Famous Anime VA Alternative Characters You May Not Know

Famous Anime VA Alternative Characters You May Not Know

Big-name voice actors in anime, like Yuusuke Kobayashi and Jun Fukuyama, have alternative roles you may not know. Check out their surprising characters!

Last updated: 2023-07-09
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This post explores alternative roles of popular Japanese voice actors that viewers may not be familiar with. It covers Yuusuke Kobayashi's role as Fudou Aikawa in Love After World Domination, Jun Fukuyama's role as Takafumi Takaoka in Uncle from Another World and Hakkon in Reborn as a Vending Machine, Junya Enoki's role as Yukito Urabe in Kamikatsu, What God Does in a World Without Gods, Sora Amamiya's role as Nazuna Nanakusa in Call of the Night and Rie Takahashi in her multiple alternatives Ai Hoshino, Yuzuriha and Tomo Aizawa.
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Anime has been a popular medium for decades, with iconic voice actors bringing beloved characters to life and becoming a crucial part of the anime culture. Some voice actors have even gained a level of fame and recognition outside of the anime world. While it's always exciting to hear them reprise their roles season after season, it's also interesting to discover their work in lesser-known anime or as alternative characters. In this article, we'll explore some big-name voice actors whose alternative roles you may not be familiar with.

Yuusuke Kobayashi

Yuusuke Kobayashi is the voice actor behind two famous main characters: Senku Ishigami, the 1M% smart scientist from the Dr. Stone series, and the casual isekai Rem enjoyer MC Subaru Natsuki from Re:Zero series.
Fudou Aikawa
©Hiroshi Noda, Takuhiro Wakamatsu, Kodansha/Koiseka Production Committee
If you mix both character`s voices, you'll get Fudou Aikawa, same VA voices this protagonist of Love After World Domination (恋は世界征服のあとで, Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato).

Jun Fukuyama

Jun Fukuyama is a well-known voice actor who has portrayed numerous main characters in popular anime, such as King in The Seven Deadly Sins and the iconic Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass. He also played a supporting character, Finral Roulacase, in the more recent anime Black Clover.
Takafumi Takaoka
©Almost Dead/Published by KADOKAWA/Isekai Ojisan Production Committee @SEGA
In addition to these roles he has also voiced Takafumi Takaoka in Uncle from Another World (異世界おじさん, Isekai Ojisan).
Hakkon
© Hiruguma, KADOKAWA/"I was reborn as a vending machine and wander through the labyrinth" Production Committee
And he is also casted to voice an upcoming character Hakkon a vending machine... in one of the longer anime name series Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon (自動販売機に生まれ変わった俺は迷宮を彷徨う, Jidohanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyu ni Samayo) which is bound to be a interesting.

Junya Enoki

Junya Enoki, known for his role as the voice of Yuuji Itadori in the popular anime series Jujutsu Kaisen, can surprise many when the same voice can be heard in
Yukito Urabe
©2023 Aoi Akahaku, meniscus injury/Heroes/Kamikatsu Production Committee
Kamikatsu, What God Does in a World Without Gods (神無き世界のカミサマ活動, Kaminaki Sekai no Kamisama Katsudou). He voices the main character Yukito Urabe. The anime series has quite a low production quality and excessive use of fan service, which has made it the subject of memes. Given this, it may come as a surprise to hear the voice of a well-known VA in the series. Due to its mature content, viewers should exercise caution when deciding to watch the show.

Sora Amamiya

Sora Amamiya, famous as the voice of Aqua from the comedy anime series KonoSuba, has also lent her voice to other main characters like Elizabeth Liones from The Seven Deadly Sins and Chizuru Ichinose from Rent-a-Girlfriend. Surprisingly, she is also the voice behind...
Nazuna Nanakusa
Ⓒ2022 Kotoyama/Shogakukan/Yofukashi no Uta Production Committee
Nazuna Nanakusa, the romantic comedy vampire from the Call of the Night (よふかしのうた, Yofukashi no uta) series. Sora Amamiya`s voice can be noticeably heard when the character gets emotional.

Daiki Yamashita

Daiki Yamashita, known for his role as the green-haired MC Izuku Midoriya in My Hero Academia, is also the voice of...
Yamada Asaemon Senta
©Yuji Kaku/Shueisha, Twin Engine, MAPPA
Yamada Asaemon Senta, in the Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku (地獄楽, Jigokuraku) series. Senta is a short built swordsman who serves as Yuzuriha's overseer. It's surprising to hear Yamashita's voice in a completely different role as it shows the versatility and skill of the VA, making it hard to recognize him as the same person behind the characters.

Rie Takahashi

Rie Takahashi, a heavyweight VA in the anime industry, she has lent her voice to many recognizable MCs such as the explosive Megumin from Konosuba, Emilia from Re:Zero, and even has her foot in the Fate series. However, this season she has landed multiple famous anime roles...
Ai Hoshino
©Aka Akasaka x Mengo Yokoyari/Shueisha/[My Favorite Child] Production Committee
She voiced Ai Hoshino from the hit series Oshi no Ko (推しの子). There is more...
Yozuriha
©Yuji Kaku/Shueisha, Twin Engine, MAPPA
Takahashi is the VA behind the alluring kunoichi Yuzuriha from the Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku (地獄楽, Jigokuraku) series. And a more surprising find...
Tomo Aizawa
© Fumita Yanagida, Seikaisha / Tomo-chan is a girl! Production Committee
she also voiced Tomo Aizawa from Tomo-chan Is a Girl! (トモちゃんは女の子!, Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko!), a tomboyish character that differs from her usual smaller build characters.
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