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Kōichi Yamadera (山寺 宏一 Yamadera Kōichi?) is a Japanese seiyū, actor, tarento, narrator, master of ceremonies and impressionist from Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture.[1][2][3] He graduated from Tohoku Gakuin University's economics school, and is currently affiliated with Across Entertainment. Before that, he was affiliated with the Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society.[1]

His nickname is Yama-chan (山ちゃん Yama-chan?).[1] As a radio personality, he is known as Bazooka Yamadera (バズーカ山寺 Bazūka Yamadera?)[1] among other things. He is best known for his roles in Cowboy Bebop (as Spike Spiegel), Kaiketsu Zorori (as Zorori), Ghost in the Shell (as Togusa), Neon Genesis Evangelion (as Ryōji Kaji), Soreike! Anpanman (as Cheese), the Yatterman remake (as the Yatter-Mechas) and Ranma ½ (as Ryōga Hibiki/P-chan and the Jusenkyō Guide).[4] He is known for voicing Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy in the Japanese language releases of their respective films.[5]

History

He was the manager of the Tagajō Senior High School basketball team before he made a name for himself. His voice-acting debut was the OVA Megazone 23 as the motorcycle-riding Shinji Nakagawa,[5] while his television debut was the anime Bosco Adventure as the cowardly Otter. Yamadera's break-out role as a seiyū was the anime Ranma ½, in which he played the dual role of Hibiki Ryōga and the Jusenkyō Guide. In 1991, Yamadera joined forces with Toshihiko Seki and Noriko Hidaka to form the acting unit Banana Fritters (バナナフリッターズ Banana Furittāsu?), which disbanded in 1995. On the October of 1997, Yamadera became a host on the TV Tokyo children's variety show Oha Suta.[5] Yamadera married fellow seiyū Mika Kanai in 1994 and they stayed married for twelve years until divorcing on the spring of 2006[2] (though the divorce wasn't made public until late 2007).[6][7] Kanai is said to have kept their 4-story house, while Yamadera lives in an apartment in Tokyo.[4]

Career

Roles

Major roles in bold

Television animation

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1995

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

  • Meitantei Conan (Masateru Hira (episode 449))
  • Oh! Edo Rocket (Ginjirō the Locksmith)

2008

2009

Sources:[2][9][10]

OVA

Sources:[2][10]

Theater animation

1986

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Sources:[2][3][5][9][10][11][12]

Web animation

Video games

Sources:[2][10]

Dubbing roles

Television dramas

Animation

Other

Sources:[2][10]

Television drama

Sources:[3]

Live-action films

Sources:[1][2][11][12]

Tokusatsu

Sources:

Variety shows

Sources:[1][2][3][13]

Radio

CDs

Drama CDs

Singles

  • GLORY DAYS (1992)
  • Tsukareta (1996)
  • Jabba Jabba Morning/OHA OHA Starter (with Raymond, 1998)
  • Tensai Bakabon no Kuku ha Korediinoda!! (1999)
  • Utau (2000)
  • Hustle (Kaiketsu Zorori, 2004)
  • Ajyapā (with Rikako Aikawa and Motoko Kumai, 2005)

Other

  • December 17, 1993 Aladdin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Japanese Version)
    "Friend Like Me"
    "Ali Ōji no Tōri"
  • March 18, 2000 Ashita Ninattara... (Donkey Kong Country opening and ending)
    "Ashita Ninattara..." (Donkey (Kōichi Yamadera) and Diddy (Megumi Hayashibara))
    "Banana Tengoku" (Donkey (Kōichi Yamadera) and Diddy (Megumi Hayashibara))
  • March 10, 2004 Tōkyō Disneyland: Feel the Magic
    "Friend Like Me"
    "Hitoribocchi no Bansankai"
  • March 24, 2004 Hustle (Kaiketsu Zorori opening)
    Hustle
  • January 25, 2006 Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack
    "Swim This Way" (Disc 2, Track 3)
    "Under the Sea" (Disc 2, Track 5)
    "A New Day is Dawning" (Disc 2, Track 7)

Sources:[2][10]

Commercials

Sources:[1][10]

Other

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "山寺 宏一". Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 "Kouichi YAMADERA". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "山寺宏一 PROFILE". Oricon. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alicia Keys Plays Free Show in Tokyo, Japan Entertainment News - November 30, 2007
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "山寺宏一". Yahoo!映画. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  6. "かないみか、山寺宏一との離婚ノーコメント". ZakZak. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  7. "山寺宏一ドッキリ…離婚?「大丈夫」". Daily Sports Online. 2007-12-15. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  8. "3rd Annual Seiyū Award Winners Officially Announced (Updated) - Anime News Network". Anime News Network. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "山寺宏一のプロフィール". Talent Schedule. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 涌井 貴之 (Waqui Takayuki) (2004-05-23). "山寺 宏一 (Yamadera Kouichi)". Seiyuu Database WWW version. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "山寺宏一". goo 映画. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "山寺宏一". Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  13. "おはスタ やまちゃん大解剖". Shogakukan Productions. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

External links

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