Megumi Hayashibara

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Megumi Hayashibara
Native name 林原 めぐみ
Born (1967-03-30) March 30, 1967 (age 47)
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Status Married
Other names MEGUMI
Occupation Voice actress, singer, radio personality, lyricist
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Masaharu Amiya (m. 1998)
Children 1
Website
www.starchild.co.jp/artist/hayashi/

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 affiliated with Woodpark Office.[1] She is best known for her roles in Love Hina, Saber Marionette J, Ranma ½, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Slayers, Detective Conan, Pokémon, All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku and Shaman King.[2]

Biography[edit]

Megumi Hayashibara was born on March 30, 1967 in Tokyo, Japan.[3] She studied at a Catholic school, and at one point was bullied in fifth grade.[4] 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.[5] Despite qualifying as a nurse, she has never been employed in a nursing position.[6]

On March 30, 1998, she married.[7] On January 10, 2004, she announced on her radio show that she was pregnant with her first child.[8] On June 28 of the same year, she gave birth to her daughter.

Voice acting[edit]

On the same day as submitting the application for nursing school, she went to a book store and found an advert offering free anime voice acting auditions at Arts Vision. Several months after submitting a demo tape, she received a confirmation of passing the first stage of the audition, and eventually decided to continue training as a nurse while doing voice acting.[9][10] After a year of voice actor training, Hayashibara was chosen to voice small roles on Maison Ikkoku.[11] Initially, she had difficulty with her lines and had to redo many lines after the main recording sessions.[12] Hayashibara later auditioned for Ranma ½ expecting to be cast as Akane Tendo, but was cast as the female half of Ranma Saotome instead.[13] In 1993 and 1995, Hayashibara was a guest at Anime America.[14] At the 1995 event, she decided to give a speech in English after believing the translation at the 1993 event did not reflect what she had said.[15] In 1995, Hayashibara provided the voice of Rei Ayanami in Neon Genesis Evangelion, a role referred to as "innovative casting".[16]

In addition to voicing Musashi/Jessie of Team Rocket in Pokémon, Hayashibara has also voiced Ash's Pidgeotto and Pidgeot, May's Skitty, Whitney's Miltank, Clair's Dratini and Dragonair, Latios, Latias, and Anabel's Espeon in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the anime. She also provides the voice for Ai Haibara in the ongoing anime series, Detective Conan.

DJ[edit]

While at nursing school, she started a temporary job as a DJ at a local ice skating rink. After becoming better known as a voice actress, she was given her own Radio show, "Heartful Station".[17] After 17 shows, the broadcasting station cancelled the show and other anime related programming to concentrate on traditional music. However, 6 months later, Hayashibara started a new radio show at another broadcaster.[18]

Writing[edit]

Hayashibara wrote a series of comics for Anime V magazine, with artwork by Sakura Asagi. The comics, known as "Megumi Toons", talked about her personal life and career. The individual chapters were collected into the book Ashita ga aru sa (明日があるさ?, "There is always Tomorrow"), which has been reprinted several times.[19] Hayashibara has also contributed two columns to Newtype magazine; Aitakute Aitakute, and Speaking in Character. Aitakute Aitakute is a series of interviews conducted by Hayashibara with people from all walks of life. Three compilations of the column have been published. Speaking in Character has been translated into English for Newtype USA.

Filmography[edit]

Television animation[edit]

1986

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2006

2008

2009

2010

2011

2013

2014

OVA[edit]

Anime films[edit]

Video games[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

Drama CD[edit]

  • Akihabara Dennou Gumi as Tsubame
  • Bakuretsu Hunters as Tira Misu
  • Bannou Bunka Nekomusume as Natsume Atsuko
  • Dancing Whispers as Miifa
  • Fatal Fury Dengeki Drama CD as Mai Shiranui
  • GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!! as DJ
  • Jungle de Ikou as Ongo
  • Kodomotachi ha Yoru no Juunin as Yumi
  • Lamune & 40 DX as Mountain Dew Gold
  • Lips the Agent as Yuu and Winter Fairy
  • Love Hina as Urashima Haruka
  • Mujintou Monogatari as Kurashima Saori
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion as Ayanami Rei
  • PopFul Mail Paradise 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 as Mail
  • Popful Mail The Next Generation as Mail
  • RG Veda as Ashura
  • Shadow Skill as El Lag
  • Shaman King Osorezan revoir as Anna Kyouyama
  • Shaman King Osorezan revoir Au revoir as Anna Kyouyama
  • Slayers Extra as Lina Inverse
  • Slayers Nextra as Lina Inverse
  • Slayers Premium as Lina Inverse
  • Slayers vs. Orphen as Lina Inverse
  • Shiroi Ashita da Roketto Dan as Musashi (Jessie)
  • SM Girls Saber Marionette J/R as Lime
  • Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko as Madoka Midou
  • Tokyo Juliette as Ayase Minori

Music career[edit]

Release Date[21] Album[21] Catalog Number[21] Chart Position Notes
February 28, 1990 Pulse TYDY-5127 92 Single
March 5, 1991 Niji-iro no Sneaker KIDA-15 43 Single
March 21, 1991 Half and half KICS-100 45[22] Album
1992 Naraou (Kaze wo Miru / TOKYO MURASAKI) SSX 35 - Promotional Mini-Album - Tenkuu Senki Shurato OVA Image Songs
March 5, 1992 Whatever KICS-176 18[23] Album
June 24, 1992 Yume wo dakishimete KIDA-42 90 Single - Magical Princess Minky Momo Theme
August 5, 1992 Haruneko fushigi tsukiyo -oshiete Happiness- KIDA-45 49 Single - All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Ending
August 5, 1992 Perfume KICS-215 13[24] Album
March 24, 1993 Our Goody Day...Bokura no Good Day KIDA-54 54 Single
August 23, 1993 SHAMROCK KICS-345 12[25] Album
November 26, 1993 Yume Hurry Up KIDA-69 58 Single - All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku OVA Themes
May 25, 1994 Until Strawberry Sherbet KIDA-81 42 Single - contains themes for Bakuretsu Hunter
November 3, 1994 Touch and Go!! KIDA-90 37 Single - Contain themes for the show Blue Seed
December 21, 1994 Pulse TYCY-5413 84 Single (re-release)
July 2, 1994 SpHERE KICS-430 8[26] Album
March 3, 1995 Enfleurage KICS-475 6[27] Album
July 21, 1995 Midnight Blue KIDA-108 27 Single - Slayers the Motion Picture Theme
December 6, 1995 Going History KIDA-124 25 Single - Slayers EXTRA Theme
April 24, 1996 Give a reason KIDA-128 9 Single - Slayers Next Theme
May 22, 1996 Kagirinai Yokubou no Naka ni KIDA-134 20 Single - Slayers Special OVA Theme
July 5, 1996 Just be conscious KIDA-b36 11 Single - Slayers Return Theme
October 23, 1996 Successful Mission KIDA-138 7 Single - Contains themes for Saber Marionette J
November 1, 1996 bertemu KICS-590 3[28] Album
April 23, 1997 Don't Be Discouraged KIDA-148 4 Single - Slayers Try Ending
August 6, 1997 Iráváti KICS-640 5 [29] Album
July 2, 1997 Reflection KIDA-154 7 Single - Slayers Great Theme
February 4, 1998 Fine Colorday KIDA-158 9 Single - Contains themes for the show All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
April 24, 1998 ~infinity~ KIDA-161 8 Single Lost Universe Theme
July 3, 1998 Raging Waves KIDA-163 8 Single - Slayers Gorgeous Theme
September 4, 1998 A House Cat KIDA-165 6 Single - Contains themes to the show All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
October 10, 1998 Proof of myself KIDA-170 9 Single Saber Marionette J to X Theme
May 28, 1999 Question at Me KIDA-180 13 Single
October 27, 1999 FUWARI (ふわり) KICS-755 5[30] Album
December 3, 1999 Booska! Booska!! KIDA-190 50 Single
April 26, 2000 Vintage S KICS-790 6 [31] Greatest Hits compilation
May 24, 2000 Sakura Saku KICA-506 7 Single - Contains Love Hina Themes
June 21, 2000 Vintage A KICS-810 4[32] Greatest Hits compilation
October 25, 2000 unsteady KIDA-204 14 Single - Contains themes from Muteki-O Trizenon
July 21, 2001 Maemuki Roketto-dan ZMCP-1259 62 Pocket Monsters 12th ending single.
August 29, 2001 Over Soul KICM-3016 7 Single - Shaman King Themes
December 29, 2001 Brave Heart KICM-3021 11 Single - Shaman King related
December 5, 2001 feel well KICM-3020 11 Single - Slayers Premium Theme
March 27, 2002 Northern Lights KICM-3027 3 Single - Shaman King Theme
April 24, 2002 Treat or Goblins KICM-3030 19 Single - Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Theme
June 26, 2002 feel well KICS-955 7[33] Album
September 25, 2002 KOIBUMI KICM-3035 7 Single
September 26, 2003 Makenaide Makenaide KICM-1083 8 Single - Contains the themes for Hayashibara's radio show Heartfull Station
January 7, 2004 Center Color KICS-1070 10[34] Album
July 26, 2006 Meet again KICM-1164 12 Single - Made in commemoration of Slayers' 10th anniversary
February 7, 2007 A Happy Life KICM-1196 12 Single - Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Themes
April 21, 2007 Plain KICS-1303 18[35] Album
April 21, 2007 Tanoshii Douyou KICG-53~55 70[36]
June 25, 2008 Slayers MEGUMIX KICA-916~918 14[37] Collection of Slayers Theme Songs and remixes
July 23, 2008 Plenty of grit KICM-1245 6 Single - Slayers Revolution Opening/Ending
February 18, 2009 Front Breaking KICM-1268 15 Single - Slayers Evolution-R Opening/Ending
April 22, 2009 Shuuketsu no sono he KICM-1271 7 Single - Neon Genesis Evangelion related (CR Shin Seiki Evangelion -Saigo no Shisha-)
October 4, 2009 MOE FIRE NMAX-80005 Mini Album
July 21, 2010 CHOICE KICS-91548 6 Album
July 21, 2010 Shuuketsu no sadame KICM-1310 6 Single
June 11, 2011 VINTAGE White KICS-91670 9 Greatest Hits compilation
September 29, 2012 Tsubasa KICM-1414 36 Single

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.starchild.co.jp/artist/hayashi/megumi/index.html
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  4. ^ Hayashibara, Megumi,; Asagi, Sakura. 明日があるさ. ISBN 4-04-444501-X. 
  5. ^ Hayashibara, Megumi,; Asagi, Sakura. 明日があるさ. pp. 76–77. ISBN 4-04-444501-X. 
  6. ^ Poitras, Giles. Anime essentials. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1-880656-53-1. 
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  9. ^ Hayashibara, Megumi,; Asagi, Sakura. 明日があるさ. p. 18. ISBN 4-04-444501-X. 
  10. ^ Hayashibara, Megumi,; Asagi, Sakura. 明日があるさ. p. 89. ISBN 4-04-444501-X. 
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  22. ^ "林原めぐみ - Half and Half" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  23. ^ "林原めぐみ - Whatever" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  24. ^ "林原めぐみ - Perfume" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  25. ^ "林原めぐみ - Shamrock" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  26. ^ "林原めぐみ - SpHERE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  27. ^ "林原めぐみ - Enfleurage" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  28. ^ "林原めぐみ - Bertemu" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  29. ^ "林原めぐみ - Iráváti" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  30. ^ 林原めぐみ - ふわり (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  31. ^ "林原めぐみ - Vintage S" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  32. ^ "林原めぐみ - Vintage A" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  33. ^ "林原めぐみ - Feel Well" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  34. ^ "林原めぐみ - Center Color" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  35. ^ "林原めぐみ - Plain" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  36. ^ "林原めぐみ - Tanoshii Douyou" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  37. ^ "林原めぐみ - Slayers MEGUMIX" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 

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