Tanaka Mayumi: The Woman With The Energetic Shounen Voice

tanaka mayumi
Credit: myanimelist.net

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 (5 out of 5 grins)
I first learned about Tanaka Mayumi-san (田中 真弓) as Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist of the mega-hit anime ONE PIECE.  I was initially surprised to discover that Luffy’s voice was a woman.  I got curious and searched for Tanaka-san‘s other roles.

Her other notable role is Krillin from Dragon Ball, but she also apparently voiced Yajirobe.  I was but a child when I started watching Dragon Ball, so I can’t exactly remember how each of the characters sounded.  This is why I watched the early episodes of Dragon Ball again to listen to how Tanaka-san sounded as Krillin.

Since Tanaka-san became synonymous with Luffy in my mind, it’s a bit difficult for me not to hear Luffy in Krillin.  But whatever.  I still think that Tanaka-san is an excellent seiyuu; the perfect choice for energetic and funny shounen characters like Luffy and Krillin.

luffy
Credit: onepiece.wikia.com
krillin 1
Credit: dragonball.wikia.com

I also like watching Tanaka-san in variety shows because it really shows how her voice matches her personality.  She is a big personality crammed within such a little body.  I hope that she continues to have a more magnificent career.  More power to you Tanaka Mayumi-san. 


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