoney
  • Marc Thompson
  • David Wills
  • Pete Zarustica
  • Meredith Zeitlin
  • Jimmy Zoppi

RIP

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

Retired

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 Chun-Li, R. Dorothy Wayneright and Milly Thompson (and ADR director for the latter two shoes), 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.
  • 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.

Other

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

Latin-American Dub Voice Actors

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)

RIP

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

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