Hitoshi Doi (土井 仁志, Doi Hitoshi, born October 17, 1963[1]) is the owner of an English language anime and voice actor information website, which was established on June 10, 1994.[1]

Hitoshi Doi
Born (1963-10-17) October 17, 1963 (age 59)
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (BS)
University of Hawaii Manoa (MS)
OccupationOrganizer of the Seiyuu Database
Years active1994–current

Personal website and voice actor databaseEdit

Born in Chigasaki, Kanagawa,[1] Doi got his undergraduate degree in Applied Math at University of Chicago in 1985, and his master's degree in Information and Computer Science at University of Hawaii Manoa in 1987. Following college, he worked as a software engineer where he has worked on operating systems. In an interview with Sailor Week, Doi said that the anime that turned him into an otaku fan was Kimagure Orange Road and Sailor Moon. When he was watching, he noticed the voices of many of the characters sounded familiar, and started comparing cast listings from the closing credits. He also learned that the voice actors sing songs, have radio shows and other things. He started collecting the data and created the seiyuu database. On June 10, 1994, he made his website public. Doi said that back then net access meant working in a science or math job, or majoring in that at school.[2]

Doi's personal website contains over 94,000 individual pages, and he is considered to be one of the best known fans of anime and voice acting in the English-speaking world.[1][3] In addition to personal information, his views on various anime and manga series, and information on his hobbies, Doi's site contains a massive "Voice Actor Database". In 2001, the database contained over 50,000 entries,[4] and it is considered by anime fans to be a definitive source of Japanese voice acting information.[3] In 1998, Mary Grigsby called two of his sites "two of the more informative World Wide Web URL addresses", and used his site as a reference.[5]

Hitoshi Doi was interviewed on CBC's Undercurrents, about the otaku culture.[6]

Doi was a guest of honor at the 1999 Anime North convention in Toronto.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Hitoshi Doi". Hitoshi Doi official website. Retrieved 2006-08-11.
  2. ^ "#SailorWeek interview with Hitoshi Doi - iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra". iconiquestra.org. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Guests' Web Picks". Anime Web Turnpike. 1999-08-30. Retrieved 2006-08-11.
  4. ^ "Seiyuu Database surpasses 50,000 entries". Anime News Network. 2001-11-02. Retrieved 2006-08-11.
  5. ^ Grigsby, Mary (1998). "Sailormoon: Manga (Comics) and Anime (Cartoon) Superheroine Meets Barbie: Global Entertainment Commodity Comes to the United States" The Journal of Popular Culture 32 (1) 59-80 doi:10.1111/j.0022-3840.1998.3201_59.x
  6. ^ "#Sailorweek Interview with Hitoshi Doi". iconiQ: The Soundtrack Orchestra. July 6, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Wilner, Norman. "Anime fest invades Toronto." Toronto Star. June 18, 1999. Entertainment Start Page 1. Retrieved on April 1, 2012.

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