Describe Kaori Shimizu here.
Wait, who? Why have I never heard about her? Oh well, since There Is No Such Thing as Notability, let's just get on with it.
Shimizu Kaori is a versatile voice actress that for some reason tends to avoid the spotlight. She rarely appears in hit shows, and if she does, she doesn't do their main protagonist (except for her debut). However, most of the characters she has voiced are recognized as great characters and mostly well liked. Basically, this translates to cult status as a voice-over actress. She currently seems to be pigeonholed into calm, cool, stoic characters, mostly with tender sides that pop up time to time, but can also be found voicing roles at the opposite end of that spectrum. She has also done Nightmare Fuel and debuted as Lain. The one role that may have shot her to possible fame is probably Signum.
Notable roles by Kaori Shimizu:
- Akira Takano in School Rumble
- Aschen Brodel in Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier
- Boogiepop in Boogiepop Phantom
- Chihaya Kisaragi in Idolmaster: Xenoglossia
- Hazuki Sakurazaka in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
- Hiyori Tamura in Lucky Star (oh so Playing Against Type)
- Kaya Narumi in Aoi Shiro
- Lain Iwakura in Serial Experiments Lain (Debut role)
- Lamia Loveless in Super Robot Wars (Advance, O Gs)
- Little Sister in Bioshock (if you ever get a Japanese copy of it...)
- Lou Roux in Shinkon Gattai Godannar
- Noriko Nijou in Mariasama ga Miteru
- Richia Spodune, Tales of Hearts (A different spectrum of Playing Against Type)
- Signum in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Zenia Valov in Arcana Heart 2
Despite being not quite so well known, she has quite a relationship with Mamiko Noto, as she has the dubious honor of being 'The only one to closely mimic Mamiko's voice'. She also seems to be good friend with fellow voice-over actor Kana Ueda, who had their roles kind of reversed inbetween Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. She also recently has been cast together with Marina Inoue.
P.S: Apparently there is another person with the same name as her, and amongst her portfolio, she is a model and has voiced Athena Asamiya during her old Psycho Soldiers game. Just to clarify, this is not Kaori Shimizu the voice actress described above, so don't think that Psycho Soldiers / King of Fighters are amongst her portfolio.