Anime Characters Look And Sound Alike!

Text version (adapted from this old post):

Once upon a time, I was in my little brother’s room watching Beyblade on Cartoon Network (don’t ask why), when a certain character appeared on screen, and I immediately thought, “this guy looks like he’d be voiced by Takehito Koyasu.” I looked it up, and sure enough, that’s exactly who plays him in the Japanese dub.

If you know about Koyasu, then you probably know that he has one of the most distinct voices in anime, and that he’s performed in more anime series than any other voice actor. If you’ve been watching him closely, you may have also noticed that a lot of his characters look pretty similar. Nougami Neuro has a long face, snake-like features, and almost the same hair colors as the guy from Beyblade, and they’ve both got one strand of hair falling in front of their face. Luck Gandor has a similar strand of hair and facial structure, as does Betterman, but with even more colors. Fool from Kaleido Star is similar, and even Dio Brando kind of has the long face situation going on. If you start looking at a bunch of Koyasu’s long-faced guys back to back, they all kind of start blurring together.

Just like regular actors tend to get typecast in live-action films and television, the same thing happens to a lot of voice actors. There was a period in the late 2000s wherein Rie Kugimiya became famous, if not infamous, for portraying a bunch of bossy, long-haired lolis, between Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, Hayate no Gotoku, and Toradora; but sometimes the similarities in appearance across an actor’s roles become almost scary.

Keiji Fujiwara has played so many gravelly-voiced cool guys that you’ve probably run into him more than a few times, but did you notice how his characters almost always have the same face? Boxy, rectangular eyes–often with marks under them–are pretty much a constant; and most of them are prone to break out the cocky smile every now and again. Keep in mind that a lot of these were manga adaptations, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the casting director took a look at a character like Fujimoto Shirou from Blue Exorcist and thought, “that guy looks like a Keiji Fujiwara character, let’s hire him!”

Kana Hanazawa has gotten to be pretty much ubiquitous these days, showing up in every damn show, but she really does happen to play a lot of characters with weird bangs. Sengoku Nadeko, Sonohara Anri, and Amano Touko all share a hairstyle that I’ve never really seen any other characters rocking.

Toyosaki Aki seems to find herself in a lot of shows that have this teeth thing going on with their character designs. Don’t know what that’s about.

This isn’t exactly the same kind of deal, but Izaya from Durarara and Araragi from Bakemonogatari are both played by Hiroshi Kamiya. Both characters have one little sister who usually wears green, and another little sister who usually wears yellow and is voiced by Kitamura Eri. This is either the weirdest typecasting ever, or the most awesome coincidence.

Have you ever noticed a voice actor whose characters all kind of look alike, or tried to predict who would voice the characters from your favorite manga if they made an anime adaptation? If so, tell me about it in the comments, and if you like this video then be sure to share it around. If you wanna help me keep making videos like this, then support me on patreon, and if you find yourself super bored around noon every day, then check out my gaming channel.

One thought on “Anime Characters Look And Sound Alike!

  1. I remember how annoying this was when I was just starting out with anime and kept hearing the same voices in the much smaller selection you get with English dubs. I’m not sure if I gave up on Bleach because of the filler arcs or because Ichigo was voiced in English by the same guy who did Izaya Orihara…

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