|Born||June 16, 1995|
Saitama Prefecture, Japan
|Height||146 cm (4 ft 9 in)|
Hikaru Akao (赤尾ひかる Akao Hikaru, born June 16, 1995) is a Japanese voice actress from Saitama Prefecture who is currently affiliated with I'm Enterprise. Having aspired to become a voice actress since her early life, she entered a training school, and after graduating became affiliated with I'm Enterprise. She made her voice acting debut in 2016, and played her first lead role in 2018 as the character Kaoruko Moeta in the anime television series Comic Girls.
During her sixth grade of elementary school, Akao watched the anime series Naruto on television. Although she had been familiar with the occupation of voice acting during that time, she did not initially wish to pursue that career as she "hated her voice". She became interested in broadcasting during her elementary years, so upon entering junior high school, she joined her school's broadcasting club. During this time, she began speaking during club events, which made her more confident in her voice and realized that she had fun using it.
During her second year of high school, she came across a pamphlet for a voice acting training school that had been delivered to her club. Although she initially did not want to pursue voice acting, she decided to give it a try as she thought that many people were aiming for that career. As the schedule of that training school was in conflict with her club activities, she decided to go to another school. She later studied at the Japan Narration Actor Institute, graduating in 2015.
After finishing her studies, Akao became part of I'm Enterprise in 2015. She began her voice acting career playing minor roles in anime series such as Love Live! Sunshine!! and Jinsei. She also became a host of a weekly radio program with fellow voice actors Sayaka Senbongi and Misaki Watada. In 2017, she played the role of Lulune Louie in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Sword Oratoria as well as background roles in Alice & Zoroku and Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel. In 2018, she played her first lead role as Kaoruko Moeta in Comic Girls. She played the role of Chika Sugihara in Back Street Girls.
- Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Sword Oratoria (Lulune Louie)
- Alice & Zoroku (Girl)
- Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel (Girl B)
Original video animation
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record (Riko Chiaki)
- "赤尾 ひかる" (in Japanese). I'm Enterprise. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Akao, Hikaru (June 16, 2016). "誕生日迎えました☆" (in Japanese). Ameba. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- ""新人声優"にとらわれたくないー赤尾ひかるインタビュー（前編）" (in Japanese). Nizista. September 18, 2016.
- "千本木彩花・和多田美咲・赤尾ひかるのようこそ！グリーンハーベスト" (in Japanese). Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- "Comic Girls Anime Casts Hikaru Akao, Kaede Hondo, Rie Takahashi, Saori Ōnishi". Anime News Network. December 20, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- "Back Street Girls Anime Trailer Previews Male & Female Cast". Anime News Network. June 6, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- "ウピールチカ". Marchen Madchen official website (in Japanese). Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- "Endro~! Anime's 1st Character Video Reveals Voice Actress Hikaru Akao". Anime News Network. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
- "Granbelm Anime Streams 1st 10 Minutes, Reveals More Cast, July 5 Debut". Anime News Network. April 24, 2019. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- ヒナタ＆ヒカゲ、灯城、フレイルを演じるキャストが解禁！ (in Japanese). September 17, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
- "Smile Down the Runway Anime Reveals Additional Cast, Character Video". Anime News Network. November 8, 2019. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
- "SHAFT Makes TV Anime for Azone's Assault Lily Doll Franchise". Anime News Network. October 13, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.