^ from: www.askactor.com - Megumi Hayashibara basically ruled the '90s (and even the 2000s) in anime and anime music- she was seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Megumi Hayshibara has lent her voice to many songs and media. That even includes her work in the Ranma 1/2 series (which is my all-time favorite anime) among MANY other roles. I have even heard a lot of Megumi's musical work as well. A number of songs compliment some of the many different anime and video game series she's involved in. When away from her many singing and voice acting roles, she's a fully-registered nurse. According to what I read, she was never hired as a nurse for any position. Megumi also used to be a DJ while in nursing school. However, her career didn't last very long as a DJ despite having her own radio show. She's even authored a manga biography called "Megumi-Toons," but the artwork was done by someone else. To all the petite ladies who may be reading this- she's one of yours! Megumi Hayashibara stands all of 5'1"!
Megumi Hayashibara: Voice Overs.Megumi has taken on many roles. I will name only so many of them because she has taken on so many roles, so here are some of the different roles and characters she has lent voices to:
[Some of] Megumi's many voice roles (sources: Anime News Network, IMDb, and Wikipedia)
* Ranma Saotome in "Ranma 1/2"(when Ranma is a girl)
* Rei Ayanami of "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
* Momoko Sakurayama of "Patlabor: The TV Series"
* Musashi/Jessie (of Team Rocket) in the "Pokémon series ("Team Rocket's blasting off again!" *ding* ^_^)
* Faye Valentine of Cowboy Bebop (LOVE Cowboy Bebop!)
* Haruka Urashima in "Love Hina"
* Diddy Kong in the Japanese version of "Donkey Kong Country" (I didn't know that)
* Fukumen, Genkai (young) from "YuYu Hakusho"
* Lina Inverse from "Slayers"
* Hello Kitty in "Hello Kitty Ringo no Mori no Fantasy"
* Latias, Gardevoir in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl"
Most of her work in voice-overs has landed her with some of the biggest roles in some of the biggest series. This alone is proof that people have (1) given her a chance, (2) become so well-liked that she took on so many roles, and (3) has really established herself as a heavyweight in the industry.
Megumi Hayashibara: Music.When she debuted in music in 1990, she made a single called "Pulse." Her first album was released a year later called "Half and Half." The following YouTube videos demonstrate Megumi Hayashibara and her singing:
^ "Give me a Reason" (1996, "Slayers Next")
^ "Sakura Saku" (2000, "Love Hina")
^ "Oversoul" (Opening to Shaman King)
Megumi Hayashibara supplements her voice to this lovely remix of "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" from Neon Genesis Evangelion:
I don't watch as much anime as I would like to. However, Cruel Angel Thesis looks very cool from another video I saw when preparing this blog post. Two of my all-time favorite series in sci-fi robotic fighting are Mobile Suit Gundam and Macross Plus.
This is Hayashibara Megumi rocking out live with "Northern Lights" below:
Again- Megumi Hayashibara has seemingly been everywhere. Her music is as popular as many of her voice over roles.
Would I Want to Meet Megumi Hayashibara (if given the chance)?Megumi is Japanese media royalty to me, so absolutely!
Anywhere. Everywhere. There seemed like nothing Megumi Hayashibara couldn't do. I have so much respect for her and all of her work. You know you want more Megumi! :) Here are some more links to help you to learn more about Megumi Hayashibara. Feel free to help yourself here:
* Megumi House on King Records (official) (Japanese)
* Megumi Hayashibara on Anime News Network
* Megumi Hayashibara on IMDb
* Megumi Hayashibara on My Anime List
* Megumi-Toons: a Manga Biography of Megumi Hayashibara!
* [Unofficial] Megumi Hayashibara Facebook fan page
* Wikipedia Page on Megumi Hayashibara
All things Megumi Hayashibara on Amazon:
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