Anime is full of romance and at times it can even bring real life romance to the people who help create it. This Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at some titles that feature voice actors who are married in real life. While everyone on this list got married after the anime they aired in, knowing this information can bring a new, extra-romantic perspective for people who are seeing them again or discovering them for the first time today.
Maaya Sakamoto and Kenichi Suzumura (The Garden of Sinners)
The garden of sinners, a paranormal horror action series, features absolutely stunning animation from Studio Ufotable; gory and gory images, exquisite music and some great mysteries. But at the core of this complex series is the romance between Shiki Ryogi, the powerful demon hunter with multiple personalities, and Mikiya Kokuto, the man who loves Shiki no matter who he is.
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Fans of the series will be happy to know that just like Shiki and Mikiya in the anime, its voice actors, Maaya Sakamoto and Kenichi Suzumura, got married in 2011. Not only this, but Sakamoto and Suzumura have played couples in many other series. including Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny as Lunamaria Hawke and Shinn Asuka, and later as the antagonist pair in Captain Earth. But their chemistry is the best in The garden of sinners.
Both actors have very prolific dubbing careers outside of their collaborations. Sakamoto is best known for playing Ciel in Black butler, and currently Echidna in Re: zero. Western audiences will probably know Suzumura best as Atsushi Murasakibara in Kuroko’s Basketball and Okita Sougo in Gintama, but now he’s busy being the head of his own voice acting agency, INTENTION.
Mikako Komatsu and Tomoaki Maeno (Aoharu x Machine Gun)
Machine Gun Aoharu x is a rather dark series, which only lasts one season in 2015. The story is about a team of strange characters competing in a survival game tournament. The protagonist Hotaru Tachibana is an androgynous high school age girl who is drawn into the world of survival games by her next door neighbor, Masamune Matsuoka, who works as a host. Due to her appearance, Hotaru’s teammates never discovered her true gender identity in the anime. But it’s clear that Masamune had feelings for Hotaru even when he thought she was a man.
The wrong gender plot and the host element makes Machine Gun Aoharu x quite reminiscent of Ouran High School Host Club, which also featured our first couple of voice actors. And like Maaya Sakamoto, Hotaru’s voice actress, Mikako Komatsu often plays young boys or tough characters in anime due to his deep high vocal range, for example Iori Sei in Gundam Build Fighters and Maki Zenin in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Komatsu married Tomoaki Maeno, who played Masamune Matsuoka, last May. Maeno also has a deep voice that makes him one of the best options for playing very tough characters. In particular, it is the voice of the main white blood cell in Cells at work! and Konro Sagamiya in Fire force. Does your marriage solidify you as the toughest couple in the industry?
Ayana Taketatsu and Yuki Kaji (High School DxD)
In an anime series like DxD High School , which is famous for its focus on large breasts and the destruction of women’s clothing, you wouldn’t expect the main character to be tasked with finding true love. Especially not with his four female love interest. But real life isn’t as heavy as an anime adapted into a light novel, and for Yuki Kaji, the voice actor for Issei Hyodo, the perverted high school student turned devil, and Ayana Taketatsu, who voices the silent but powerful demon cat happiness between them after their collaboration is exactly what they found.
Ayana Taketatsu is no stranger to harem anime. Her high-pitched voice sounds naturally appropriate for cute anime characters. In fact, his most iconic roles are almost exclusively in racy harem anime with love interests, and in particular sibling characters, including Kirino Kosaka in Pray and Nino Nakano in The quintessential quintuplets. Her husband Yuki Kaji is much more familiar with playing shonen heroes. In fact, he has played lead roles in some of the most popular anime of all time. Most audiences would recognize him as Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan and Meliodas in The seven capital sins.
Even though Taketatsu and Kaji’s first major collaboration in DxD High School They started in 2012, they only got married in 2019. The reason for this is because Taketatsu promised his voice acting agency that he would not be in a relationship until he was 30, and true to his word, he announced his marriage on the day his 30th birthday, June 23, 2019, a very bold move for two people used to playing daring characters.
Sayaka Senbongi and Tasuku Hatanaka (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is another anime that did not realize the relationship of its protagonists until the end. That does not mean, however, that in this steampunk zombie apocalypse series, the romantic aspect does not have an important place in the plot; it is the driving force behind many of the decisions made by its two leaders Mumei and Ikoma. In fact, the emotional bond that is developing between Mumei and Ikoma can often be more compelling to watch than the action plot. But it’s not until the last movie in the series, The battle of Unato, that a brief kiss between Mumei and Ikoma seems to solidify their relationship as canon.
Although it’s rare to definitively say when two people fall in love, for Mumei and Ikoma’s voice actors Sayaka Senbongi and Tasuku Hatanaka, it’s pretty clear that they had incredible chemistry from the start. Senbongi and Hatanaka made a web radio show to promote Kabaneri in 2016. On this show, Senbongi and Hatanaka joke with each other in a way that feels natural and familiar. And even though Senbongi pretends he doesn’t like Hatanaka, they can make themselves laugh like no other. Fans weren’t surprised to hear about her marriage in late 2019.
Despite the fact that both actors are relatively new to the dubbing profession, Senbongi and Hatanaka had already acted in many notable series. Senbongi played Trish in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind and Haru the dwarf rabbit in Beastars. Hatanaka is probably better known as Denki Kaminari in My hero academia and Reki from SK8 the Infinite.
Manami Numakura and Ryota Ohsaka (Assassination Classroom)
Assassination classroom is the only anime on this list that does not feature its real-life voice actor partner as a possible partner within the series. Though Assassination classroom is generally light on romance, none of the students were paired up at the end of the anime, mainly because it has a great cast. Many supporting characters don’t interact with each other very often; instead, the anime focuses more on her relationship with Koro-sensei and her own inner growth.
This is true for Isogai Yuma and Nakamura Rio. Although they are individually very important characters, they are the de facto leaders for the girls and boys of Class 3E, rarely interacting with each other within the series. Fortunately, his voice actors Manami Numakura and Ryota Ohsaka interacted enough off-screen to get married in October 2019.
Numakura and Ohsaka share a love for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, and both eventually got involved in the Gundam series through Gundam Construction Divers. Numakura’s mature voice is suitable for sexy but very strong characters, such as Narberal Gamma in Mr and Kohaku in Dr stone. Her husband Ohsaka Ryota’s fame is playing the enthusiastic pitcher Eijun Sawamura in Ace of diamond but he’s a versatile actor, capable of playing cooler characters like Keiji Akashi in Haikyuu!and creepy villains like Amy Kirio in Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun.
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