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Junko Takeuchi

Updated on October 21, 2014

A Talented Voice Actress

Junko Takeuchi is a professional Japanese voice artist (seiyuu). Like many other female voice actresses in Japan, she often voices young male characters. A good example would be the very popular Japanese anime "Naruto", where she voices the main character, a hyperactive ninja named Naruto Uzumaki; or a classic shounen anime "Hunter x Hunter", where Takeuchi-san does the voice of the 12-year-old main character Gon. You can find out more about her roles in anime and a short biography below.

Junko Takeuchi greeting her fans at Japan Expo 2013 in Paris.
Junko Takeuchi greeting her fans at Japan Expo 2013 in Paris. | Source

Short Bio of Junko Takeuchi

Junko Takeuchi was born on April 5th, 1972 in Saitama, Japan. Her hobbies are reading and watching professional wrestling, and her blood type is B. Like mentioned before, she has voiced a lot of young male characters in various animes; you might think she has a rough voice, but that's not true at all! You can listen to a song 'Kuroi Hitomi' by Junko Takeuchi below. I wonder how she can pull it off, singing a beautiful song like that and voicing a goofy teenager like Naruto!

Naruto: Probably the Most Well-Known Role of Junko Takeuchi

Naruto is a 12 year old, hyperactive, prankster ninja living in the hidden village of Konoha. He has a dark secret: the terrible Nine-Tails Fox, a beast which nearly destroyed the village 12 years ago, is sealed in his belly. As a result, Naruto is hated and shunned by other villagers, but he never gives up and constantly struggles to be accepted. Naruto's greatest dream is to become Hokage: the strongest ninja in the village, who's job is to lead and protect it's people.

The anime has went on for hundreds of episides, and is now in its second, post-timeskip part titled Naruto Shippuden. Junko Takeuchi is still voicing the goofy, yet reliable protagonist, and I'd say she's done a great job at making Naruto sound a little more mature.

Interestingly, the voice of Naruto in the English dub is also performed by a female voice actress, Maile Flanagan.

Naruto Uncut Box Set: Season 1, Vol. 1
Naruto Uncut Box Set: Season 1, Vol. 1

Join the prankster ninja Naruto and his friends from Team 7 in their very first big mission!

 

The First Episode of Naruto

Junko Takeuchi: Kuroi Hitomi (Onegai My Melody)

Other Anime Roles

Voicing Naruto in more than 600 anime episodes is certainly no small feat. However, it would be unfair to Junko Takeuchi to only mention this particular anime. Indeed, she has starred in many great series like Inazuma Eleven, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Digimon, and others. MAL has a nice list of all her anime roles.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      haha

      i thought naruto was Dubbed by a Male

      i guess i'm wrong :D :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i did not expect this, i really thought that the voice fo naruto was coming from a teenage boy hahhhahaha, just like bart simpson, the voice actor was also a woman, such a great talent, more power to you mam and i like the way you act as naruto, my son really luvs naruto.....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      lol, naruto kissed sasuke! naruto is so funny, i couldn't stop laughing for literally 2 hours after watching a few hours of Naruto!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      WOW!!! your talented! i never expected that you would be able to throw your voice to make it sound male! but a lot of my friends wondered why naruto had a scratchy voice... anyway, your amazing! i havnt been a fan of naruto for long, but for 6 years, i have LOVED japanese anime! and since, my dream was and is to become a japanese anime writer! a lot of my friends say i have a lot of talent when it comes to drawing, writing, singing, and throwing my voice in different directions. and you inspire me to do so. i mean, your voice matches Naruto's personality so perfectly, and its just so... surprising! to be honest, my fave character is Gaara... KAWAII!!! but seriously, your my biggest inspiration. you make me realize that's its not impossoble to do the impossoble! you rock hard! thanks for all of your hard work. i appreciate it a lot!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi everyone..just like you i'm also one of the million die hard fan of naruto manga..i didn't know junko is also GON in hunter x,,my favourite character too..well..a 90 degree bow to Junko..she's a super talented girl..or should i say lady..nice to here..thanks

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      konnichiwa ogenki desu ka i think her voice is not that bad she actually awesome she has a nice voice hope i could see them too i want to go to japan to with my friend miyu-chan she sometimes call me ichogo-chan were jus like sister i want to see you junko onee-chan hope naruto voice & your voice are really awesome i can really believe that you do his voice...... i would like to say hi to all my friends ^ _ ^ specially jonku-san keep going & don't give up sayonara jonku-san

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      konnichiwa I really like her voice she's aewsome beside i like naruto well i have a a poster of him not only him i have itachi,saske,sakura & others she's really great : ) *_*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      If you like her you have to watch other female seiyuu. My personal favorite is Romi Paku, who voices so many different characters from Tōshirō Hitsugaya (bleach) Edward Elric (FMA) to so many other wonder characters. BTW she also plays Temari (Naruto)... Another cool seiyuu is Junko Minagawa, if you want to watch something funny, watch He is my master! Anyway she plays Ryoma Echizen (The Prince of Tennis), she is also in Vampire Knight and Code Geass. These three woman are AWESOME!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Takeuchi Junko-san is my second fave voice actor xD She's got such a flexible and well-rounded voice. I hope to meet her in the future! <333

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Junko Takeuchi is very awesome! At first I can't believe that naruto's seiyuu is a girl! But her voice is very fitted to naruto's personality. I hope that I wal hear her voice again in other anime. JUNKO-CHAN, you rocks!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Junko Takeuchi is very awesome! At first I can't believe that naruto's seiyuu is a girl! But her voice is very fitted to naruto's personality. I hope that I wal hear her voice again in other anime. JUNKO-CHAN, you rocks!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Takeuchi junko-chan has a very beautiful and angelic voice. she is so awesooooome......i hope someday i will meet HER personally.AMAZING....^_^

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi i live in Turkey im watching Naruto from internet i love Naruto's voice and i search who is he :) when i find the narutos voice artist is you im surprised you are awesome great. i couldn't find to say anything i love you ... i like the most narutos laughs NİHİHİHİİİİ :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      ..well after reading this, I have to say you're really amaizing.. ! I love Naruto anime and I love his/your voice.. it's totally awesome! gambatte ne Junko Takeuchi~san! ^_^

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i really llike Naruto.And you do his voice so awesome.i think naruto is really good with your voice it just wouldn't cut it if it was someone else.ans i want to tell you something if you read thing i way your voice sounds when naruto wants sasuke back is awesome and i got a question if you even read these Well my question is

      Are you going to do the voice of naruto when they get done with the regurlar naruto episodes and do the shippuunden naruto episodes too?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      girl your awesome i like you...you give life to the character of naruto.....by the way,im the best narutard the world has produced and i like your naruto ondo......keep up the good work....gambatte kudasai!!!....sayonara!!!