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Hiroko Konishi (小西 寛子, Konishi Hiroko, born October 26, 1975) is a Japanese voice actress and musician. She is known for her roles as Jiyuu Nanohana in Jubei-chan, Sae Sawanoguchi in Magic User's Club!, Nene Romanova in Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, and the title character Ojarumaru. In video games she voiced Shiori Misaka in the original Kanon visual novel, Lilith Aensland in Darkstalkers, and Bridget in Guilty Gear X2.

Life and career[]

Konishi formed a budding interest in stage acting as a junior high student, and as a high schooler, received voice training at the Nihon Narration Engi Kenkyūjo.

She released NOVELETTE (EMI Music Japan, 1999), her first album under her own identity. She teamed up with Ryo Arshe (Ryo Asakawa), her musical collaborator since 1998 and the artist NAOMI, forming the musical unit Little Cure.

As a TV personality, she has appeared on both NHK and public sector network shows. She had been a regular on the TV Tokyo-syndicated variety show Ichioshi Kiss, where she was portrayed as the youngest of three sisters, with co-stars Risa Stegmayer and Hinako Saeki. She was also narrator for the short-lived "pick of the week" show Ichioshi. She also acted in live action TV Commercials for "Dial 104" (cellphone directory assistance), as keitai detective PI Hiroko.

In 2018, Konishi claimed that she was replaced as Ojarumaru in Prince Mackaroo from disputes over her voice recording on Ojarumaru dolls and other merchandise. Motivated by the Me Too movement, Konishi shared that she left voice acting after being sexually harassed and witnessing her other female peers abused by their agencies. She also alleged that she was propositioned by her manager Hara to enter a mixed bath in the nude with Akitaro Daichi and claimed that she was unable to get voice acting work after she refused.

Dub Actors[]

Actor No. of Roles Country
Wendee Lee 3 United States
Stephanie Sheh 2 United States
Purva Bedi 1 United States
Jessica Calvello 1 United States
Rozie Curtis 1 United States
Sandy Fox 1 United States
Michelle Gazepis 1 Japan
Kristen Graf 1 United States
Hilary Haag 1 United States
Megan Hollingshead 1 United States
Patricia Ja Lee 1 United States
Rachael Lillis 1 United States
Ashley McDaid 1 United States
Lani Minella 1 United States
Teng Perez 1 Philippines
Melanie Risdon 1 Canada

Filmography[]

Year Character Title Dub Voice Dub Country
1996 Roll Mega Man 8 Michelle Gazepis Tokyo, Japan
1996 Sakura Ninja Cadets! Sandy Fox United States
1996 Secretary Shinesman Kristen Graf United States
1996-1997 Sena Wakabayashi / Nakajima You're Under Arrest Ashley McDaid United States
1997-1999 Rion Aida Agent Aika Purva Bedi United States
1997 Kanako Shimada I Dream of Mimi Megan Hollingshead United States
1997-1998 Rumie (ep. 8) Legend of the Mystical Ninja Rozie Curtis United States
1998-1999 Nene Romanova Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Hilary Haag United States
1999-2000 Takeru Takaishi Digimon Adventure Wendee Lee United States
Teng Perez The Phillipines
1999 Silky I'm Gonna Be An Angel! Stephanie Sheh United States
1999 Jiyu Nanohara Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl Melanie Risdon Canada
1999-2000 Hehe Magical DoReMi Jessica Calvello United States
1999-2000 Boo Now & Then, Here & There Rachael Lillis United States
2000 Misao Sakimori Gate Keepers Patricia Ja Lee United States
2000 Takeru Takaishi Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! Wendee Lee United States
2000 Lisa Silverman Persona 2: Eternal Punishment Lani Minella United States
2001 Takeru Takaishi (young) Digimon Tamers: Battle Evolution Wendee Lee United States
2011 Lisa Silverman Persona 2: Innocent Sin Stephanie Sheh United States
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