Voice acting has the power to enhance or deteriorate an anime’s characters, plot, and emotional impact. Every time, these ten shows and their star-studded casts succeed.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the vocal performances involved in a great animated story, which would be nothing without the voices that give it life. An actor’s voice performance is their only means of conveying their character and feelings to an audience in an animated medium.
While many anime feature remarkable examples of superb voice acting, there are several that stand out for having a cast with emotional depth and range that is unique to the anime medium. A good anime frequently has memorable characters, and such characters wouldn’t exist without the actors that portray them.
1. Kill La Kill Takes Action Dialogue To 11
It never gets old when Ryuuko Matoi unleashes her rage on Satsuki Kiryuuin. Even while Ami Koshimizu is arrogant and confident in her lines, she is also sympathetic to her allies and convincingly shy when confronted with her provocative clothes or a newfound sibling. Also worth the price of admission are Tetsu Inada’s Ira Gamagoori and Ryouka Yuzuki’s Satsuki’s imposing presence. Incorporating these elements with the spine-tingling tones of Romi Park’s Ragyo Kiryuuin makes Kill La Kill an auditory treat that no anime fan should miss.
2. Zombie Land Saga Is All About Singing and Comedy Combined
For the fans of Franchouchou, there is an all-star cast of comedy and musical talent, including young Lily Hoshikawa, as embodied by Minami Tanaka, and biker Saki Nikaidou, embodied by Asami Tano. As Yuugiri, Rika Kinugawa delivers a showa-era performance, and the rest of the ensemble goes all out whether singing or joking around. One of the characters in the Zombie Land Saga is Kotono Mitsuishi, Sailor Moon herself. Manager Koutarou Tatsumi, played by Mamoru Miyano, serves as the unifying force.
3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Has Iconic Line Deliveries
Yare yare haze has become an anime catchphrase because to the Joestar family’s legendary voice talents. Ono Daisuke portrays a tough but good-hearted youth in Jotaro Kujo. Meanwhile, Yuki Ono and Unsho Ishizuka’s Josuke Higashikata and Joseph Joestar bring hilarity to the role of the mischievous Josuke Higashikata.
In addition to Takehito Koyasu’s magnificent Dio Brando, Toshiyuki Morikawa’s frightening intimidation as Kira Yoshikage is outstanding. The Japanese voice acting community takes the honor of voicing a Joestar very seriously, and it shows in the final product.
4. Attack On Titan Personifies Every Type Of Anger
It’s rare for an anime cast to have so many memorable performances. The dominating presence and sarcasm of Levi Ackerman wouldn’t be the same without Hiroshi Kamiya, while Erwin Smith’s speeches by Daisuke Ono have enough gravitas to make viewers want to join his war effort, thanks to Marina Inoue’s portrayal of Armin Arlet’s zeal and blunted wrath. Eren Yeager, played by Yuki Kaji, is the star of the show. Few voices go through such a transition as his, from his vengeful adolescent rage to his eventual transformation into the room’s most lethal man.
5. Re: Zero Has A Sound For Every Pain Possible
Subaru Natsuki puts the value of having a wide vocal range to the test. Re: Zero’s arcs range from a confident otaku to the mournful whimpers of a man damaged by trauma. The good news is that Yusuke Kobayashi is always ready for the challenge. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, well known for his role as Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti in Sword Art Online, also delivers a career-defining performance. There’s not much the Re: Zero voice cast can do wrong, especially with characters like Roswaal Mathers (Takehito Koyasu) and Emilia (Rie Takahashi).
6. Steins;Gate And The Struggles Of Its Mad Scientists
Rintaro Okabe is a well-known anime character thanks in great part to the popularity of his voice actor, Rintaro Okabe. Mamoru Miyano can be a thoughtful commentator on current events one minute, and a high-pitched cackler the next.
There are moments in which his voice cracks with terror, but there are other moments in which he neatly persuades Kurisu Makise to fall in love with him. To give Kurisu her fierce drive and innocence, Asami Imai provides her the support of a cast that gets to show off their acting prowess in this film.
7. KonoSuba Is A Perfect Showcase Of Misfits
Everyone on the voice cast has a good time in KonoSuba. Aqua’s smugness and tantrums are well matched by Megumin’s naive glee, thanks to Sora Amamiya. To counteract Ai Kayano’s Darkness’ squeals, Jun Fukushima’s voice as Satou Kazma is also excellent; he can be smug or sexy, depending on the situation, and he’s as impressive in both roles. “Yes, I am Kazuma,” uttered by the voice actor himself, was a superb improvisation.
8. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War Has A Perfectly Balanced Cast
The voiceovers in Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, are a unique achievement in that they are flawless. First lead animation role, Aoi Koga does a great job of giving KaguyaShinomiya’s weakest times with an appealing voice and voices for her diabolical intentions and shy musings. The “How cute” catchphrase has many implications for her. Konomi Kohara and Makoto Fukuda portray the characters of Chika Fujiwara and Miyuki Shirogane respectively, who are both scheming and confident at the same time. To complete the picture, Ryota Suzuki transforms Yu Ishigami into a likable character with nuanced emotions.
9. Nichijou Never Lets Up On The Comedy
In humorous parts, voice actors can go all out, and Nichijou is the best illustration of this. Prankster conduct is contrasted by Misuzu Togashi’s deadpan delivery as Mai Minakami, while Mai Aizawa’s bouts of anger are worthy of an Oscar. Mariko Honda can’t stop laughing at Yuko Aioi’s bewilderment at the situations she finds herself in.
Hiromi Konno’s Sakamoto is the perfect grumpy cat, while Minoru Shiraishi’s Hiromi embodies the Professor’s adorable joy and pride. Even if none of these actors weren’t involved, Nichijou would still be as amusing as it is now.
10. The Monogatari Series Proves “Tell, Don’t Show” Can Work
This anime series has the most dialogue because of the outstanding writing of Nisio Isin. Monogatari is boosted by its brilliant cast, which is key to its success. Hiroshi Kamiya brings Koyomi Araragi’s inquisitiveness and lusty impulses to life. Kana Hanazawa captures the eerie noises of Nadeko Sengoku in love well, while Yui Horie portrays a pained Tsubasa Hanekawa. She even steals the show as Hitagi Senjogahara, with a line referencing her own voice acting prowess in the role.