Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Seiyuu Ages Chart, with Pics

On a Japanese seiyuu image board, someone has recently posted a set of pics of 104 seiyuus, in order of age -- from Inoue Kikuko at 46 (not 17, sorry) to Yuuki Aoi at 18.

Here is the set of three photos, showing seiyuus aged from 46 down to 31, from 30 down to 26, and from 25 down to 18. I have spent altogether too much time substituting romanized names for the kanji and kana names. (click images to enlarge)



Birthdates are given, and show that some seiyuus are a year younger than stated, but the order seems correct. And I have added rising star Hikasa Youko, as suggested by posters on the board.

One peculiarity of this seiyuu image board is that for pics of individual seiyuus, it almost never includes the names of the seiyuus. Perhaps that is just otaku pride, and perhaps it is a way of getting around Japanese copyright practices.

11 comments:

jpmeyer said...

Soooo, how much longer do the Yukarins, Hocchans, etc. of the world have left before they have to get married or become agents?

Glo said...

I don't care if Rie Kugimiya is 9 years older than me, I'd still marry her in a second.

Anonymous said...

Sakura Nogawa is listed as being born in 1975, yet it says on her AnimeNewsNetwork page that she was born in 1978. What's up with that?

hashi said...

@anonymous -- Very few seiyuus officially tell their birth years. They usually just put their month and day of birth on their official sites. So we have to depend on unofficial sources. In this case, my main unofficial source, Japanese Wikipedia (which in turn depends on the collected knowledge of Japanese otaku) agrees with ANN.

But I'm being irresponsible here and just using the dates provided by the poster of these images. The dates I know appear to be correct, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were some other problems, For example, I have never been able to find a birth year for Gotou Yuuko.

Anonymous said...

Is this a list of "just seiyuu" or seiyuu that are still active?

Kanon said...

I hadn't realized so much of my favourite seiyuus were in their thirties already. Not that it matters much. And what is this heresy? Inoue Kikuko is 17 years old! Forever!

Thanks for romanizing the names. That seiyuu image board looks interesting as well, I think I'll visit it from time to time.

hashi said...

@Anonymous -- The original post didn't say, but they all appear to be at least a bit active. You may have to look hard for some names, but I think they are all still around.

Andrew said...

Obviously you won't be able to continuously update this. Like with baseball players, eventually the older ones retire or just fade away (even Kikuko Inoue will someday). And rookies will rise up. Eventually Yuuki Aoi won't be the youngest known seiyuu out there. As it stands, Kikuko is not actually the oldest that I know of; Mayumi Tanaka (Luffy in One Piece) was actually born in 1955 (she's as old as my dad).

But this is still an interesting comparison. I'm somewhat honored that Minori Chihara shares a birthday with my mom. And I read what you wrote earlier, but there's some suggestions that Yuuko Goto was born in 1980, not 1975. (Don't women usually say they're younger when they lie about their age? ;) )

hashi said...

@Andrew -- Although Anime News Network says Gotou Yuuko was born in 1980, neither her 2channel heading nor Japanese Wikipedia give a year. A couple of years ago, I searched everywhere I could and came up with no definitive answer and 2-3 possibilities. The 1975 is just what the maker of the table thinks. She dropped out of college after two years to go to seiyuu school, and her first anime role was in 1999. That fits either date, but an earlier date a bit better.

Anonymous said...

It's funny to see Makino Yui-Inoue Marina-Mizuki Nana-Paku Romi's birthday (19 Jan-20 Jan-21 Jan-22 Jan). Their birthday are so close to each other, and it's from the youngest (Yui-25) to the oldest (Paku Romi-39).

Shana-nee said...

Yukarin nai? xD! And Nana is just 30~ She just reached it! It's a goal! XD!

Eien no Jyu-nana sai league~ XD!