Sunday, January 31, 2010

Which Seiyuus Get the Most Work?

Kugimiya Rie Which seiyuus get the most roles? A Japanese wiki compiles figures showing how many TV anime episodes each seiyuu appears in.

The busiest seiyuu in 2009 was Kugimiya Rie, whom the wiki says appeared in a total of 292 episodes that year. If it seemed as if Kugyu was everywhere last year, that's because she was.

Her total was well ahead of runners-up Noto Mamiko and Sawashiro Miyuki, who appeared in 249 and 242 episodes, respectively. Orikasa Fumiko and Tomatsu Haruka round out the top five. (mouseover images for captions)

Only the top seven names in a list of over 500 appeared in more than 200 episodes. The top 92 were over 100 episodes. Last on the list was the lovely and talented Morinaga Rika, who appeared in 29 episodes.

Noto MamikoThe wiki provides two lists: one by total number of episodes broadcast in 2009, one restricted to anime whose run began in 2009. There are some differences between the lists. Kugimiya, Noto, Sawashiro, Tomatsu, and Fukuyama Jun are the only names that appear in the top ten on both lists.

Other names in the top tens are: Kitamura Eri, Nakamura Yuuichi, Horie Yui, Ono Daisuke, Fujiwara Keiji, Irino Miyu, Takagaki Ayahi, Endou Aya, and Koyasu Takehito.

Looking over both lists, you see a lot of familiar names. Some things stand out to me. For one, Sony's Music Ray'n seiyuu/singing agency experiment is a big success: Tomatsu, Takagaki Ayahi, and Toyosaki Aki are all in the top twenty.

Yahagi Sayuri, one of my favorite young pros, is in the top twenty in both lists. And another top young pro, KitaEri, is there, too. Here are the top twenty lists:

Sawashiro Miyuki
new anime all anime
Kugimiya Rie Kugimiya Rie
Sawashiro Miyuki Noto Mamiko
Tomatsu Haruka Sawashiro Miyuki
Fukuyama Jun Orikasa Fumiko
Noto Mamiko Tomatsu Haruka
Kitamura Eri Nakamura Yuuichi
Horie Yui Fukuyama Jun
Ono Daisuke Fujiwara Keiji
Irino Miyu Takagaki Ayahi
Endou Aya Koyasu Takehito
Kanemitsu Nobuaki Yahagi Sayuri
Koshimizu Ami Toyosaki Aki
Toyosaki Aki Yoshino Hiroyuki
Sakurai Takahiro Konishi Katsuyuki
Yahagi Sayuri Kitamura Eri
Paku Romi Sakaguchi Daisuke
Hirano Aya Horie Yui
Fujimura Ayumi Irino Miyu
Inoue Marina Takeuchi Junko
Oohara Sayaka Toyoguchi Megumi

Tomatsu HarukaI saw one name in that list of top twenties that I didn't recognize: who the heck is Kanemitsu Nobuaki? Well, I checked on ANN and Japanese Wikipedia, and he has been a seiyuu since 1998 and has only had a few named roles in that time, but has played scads of roles like "Johnny creature" in Eden of the East, and "Guard A" in Genji Sennenki. That's one way of building a career.

The wiki has another list adding the name of each seiyuu's agency, and the new-anime top twenty shows a good spread among agencies: I"m Enterprise (2), Mausu Promotions (2), Music Ray'n (2), Office Osawa, Baobab (2), Early Wing, VIMS, Junction, Office PAC, 81 Produce (2), Theatre En, Spacecraft, Ken Production, Sigma Seven, Actors' Co-op.

As for the two quite young seiyuus who have impressed me recently: Hayami Saori comes in with 73 episodes and Yuuki Aoi with 50, both well down the list. Although they were both still in high school in 2009 and not working full-time, that still puts Hayamin ahead of established names like Maeno Tomoaki, Chihara Minori, and Makino Yui; and Yuuki ahead of Ise Mariya and Hirakawa Daisuke. I think this shows that being successful and appearing in many episodes are not exactly the same thing.

Orikasa FumikoIn fact, I don't think we can assume that the seiyuus with the most work make the most money. For one thing, older seiyuus are paid more per episode than younger ones. For another, I expect bit parts get paid less per episode than starring roles.

Here is a list of the top sixty names, ordered by new episodes of all broadcast anime (but also giving episodes of new anime starting in 2009). For those who can read Japanese, here is a link to the Japanese Anime Cast Wiki from which the info comes.

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1 292 201 Kugimiya Rie 釘宮理恵
2 249 169 Noto Mamiko 能登麻美子
3 242 193 Sawashiro Miyuki 沢城みゆき
4 230 60 Orikasa Fumiko 折笠富美子
5 215 189 Tomatsu Haruka 戸松遥
6 209 73 Nakamura Yuuichi 中村悠一
7 209 183 Fukuyama Jun 福山潤
8 199 104 Fujiwara Keiji 藤原啓治
9 190 102 Takagaki Ayahi 高垣彩陽
10 189 117 Koyasu Takehito 子安武人
11 182 133 Yahagi Sayuri 矢作紗友里
12 181 138 Toyosaki Aki 豊崎愛生
13 180 53 Yoshino Hiroyuki 吉野裕行
14 178 77 Konishi Katsuyuki 小西克幸
15 174 162 Kitamura Eri 喜多村英梨
16 174 50 Sakaguchi Daisuke 阪口大助
17 171 159 Horie Yui 堀江由衣
18 170 152 Irino Miyu 入野自由
19 170 49 Takeuchi Junko 竹内順子
20 169 117 Toyoguchi Megumi 豊口めぐみ
21 165 153 Ono Daisuke 小野大輔
22 164 131 Paku Romi 朴璐美
23 163 147 Kanemitsu Nobuaki 金光宣明
24 159 79 Kuwashima Houko 桑島法子
25 158 123 Oohara Sayaka 大原さやか
26 155 66 Matsumoto Yasunori 松本保典
27 155 118 Tanaka Rie 田中理恵
28 155 127 Hirano Aya 平野綾
29 153 118 Itou Shizuka 伊藤静
30 153 134 Sakurai Takahiro 櫻井孝宏
31 152 2 Ootani Ikue 大谷育江
32 152 119 Satou Rina 佐藤利奈
33 152 127 Fujimura Ayumi 藤村歩
34 151 118 Shiraishi Ryouko 白石涼子
35 149 149 Endou Aya 遠藤綾
36 147 141 Koshimizu Ami 小清水亜美
37 146 118 Nazuka Kaori 名塚佳織
38 143 101 Asanuma Shintarou 浅沼晋太郎
39 142 124 Inoue Marina 井上麻里奈
40 141 112 Hamada Kenji 浜田賢二
41 140 96 Mizuki Nana 水樹奈々
42 139 122 Watanable Akeno 渡辺明乃
43 137 112 Kakihara Tetsuya 柿原徹也
44 134 102 Ishida Akira 石田彰
45 134 58 Saitou Chiwa 斎藤千和
46 133 48 Miki Shinichirou 三木眞一郎
47 133 68 Miyasaka Shunzou 宮坂俊蔵
48 131 111 Nonaka Ai 野中藍
49 131 55 Yukino Satsuki 雪野五月
50 129 115 Namikawa Daisuke 浪川大輔
51 128 61 Okiayu Ryoutarou 置鮎龍太郎
52 128 107 Kaida Yuuko 甲斐田裕子
53 127 115 Ueda Kana 植田佳奈
54 127 115 Nomura Kenji 乃村健次
55 127 87 Morikawa Toshiyuki 森川智之
56 126 102 Hayami Shou 速水奨
57 125 113 Nabatame Hitomi 生天目仁美
58 125 85 Miyake Kenta 三宅健太
59 125 70 Wakamoto Norio 若本規夫
60 123 61 Kanda Akemi 神田朱未

The wiki includes the caveat that data cannot be guaranteed accurate. One thing for sure, this list counts far more appearances than are listed on each seiyuu's page in Anime News Network or even Japanese Wikipedia. It claims to include all roles credited on screeen for each 30-minute TV anime. Longer TV anime count as multiples of 30 minutes. Anime for timeslots shorter than 30 minutes (e.g., 5 minutes, 15 minutes) aren't counted.

In any case, if these figures are accurate, it shows how a seiyuu at least has a chance of making a living of some kind. That wasn't obvious to me before.

Morinaga RikaSeeing Morinaga Rika at the bottom of the list bothered me, so I checked up on her in Japanese Wikipedia and in her blog: she appeared last year in episodes of Saki and Minami-ke O-kaeri, and a Tales of Vesperia movie, but although she appeared in a recent Seto no Hanayome live event, she is now devoting her time mainly to live music performances, particularly with her club band function code(). Her blog is active and she is very active on twitter.

The 29-year-old Rika will be a "chorus girl" with Speed-ID at the multi-band overnight live event at Live Space Marz Shinjuku this coming Saturday. Note the pretty tattoo.


omo said...

Must be tough for Tomatsu for doing so much voice acting and doing an active music gig on the side...

hashi said...

@omo -- That goes for all of Sphere to some extent, I'd say, including Toyosaki Aki and Takagaki Ayahi. Singer/seiyuu like Nana-chan and Minorin are way down the list, partly because of their other music stuff, I imagine. But the Music Ray'n agency was set up for both, so members of Sphere are doing a lot of both.

Anonymous said...

But Toyosaki and Takagaki already graduated from college right?

hashi said...

@ Anonymous -- I'm not sure about Aki, but Ayahi graduated from music college last year. She was born in October 1985, and Aki in October 1986.

I checked Japanese Wikipedia for Aki and there is no info there about her going to college.

So they are 23 and 24, while Yuuki and Hayamin are 17 and 18.

Kaioshin Sama said...

I absolutely adore that picture of Kugimiya. It looks like she's taking well deserved pride in her achievement. Stand tall...Rie...stand tall....your time is here.

hashi said...

@Kaioshin Sama -- I'm trusting you saw the blog items and Taiwan TV video about the ecstatic crowd of Taiwan otaku at her appearance there (includes a brief glimpse of her and her saying thanks to the fans). In this post and this post.

bmk said...

Always glad to hear that Sphere doing well and appearing in a lot of anime episodes. It leaves me to wonder how many episodes Mina-chan has been in.

Also nice to see two of my favorites, Horie Yui and Hirano Aya, in the top 30.

Btw, the twitter link for Morinaga Rika doesn't seem to be working.

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Too bad, I prefer aya hirano, she's more cute than them haha anyway since she made suzumiy aharuhi roll on the show, looks like she going up in her career.
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