A lot of you probably know about Kevin Bacon and how he's supposedly the most connected among Hollywood artists.

Who is the most-connected anime voice actor (seiyuu)?

I've seen in some places that either of Yuji Ueda or Megumi Hayashibara could be the Kevin Bacon of seiyuu, but has anybody ever done the graph of the interconnections between voice actors to support this claim?

(I'm only counting voices in the original Japanese, and not dubs.)

  • Great question! AnimeNewsNetwork tends to be the most comprehensive about enumerating all voice actors credited for any given show, so that's probably the place to start if somebody wants to scrape this data.
    – senshin
    Sep 25, 2016 at 10:17
  • Took a bit of a look myself and found this site: oracleofbacon.org/movielinks.php It goes through IMDB to find connections for you, but you need to enter the names of who you're trying to connect. So I guess this provides the results if you're willing to put in the searches...
    – Gorp
    Oct 3, 2016 at 13:20
  • What does "most connected in sixth degrees" supposed to mean? Jul 25, 2018 at 10:26
  • @絢瀬絵里 Pin photographs of every seiyuu on a large cork-board. Connect two photographs with string if the two seiyuu worked together on at least one project. The "most connected" seiyuu is the one with the most pieces of string coming from them. "Six degrees" refers to the idea that you can get from any photo to any other by following no more than six lengths of string. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation Jul 26, 2018 at 14:17
  • I put my bet on Sugita Tomokazu then. Gintama alone provides him with lots of connections. Jul 26, 2018 at 15:34

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I don't know the specific answer for "most connected" seiyuu, but many companies did some ranking for seiyuu.

Oricon (Japanese) has a user-vote based ranking. Most known seiyuu is Nobuyo Oyama (e.g. Doraemon) and Masako Nozawa (e.g. Goku from Dragon Ball).

AppBank (Japanese) also has a ranking based on votes from other seiyuu. Top 3 is Koichi Yamadera, Masako Nozawa and Keiji Fujiwara. I think Yamadera is selected because there are lots of seiyuu worked with him.

I want to put my 2 cents to Koichi Yamadera because he has long career and variety of anime.

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    Reading from the article source, I'm afraid this doesn't really answer the question. Both rankings are about popularity ranking, but that doesn't say anything about their connection with other seiyuu...
    – Aki Tanaka
    May 26, 2018 at 7:17

It’s not that Kevin Bacon is the most connected, he’s just the arbitrary starting point that the creators of the concept used to demonstrate their point. Any A list actor that’s been working for more than a few years is only a couple of degrees away from the entire entertainment industry.

The idea of 6 degrees of separation is that everyone is connected to everyone, especially when you are in the same industry/subculture. I myself am 4 degrees away from JRR Tolkien, meaning that everyone reading this is now 5 degrees away at minimum.

  • By that logic I'm at 1 from JRR Tolkien because I read his books. Sep 3, 2018 at 4:16

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