Tuesday’s Top 5: Characters Voiced by Daisuke Ono

While I’m not a massive follower of voice actors, every now and then a character’s vocal performance catches my attention. Daisuke Ono has voiced a lot of my very favourite characters (both characters I like in their stories and characters I just love to listen to). So this is my top 5 list of characters voiced by Daisuke Ono. Feel free to add your favourites below or just suggest your favourite voice actors and actresses.

Please Note – List is relatively spoiler free today.

Honourable mentions this week: Hugh Anthony Disward (The Mystic Archives of Dantelion) and Seishuu Handa (Barakamon).

Number 5: Kazuma Yagami from Kaze no Stigma

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I genuinely cannot watch this anime in English because Kazuma’s voice is just wrong. Having heard the original Japanese dub and really loving this character, the English voice just can’t compare. Kazuma has just the right amount of playfulness and darkness in his voice to really draw you in.

Number 4: Kuroh Yatogami from K

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I was actually surprised when I learned that Daisuke Ono was the voice for Kuroh. The character is quite different from other characters I’d already associated with the voice. Kuroh might be creepy at times but he has a no nonsense air about him as he pursues his own views of justice. And he manages that without sounding like a naive adolescent.

Number 3: Yakumo Saitou from Psychic Detective Yakumo

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This character always sounds either bored or ticked off (occasionally he manages both simultaneously). Despite such a limited range of emotions on display, listening to him never get’s boring.

Number 2: The Fourth from Heaven’s Memo Pad.

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It’s hard to be the leader of a gang and not come off as a mindless thug, and yet THe Fourth does it admirably with the help of some very effective voice acting. Normally the type of character I would barely tolerate, he actually managed to make me somewhat sympathetic and by the end I actually liked his character.

Number 1: Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler.

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Who else? I could seriously listen to this character all day long. It’s the reason I will not watch the English dub of this series. While some of the other characters sound really good in the English, Sebastian just isn’t right without Daisuke Ono delivering the lines.

Who would your picks have been? Or which voice actor/actress do you really love to listen to?

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14 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Top 5: Characters Voiced by Daisuke Ono

  1. Daamn, I haven’t watched any of these aside Black Butler, but must say I love love him in that role /high pitched fangirl scream SO SEXY AAAH
    Daisuke Ono is real great, but my fave VA is Maaya Sakamoto, and even did a post on her, but I can’t pick favorites. Don’t make me choose between my children T_T

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  2. Okay, so I absolutely think that Tatum brings something amazing to play when he voices Sebby(we’ve agreed to disagree about our preferences on this in the past), but I am really interested in going back to watch the whole series in Japanese to see what your hype is all about. I’ve heard a bit and he does sound pretty cool. Maybe I’ll see the light, but Tatum will probably always hold a top spot on my top voice actors list.

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      1. Yes, my lord. And you’ve got to love his rendition of London Bridge is Falling Down. How does he manage to strike that balance between silly-camp and sexy-camp so perfectly? Ah, I adore OnoD. And I agree, the dub for Sebastian can’t compare.

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      2. You know, I guess that’s the point, huh? He’s a demon, he’s manipulative, he’s seductive. He’s supposed to tempt someone to offer up their soul. If you’d do anything he asked (when voiced by Daisuke Ono), then that means the actor has done his job well. 😀

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  3. I’m a big Daisuke Ono fan as well – though I actually haven’t seen much (in some cases any) of these particular shows other than Black Butler. I’d say my favourite role he’s played to date was Shizuo in Durarara!!.
    My other top favourite Japanese voice actor is Ishida Akira. He’s been around a looong time but if I had to narrow down my favourite roles of his, they’d probably be Natori from Natsume Yuujinchou and Yakumo/Kikuhiko from Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.

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    1. Megumi was my favorite for a long time. She’s incredibly diverse, and is a very talented singer besides. She played the main character in my first anime (Ranma) and also Yui Ikari and Pen Pen in Evangelion. She’s still active these days doing the same voices for the Evangelion rebuild films.

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