Megumi Hayashibara

Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese: 林原めぐみ Hayashibara Megumi) is a Japanese voice actress for the Pokémon anime. Her most prominent role in the anime is that of Jessie.

Megumi Hayashibara


Hayashibara was born on March 30, 1967, in Tokyo, Japan. When she was a young girl, Hayashibara loved to watch anime and 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, she 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 kindergartner 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 married a coworker she had been seeing for the past five years. On June 28, 2004, she had her first child, a girl.

She is also the author of the book Jigglypuff's Magic Lullaby.

Pokémon roles


Aside from Jessie, Hayashibara has provided the voices of many Pokémon and characters of the day. It is believed that Jessie's failed aspirations to become a nurse were based on Hayashibara's own experiences.

From episodes AG085 to AG092, Hayashibara went on maternity leave, and 平松晶子 Akiko Hiramatsu provided the voice of Jessie and Natsuki Yoshihara voiced Brock's Mudkip.







Musical appearances

Video games

Super Smash Bros. series

Pokémon Masters EX

Other 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)

External links

Cast: Megumi HayashibaraShin-ichiro MikiInuko InuyamaMasafumi Mima
Albums: Jessie EditionJames EditionMeowth EditionRare Pilot Edition~Selection~
Other: Twitter account

  This article is part of Project VA, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each voice actor of the Pokémon anime.