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|Born|| August 7, 1963 |
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
Hiroaki Hirata(平田 広明Hirata Hiroaki, born August 7, 1963) is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator from Tokyo. He is the founder of Hirata Production.
Voice acting in Japan is acting as a narrator or as an actor in radio plays or as a character actor in anime and video games. It also involves performing voice-overs for non-Japanese movies and television programs. Because Japan's large animation industry produces 60% of the animated series in the world, voice acting in Japan has a far greater prominence than voice acting in most other countries.
Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. The urban area houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was formerly named Edo when Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters in 1603. It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo. Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.
He is most known for the roles of Sanji ( One Piece ), Sha Gojyo ( Saiyuki ), Kotetsu T. Kaburagi ( Tiger & Bunny ), Mutta Nanba ( Space Brothers ) and the Narrator of Digimon Adventure . He is also the official Japanese dub-over artist for Johnny Depp and most recently voice acting as Mr. Kondo from the anime After the Rain .
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997, and has been collected into 93 tankōbon volumes. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King.
Saiyuki is a manga series by Kazuya Minekura which was serialized in G-Fantasy from 1997 to 2002. It spawned multiple manga sequels, anime adaptations, video games and other media. The story is loosely based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West.
Tiger & Bunny is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise under the direction of Keiichi Satou. The screenplay was written by Masafumi Nishida, with original character design by Masakazu Katsura. The series began its broadcast run in Japan on April 3, 2011 on Tokyo MX, followed by rebroadcasts on BS11 and MBS, and ended on September 17, 2011. Viz Media simulcast the series on Hulu and Anime News Network. It is set in a futuristic city where heroes fight crime whilst promoting real life sponsors, focusing on two superheroes, the old-fashioned Kotetsu T. "Wild Tiger" Kaburagi and the rookie hero Barnaby "Bunny" Brooks Jr., as they are forced by their employers to work together.
He won the award for Best Actor in a leading role at the 6th Seiyu Awards for his work on Air Gear , One Piece and Tiger & Bunny .
The 6th Seiyu Awards ceremony was held on March 3, 2012.
Air Gear is a shōnen manga written and illustrated by Ito "Oh Great" Ōgure. Air Gear revolves around the life of Itsuki Minami "Ikki or Crow", also known as "Baby Face", "Lil Crow", and his friends. The story follows their use of Air Gear, an in-universe invention derived from inline skates. Initial sections of the plot carries out the introduction of characters that eventually join Ikki. As the story progresses, it focuses on their roles as Storm Riders and their quest to be on the top of the Trophaeum Tower. The pinnacle that all Storm Riders hope to reach. Air Gear won the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category. The series concluded on May 28, 2012 with Chapter 357, but was continued with a new chapter. At the end of Chapter 358, the author of the manga told readers to look forward to more Air Gear.
Digimon Adventure, known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is a Japanese anime television series created by Akiyoshi Hongo, and produced by Toei Animation in cooperation with WiZ, Bandai and Fuji Television. It is the first anime installment in the Digimon media franchise, based on the virtual pet of the same name. The series aired in Japan from March 7, 1999 to March 26, 2000. It follows a group of children and their partners attempting to save both worlds from evil, after arriving in the "Digital World" for the first time.
Great Teacher Onizuka, officially abbreviated as GTO, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from January 1997 to February 2002. The story focuses on 22-year-old ex-bōsōzoku member Eikichi Onizuka, who becomes a teacher at a private middle school, Holy Forest Academy, in Tokyo, Japan. It is a continuation of Tooru Fujisawa's earlier manga series Shonan Junai Gumi and Bad Company, both of which focus on the life of Onizuka before becoming a teacher.
Digimon Adventure 02, known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is the second series in the Digimon franchise and sequel to Digimon Adventure. It aired in Japan from April 2, 2000 to March 25, 2001.
Digimon Tamers, known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is the third anime television series of the Digimon franchise, produced by Toei Animation. The series takes place in a setting separated from the preceding series, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, where the characters utilize cards from the collectible card games. Tamers aired in Japan from April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002. The English-language version by Saban Entertainment aired in North America from September 1, 2001 to June 8, 2002. A manga adaptation by Yuen Wong Yu ran from April to October 2004.
Hajime no Ippo is a Japanese boxing manga series written and illustrated by George Morikawa. It has been serialized by Kodansha in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since 1989 and collected in over 123 tankōbon to date. It follows the story of high school student Makunouchi Ippo, as he begins his career in boxing and over time obtains many titles and defeats various opponents.
Hiroki Takahashi is a Japanese actor, voice actor and singer whose major roles include Eiji Kikumaru in The Prince of Tennis, Kenji Harima in School Rumble, Hisoka in Hunter × Hunter (1999) and Katsuya Jonouchi in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. In video games, he provides the voice of Ryu in the newer Street Fighter games. He is married to voice actress Aiko Aihashi. Their first son was born on June 24, 2016.
Masahiko Tanaka is a Japanese actor and voice actor. He is known for voicing Gauron from Full Metal Panic!, Ryo Hashiba from Hajime no Ippo, and Kyoichi Sudo from Initial D.
Yōko Sōmi is a Japanese actress and voice actress affiliated with Mausu Promotion. She and fellow voice actor Akio Ōtsuka married on February 11, 2005, but they divorced in 2009.
Hiroshi Ito is a Japanese voice actor employed by the talent management firm 81 Produce. He is best known for his role as Danzo Shimura in Naruto.
Hōchū Ōtsuka is a Japanese voice actor from Okayama Prefecture, affiliated with the talent management firm Crazy Box.
Atsuko Yuya is a Japanese voice actress who works for Gekidan Subaru. Yuya is originally from Nagasaki. She voices officer Miwako Sato in the long-running anime series Case Closed.
Kōsei Tomita is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator from Tokyo who is affiliated with Production Baobab. He voiced Doraemon in the original 1973 Doraemon series. He voiced Shunsaku Ban, also known as Mustachio (Higeoyaji), a character appearing in many of Osamu Tezuka's productions. He received an Achievement Award at the 3rd Seiyu Awards.
Kazue Komiya is a Japanese voice actress who is affiliated with Theater Echo.
Hiroshi Yanaka is a Japanese voice actor.
Kōsei Hirota is a Japanese voice actor.
Hiroshi Tsuchida is a Japanese voice actor and live-action actor affiliated with 81 Produce. He frequently dubs character voices from English-speaking films into Japanese for the local market.
Katsumi Chō is a Japanese voice actor from Gunma Prefecture affiliated with the Seinenza Theater Company.
Haruhiko Jō is a Japanese actor, theatre director and voice actor currently affiliated with Engekikurabu Za.
Shinji Ogawa, born Haruhiko Ogawa, was a Japanese voice actor and actor from Setagaya, Tokyo. He was affiliated with the Herringbone agency.
Akihiko Shimizu is a Japanese voice actor and actor from Chiba Prefecture. He is affiliated with Bungakuza.
Hiroyuki Kinoshita is a Japanese actor and voice actor.
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Yasuo Muramatsu is a Japanese voice actor. He is a founder of Office Kaoru.
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