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Anime, as a medium, has not only been around for a few decades, but it was quite self-contained for much of that period. It therefore has a select number of people who were extremely influential in its development. It is useful to know these people, as their personal style has formed the foundations of many Japanese Visual Arts Tropes found in this wiki.

Not to be confused with Essential Anime: that's about programs.

The "who's who" in anime includes the following directors and producers:

Those who are most famous for anime on TV and in OAV:

TV and OAV


Primarily known for working in anime films:

Films


Some production studios are particularly well known, especially if they have their own little quirks:

Studios


The following manga writers, while not always directly involved in anime, have provided the basis for a large number of essential anime:

Manga-ka


Following music performers and composers have made their name in anime history:

Musicians and Composers


Finally, the following seiyuu (voice actors) are either extremely significant presences in anime, or have had a major influence in the history and development of the medium:

Seiyuu


Several seiyuu that are beginning to rise in popularity in recent years (though this is subjective):

Recent seiyuu

Unfortunately, seiyuus are also humans, some gained fame, and then died. Here's some famous seiyuus that have passed away, but has contributed a lot in the anime business:

RIP


Here's a list of noteworthy English dub voice actors. Voice actors are usually not exclusive to one studio or region - this list is separated by where they are based.

Dub Voice Actors

Los Angeles area: (Bang Zoom! Entertainment, New Generation Pictures, Animaze, Studiopolis)

Canada (The Ocean Group, Nelvana)

Texas: (FUNimation, Seraphim Digital Studios (formerly ADV Studios), the now-closed Monster Island Studio)

New York City: (4Kids, NYAV Post, Headline Studios)


Much like their Japanese counterparts, English voice actors are only human. Some have died. Here be a list of the dearly departed.

RIP


Others, while still very much alive, have either retired or changed careers, such as:

Retired


And others occasionally get involved in Anime voice acting even though they aren't really regulars in the industry, such as:

Other


Here's a list of noteworthy Latin-American dub voice actors. Voice actors are usually not exclusive to one studio or region, and several countries have their own studios - this list is separated by country.

Mexico

Mexico (Mexico DF)


Much like their Japanese and English counterparts, voice actors are only human. Some have died. Here be a list of the dearly departed.

RIP

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