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Megumi Hayashibara

Megumi Hayashibara, Rei Ayanami's seiyū. She also voices Yui Ikari, Pen Pen and Eva-01.

Megumi Hayashibara (林原 めぐみ Hayashibara Megumi) (born March 30, 1967) is a Japanese voice actress, singer, radio personality, and lyricist from Tokyo. She is currently affiliated with Aksent. Her nicknames include: Megu-san, Megu-nee, Bara-san, Kakka, and Daijin. She is best known for her roles in Ranma ½, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Slayers, Detective Conan, Pokémon, All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku and Shaman King. She is also a fully qualified and registered nurse.

BiographyEdit

Megumi Hayashibara was born on March 30, 1967 in Tokyo, Japan. She studied at a Catholic school, and at one point was bullied in fifth grade. She was an active club member and participated in the Badminton, Biology, Broadcasting, Drama, and English clubs. She played the role of Alice in an English language production of Alice in Wonderland. Despite qualifying as a nurse, she has never been employed in a nursing position.

On March 30, 1998, she married. On January 10, 2004, she announced on her radio show that she was pregnant with her first child. On June 28 of the same year, she gave birth to a daughter.

A selection of other roles played by Megumi HayashibaraEdit

3 x 3 Eyes as Pai

All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku as Atsuko / Nuku Nuku

Blue Seed as Momiji Fujimiya

Card Captor Sakura: The Movie as Madoushi

Cowboy Bebop as Faye Valentine

Detective Conan as Ai Haibara

Di Gi Charat as Piyoko / Piyokola

Hello Kitty as Hello Kitty

Lost Universe as Canal Volphied

Love Hina as Haruka Urashima

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel as Mana Kirishima

Paprika as Paprika / Doctor Atsuko Chiba

Pokemon as Musashi

Ranma 1/2 as Ranma Saotome (female)

Saber Marionette J as Lime

Sailor Moon S Movie as Himeko Nayotake

Slayers as Lina Inverse

Tenshi Na Konamaiki as Megumi Amatsuka

Yu Yu Hakusho as Genkai (young)

New Danganrona v3: Killing Harmony as Shuichi Saihara

and many, many, others...

NotesEdit

  • Prior to her seiyuu career, which began with her picking up a magazine with an advertisement for a seiyuu audition, Megumi is a certified nurse.
  • Has consistently topped Animage's Seiyuu Gran Prix polls for twelve years.
  • Is one of the few seiyuu who has the privilege to pick and choose specially-made voice roles.
  • In addition to voice acting, as a singer Megumi also secured sales of 2.5 million singles and 1.5 million albums since 1991.
  • As a radio talk show host, her two programs -- Heartfelt Station (Radio Kansai) and Tokyo Boogie Night (TBS) -- are one of the longest-running.

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