Friday, October 28, 2011

Busiest Seiyuus of the First Half of 2011 -- Kugyu, Miyukichi, and the Rest

Kugimiya Rie
Here is a tabulation of the seiyuus who appeared in the most anime episodes in the first half of 2011. From 2channel. Since seiyuus are apparently paid by the episode, this might give a rough guide to income, as well -- for the more established seiyuus, at least.

It's no surprise to see Kugimiya Rie and Sawashiro Miyuki at the top of the list; but I'm a bit surprised to see Inoue Marina so high. Nor is it a surprise to see Miyano Mamoru as the busiest male seiyuu; but it is to see Okamoto Nobuhiko and Kakihara Tetsuya next.

ranking -- number of episodes -- seiyuu's name

    1 136 Kugimiya Rie
    2 122 Sawashiro Miyuki
    3 99 Inoue Marina
    4 90 Hanazawa Kana
    5 88 Miyano Mamoru
    6 85 Okamoto Nobuhiko
    7 84 Kakihara Tetsuya
    8 81 Toyosaki Aki
    9 79 Fujiwara Keiji
    9 79 Hirano Aya
    9 79 Yuuki Aoi
    9 79 Kobayashi Yuu
    9 79 Orikasa Fumiko
    14 78 Kitamura Eri
    15 77 Itou Kanae
    16 75 Namikawa Daisuke
    16 75 Konishi Katsuyuki
    16 75 Sakurai Takahiro
    19 73 Paku Romi
    19 73 Horie Yui
    21 71 Hikasa Youko
    21 71 Miyake Kenta
    23 70 Sanpei Yuuko
    23 70 Sugiyama Kishou
    25 69 Sugita Tomokazu
    25 69 Nakamura Yuuichi
    27 68 Noto Mamiko
    27 68 Suwabe Junichi
    27 68 Tomatsu Haruka
    30 67 Koyama Rikiya
    30 67 Miki Shinichirou

It's a surprise to see Hirano Aya so high, considering that she is supposed to be semi-retired from seiyuu work. But long-running shows Jewelpet and Fairy Tail keep her totals up. And she has re-emphasized recently that she is still a seiyuu and plans to take on more roles.

In looking for a pic of Kugyu, I came across these shots, probably from 2009, of her and Majima Junji on the train. Snuck by a rider who recognized her, I guess. They were possibly riding home from a recording session. No-one imagines anything more.


Ark said...

I can't believe that there is no Minako Kotobuki on this list

hashi said...

@Ark -- I just accepted the list as given, so there may be errors in it. But looking at the list of shows Mina-chan was in in the first half of 2011, I can't count up to 67 episodes, which is the lowest number in this list.

BMK said...

It looks like Aya-chan will be busier next year in terms of seiyuu work. I'm hoping she gets a lot of new roles for 2012.

Matteas said...

"No one imagines anything more." Yeah, this different treatment is crazy. Not that I would like to see Kugyuu get the same treatment, of course. I would like others to be treated equally.

Furuba-tan said...

I would go crazy if I saw kugyu. XD and I would ask her for a proper photo or even a short video. O(≧▽≦)O

FFF said...

Maybe Minako Kotobuki was a sidekick in her roles and rarely got screentime. Unfairly unbalanced list anyway.

Anonymous said...

I hope Aya would have a lead role in a anime alongside Yuuki Aoi. Because I hope to see the seiyuus of 2 anime goddesses on the same screen.

Peanutbutter said...

I have a feeling people won't mind Kugyuu and Majima really hook up or something.

It goes on a case-by-case basis.

hashi said...

@Matteas -- I think the differing treatment has something to do with the fact that Kugyu is not being marketed that much as an idol, but actually for her voice. Also because, as a commenter said, there is a feeling of distance between them in the photo.

@FFF -- If this list is accurate, I don't see it as "unbalanced." It shows who actually gets the work. Smaller parts tend to get fewer episodes. But bigger seiyuu do get secondary roles that apparently give them the same money for fewer lines. I understand that seiyuu are paid by the episode, not the line.

This is different for ero-games, in which seiyuu are apparently paid (well) by the word or line.

@Peanutbutter -- I think you're right, but I can't be sure. Kugyu has some passionate fans.

I've always thought of her as ugly (in a nice way), but one commenter said that if she were on the train, she was so beautiful that she would attract a lot of attention just for that.

Another commenter thought her down coat would be worth over $1000.

Another commenter said she looked like a biker mama.

FFF said...

@hashi "It shows who actually gets the work."

This is the source of the problem. Many talented seiyuu don't get any job for years, until a small group of actors/actresses dive in callings from producers.