Voice acting in Japan
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Voice acting in Japan is acting as a
Some voice actors—especially certain voice actresses—often have devoted international fan-clubs. Some fans may watch a show merely to hear a particular voice actor. Some Japanese voice actors have capitalized on their fame to become
There are around 130 voice acting schools in Japan. Broadcast companies and talent agencies often have its own troupes of vocal actors. Magazines focusing specifically on voice acting are published in Japan, with
The term character voice (abbreviated CV), has been commonly used since the 1980s by such Japanese anime magazines as Animec
Initially, dubbing and doing voice-overs was a performance of actors who used only their voice, who were called "voice actors" (声の俳優 koe no haiyū). For convenience, the term was shortened to a new compound consisting of the first and last
It was only after the voice acting booms, however, that the word became widespread. Elderly voice actors resent being called seiyū because during their time, the term had a different (and minimizing) connotation.
There are three main factors that set voice actors and actors apart.