The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Male Voice Actor (Japanese)

The many faces of Hiroshi Kamiya

Winner: Hiroshi Kamiya

Honourable Mention:

  • Takuya Eguchi
  • Yuki Kaiji

 

One of the tallest voice actors at 187 cm, Takuya Eguchi seems to have charmed many anime fans with his heart of gold performance as My Love Story!!’s Takeo, though his role as Hachiman may be his most iconic to date, and much like Saori Hayami he enriched the character much more this year than in its 2013 predecessor. His performances in Absolute Duo, Baby Steps and Chaos Dragon show that he has been working a lot recently, but those two aforementioned performances of two of the most popular characters from 2015 were what propelled him onto the list over others who did more this year.

Yuki Kaiji played some deliciously maniacal antagonists this year, namely the outright psychopathic Speed of Sound Sonic in One Punch Man and the rage-filled scenery chewer Silver Mask in Arslan Senki. His turn as the lead Meliodas in Seven Deadly Sins is also notable, though it doesn’t quite rank among his best performances. He also returned for possibly his most famous role in Attack on Titan: Junior High as Eren, and his presence in K and a sizable role in Haikyuu!! assures us that he will likely be a popular voice actor for a while now. His most impressive work from this year likely came from his role as secondary character Yukine in Noragami Aragoto, much like the winner on this list.

Kamiya won this category almost as handily as Aimer won her’s. Having voiced the leads in the continuing Monogatari and Noragami franchises, returning to the popular Attack on Titan, Durarara!!, One Piece and Fate/Stay Night series, and even taking centre stage in the hit Prison School and Psycho-Pass movie, Kamiya has played many of the most memorable characters in the current anime industry. Some voice actors may have had as many, or even more, roles this year, but few of them could hold a candle to just how many iconic franchises he has helmed with his vocal cords (a few of them may have made it into my top 5). His supporting roles in the Production I.G. sports juggernauts Haikyuu!! and Kuroko no Basuke cement this even further, and with many of these series set to continue into 2016 and further his success seems only set to rise even further.

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