On January 9, TV Asahi aired Ninki Seiyū 200-nin Honki de Eranda! Seiyū Sōsenkyo (“200 Popular Voice Actors Chose Honestly! Voice Actor General Election”), the results of a poll among over 200 voice actors of the 25 members of their field that they “really think are great.” The special attracted significant buzz among seiyuu fans on social media, although as the voting pool consisted of professionals, highly esteemed older actors dominated the results.
Here are the results, along with the roles the program chose as the actor’s “representative work”:
KOUICHI YAMADERA (Kaji, Neon Genesis Evangelion) MASAKO NOZAWA (Goku, Dragon Ball) KEIJI FUJIWARA (Mr. Nohara, Shin-chan) Miyuki Sawashiro (Fujiko, Lupin the Third) Tomokazu Seki (Suneo, Doraemon 2005) Mayumi Tanaka (Luffy, One Piece) Minami Takayama (Moomin Troll, Tanoshii Moomin Ikka) Ryusei Nakao (Freeza, Dragon Ball Z) Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo, Dragon Ball Z) Akio Ohtsuka (Black Jack, Black Jack) Megumi Hayashibara (Rei, Evangelion) Toshiyuki Morikawa (Nick, Zootopia) Hidekatsu Shibata (Mr. X, Tiger Mask) Junichi Suwabe (Victor, Yuri!!! on Ice) Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon) Akiko Yajima (Shin-chan, Shin-chan) Yoshiko Sakakibara (Haman Karn, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam) Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Jigen, Lupin the 3rd) Yoku Shioya (Ryouta, Slam Dunk) Shigeru Chiba (Rei, Highschool!