2015 Voice Actor/Seiyuu Tournament Discussion Thread

  • It's time to take a break from our usual tournaments, as this event is all about the talented people who play our favorite characters!

    For those that weren't here last year, this is my second year taking over for Gyt Kaliba's event. At first, it was exclusive to people in the industry who dubbed anime - but has since expanded to people who have also done western cartoons and video games. And of course, it was only a matter of time before seiyuu joined the mix.

    Unlike the character tournaments, I'll not be taking nominations for voice actors or seiyuu. Instead, I've come up with a pre-selected list, but if you don't see anybody that you believe should belong, feel free to suggest them and I'll see what I can do.

    Among those you won't see (and thus, cannot recommend) are our past champions:

    2008 Winner: Vic Mignogna
    2009 Winner: Brina Palencia
    2010 Winner: Crispin Freeman
    2011 Winner: Luci Christian
    2012 Winner: Jamie Marchi
    2013 Winner: Steve Blum
    2014 Winner: Laura Bailey

    The tournament's format will be that of last year's: every match in the first round will randomly have one person representing each of the four groups that I have divided the participants into. In the second round, the matches will be completely randomized. Also in the first two rounds, it will be the top two winners that move on.

    After that will be the bracket of 64, which is determined by how many votes the winners accumulated in the opening rounds.

    I have plans to start this event on Friday, July 31st. So again, if there's someone you don't see and feel they belong, recommend them as soon as possible!

    ! Male Voice Actors
    ! Austin Tindle
    Billy West
    Brad Swaile
    Brandon Potter
    Brian Drummond
    Bryan Massey
    Bryce Papenbrook
    Chris Patton
    Christopher Ayres
    Christopher Sabat
    Chuck Huber
    Clifford Chapin
    Corey Burton
    Dan Castellaneta
    Dan Green
    Dee Bradley Baker
    Eric Stuart
    Eric Vale
    Frank Welker
    Greg Ayres
    J. Michael Tatum
    James Arnold Taylor
    Jason Griffith
    Jason Liebrecht
    Jeff Bennett
    Jerry Jewell
    Jim Cummings
    Joel McDonald
    John DiMaggio
    Johnny Yong Bosch
    Josh Grelle
    Justin Cook
    Keith David
    Kent Williams
    Kevin Conroy
    Kirk Thornton
    Kyle Hebert
    Liam O"Brien
    Matthew Mercer
    Mel Blanc
    Micah Solusod
    Michael McConnohie
    Michael Sinterniklaas
    Mike McFarland
    Nolan North
    Patrick Seitz
    Paul Winchell
    Peter Cullen
    Phil LaMarr
    Richard Epcar
    Rob Paulsen
    Robert McCollum
    Roger Craig Smith
    Scott McNeil
    Sean Schemmel
    Seth MacFarlane
    Sonny Strait
    Ted Cole
    Todd Haberkorn
    Tom Kenny
    Tony Jay
    Travis Willingham
    Troy Baker
    Yuri Lowenthal
    ! Female Voice Actors
    ! Alexis Tipton
    Andrea Libman
    Ashleigh Ball
    Barbara Goodson
    Bridget Hoffman
    Brittney Karbowski
    Brynn Aprill
    Caitlin Glass
    Carrie Keranen
    Carrie Savage
    Cassandra Lee Morris
    Cathy Weseluck
    Cherami Leigh
    Christine Auten
    Christine Cavanaugh
    Christine Marie Cabanos
    Colleen Clinkenbeard
    Cree Summer
    Cristina Vee
    Cynthia Cranz
    Dorothy Elias-Fahn
    Elizabeth Daily
    Emily Neves
    Erica Mendez
    Grey DeLisle
    Hilary Haag
    Hynden Walch
    Jad Saxton
    Jennifer Hale
    Jessica Boone
    Jessica Calvello
    Kara Edwards
    Karen Strassman
    Kari Wahlgren
    Kate Higgins
    Kath Soucie
    Kira Vincent-Davis
    Lauren Landa
    Leah Clark
    Linda Young
    Lisa Ortiz
    Maile Flanagan
    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
    Maxey Whitehead
    Megan Hollingshead
    Meredith McCoy
    Michelle Ruff
    Mona Marshall
    Monica Rial
    Morgan Garrett
    Nancy Cartwright
    Rachael Lillis
    Sarah Williams
    Shelley-Calene Black
    Stephanie Sheh
    Stephanie Young
    Tabitha St. Germain
    Tara Strong
    Tia Ballard
    Tiffany Grant
    Tress MacNeille
    Trina Nishimura
    Veronica Taylor
    Wendee Lee
    ! Male Seiyuu
    ! Akio Otsuka
    Akira Ishida
    Akira Kamiya
    Daisuke Hirakawa
    Daisuke Namikawa
    Daisuke Ono
    Fumihiko Tachiki
    Hidenobu Kiuchi
    Hikaru Midorikawa
    Hiroaki Hirata
    Hiroki Takahashi
    Hiroshi Kamiya
    Hiro Shimono
    Houchuu Otsuka
    Jouji Nakata
    Jun Fukuyama
    Junichi Suwabe
    Kappei Yamaguchi
    Katsuyuki Konishi
    Kazuhiko Inoue
    Kazuya Nakai
    Keiji Fujiwara
    Kenichi Suzumura
    Kenjirou Tsuda
    Kensho Ono
    Kentaro Ito
    Kouichi Yamadera
    Kouji Yusa
    Kouki Uchiyama
    Kousuke Toriumi
    Mamoru Miyano
    Masakazu Morita
    Masaya Onosaka
    Miyu Irino
    Nobuhiko Okamoto
    Nobunaga Shimazaki
    Nobuyuki Hiyama
    Noriaki Sugiyama
    Norihiro Inoue
    Norio Wakamoto
    Rikiya Koyama
    Ryo Horikawa
    Ryohei Kimura
    Ryotaro Okiayu
    Ryusei Nakao
    Satoshi Hino
    Shinichiro Miki
    Showtaro Morikubo
    Shuuichi Ikeda
    Soichiro Hoshi
    Takahiro Sakurai
    Takashi Kondou
    Takehito Koyasu
    Tatsuhisa Suzuki
    Tetsuya Kakihara
    Tomokazu Seki
    Tomokazu Sugita
    Toshihiko Seki
    Toshiyuki Morikawa
    Wataru Takagi
    Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
    Yuichi Nakamura
    Yuki Kaji
    ! Female Seiyuu
    ! Ai Kayano
    Aki Toyosaki
    Ami Koshimizu
    Aoi Yuuki
    Ari Ozawa
    Asami Seto
    Aya Hirano
    Aya Hisakawa
    Ayako Kawasumi
    Ayana Taketatsu
    Aya Suzaki
    Chiaki Omigawa
    Chiwa Saito
    Eri Kitamura
    Fumiko Orikasa
    Haruka Tomatsu
    Houko Kuwashima
    Ikue Otani
    Izumi Kitta
    Junko Takeuchi
    Kanae Itou
    Kana Hanazawa
    Kaori Ishihara
    Kikuko Inoue
    Kotono Mitsuishi
    Maaya Sakamoto
    Mai Nakahara
    Mamiko Noto
    Marina Inoue
    Mariya Ise
    Masako Nozawa
    Mayumi Tanaka
    Megumi Hayashibara
    Megumi Ogata
    Megumi Toyoguchi
    Miki Itou
    Minami Takayama
    Minori Chihara
    Miyuki Sawashiro
    Nana Mizuki
    Nao Touyama
    Rie Kugimiya
    Rie Tanaka
    Rina Satou
    Romi Paku
    Ryou Hirohashi
    Ryoka Yuzuki
    Ryoko Shiraishi
    Saori Hayami
    Satsuki Yukino
    Sayaka Ohara
    Shizuka Itou
    Sora Amamiya
    Tomoko Kawakami
    Yoko Hikasa
    Yui Horie
    Yukari Tamura
    Yuki Matsuoka
    Yuu Kobayashi
    Yui Ishikawa
    Yuko Goto
    Yuko Minaguchi
    Yuriko Yamaguchi

  • This is some good stuff right here. While I'm less versed in the realm of Seiyu I have been a little bit more interested in them as of late, and am already a big fan of voice actors and the like. Definitely excited for this tournament.

    Also since most Seiyu I am familiar with are already here, there's not many in that regard I can really think to contribute but I have a few ideas at least.

    I think I'll mention Ari Ozawa. She's still relatively young and upcoming and stuff, but her first big role she landed as Sakura Chiyo in Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (Easily one of the best comedies of 2014) and has since done a WHOLE bunch of different roles especially in this year alone, including The Rolling Girls, Maria the Virgin Witch, School-Live, Monster Musume, etc.

    Also Ryoka Yuzuki, simply because Satsuki Kiryuin was pretty badass in Japanese AND English iterations.

    (also Darrel Guilbeau for the SOLE purpose of pissing off SpacemanHardy…but you don't actually have to do that one)


  • Thanks for the suggestions - I'll probably lean towards more experienced people in the industry when making final decisions on who gets in.

  • @classyspartan:

    (also Darrel Guilbeau for the SOLE purpose of pissing off SpacemanHardy…but you don't actually have to do that one)

    I will find out where you LIVE. >0<

    As for my suggestions, on the subject of Satsuki, I'd definitely add Carrie Keranen to the list. She's been around a lot longer than most people realize (she's the original voice of Casca from the Berserk dub, after all).

    Also if you can find room without having to remove anyone, maybe you could try squeezing Austin Tindle in there somewhere.

  • checks list
    Looks good to me, though I'd probably replace Mela Lee with Erica Mendez. Otherwise looking forward to how far I can push Bridget Hoffman before she gets booted out by someone who's only popular for a more recent (and probably airing on Toonami) role.

  • I'd love to request Daisuke Hirakawa to be added to the male seiyuu. He's been a part of some big shows recently (Rei in Free and Kakyoin in Jojo) and also has been apart of some older shows in comparison (Franz in Gankutsuou)

  • I get that female voice actresses IS a tough spot to fit into but yeah…I am totally down for both Carrie Keranen and Erica Mendez. Seriously their Kill la Kill performances could earn them their spots alone, but their other roles are also fairly noteworthy too. Not sure who you'd have to shove but both ladies are definitely worthy contenders.

  • Thanks again for the suggestions guys. I've got some ideas on who to swap out, but I'll keep taking recommendations before I make any final decisions.

  • No problem. Appreciate all the effort and excited for this tourney.

    ….........Also don't actually add Darrell Guilbeau.

  • Unless you want to.

    Can't be helped then. ;P

  • Since someone mentioned Rei's seiyuu from Free, I'd like to request Haruka's seiyuu, Nobunaga Shimazaki. I also happen to be going through Date A Live right now (Shimazaki also voices Shido).

  • I second Nobunaga Shimazaki. More for Suna from My Love Story and Shinichi from Parasyte than anything.

  • Is this strictly people who've been around for several years? I would add Clifford Chapin and Brynn Aprill. And Joel McDonald.

  • I highly second Joel. I love him as Jacuzzi and so many more

  • @paige62182:

    Is this strictly people who've been around for several years?

    Although I prefer more experienced voice personalities, this tournament doesn't discriminate by age.

  • Swapping in (swapping out)

    Austin Tindle (Mark Hamill)
    Clifford Chapin (Patrick Warburton)
    Joel McDonald (Kevin Michael Richardson)
    Brynn Aprill (Anastasia Munoz)
    Carrie Keranen (Kate Bristol)
    Erica Mendez (Mela Lee)
    Daisuke Hirakawa (Daisuke Namikawa)
    Nobunaga Shimazaki (Minoru Shiraishi)
    Ari Ozawa (Sumire Uesaka)
    Ryouka Yuzuki (Junko Minagawa)

    I haven't updated the master list, so this isn't official just yet. If anybody sees someone being swapped out they would like kept in, please say so. I'll also still be taking recommendations, but I've decided the master list locks up on Monday.

  • Reason to keep Daisuke Namikawa: This scene.


  • Fair enough; we can keep Dice-K.

    Unless anyone is opposed to Kazuki Yao being left out of the tournament, we're probably good until Monday.

  • List officially updated. Get ready for Friday!

    (sorry classyspartan, but both your recommendations were selected into the 62nd and 64th groups…you're gonna have to wait a while)

  • Time to get those votes in! I'll be updating this thread regularly at about this time every night, so stay tuned.

    Also, can we please get a sticky Spaceman? ~_^

  • Our first winners as we head into August:

    Colleen Clinkenbeard (9)
    John DiMaggio (8)
    Megumi Hayashibara (8)
    Liam O'Brien (8)
    Troy Baker (8)
    J. Michael Tatum (7)
    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (7)
    Chiwa Saito (7)
    Dorothy Elias-Fahn (6)
    Aya Hirano (6)
    Maaya Sakamoto (6)
    Tara Strong (5)
    Sarah Williams (4)
    Yoko Hikasa (4)
    Michael Sinterniklaas (3)
    Aya Suzaki (3)

    The male seiyuu strike out in day one, but that'll likely change once the big names start showing up.

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