DMM’s hit PC browser game, Kantai Collection (or KanColle for short), features hundreds of fleet girls, and with that huge amount of characters, they can employ almost half of Japan’s seiyuu population if they were to voice one character each.
However, being a free-to-play browser game does have its limits. With A-list seiyuus and renowned illustrators working on both the game and its anime adaptation, KanColle may not be able to to afford one-seiyuu-per-character, so what they did was have to one seiyuu voice multiple characters instead.
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And this is how some of KanColle’s seiyuus have shown how talented they really are.
One of the franchise’s most well-known seiyuus is Nao Touyama (Nisekoi’s Chitoge Kirisaki and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU’s Yui Yuigahama). She not only voices all four Kongou sisters, Kongou, Hiei, Haruna and Kirishima, but also the destroyers Ayanami and Shikinami, as well as the heavy cruisers, Takao, Maaya, Choukai, and Atago. Pan-paka-paaaaaaaan!
Touyama’s characters have been so popular that they have been featured as the stars of the PC game’s very first drama CD titled “Hiei’s Curry.” The drama CD only features the voice of Nao Touyama and only stars the ships she is voicing. The fans have dubbed the drama CD as the “One-Nao Show”, which is perfectly fitting.
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Here it is with plenty of “Burning Love”, “Hiiiiiiiiiii-yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!” and “Pan-Paka-Pan!”
And just in case you’ve missed it, here is the introduction scene for all four Kongou sisters in the anime. Take note, it’s all Nao Touyama!
and here’s another one. In this clip, Bucky… I mean Fubuki, and Shimakaze are the only ones not voiced by Nao Touyama
While you can hear some subtle similarities in the voices of her characters, she does put in a lot off effort in just trying to make the characters sound differently that they actually feel like a different seiyuu is voicing them. Now that is talent! Here she is cosplaying Kongou and surprising fans in the last Animelo
And from that same episode, we see Yuka Ootsubo (Yuru Yuri’s Kyouko Toushino) having a very romantic (and very yuri) conversation with herself.
Ootsubo voices both Ooi and Kitakami, the lesbian light cruiser couple who are tad bit overly-attached to one another. Here’s another one of those “romantic self conversations”, this time from episode 5
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Ayane Sakura (Psycho-Pass’s Mika Shimotsuki and Is the Order a Rabbit?’s Cocoa Hoto) is also one of the seiyuus who have been notorious for talking to herself in both the game and the anime. Sakura not only voices the tough and strict secretary ship, Nagato, as well as her assistant/ sister ship, Mutsu, but also the Sendai sisters comprised of the light cruisers Sendai, Naka, and Jintsuu. She also voices the light cruisers Kuma, Tama, and Kisou, and of course, she also voices Shimakaze.
In this next clip, you can listen to her “talk to herself” at around 0:42 of the video. Here, the three Sendai sisters talk about Fubuki’s awful performance and they are later joined by Secretary ship Nagato. Just a reminder, all four are voiced by the same person. The video also features the voice of Yuka Iguchi (To Aru’s Index and Monogatari’s Tsukihi Araragi) as the heavy cruiser Tone and her sister ship, Chikuma (The two girls who are overseeing Fubuki’s performance). In the anime, she also voices the aircraft carrier, Kaga, and in the games, she also voices the light cruisers, Tenryuu and Tatsuta, as well as Nagara, Isuzu, and Natori.
One of the most popular groups in Kantai Collection is
Loli Destroyer Division 6, made up of Akatsuki, Hibiki, Ikazuchi, and Inazuma. But did you know that they are all voiced by the same person? They are all voiced by Aya Suzaki (Kill la Kill’s Mako and Tamako Market’s Tamako), and she certainly made it clear that all four of them have their own personalities, even if they all have the same voice actor. And since the four lolis destroyers had their focus episode on episode 6, Suzaki must have worked really hard on that episode as her four characters made up approximately 75% of the entire episode’s dialogue. Here is a clip from that episode.
So what do you guys think of these voice actors voicing multiple characters in the anime, thereby talking to themselves? It’s just fun to listen to them, huh? And with that, we are ending this with some Poi… OK, a lot of Poi