Megumi Hayashibara is a renowned voice actress and singer from Japan. She has been actively lending her voice to multiple animes since the 1990s. Hayashibara randomly auditioned for a free anime voice actress for Arts Vision after seeing its ad at a bookstore and began her voice acting career.
Hayashibara, who has a nursing degree, has worked on multiple renowned projects, such as Pokémon, Detective Conan, etc. She is the voice behind Jessie of Team Rocket and several Pokemons in Pokémon and is the voice behind Ai Haibara in Detective Conan.
Besides this, she has also worked as a writer for many anime-related publications like Anime V Magazine. As a writer, she also published her memoir just two years back.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
Anime Voice acting legend Megumi Hayashibara is 56 years old. She was born on March 30, 1967.
|Popular Name||Megu-san, Ms. Rose, Daisuke, Big Sis Megu, Minister of Food, Your Excellency|
|Real Name||Megumi Hayashibara|
|Date of birth||March 30, 1967|
|Age||56 years old|
|Place of birth||Kita, Tokyo, Japan|
|Hometown||Kita, Tokyo, Japan|
|Current Residence||Kita, Tokyo, Japan|
|Occupation||Voice actress, Singer, Lyricist, Writer,|
and Radio personality
|Net worth||1.5 Million USD|
|Height||5 ft 1 in (155 cm)|
Megumi Hayashibara’s Net Worth
Hayashibara has been actively working since the 90s.
All her hard work over the years has made her one of the most prominent and wealthiest Japanese voice actresses, with a net worth of 1.5 million USD.
How much does Megumi Hayashibara make?
Megumi Hayashibara made around $150K a year (estimated). Her earnings ranged from ¥50,000 to ¥100,000 ($333 to $666) per episode. But, she had earned so much more than that on some big animes and shows.
She has done tonnes of animes, movies, and TV shows.
Megumi Hayashibara’s Personal Life and Family
Hayashibara was born and raised in Kita, Tokyo.
She did not share any details about her parents or siblings but did share how she got bullied in fifth grade.
She has also shared that she was an enthusiastic kid in school.
Besides this, Hayashibara is a private person, so she has not let any details about her personal get public.
Megumi Hayashibara’s Husband and Relationship
The veteran voice actress married her husband, Amiya Masahiro, on April 30, 1998.
While Hayashibara is more into voice acting, her husband is a writer.
The couple has decided to keep their married life away from the spotlight.
However, in 2004 Hayashibara shared on her radio show that she was pregnant.
Later that year, she gave birth to a baby girl in June, whose identity has been kept a secret for privacy reasons.
Hayashibara completed her high school at a Catholic school.
After high school, she joined a medical school and trained as a registered nurse.
Career and Notable Voice Characters
The legendary voice actress was initially preparing to be a nurse and even became a registered nurse but never made a career out of it.
She had already applied to a nursing school when she stumbled upon an anime voice-acting audition advertisement in a bookstore.
She submitted a demo tape but only got the confirmation news of her passing the first stage after several months.
While her voice acting career was still on hold, she continued her studies in the nursing school.
Even after she got into voice acting, her parents suggested she complete her nursing course as a backup.
So, she became a registered nurse despite never practicing it as a career.
Instead, she became a renowned voice actress in the anime world.
Her voice actress journey started with Arts Vision, where she took a year-long training before getting a small role on Maison Ikkoku.
She later auditioned for Ranma ½ and got the part of the female half of Ranma Saotome, despite auditioning for Akane Tendo.
It was just the beginning for Hayashibara as she got several other big offers after this.
She was also Anna Kyoyama and Opacho from Shaman King.
She usually got to voice over female characters, but in Danganronpa V3:Killin Harmoney, she lent her voice to its male character Shuichi Sihara as she had a great experience lending voice to detective characters.
Hayashibara soon became popular, and her talent got work in other sectors too.
Here is a comprehensive table of some notable characters voiced by Megumi Hayashibara in various anime series and movies:
|Character Name||Anime/Movie/TV Shows|
|Lina Inverse||“Slayers” series|
|Rei Ayanami||“Neon Genesis Evangelion” series|
|Faye Valentine||“Cowboy Bebop”|
|Lime||“Saber Marionette J”|
|Musashi (Jessie)||“Pokémon” series|
|Tira Misu||“Sorcerer Hunters”|
|Ranma Saotome (female)||“Ranma ½”|
|Ai Haibara / Sherry||“Detective Conan”|
|Anna Aoi||“He Is My Master”|
|Female Ranma Saotome||“Ranma ½”|
|Nuku Nuku||“All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku”|
|Leda||“Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu” (OVA)|
|Yayoi Schwael (Mad Yayoi)||“Irresponsible Captain Tylor”|
|B-ko Daitokuji||“Project A-ko”|
|Lala Satalin Deviluke||“To Love-Ru” series|
|Megumi Amano||“Devil Hunter Yohko”|
|Female Laplace Demon||“Descendants of Darkness”|
|Kaoru Kozue||“Revolutionary Girl Utena”|
|Mother Dragon||“MOTHER” (Video Game)|
|Miki Makimura||“Devilman: The Birth” (OVA)|
|Lal’c Melk Mark||“Diebuster” (Aim for the Top 2!)|
|Shinobu Miyake||“Here Is Greenwood”|
|Tachikoma||“Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”|
|Reiha||“Kikou Sennyo Rouran”|
|Washuu Ryoko||“Tenchi Muyo!” series|
|Faust VIII||“Shaman King”|
|Fraw Bow||“Mobile Suit Gundam”|
|Ishizu Ishtar||“Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters”|
She used to host a radio show in Heartful Studio until it got canceled, along with other anime-themed shows to focus on traditional music.
Though the show did not continue, she got an offer to host her show on another radio station.
Along with this, Hayashibara also worked with Anime V Magazine. She wrote many manga series for the magazine.
She also worked as a columnist for the Newtype Magazine.
After working for years in the anime industry as a voice actress and creating manga, Hayashibara published her memoir in 2021, which became a hit among her fans.
Hayashibara is currently in her 50s, but her fans and the anime world still appreciate her talent and love her works.
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