Megumi Hayashibara
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Biography

Hayashibara was born on March 30, 1967 in Kita Tokyo, Japan. She studied at a Catholic school and at one point was bullied in fifth grade. She was an active club member and participated in the Badminton, Biology, Broadcasting, Drama and English clubs. She played the role of Alice in an English language production of Alice in Wonderland. Despite qualifying as a nurse, she has never been employed in a nursing position. On March 30, 1998, Hayashibara married her unnamed company employee 3 years her junior after a five years' acquaintance. On January 10, 2004, Hayashibara announced on her radio show that she was pregnant with her first child. On June 28 of the same year, she gave birth to her daughter by via Caesarean section, caesarian section.


Voice acting

On the same day as submitting the application for nursing school, Hayashibara went to a book store and found an advert offering free anime voice acting auditions at Arts Vision. Several months after submitting a demo tape, she received a confirmation of passing the first stage of the audition, and eventually decided to continue training as a nurse while doing voice acting. In 1986, after a year of voice actor training, Hayashibara was chosen to voice small roles on Maison Ikkoku. Initially, she had difficulty with her lines and had to redo many lines after the main recording sessions. Hayashibara later auditioned for ''Ranma ½'' expecting to be cast as Akane Tendo, but was cast as the female half of Ranma Saotome instead. In 1993 and 1995, Hayashibara was a guest at Anime America. At the 1995 event, she decided to give a speech in English after believing the translation at the 1993 event did not reflect what she had said. In 1995, Hayashibara provided the voice of Rei Ayanami in ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'', a role referred to as "innovative casting". In addition to voicing Musashi/Jessie of Team Rocket in ''Pokémon'', Hayashibara has also voiced Ash's Pidgeotto and Pidgeot, May's Skitty, Whitney's Miltank, Clair's Dratini and Dragonair, Latios, Latias, and Anabel's Espeon in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the anime. She also provides the voice for Ai Haibara in the ongoing anime series, Detective Conan. While Hayashibara rarely voices male characters, she voiced as Shuichi Saihara in ''Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony'' due to her deep and vast experience connected to detective characters. She has actually helped the team on making Shuichi more detective-like.


DJ

While at nursing school, Hayashibara started a temporary job as a DJ at a local ice skating rink. After becoming better known as a voice actress, she was given her own Radio show, "Heartful Station". After 17 shows, the broadcasting station cancelled the show and other anime related programming to concentrate on traditional music. However, 6 months later, Hayashibara started a new radio show at another broadcaster.


Writing

Hayashibara wrote a series of manga for ''Anime V'' magazine, with artwork by Sakura Asagi. The comics, known as "Megumi-Toons", talked about her personal life and career. The individual chapters were collected into the book , which has been reprinted several times. Hayashibara has also contributed two columns to ''Newtype'' magazine; ''Aitakute Aitakute'', and ''Speaking in Character''. ''Aitakute Aitakute'' is a series of interviews conducted by Hayashibara with people from all walks of life. Three compilations of the column have been published. ''Speaking in Character'' has been translated into English for ''Newtype USA''. On February 2021, Yen Press announced the release of Hayashibara's memoir ''The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time'', in which she examines her career and the ways the characters she portrayed in various anime series affected it. The book is currently available for digital release, with the physical release slated for August 2021.


Filmography


Television animation


Original video animation (OVA)


Anime films


Video games


Dubbing roles

† Year of original release


Drama CD


Discography


Albums


Singles


Substitutes

*Akiko Hiramatsu — "Pokemon: Advanced Generation": Musashi


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