When discussing English voice actors, many legends come to mind.
Sometimes, fans think of members of the original Dragon Ball Z cast, along with veterans from Fullmetal Alchemist. Perhaps even shows like Black Lagoon or Code Geass are the first to surface when the conversation turns to well known voice actors.
However, the art of voice acting has exploded in recent years and there are several actors that have manage to break through that hurdle of being the fresh blood in the industry. Some of them are incredibly well known in their own regard and some have yet to receive as much recognition as other but are very talented none the less. As a huge dub fan, I decided to give some recognition to who I think are some of the actors who have really stood out as the industry has developed over the past five years. Please check out their roles and support the shows they are a part of!
10) Lindsay Seidle as Nagisa Shiota (Assassination Classroom)
A wonderful talent who has been a part of Funimation for a while, Lindsay has had some dynamic roles in several shows. However, it was her recent role as Nagisa Shiota that stood out from her other performances. She is mostly well known for her female roles and has demonstrated an impressive range. Nagisa was so unique from any other role she’d ever done and showed that she still has more to offer as a voice actress.
9) Lucien Dodge as Zoisite (Sailor Moon/Sailor Moon Crystal)
Lucien is no stranger to the anime industry, having several minor roles from popular shows. Recently, he has been a part of shows such as HunterxHunter and Kill La Kill. Most of his roles have still been rather small with a few major roles here and there, but what is impressive is the fact that he will be up to four characters in a show. These performances are seamless and impressive because it is difficult to hear that it is the same actor. This is certainly the mark of a skilled performer that no matter how small the role, the actor leaves a huge impact.
8) Bryn Apprill as Hiyori Iki (Noragami/Noragami Aragoto)
Mostly known for her more quiet roles, many of Bryn’s characters take a back seat to the main action and she ends up being more of a support role. However, Hiyori stood out as not only a lead female character for Bryn, but a character that could sometimes surpass even her male counterparts. She brought a wonderful charm and appeal to the role, holding her own in a dynamic, superb cast of veterans.
7) Erica Mendez as Ryuko Matoi (Kill La Kill)
With an already impressive career doing voice work in video games, Erica made her way into the anime world with one of the biggest titles of 2014. Her gritty voice match the intense and rough personality of Ryuko perfectly. She seemed made for the over the top insanity that this show had to offer. Even those who aren’t fans of Kill La Kill can’t deny how incredible she was in this role. That is certainly an impressive talent as a voice actor.
6) Clifford Chapin as Bakugo Katsuki (My Hero Academia)
Another actor who has played more subdued characters in the past lets out their wild side. Clifford’s performance as Bakugo has been short lived so far, but every episode he is in demands the audience’s attention. He is dynamic, emotional and incredibly engaging as the young hero who could easily turn villain. It will be exciting to see where this character goes from here and the new ranges Clifford will be pushed to.
5) Max Mittelman as Kousei Arima (Your Lie in April)
Time to take a shift from over the top teens to subdued coming of age stories. Max is originally known for his more goofy roles or characters that were just very blunt. However, when he was cast as Kousei in Your Lie in April, the dub was one hundred percent about about him. From Kousei’s insecurities to his guilt to his musical passion, Max embodied the original character while still bringing something new to English audiences.
4) Matthew Mercer as Kiritsugu Emiya (Fate Stay/Zero)
A powerful beginning to what has become an impressive career as a voice actor. Matthew has been dominating the world of anime. Every role he has been a part of, large or small, has been a thrill to enjoy. What is wonderful about his role as Kiritsugu is the struggles he’s forced to endure. Watching he develop into the man who will raise one of the greatest heroes of all time is a performance to behold in an already masterful dub.
3) Justin Briner as Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
Even though he is perhaps the newest actor on this list, Justin has talent in spades and none of his roles have shown that more than Izuku. This wanna be hero has demanded one of the most incredible performances seen in dubbed anime. Cries of despair, battle screams, and even awkward stuttering, Izuku has it all. It’s a heroic undertaking that Justin has more than succeeded in with the few episodes that have already been aired. There is so much more to Izuki and to Justin that it will be a thrill to watch what will come next.
2) Bryce Papenbrook as Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya (Sword Art Online/ Sword Art Online II)
Who hasn’t heard of the stand out title Sword Art Online? A powerful show that demanded an incredible cast. Leading that cast was Bryce as the beta play, Kirito. While he practically grew up in the voice over community, it wasn’t until this role that Bryce’s career catapulted to the status he is now. He’s practically a house hold name when it comes to anime. Role after role, Bryce throws himself into each performance and brings something new to each one which makes them a joy to watch.
1) Austin Tindle as Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom)
There are so many good things to say about this role and about this actor. Austin has made an impressive name for himself and showed up in several big name shows with roles ranging from secondary characters to dynamic leads. Even when he’s in minor roles and is only heard for a few minutes, he can absolutely steal the show. Karma is every role Austin has had pushed into one character. He’s crazy, insecure, witty, caring, and incredibly fun. Every emotion is present in Karma and Austin plays each one of them perfectly. All of his talent is on display and it’s a perfect introduction to get fans interested in this stand out actor.