Seiyuu a Day

It’s weird hearing Hidenobu Kiuchi do a REALLY gruff and tough voice.  Most characters I know him as are a lot more soft-spoken like Dr. Tenma from Monster, Hei from Darker than Black, and Ren from Nana.  I appreciate that he’s getting the chance to play a much different character from the typical voice he does.

Ichiro Nagai (the voice of Monster’s Dr. Reichwein) has passed away

I knew him primarily as Dr. Reichwein from Monster, but man, he had such a wonderful, jolly voice.  There was this great warmth to his voice that can’t be replaced.

I’m glad he’s Netero in the new Hunter x Hunter reboot (which I’m watching) so I can admire one last role of his.


Jurota Kosugi
For my money, Kosugi is one of the more underrated seiyuu out there. He has a great natural voice for large, intimidating figures, but it’s not so deep that he can’t play more casual, laid back characters like Henken Bekkener from Zeta Gundam (a show he’s also the narrator for). Hilariously, he also voices K. Rool in the Japanese dub of the cartoon, which is a role that suits him well despite the ridiculous nature of the show.
His Arlong and DarkKnightmon are where he really shows off his villain skills. He really gets a lot of mileage out of that SHAHAHAHA Arlong laugh, and brings out the scumbag nature. He’s also got a lot of Digimon roles under his belt, but DarkKnightmon from Xros Wars is his biggest one, and my personal favorite. Though evil to the core, Kosugi’s performance genuinely makes DarkKnightmon seem honorable and affable at times, highlighting the regal, composed mastermind the character is.
He can even be on the goofier side with Mr. Legend from Tiger And Bunny, which is a range that’s useful for pretty much any actor to have, regardless of the type of acting.

Jurota Kosugi

For my money, Kosugi is one of the more underrated seiyuu out there. He has a great natural voice for large, intimidating figures, but it’s not so deep that he can’t play more casual, laid back characters like Henken Bekkener from Zeta Gundam (a show he’s also the narrator for). Hilariously, he also voices K. Rool in the Japanese dub of the cartoon, which is a role that suits him well despite the ridiculous nature of the show.

His Arlong and DarkKnightmon are where he really shows off his villain skills. He really gets a lot of mileage out of that SHAHAHAHA Arlong laugh, and brings out the scumbag nature. He’s also got a lot of Digimon roles under his belt, but DarkKnightmon from Xros Wars is his biggest one, and my personal favorite. Though evil to the core, Kosugi’s performance genuinely makes DarkKnightmon seem honorable and affable at times, highlighting the regal, composed mastermind the character is.

He can even be on the goofier side with Mr. Legend from Tiger And Bunny, which is a range that’s useful for pretty much any actor to have, regardless of the type of acting.

Thanks a lot of submitting my Ryusei Nakao write up! I have maybe 4-5 more that I am bouncing around write up ideas for. I don't want to overtake your blog so if that's not kosher with you I'm totally cool with that.

Yeah, go ahead, this Tumblr could use the activity anyway.

Ryusei Nakao
Possibly the most prolific villain seiyuu after Norio Wakamoto, Ryusei Nakao has a fascinating quality to his voice in that although he often performs with a wry, high pitched voice, a lot of his intonations and other verbal cues give the impression of a deeper speaking sound simultaneously. Sometimes he can transition from high to low at the drop of a hat in a single scene. And as any great villain voice actor, he is a master at laughing.
My favorite role of his has to be his landmark one: Freeza in Dragon Ball Z. It was here that he became famous for his ability to bring Freeza’s composed, business-like facade that masks insanity and sadism to life, and it seems like he’s since voiced quite a few insane, white and purple shonen villains, if Mayuri and Caesar are any indication. He also returned to play Freeza in Dragon Ball Kai, where 20 years later, you can really tell he’s gotten a lot more comfortable with the role, expanding even more with his vocal and acting range.
I was also quite surprised to see him pop up in the Persona 4 anime as Ameno-Sagiri, where he literally plays a giant eye, and Tambourine in Dragon Ball, which was before his big break as Freeza. Both are fairly minor villains, but it’s hard to not be enamored by his voice when his characters take center stage.
Although I’m most familiar with his villain roles, I’d be remiss to not mention that he dubbed Yakko Warner in Animaniacs, where he showed off his singing abilities.
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He’s great at villain roles.  What I also appreciate about him is his ability to play comedic roles really well.  His performance as Caesar captures that well, but I thought his performance as Dr. Indigo in the Strong World movie was also really good.  Just this doofy clown with fart shoes.
From what I’ve heard of him in Anpanman, he also excels at bringing children show villains to life.

Ryusei Nakao

Possibly the most prolific villain seiyuu after Norio Wakamoto, Ryusei Nakao has a fascinating quality to his voice in that although he often performs with a wry, high pitched voice, a lot of his intonations and other verbal cues give the impression of a deeper speaking sound simultaneously. Sometimes he can transition from high to low at the drop of a hat in a single scene. And as any great villain voice actor, he is a master at laughing.

My favorite role of his has to be his landmark one: Freeza in Dragon Ball Z. It was here that he became famous for his ability to bring Freeza’s composed, business-like facade that masks insanity and sadism to life, and it seems like he’s since voiced quite a few insane, white and purple shonen villains, if Mayuri and Caesar are any indication. He also returned to play Freeza in Dragon Ball Kai, where 20 years later, you can really tell he’s gotten a lot more comfortable with the role, expanding even more with his vocal and acting range.

I was also quite surprised to see him pop up in the Persona 4 anime as Ameno-Sagiri, where he literally plays a giant eye, and Tambourine in Dragon Ball, which was before his big break as Freeza. Both are fairly minor villains, but it’s hard to not be enamored by his voice when his characters take center stage.

Although I’m most familiar with his villain roles, I’d be remiss to not mention that he dubbed Yakko Warner in Animaniacs, where he showed off his singing abilities.

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He’s great at villain roles.  What I also appreciate about him is his ability to play comedic roles really well.  His performance as Caesar captures that well, but I thought his performance as Dr. Indigo in the Strong World movie was also really good.  Just this doofy clown with fart shoes.

From what I’ve heard of him in Anpanman, he also excels at bringing children show villains to life.

You might have mentioned this before, but would there be any way for someone to submit a write up for a seiyuu you haven't done yet (and may not be familiar with on your own)?

Sure, why not.

I didn’t recognize Tooru Nara, who I know as Nishida from Chihayafuru (one of my obsessions), as Gido from Hunter x Hunter.  The raspy filter made it hard to tell, but it’s also cool to hear him play such a sinister, nasty little character.

I haven’t heard Kimiko Saito for a while (she played Boa Marigold in One Piece without me realizing it) but I was surprised at how youthful she can sound as Milluki in the new Hunter x Hunter.  Almost reminds me of Minami Takayama’s Envy.

Compare that to the SUPER raspy voice she did for Rem from Death Note, and I can’t even recognize her.

A seiyuu from the original Hunter x Hunter anime popped up in the reboot, which I always find interesting when that kind of thing happens.  Takashi Matsuyama played Nobunaga in the original, a major supporting villain.  He shows up in the reboot as Johness, who’s not so major.  It must be weird returning to a series where you used to play a big role.

I didn’t recognize Toshio Furukawa as the voice of Satotz in the Hunter x Hunter reboot.  He’s got a knack for playing older sounding characters that sound substantially different from his younger Ace voice.

you’ll probably be hearing a lot more from me about hunter x hunter, because it’s so weird watching a version of the show where all the seiyuu are relatively well-known.