Fanart Friday returns, sounding awfully familiar. Last week, we beheld the might of our favorite machines, but this week it's back to the (voice) acting studio with MEGUMI HAYASHIBARA, the voice of quite a few fan-favorite characters! After getting her start in various small roles in the anime adaptation of Maison Ikkoku, she got a huge break starring as the female half of Ranma Saotome in Ranma 1/2!
Much like Tomokazu Seki (whose roles we visited in Bringing Seki Back Edition), Megumi Hayashibara hasn't been quite as active in recent years, but we'll take a look at what she's been doing lately, too! Let's get started!
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Man, here's one that brings back memories--one of Megumi's earliest roles was the titular Video Girl Ai. I'm kinda surprised nobody's revisited this concept with Blu-ray Girl Ai? Sorry, Streaming Girl Ai just doesn't sound right.
Oh, Di Gi Charat. The bulk of my experience with this series was actually a pretty-fun doujin fighting game, but I at least remember Piyoko!
It's kind of crazy how many main characters we're getting in a row here, as Megumi has voiced the android love interest (sorta) Lime in both Saber Marionette J and Saber Marionette R.
One Piece gets to see the return of the not-as-active-as-she-used-to-be Megumi Hayashibara as gladiator girl Rebecca! Do you know how hard it was to find a picture that wasn't super-spoilery (or would get me fired)?
Whoo, damn, Shadow Skill (where Megumi played Elle)! I feel like that comedian in Metalocalpyse ("Do you remember this? Remember that?"), but I can't help it--this vicious action series was fun as hell, and I was watching the OAV right around the time I was also checking out Ninku and Yu Yu Hakusho for the first time.
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At first, I didn't think Megumi Hayashibara was a good pick for Cowboy Bebop's Faye Valentine, instead hoping for someone like Kikuko Inoue or Takako Honda, but she captured the many facets of the character, from the sultry to the derpy to the melancholy.
...I'm not used to seeing Slayers' Lina Inverse look this cool. Don't get me wrong, she has her cool moments, but overall she's so... so... psychotic. And bitchy. And hilarious.
If you're reading this fresh, then know that I completely forgot to put Shaman King's Anna Kyoyama into this installment! Thank CR user seiyuunut for jogging my memory!
Speaking of bitchy, I absolutely love Ai Haibara's "are f**king kidding me" expression. Here's the thing about Megumi Hayashibara--she's done quite a few roles over her long career, but the roles she ends up in are very long-term, like the still-running Detective Conan.
Of course, there's still time for the occasional theatrical release, like when she took the dual-lead role(s) of Atsuko/Paprika in Paprika.
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Remember how I mentioned crazy long-term roles? Musashi (Jessie in the US Pokemon) is constantly showing up to bug Ash (alongside James and their Meowth, of course), and I'm wondering when Ash is just going to get sick of their crap, call out a Legendary, and reenact some scenes from Jurassic Park.
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Of course, like many voice actresses, Megumi also gets to dub over English-language movies. One that I didn't know of (and yet makes perfect sense!) is her role as Mako Mori from Pacific Rim! Honestly, I just thought they'd let Rinko Kikuchi just dub over herself.
Lost Universe is unashamed to basically be "Slayers in space," but the Lina (and Gourry, sorta) characters were mashed into one to make the main character, who's a dude. Of course, Megumi was involved again, this time as the ship's AI, Canal!
Here's a weird confession about this past year's Anime Expo: I didn't see a Man-Faye wandering around, and was kinda sad. The sheer terror of Man-Faye was one of the hilarious high points of AX for me, and to not see one this year was bittersweet.
Let's just get this out of the way right now: Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket is such a perfect encapsulation of Gundam's soaring highs and tragic lows, to the point that I feel it's one of the few "flawless" anime I've watched. Part of that perfect package is Christina MacKenzie here!
I don't care what it says about me, I've always been a bigger Tira Misu fan (of Sorcerer Hunters fame) than of her understandably-more-popular sister Chocolate. I think it's mainly because I'm much less afraid of Tira.
So here's a fun question: is Ranma a bigger asshole in male or female form? The funny thing is that I don't always imagine Megumi Hayashibara's voice in Ranma 1/2--I'm actually more used to both female voice actresses in English!
So as we come to a close, what type of character do you think Megumi Hayashibara plays best? A loudmouthed goofball like Musashi?
Maybe someone more quiet and damaged, like Evangelion's Rei?
Or maybe Hello KittyHOLY SHIT WHAT IS THIS. For those of you who can't read Japanese, she's saying "Hallo! NOW DIE" Fun times.
And on that positively horrifying note, that's everything for this week! While I hit a lot of her major roles (if not all of them), I know I missed some minor characters--who are your favorite Megumi Hayashibara-voiced characters? Sound off in the comments!
And like I say every week, your work is always welcome here on Fanart Friday, regardless of your skill level or experience. Just PM me a link to your work, and I'll make sure to include it in a future installment (also, for real, just send me the actual link--when bit.ly or fav.me is down, I can't access your work)! Since we're doing a month-long look at putting together THE PERFECT TEAM for August, here are all five themes for August's Fanart Fridays:
-Next week, on AUGUST 1st, we learn that brute force is a totally valid solution with STRENGTH-based characters! I'm looking for strength-specific people (e.g. Chad instead of Ichigo in Bleach, Choji in Naruto, Sailor Jupiter) and not all-around fighters like you'd find in, say, DBZ. THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!
-Then, on AUGUST 8th, sometimes it's best to just not get hit at all! SPEED is the name of the game, and a fragile speedster can be just as helpful (or as dangerous) as a burly tank!
-On AUGUST 15th, we're looking for a different forte--sometimes, when you don't specialize in strength or speed, you have to rely on SKILL! These are the characters who more often than not have to think their way out of a bad situation, or use limited resources and abilities to come out on top!
-We enter the home stretch on AUGUST 22nd, pushing through that final mile with characters powered solely by GUTS! They may have the strength, they may have the speed, they may even have the skill, but these characters' trump card is really just pure, pig-headed stubbornness and courage.
-Finally, on AUGUST 29th, we cap off our perfect team with the best LEADERS around! From those who inspire the charge to those who put in time on the front lines themselves, no team is complete without a great leader!
I may need to explain things a little more for this coming month. Here a couple examples of famous teams and this complementary dynamic that I'm talking about:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Leonardo (leader), Raphael (strength), Michelangelo (speed), Donatello (skill)
Yu Yu Hakusho- Yusuke (guts), Kuwabara (strength), Kurama (skill), Hiei (speed)
The Avengers- Captain America (leader, guts), Iron Man (skill), Thor (strength), Spider-Man (speed), Wolverine (guts, skill)
Rurouni Kenshin- Kenshin (speed), Sanosuke (strength), Saitou (skill), Yahiko (guts)
We'll talk about this more in the comments--this is gonna be a fun month! Remember, I tend to favor requests with the MOST UPVOTES along with the MOST UNIQUE ones, but don't hesitate to ask for your favorites! Thanks again for coming by to check out Fanart Friday--have a great weekend, and I hope you drop by again next week!