This past week, I’ve been watching the post-apocalyptic anime Innocent Venus. And after 4 of 12 episodes, it rocks! (So far, 4 of 5 stars!) But one thing that caught my ear, was the voice for the blonde-but-deadly “Lenny”. In fact, her dark throaty voice reminded me of the just-as-beautiful-but-deadly twin-gunned “Revy” from the amazingly brutal anime Black Lagoon (5 of 5 stars for both seasons together!). So I checked, and guess what? I was right, the same voice actress: Megumi Toyoguchi! But that’s not all…
This past month, I’ve also been re-watching the sci-fi Star Trek Voyager series, Season 4 which introduces “Seven of Nine”. Well, in Episode #20, “Vis a Vis”, one particular name in the introductory credits caught my eye: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. She was an anime voice actress! But which anime? As the episode unfolded, I forgot the question. That is, until the unforgettable voice struck my ear. It was the English-dub voice of “Major Motoko Kusanagi” from the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series! Damn! And she wasn’t bad as a Star Trek alien, lol. It’s just intriguing to hear her voice outside of anime!
Another actress with a sci-fi/anime connection is Teryl Rothery. She played Dr. Janet Fraiser on Stargate SG1 for 7 seasons and was the english voice of Kodachi Kuno on Ranma 1/2.
Sadly, I never got into SG1 and haven’t seen Ranma 1/2 yet (though it should be on my to-do list somewhere)… Thanx for the heads up!