Smooth baritone or deep, gravel voice? Or perhaps soft tenor that teases your ears? There are various type of sexy voices in the seiyuu industry, but over the years, there are several names that consistently stays on the top-tier and win the audience’s hearts.
Seiyuu’s jobs are, not simply limited to anime-related works, but also extend to voicing games, tokusatsu and sentai series, CD dramas, and radio programs. Of all these possible products, which seiyuu still keeps the sexy quality of their voices, no matter what sort of characters and contents they bring to the audience? Below are our selected ten male seiyuu with sexiest voice, guaranteed to at least make your heart skip when they whisper in your ear!
10. Midorikawa Hikaru
Lovingly called Midorin by his fans, Midorikawa Hikaru’s voice could be easily recognized by his slightly nasal quality when he speaks. He’s been in the industry since late ‘80s, but if anything, his popularity just keeps climbing up. Midorin is known to have quite a wide repertoire in various otome CDs and games, including Sakamaki Ayato in Diabolik Lovers, Tenshouin Eichi in Ensemble Stars, and Tomoe Yoh in Starry Sky. His voice might not be the low, gravelly sort of sexy, but it doesn’t make him less dangerous for your heart!
Midorin is also well-known to have a very sexy uke voice, considering his BL-related works such as Hashiba Sora in Suki na Mono ha Suki Dakara Shouganai, Shiki in Togainu no Chi, or Tatsumi Souichi in Koisuru Boukun. Anime fans might also recognize him as the voice behind Sanada Akihiko in the recent Persona 3 movie adaptations, or, if we’re going back to the ‘90s, Heero Yuy in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Rukawa Kaede in Slam Dunk or Zelgadiss Graywords of the Slayers series.
9. Okiayu Ryoutarou
A low, deep voice like golden liquid, perfect for the mature-type of sexy especially when he sings; that’s probably how you could describe Okiayu Ryoutarou’s voice. He’s also been in the industry since late 1980s, and is affiliated with Aoni Production. Okiayu’s most well-known roles include Tezuka Kunimitsu in Prince of Tennis, Kuchiki Byakuya in Bleach, and Souma Shigure in Fruits Basket. With those roles in line, you probably have an idea already how handsome and sexy his voice is. One of the sexiest characters he’s voiced until now is, definitely, the gorgeous thief Dark Mousy in D.N.Angel.
Okiayu Ryoutarou’s timbre is quite easy to recognize, especially if you’re used to his cool, mature ikemen characters. Other than Tezuka, he also got to play the role of captain Nijimura Shuuzou in Kuroko no Basket. Okiayu also played both Akram and Hakuryuu in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series. Also take a look at his cool, sexy older brother and father roles such as Kurei in Flame of Recca and Sena Seiya in Love Stage!!, or the mature teacher roles he plays as Dan Yuujirou in Prince of Stride: Alternative.
8. Inoue Kazuhiko
The oldest seiyuu who gets onto this list! Most anime fans nowadays would recognize Inoue Kazuhiko as the voice behind Hatake Kakashi of Naruto. Which, let’s not lie to ourselves, is amazingly sexy. As one of the more veteran seiyuu who still stays in the business even though he no longer does main characters, Inoue Kazuhiko has an extensive range of roles, from Kusanagi Mamoru in Blue Seed, Anthony Brown in Candy Candy, to Oboro in Gintama and of course, Nyanko-sensei from Natsume Yuujinchou.
Inoue Kazuhiko’s sexy voice is the type of princely sexy. Elegant and articulate, even when he’s voicing characters who are not-so-articulate, such as Gunter von Christ in Kyou Kara Maou!. It is also one of the reasons why Inoue was a very popular voice for otome series—he consistently got a role in every installment of Harukanaru Toki no Naka de, which was a big franchise in the otome genre back then. You could also find his name pretty easily in BL-related works, such as Junjou Romantica’s Miyagi You. Some of his roles that would be dangerous for your heart would be Spiral’s Narumi Kiyotaka, Vitamin X’s Ootori Kouji, Gravitation’s Eiri Yuki, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Kars.
7. Ishida Akira
Most of seiyuu fans would nod in agreement when someone named Ishida Akira as one of the most talented seiyuu out there. He’s been in the industry since late 1980s, and his repertoire has literally all type of roles you could imagine. He used to be known as one of seiyuu specializing in uke roles, as well, though he doesn’t do BL-related works anymore. He still does otome CDs now and again, though, and he’s definitely still in a lot of anime! Among Ishida’s exceptionally sexy main character roles includes Athrun Zala in Gundam SEED series, Nagisa Kaworu of Evangelion, Cho Hakkai in Saiyuuki, Yuuki Makoto and Mochizuki Ryouji in Persona 3, and Chrono in Chrono Crusade.
Ishida’s voice has that particular lilt that is quite easy to recognize, and perhaps also the best sexy, if slightly sleazy, voice for characters with questionable personalities. Or sexy dads. Take a look of several antagonists he’d voiced: Head in Star Driver, Uryuu Ryuunosuke in Fate/Zero, or Wakamiya Kanata in Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru. Ishida is also good in voicing sexy, questionably evil bishounen, such as Sararegi in Kyou Kara Maou!, Inari in Kyousougiga, and Eyes Rutherford in Spiral.
6. Sakurai Takahiro
Affiliated with Intention, a seiyuu agency founded by one of his best friends and fellow seiyuu Suzumura Kenichi, Sakurai Takahiro is widely known as the voice behind Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy VII series and Kururugi Suzaku in Code Geass. Fondly nicknamed Sakupyon by some of his fans, he is known to be very good in voicing teenage boy characters, but don’t underestimate Sakurai’s deep, slightly raspy sexy voice. Even though he doesn’t do BL-related works anymore, Sakurai was one of the top seiyuu choices for BL-related and otome CD dramas a few years back, securing roles such as Takahashi Misaki in Junjou Romantica and Mukami Ruki in Diabolik Lovers, More Blood.
Some of his dangerously sexy voices could be heard in his various roles: Dragon Shiryuu in Saint Seiya, Kanda Yuu in D.Gray-man, and of course, his roles with tantalizing Kansai accent, Kusanagi Izumo in [K] and Yamazaki Susumu in Peacemake Kurogane. As a seiyuu, Sakurai is known to be very talented and likes challenges, especially in reading fast-paced lines such as in the episode previews in Kyou Kara Maou! that he voiced as Shibuya Yuuri. His recent roles include Ja’far in both Magi and Sinbad no Bouken, Osomatsu in Osomatsu-san, Tazaki in Joker Game, Makishima Shougo in Psycho-Pass, and Yagami Tomoe in Prince of Stride: Alternative.
5. Suwabe Junichi
Suwabe Junichi would have secured a place for himself in this list with just two roles—two roles that managed to perhaps outshine the series’ protagonists: Prince of Tennis’ Atobe Keigo, and Uta no Prince-sama’s Jinguuji Ren. These two roles, along with several others, pretty much cemented Suwabe’s title as the seiyuu with charismatic, slightly gravelly, sexy voice. His sexy voice works best when it comes to saying flirty, sometimes ridiculously over-flamboyant lines. It’s extremely easy to find Suwabe’s name in sports, otome or idol anime series, and some of his other roles are Starmyu’s Ootori Itsuki, Brothers Conflict’s Kaname, Kuroko no Basket’s Aomine Daiki, and Prince of Stride’s Kuga Kyousuke.
Even though two of his sexiest roles were the flirty, flamboyant type, Suwabe also voices broody, sometimes dark types where his voice has this certain dangerous quality that would shoot straight to your heart. Among them are Archer in Fate/Stay Night, Sting Oakley in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Matoba Seiji in Natsume Yuujinchou, and Uro in Karneval.
4. Ono Daisuke
The winner of the latest Annual Seiyuu Awards in the Best Lead Actor Award category, Ono Daisuke is best known for his role in Kuroshitsuji as Sebastian Michaelis. Nicknamed OnoD by fans, the guy who had just left Mausu Promotion and gone freelance as a seiyuu started his career in 2002, and is at the peak of his career now. Listening to OnoD’s voice is a lot like drinking hot chocolate—smooth and sweet, with a bite to it when he deepens his voice. Despite starting his career pretty recently if compared to some of the other seiyuu mentioned in this list, OnoD has quite a repertoire; he is the voice behind Yatogami Kuroh of [K], Hades of Kamigami no Asobi, Heiwajima Shizuo of Durarara!! series, Sinbad in both Magi and Sinbad no Bouken, and Hirato in Karneval.
OnoD’s sexy voice is the best when he gets to voice really cool characters. It doesn’t mean OnoD can’t do ridiculous characters, though—he voiced Maeno Mitsuya in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and is also the voice behind the popular Jyuushimatsu in the recent hit series Osomatsu-san. It’s pretty easy to find him in several big sports anime title, too; OnoD did the voice of Midorima Shintarou in Kuroko no Basket, Hasekura Heath in Prince of Stride: Alternative, and joined the cast of Prince of Tennis as Tokugawa Kazuya.
3. Nakamura Yuuichi
If there is one seiyuu known among seiyuu fans to have a “sexually appealing” timbre in his voice, it would be Nakamura Yuuichi. Nicknamed Youkyan by his fans, he has a deep voice that is amazingly attractive in your ears, as well as a whole lot of sexy anime guys in his repertoire. One that seems to embody Fairy Tail’s Gray Fullbuster, Haikyuu!’s Kuroo Tetsurou, or maybe Owari no Seraph’s Ichinose Guren. He’s also another one of the seiyuu whose name you could easily find in otome CDs/games, as well as BL-related works such as Yoshiyuki Hatori in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi. Considering these sort of works rely quite heavily on the seiyuu’s skill, name, and popularity to sell, this is also a testament to how sexy Youkyan’s voice is.
The best thing about Youkyan is that he’s not only great in making use of his sexy voice, but also in acting out peculiar or hilarious characters. Youkyan’s trademark “Ohayouppuu!” line of Uta no Prince-sama’s Tsukimiya Ringo adds to his skill and voice range, and his amazing performance as Graham Aker of Gundam 00 deserves a standing applause. Youkyan is also the voice behind Macross Frontier’s Saotome Alto, Magi’s Kouen Ren, and last but not least, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun’s Nozaki Umetarou.
2. Miyano Mamoru
Nowadays, it seems ridiculous not to have this name if we’re talking about talented seiyuu. Easily one of the most popular seiyuu today, Miyano Mamoru is the voice behind Yagami Light in Death Note, and is really easily found in most of the popular anime airing nowadays. His smooth tenor is enchanting, he knows how to throw fanservices at the audience, and his singing is simply amazing. Nicknamed Mamo by a lot of his fans, his recent roles include Nagai Kei in Ajin, Ichinose Tokiya in Uta no Prince-sama, Kida Masaomi in Durarara!! series, and of course, returning to voice Kirisawa Takuto in the upcoming Sca-red Rider XechS.
Generally, we could call Mamo’s smooth tenor a ‘handsome voice’, a fact supported by some of the roles he’d played: Tsunashi Takuto in Star Driver, Suoh Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club, Asano Gakushuu in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, Yogi in Karneval. Despite this, some of his roles give an added sexual appeal because he is such a good actor, and well, he sounds really sexy when he starts whispering or sighing in your ear. Take Matsuoka Rin in Free!, for example, and listen how sexy Mamo could find when he sounds angry. Or listen Fushimi Saruhiko’s trademark drawl in [K], or, if we want to go back to his past roles, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain.
1. Morikawa Toshiyuki
If there’s a voice that guarantees your heart to race every time you heard him, it would be Morikawa Toshiyuki’s voice. He has a really versatile range of voice, which means also a really wide range of roles, and add to that, he was once nicknamed the King of BL or The Emperor by fans, referring to the many BL-related CDs he had done and how he apparently has the coolest, most elegant uke voice. But the one role that would convince you why he gets the first place in this list would be this: he is the voice behind Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII series.
The owner of his own agency, Axl-One, Morikawa’s smooth, deep voice could also be heard in roles such as Tyki Mikk in D.Grayman, Dante in Devil May Cry, Kugayama Muneyoshi in Hyouka, Naraku in Inuyasha, Conrad in Kyou Kara Maou!, and Isaka Ryuuichirou in Junjou Romantica. Perhaps his most famous role other than Sephiroth is Namikaze Minato or the Fourth Hokage in Naruto. Considering he’s been in the industry also since late 1980s, Morikawa has a really impressive repertoire, and a lot of them are either really cool characters, or sexy, badass (if perhaps a bit psychotic) antagonists. His baritone is definitely a straight killing shot that would melt you!
Having a sexy voice as well as being able to channel said sexiness into the characters no matter what kind of lines they are saying—this is a feat that required experience as well as talent. Especially with the increasingly popular idol seiyuu, being able to melt listeners’ hearts is quite certainly a must.
A sexy voice might differ according to the audience’s taste, though, so do let us know which seiyuu you think has the sexiest voice as well!