Megumi Hayashibara

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Megumi Hayashibara

Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese: 林原めぐみ, born March 30, 1967) is a voice actress who provides the voices of many characters in the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime. Her most famous role in the series is that of Musashi.


Megumi Hayashibara was born on March 30, 1967, in Tokyo, Japan. When she was a young girl, she loved to watch anime, and she was shocked to learn that adults provided the voices of the characters she believed were real. When she was a little older, she was one of eighteen girls out of over 600 chosen by a talent agency, Arts Vision, to undergo training to become a voice actress. Despite her two-year training with Arts Vision, Hayashibara's parents were opposed to her prospective career; bowing to their pressure, Hayashibara enrolled in nursing school, and disliked it. She eventually saw a magazine article about a voice acting school that was recruiting students, and she made up her mind to quit nursing and become an actress.

Hayashibara's first anime role was that of a kindergartener heard off-screen in the first episode of Maison Ikkoku, and she later was credited as providing the voice for Yosuke Nanao. She then went on to provide hundreds, if not thousands of other voices.

In addition to her voice acting career, Hayashibara is an accomplished singer, with fourteen solo albums released between 1991 and 2004. She also has hosted two radio talk and music shows, Tokyo Boogie Night (in Tokyo) and Megumi's Heartful Station (in Osaka).

On March 30, 1998, on her thirty-first birthday, Hayashibara was married to a coworker she had been seeing for five years previous. On June 28, 2004, she had her first child, a girl.

Pokémon roles

Jessie is just one of the many voices Hayashibara has provided on Pokémon, but it is her major role in the series. It is possible that Jessie's past failed aspirations to be a nurse were based on Hayashibara's own failed experiences.

From episodes AG085 to AG092, Hayashibara went on maternity leave, and 平松晶子 Akiko Hiramatsu provided the voice of Jessie during this time.








Musical appearances in Pokémon

Famous non-Pokémon roles

Solo albums

  • Half and, Half (1991)
  • WHATEVER (1992)
  • Perfume (1992)
  • SHAMROCK (1993)
  • PULSE (1994)
  • SpHERE (1994)
  • Enfleurage (1995)
  • bertemu (1996)
  • Iravati (1997)
  • ふわり (Fuwari) (1999)
  • VINTAGE S (2000)
  • VINTAGE A (2000)
  • feel well (2002)
  • center color (2004)

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