yeah that’s right, gotta show love for the ladies as well!
There are lots of incredible Voice Actresses out there, and this month I’m honored to present one of the best there is:
Seriously though, this chick is high quality. And she’s been getting her due by landing alot of big roles in recent animes. She sounds like she looks, one tough cookie. She’s very seldom cast in a ‘girly’ sounding role, and in fact, most of her recognizable roles have been young male characters!
Feast your eyes on some of these:
Yep, like I said, she’s gotten alot of kickass roles recently.
From left to right:
Ed Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist): I’ve recently had the pleasure of starting this series (i know, i know, where have I been for the past 3 years…) and I must say that Ed is done very well. Ms. Paku gives him a wide variety of tones that fit almost every possible situation from tense action (she’s quite the screamer =p ) to wistful drama to laughable comedy. FMA‘s popular status has to give kudos to her job in the lead role.
Temari (Naruto): One of the few female characters in Naruto that I can actually stomach watching. Temari is a badass chick (who is also one fine, hentai-inspiring muse) and in this role you can really see how ‘rough n tough’ Ms. Paku’s voice can get. Temari’s voice is filled with attitude that fits her character perfectly.
Hitsugaya Toshiro (Bleach): One of the favorites in the Bleach fandom, this ‘boy genius’ might not have much going for him as far as character goes (my opinion is that he exists to feed into the ‘very young but somehow extremely talented bishounen’ cattle farm and that his character is both woefully predictable and stupid) but at least Ms. Paku provides a fitting voice for him. Again, she brings that edgy, hair-raising grit into battles and can also portray the ‘I’m an unmotivated, bored teenage boy’ stereotype very well (see any scene involving Histugaya and paperwork). I just wish she’d gotten a better character in this show…
Katsushiro Okamoto (Samurai7): I haven’t watched this one yet… Here she voices a young samurai (getting the pattern here?) who struggles to keep up with the other samurai, most of them experienced veterans, around him. I’ve only heard good things about her in this role, and that it’s a slight change from the others featured here because this character is much more aware of his lack of skill and need to improve, making him alot more ‘timid’ sounding
Loran Cehack (Turn A Gundam): I’ll be damn honest, I could not make it past episode 6 of this series, making it one the only Gundam series I stopped midway thru. But I can honestly say that my low opinion of this show has nothing to do with Ms. Paku’s performance in it as the young pilot of the Turn A Gundam. Ms. Paku uses a ‘warmer, friendlier’ voice for the extremely benevolent (and girly, at least in appearance) Loran. You can see alot of similarities in scenes from Turn A and FMA, especially the more upbeat, happy-go-lucky, attitudes that the protagonists portray. Ms. Paku again puts on an excellent job during battle scenes in this show.
What is the moral of this story?:
Sometimes it takes a woman to do a man’s job! (or at least voice a man’s role).
But in all seriousness, it’s quite common for women to voice younger male characters in anime, and in American cartoons as well. Romi Paku is just one of the (best) VA’s out there who really excels at breaking the gender barrier.
Ms. Paku also played big roles as Maki (Air Master), Tao Ren (Shaman King) and Ueki (Law of Ueki). She’s also slated to have a major role in an upcoming anime series called NANA.
Other interesting tidbits: Ms. Paku is a third-generation Korean, a member of the Shorinji Kempo school of martial arts, and enjoys the piano and swimming!
Her official website is: (again, its in Japanese…) http://www11.plala.or.jp/romi/