"Seiyū" is the Japanese term for "voice actor", and are also called "character voice" (CV). In conventional usage, "seiyū" refers to the original Japanese voice actor for an anime role, while the provider of the English dub for the role is referred to as the "Voice actor".
Generally, seiyū receive much more recognition for their roles in Japan, sometimes achieving national fame, than their English voice acting counterparts. Like most voice actors, they take different types of voice work, anywhere from anime, to announcing arrivals and departures at train stations, television commercial (CM) voice-overs, narration, automobile satnav devices, and dubbing Western films and television shows.
Some seiyu have diversified into other endeavors, such as singing, stage-acting, and live-action film acting. In addition they are also into talk radio as radio personalities.
With the exception of a few freelancers, most seiyuu are organized under management agencies.
Despite this, they are by all accounts shockingly underpaid, often having to take a second job in order to make ends meet.
NGE Major Character Seiyū
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