Megumi Hayashibara (林原 めぐみ Hayashibara Megumi?) is a Japanese voice actress, singer and radio personality, better known for her work in Neon Genesis Evangelion as Rei Ayanami and Cowboy Beebop as Faye Valentine. She provided the voice of Mako Mori in the Japanese dub[2][3] of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.


When Megumi submitted her application for nursing school, she went to a book store and found an advert offering free anime voice acting auditions at Arts Vision. Several months after submitting a demo tape, she received a confirmation of passing the first stage of the audition, and eventually decided to continue training as a nurse while doing voice acting.[4][4]

After a year of voice actor training, Hayashibara was chosen to voice small roles on Maison Ikkoku.[4] Initially, she had difficulty with her lines and had to redo many lines after the main recording sessions.[4] Hayashibara later auditioned for Rama 1/2 expecting to be cast as Akane Tendo, but was cast as the female half of Ranma Saotome instead.[4]

In 1993 and 1995, Hayashibara was a guest at Anime America.[5] At the 1995 event, she decided to give a speech in English after believing the translation at the 1993 event did not reflect what she had said.[4] In 1995, Hayashibara provided the voice of Rei Ayanami in Neon Genesis Evangelion, a role referred to as "innovative casting".[6]

In addition to voicing Musashi/Jessie of Team Rocket in Pokémon, Hayashibara has also voiced Ash's Pidgeotto and Pidgeot, May's Skitty, Whitney's Miltank, Clair's Dratini and Dragonair, Latios, Latias, and Anabel's Espeon in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the anime. She also provided the voice for Ai Haibara in the anime series, Detective Conan.

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Megumi Hayashibara - Internet Movie
  2. Tomokazu Sugita, Megumi Hayashibara, Tohru Furuya Cast in Pacific Rim Film's Dub
  3. duvallon: Stacker and Mako
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Hayashibara, Megumi,; Asagi, Sakura. 明日があるさ, ISBN 4-04-444501-X.
  5. Hayashibara Megumi events
  6. Clements, Jonathan; Helen McCarthy (November 1, 2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition (2nd ed.). Stone Bridge Press. pp. 184–185. ISBN 1-933330-10-4.