Erika Lynn Harlacher
August 29, 1990
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||California State Polytechnic University, Pomona|
|Home town||Camarillo, California, U.S.|
|Relatives||Natalie Ann Harlacher (sister)|
Erika Lynn Harlacher (//; born August 29, 1990) is an American voice actress based in the Los Angeles area who has provided voices for English dubbed Japanese anime shows and video games. Some of her major roles in anime include: Ami Kawashima in Toradora!, Mimori Togo in Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Asseylum Vers Allusia in Aldnoah.Zero, Elizabeth Liones in The Seven Deadly Sins, Claudia Enfield in The Asterisk War, Ruler/Jeanne d'Arc in Fate/Apocrypha, Kurapika in Hunter × Hunter, Violet in Violet Evergarden, and Yumeko in Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler. In video games, she provides the voice of Kyoko Kirigiri in the Danganronpa video game series, Sadira in Killer Instinct, Ayesha in Atelier Ayesha and Ann Takamaki in Persona 5.
Harlacher grew up in Camarillo, California, and started acting in school plays. When she was around 9–10 years old, she was inspired by an interview by Christy Carlson Romano who voiced Kim Possible, in which Romano said that with voice acting, you could go to work in your pajamas. Harlacher's mother responded that it was not a real job, and suggested she pursue acting only as a hobby. Her first exposure to anime was through Dragonball Z and Pokémon shows, which she considered more like cartoons, and that she really got into manga and anime in school when Fruits Basket was being published in English. At La Reina High School, she was active in the Speech and Mock Trial team, which was noted statewide and even attended a national event. She also competed on the school's diving team.
After graduating high school in 2008, she attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she intended to major in graphic design. During her freshman year, she looked up some online forums regarding voice-over and attended Anime Expo, where she learned about and attended an Adventures in Voice Acting workshop conducted by Tony Oliver. On Oliver's suggestion that she was pretty good at it, she changed her major to theatre, and continued to take voice acting lessons and workshops while studying at school. She also did a production internship at Bang Zoom! Entertainment where she got to sit in on some of the recording sessions. Her first voice acting project was on K-On! where she voiced some incidental characters. Her first big voice-over role was for Battleship, based on the movie of the same name, where she got to voice a main character among many veteran voice actors. However, video game reviewers panned the game because none of the movie's actors reprised their roles in the game, and faulted the game's limited acting, which was relegated to mostly radio chatter and mission updates. At one point in college, she had some health issues that led her to take an absence from school and acting, so she pursued production work, which her parents thought would make for a more practical career; she later dropped it as she was encouraged by Oliver to pursue acting and to finish school. That was when she landed the lead role as Ayesha in the video game Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk. She described Ayesha as a bit airheaded and ditsy but relatable and resembles her personality at times. Video game reviewer Sean Madson of Diehardgamefan found the dub to be of decent quality, but said Ayesha "sounded a bit too obnoxious with her airheadedness." Matt Sainsbury of Digitally Downloaded thought the dub was reasonable but disliked their American accents as not suiting the Japanese personality of the game. Vince Ingenito of IGN wrote that "both the writing and voice acting fail to lend any weight to her plight. Ayesha seems about as upset over her missing sister as I might be over a glass of spilled milk, making it really hard to care about the outcome of her quest." Harlacher also voiced Sadira, a spider-themed woman and new character to the Killer Instinct series.
In 2014, she voiced Kyoko Kirigiri in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. She described Kyoko as the most calm among the wacky characters and always on top of things. Video game reviewers thought the voice acting was okay.,. She voiced Blood Leopard in Accel World, who was similar to Kyoko in showing little emotion. In Sword Art Online she voiced Sasha, whom she describes as being like a teacher/nun lady who is in charge of the kids who are lost in the game. In the second series, she voiced another character named Siune; both series were broadcast on the Toonami block on Adult Swim. She also began attending anime conventions as a guest panelist. In voicing Dunya in the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic series, Harlacher found her character to be not your average princess, and that she was fun because she was unpredictable. Her biggest role that year was Ami Kawashima in the romantic comedy Toradora!, a classmate who harbors a mean and bratty personality behind a cheerful perfect-looking facade of a model. As it was one of NIS America's first dub productions, Harlacher said took a long time to call back from the audition, and that it also took more time than other studios in producing the show. She describes Ami's character as trying to act like she knows what she's doing but does not really have it together, and also she cannot cook. LB Bryant of Japanator said that Toradora dub release was a "must obtain" item and that "Ami Kawashima equals best girl." Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers said the English dub cast did impressively well and those who only listen to the Japanese tracks would be missing out. She also voices Mako's mother, Sukuyo Mankanshoku in Kill la Kill, which later ran on Adult Swim's Toonami block in 2015. She describes the series as crazy, the family as ridiculous, and that her character was very sweet and giving everyone food.
In 2015 she voiced Mimori Togo in Yuki Yuna is a Hero, one of the main heroines who are called to save their world by interacting in an alternate dimension where they have super powers. She describes Togo as going through a lot of emotional stuff, which helped her expand her acting range. Anime News Network reviewer Theron Martin said that the cast was "appropriately chosen for their roles in a vocal quality sense and handle the acting capably." She voices main character Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia in Aldnoah.Zero as well as Elizabeth in The Seven Deadly Sins, both of which had English dub premieres on Netflix. She attended Sac-Anime in Sacramento, California; the panel she was on was regarded as one of the highlights of the convention. Manga Entertainment listed Harlacher among their top 5 English voice actresses. In 2016, she landed the voice role of main character Kurapika in the Viz Media English dub of the 2011 anime adaptation of Hunter x Hunter, which premiered on the Toonami block in April. In 2017, she voiced Ann Takamaki, one of the core player characters in the video game Persona 5.
In 2018, Harlacher voiced title characters in two Netflix-streamed anime series: Violet in Violet Evergarden and Yumeko Jabami in Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler. Harlacher also announced she would be voicing main character Yugo in the third season of Wakfu: The Animated Series. She also voiced Ondine in season 2 of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir.
Harlacher lives in North Hollywood in the Los Angeles area. In 2014, she started a Let's Play video channel on YouTube, where she plays through various games, some of which she has starred in, and others just for fun. Erika has a sister, Natalie Ann Harlacher, who is two years younger than Erika. She also owns two dogs.
|2012||Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror||Additional Voices||Also production assistant|||
|2018||The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky||Elizabeth|
|2012||Battleship||Lt. Grace Harland|||
|2012||PlanetSide 2||VC1 Initiate||Resume|
|2013||Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk||Ayesha Altugle|||
|2014||Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc||Kyoko Kirigiri|||
|2014||Earth Defense Force 2025||Wing Diver Soldier B|||
|2014||Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair||Kyoko Kirigiri||Resume|
|2014||Fairy Fencer F||Harley, Marisa||Also Advent Dark Force||Resume|
|2014||D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die||Olivia Jones|||
|2015||Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart||Ryuka|||
|2016||The Technomancer||Amelia Reacher|||
|2016||Fallout 4: Far Harbor||Jewel, Gilda, Sister Gwenith||Tweet|
|2017||Persona 5||Ann Takamaki|||
|2017||Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony||Kaede Akamatsu||Tweet|
|2018||Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight||Ann Takamaki|||
|2018||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ann Takamaki||Joker DLC||Tweet|
|2019||Yo-kai Watch 3||Hailey Anne Thomas||Tweet|
- "Erika Lynn Harlacher". Erika Lynn Harlacher. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
- Erika Harlacher birthday tweets:
- Harlacher, Erika [@ErikaHarlacher] (August 16, 2015). ""@bravrayj: @ErikaHarlacher When's your birthday?" August 29th!" (Tweet). Retrieved September 5, 2016 – via Twitter.
- Harlacher, Erika [@ErikaHarlacher] (August 29, 2016). "Thank you guys sooooo much for all the super sweet birthday messages!! You're all wonderful 😊😘 I had a nice lazy birthday~" (Tweet). Retrieved September 5, 2016 – via Twitter.
- Joseluis Solorzano (April 6, 2015). "Couch Potatoes – The Anime Episode with Voice Actress Erika Harlacher". Overmental (Podcast). Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- "Capture that VA! – 23 Erika Harlacher (Dunya)". Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic English official website. March 14, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "Diver Profile – Erika Harlacher". DiveMeets.com. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- Tom Bauer (April 6, 2016). "Voice Acting Mastery Field Report #7 – Erika Harlacher". Voice Acting Mastery (Podcast). Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- Kana (March 17, 2014). "Kana's Corner – Interview with Erica Harlacher". 91.8 The Fan (Podcast). Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "La Reina wins Mock Trial championship". Thousand Oaks Acorn. April 10, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- Johnson, Brett (May 11, 2008). "La Reina makes its case at mock trial nationals". Ventura County Star. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
La Reina's national team consisted of "attorneys" Amanda Mundell, Hannah Harper and Nayantara Bhushan; "witnesses" Lauren Dansey, Erika Harlacher, Kristin Miller, Piper Nunez and Julianne Brauer; and team clerk/timekeeper Paloma Spencer.
- Boal, Erik (May 10, 2007). "Hot Off the Press – Harlacher handles move to new division". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via The Free Library.
- Dorman, Stephen (March 30, 2006). "Some area divers not happy with the treatment their sport receives". The Acorn. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "La Reina Today – Alumnae edition" (PDF). Fall 2013. p. 3.
- Yuki Yuna is a Hero Q&A w/ the English Dub Cast. November 26, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2016 – via YouTube.
- "Theatre Department Performs 'Cabaret'". Polycentric. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. February 25, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2016. Click picture for credits.
- The Epic Awesome Show (July 1, 2013). The Epic Awesome Show Interview of Erika Harlacher. Interviewed by Zain Bruger. Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via YouTube.
- "EGM Review: Battleship". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Martin, Liam (April 27, 2012). "'Battleship: The Game' review (Xbox 360)". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Zeth. "Battleship (Xbox 360) Review". Brutal Gamer. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Ohio Guys (November 11, 2015). Voice of the Voices – Erika Harlacher. Interviewed by Christian Ocampo. Burbank, California. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "Review: Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (Sony PlayStation Vita)". diehardgamefan.com. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Sainsbury, Matt. "Review: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)". digitallydownloaded.net. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Ingenito, Vince (March 15, 2013). "Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk Review". IGN. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- "Erika Harlacher". Behind the Voice Actors. Green check mark indicates roles that have been verified by BTVA through closing credits screenshots. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Moriarty, Colin (February 20, 2014). "Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review". IGN. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Vincent, Brittany. "Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc review". GamesRadar. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Martin, Tim (February 23, 2014). "Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- "AX 2014 – NIS America Anime panel". Nerd Reactor. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Solomon, Charles (August 13, 2014). "Anime Review: "Toradora! Complete Series"". Animation Scoop. Indiewire. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- Bryant, LB (March 12, 2014). "NIS America announces Toradora blu-ray release with English dub". Japanator. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Amith, Dennis, ed. (December 6, 2015). "Interview with voice actress Erika Harlacher". J!-Ent Annual Guide 2015. Interviewed by Mark Orchard. J!-Ent Online. p. 409. Download guide from page reference.
- Bruno, Travis (August 10, 2014). "Toradora! Complete Series Premium Edition Review". Capsule Computers. Australia. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Martin, Theron (April 27, 2015). "Yuki Yuna is a Hero [Collector's Edition + CD] – Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- Snook, Jay (September 11, 2015). "'SacAnime' Had a Few Flaws but Overall Was a Blast". The Good Men Project. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "Top Five English Voice Actresses". Manga Entertainment. March 9, 2016.
Erika Harlacher is twenty-five years old and the newest voice-actress on this list. She might not have a robust catalogue of voices to pick from, but she can perform with the best of them with her roles including Kyoto Kirigiri in Danganronpa: The Animation, Sasha and Siune in Sword Art Online, Dunya in Magi: The Kingdom of Magic and Ami Kawashima in Toradora! Erika has also branched into games where she, once again, voiced Kyoto Kirigiri in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Momoka in Omega Quintet and Ayesha Altugle in Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk. Despite having only been in a handful of shows so far, they've all happened to be successful and are fantastic shows to have on her resume. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of Erika in 2016!
- "Hunter x Hunter's English Dub Previewed in Adult Swim's Toonami Ad". Anime News Network. April 3, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "New Persona 5 Videos Feature Ann Takamaki and Her VA". Operation Rainfall. October 27, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016. Includes link to video interview by Atlus with Harlacher on her character in the upcoming game.
- Harlacher, Erika [@ErikaHarlacher] (March 31, 2018). "I have no announcement to make. APRIL FOOLS!! Okay now that that's out of the way, Season 3 of Wakfu will be on Netflix midnight on April 1 and I am so so SOOO honored to announce that I now play the protagonist, Yugo!! He is so precious I just AHHH I LOVE HIM I need his hat" (Tweet). Retrieved August 21, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Weisz, Ezra (March 19, 2018). "This Is it! - Let's Talk Miraculous with Erika Harlacher". Retrieved August 21, 2018 – via YouTube.
- Harlacher's resume and list of works:
- "Erika Harlacher". Twitter. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- Harlacher, Erika (December 29, 2014). Welcome to withakgames!!. Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via YouTube.
- Humphry, Jesse (February 23, 2016). "Interview with Erika Harlacher". Geeks + Gamers. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Harlacher's tweets about family:
- Harlacher, Erika [@erikaharlacher] (June 13, 2014). "Sometimes I worry that my little sister is more of a grown up than me, but then I decide I don't care and go back to voicing cartoons~" (Tweet). Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via Twitter.
- Harlacher, Erika [@erikaharlacher] (June 13, 2014). "@adogg281 She is! Two years younger :) And she's a ginger, whoa" (Tweet). Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via Twitter.
- "Natalie Ann Bize". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
- "Natalie Harlacher and Max Bize's Wedding Website". www.theknot.com. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
- Harlacher, Erika (2016-07-23). "My little sister is getting married today. What. So weird. (AKA no live tweeting #HunterXHunter for me tonight, sorry!)". @ErikaHarlacher. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
- Harlacher, Erika [@erikaharlacher] (February 6, 2015). "Pretty sure I have the most attractive dogs ever 💕🐶 Try not to be too jealous" (Tweet). Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via Twitter.
- ShaddoeENT interviews:
- shaddoeENT (June 19, 2015). Erika Harlacher interview at Kamikaze Anime Festival 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via YouTube.
- shaddoeENT (March 5, 2016). Erika Harlacher interview at Ani-Me Con 5.0. Retrieved April 26, 2016 – via YouTube.
- Beveridge, Chris (September 9, 2011). "Media Blasters 'Squid Girl' Anime Dub Cast Revealed". The Fandom Post. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- ErikaHarlacherVoice (March 5, 2014). "Facebook keeps bugging me to post something on this page... So pushy!! But I guess I'll post about Blue Exorcist being on Cartoon Network's Toonami :) If you guys have been watching you've probably heard me as a few bit characters already, and if you tune in on March 30th you can hear me as Nishiwaki in Episode 6, "The Phantom Chef"!! It's a great show with an awesome cast, so if you're up late on the weekends, definitely tune in~ <3". Retrieved March 5, 2014 – via Facebook.
- Loo, Egan (August 14, 2012). "Lagrange Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "Erica Mendez, Erika Harlacher Join Sword Art Online II English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. July 24, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- Beveridge, Chris (July 27, 2015). "'Sword Art Online II' Anime Dub Cast Gets Erica Invasion". The Fandom Post. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Gertwagen, Earl (July 6, 2014). "Anime Expo 2014 – NIS America". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "Erica Mendez, Carrie Keranen Star in Kill la Kill's English Dub". Anime News Network. May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- Clodfelter, Tim (March 10, 2016). "Interesting characters invading Winston-Salem this weekend". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- AniplexUS (June 6, 2015). ALDNOAH.ZERO English Cast Special Message Video. Retrieved April 25, 2016 – via YouTube.
- "Aniplex USA to Release 1st Aldnoah.Zero Season on BD, DVD with Dub, Sub". Anime News Network. May 6, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
Aniplex of America will host an English dub premiere event at Anime Expo. The company will show the first three episodes and host a Q&A event with Mittelman (Inaho), Aguilar (Slaine), and Harlacher (Asseylum).
- Maffris, Chris (November 10, 2015). "A Complete Review of The Seven Deadly Sins". Geek E Inc.
- Beveridge, Chris (February 6, 2016). "Additional 'Love Live! School Idol Project' Anime Dub Cast Revealed". The Fandom Post. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- Smith, G.B. (February 16, 2016). "Press Audio: The One with the Muses—Love Live! Season 1 Anime English Dub Review". The Fandom Post. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "Erica Lindbeck, Max Mittelman Star in Your Lie in April English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. January 15, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- ErikaHarlacherVoice (June 5, 2016). "I also play Yumi Shirayanagi in Charlotte! Check that out soon as well!!". Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Facebook.
- "Aniplex Offers The Asterisk War Season 1 on English-Dubbed Blu-ray". Anime News Network. June 5, 2016. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
- "Aniplex USA Announces God Eater's English Dub, AkibaFest in LA (Updated)". Anime News Network. July 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Toonami Asia Reveals More Dub Cast for Dragon Ball Super Anime". Anime News Network. January 17, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
- "Aniplex of America Announces Paranormal Anime Occultic;nine for Blu-ray Release and English Dub". Anime News Network. May 22, 2017.
- "Fate/Apocrypha English Dub Debuts on Netflix in U.S., Canada". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
- Creamer, Nick (May 2, 2018). "Violet Evergarden—Episodes 1-13 streaming". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
Erika Harlacher's take on the heroine is far more expressive from the start than Yui Ishikawa's nearly monotone original take, with even her first scenes demonstrating a tonal range far greater than the original. In some ways, this makes Violet more relatable up front.
- Martin, Theron (February 5, 2018). "Kakegurui — Episodes 1-12 streaming". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
I wasn't sure at first about the key performance of Erika Harlacher as Yumeko, but she gradually grew on me as she nailed Yumeko's most ecstatic moments.
- Harlacher, Erika [@ErikaHarlacher] (June 30, 2018). "I'm so incredibly excited to announce that you will be able to hear me as the new deuteragonist of YO-KAI WATCH, Hailey Anne, on Disney XD! She is one of my favorite characters EVER, I love her so much 💕 The new season premieres July 2 -- come make some Yo-Kai friends with me!!" (Tweet). Retrieved June 30, 2018 – via Twitter.
- "Skip Beat! Dub's Additional Cast, Staff, Backer Upgrades Revealed". Anime News Network. September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
- "Skip Beat on BackerKit". BackerKit. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- Harlacher, Erika [@ErikaHarlacher] (December 12, 2018). "Eyyyy I play Yakuza man Aily aka Kentaro aka @KaijiTang in Back Street Girls: Gokudolls, out now on Netflix! Did that sentence confuse and intrigue you? Good, then you're ready to watch the show. (Fair warning, I swear a lot in this show. Like... so much 😂)" (Tweet). Retrieved December 23, 2018 – via Twitter.
- "Record of Grancrest War". Record of Grancrest War Official USA Website. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
- "Amazon.com: Oblivion Island: Haruka & the Magic Mirror: Shinsuke Sato: Amazon Digital Services LLC". amazon.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- Halestorm, Bradly (January 20, 2014). "Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc". HardcoreGamer.com.
- Sandlot (February 18, 2014). Earth Defense Force 2025. D3 Publisher. Scene: Closing credits, 2:45 in, Voice Cast.
- Spiders. The Technomancer. Focus Home Interactive. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, English cast.
- Admiral, Armchair. "Review: 'The Technomancer' for PlayStation 4 - SciFi Gazette". scifigazette.com. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- "Gamereactor UK". www.gamereactor.eu. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
- Harlacher, Erika [@ErikaHarlacher] (May 19, 2016). "Anyone heard of a little game called Fallout 4...? You can hear me as Jewel, Gilda, and Sister Gwenith in the Far Harbor DLC, out now 😊😁" (Tweet). Retrieved July 19, 2016 – via Twitter.
- Hussain, Tamoor (October 19, 2016). "Persona 5 Voice Cast Announced, Includes Overwatch's McCree, One Punch Man's Saitama, and More". GameSpot. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
- Harlacher, Erika [@ErikaHarlacher] (July 1, 2017). "Excited to announce that I play Kaede Akamatsu in Danganronpa v3 Come get autographs and see us on a panel tomorrow at AX!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 1, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Harlacher, Erika (2018-12-06). "Guys, why is everyone asking if I knew about Joker in Smash, you... you all know that was my voice in the video, right? As Ann? Freaking out about him being in Smash? Lmao So yes, I knew". @ErikaHarlacher. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
- Harlacher, Erika (2019-01-24). "February 8th!! Hear me as Hailey Anne in this game! I love her so muchhhh". @ErikaHarlacher. Retrieved 2019-01-24.