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Where’s the Black Voice Actors in Anime?
By ImJustThatKinky • 5 months ago

It’s black history month, so that means it’s time for some black related articles. I see people always yelling about how we don’t have more black representation in Hollywood Films. Well, I don’t give a fuck about movies, so that’s not a field I’m familiar with, but I do give a fuck about anime. So I wanna ask, where are all the black voice actors for anime?

Now I’m not one of those people that thinks the industry is keeping black people from voicing anime or something like that, but I do wonder why I don’t see more black voice actors in anime. I was surprised to see that the character Angelica Rogner, from The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, was voiced by a black lady name Kimberly Brooks. She also voice Shinobu from No More Heroes. You might also be surprised to know that Android 18 was also voiced by a black woman once, name Enuka Okuma. I also learned that Asahi Azumane from Haikyuu!! Was voiced by a black guy named Orlanders Jones. But this is his only role as of right now.

Sadly, he didn't do the best performance from what I heard.

This thought always comes to my mind when I see black or brown skinned characters in anime or games voiced by white actors. Now anyone can voice a character, most anime characters don’t even really have a race if we’re being honest. It’s just always weird when I see a black character voiced by someone who is white. Usually, the only time you see a black voice actor with a black role is if the anime or game was made by black people such as Canon Busters and Boondocks. And yes, Boondocks is anime anime…

Fight me nigga.

This could honestly just simply be that there aren’t many black people trying to be anime voice actors, or all the black voice actors who try to get into anime are garbage. But, I’m on my way to becoming a voice acting, so maybe I can be the first ever black anime voice actor to make it big. They’ll talk about me in the history books.

“I had a dream, that I’ll be an anime voice actor.”

Do you know any other black anime voice actors? Why do you think we don’t see many black anime voice actors? Have you ever wanted to voice in an anime? Tell us in the comments.