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Yuki Kaida (甲斐田 ゆき Kaida Yuki?, born November 30, 1974) is a voice actress and radio personality from Tokyo, Japan.[2] Although she has an extensive vocal range, voicing a large variety of characters throughout her career, she is commonly typecasted as young males, achieving mainstream success as her roles in Hunter × Hunter as Kurapika,[3] The Prince of Tennis as Shusuke Fuji,[4] Shōnen Onmyōji as Abe no Masahiro.[5] and Hetalia Axis Powers and Hetalia World Series as China or Yao Wang,[6] She was formerly affiliated with the talent management agency Toritori Office,[7] but is currently freelance.

She holds the distinction of being one of the only Japanese voice actors to have completed their formal education in the United States.[8] Consequently, she speaks multiple languages with varying degrees of fluency outside of Japanese. She is affectionately nicknamed Yukki (ゆっきー?) by her Japanese fans.[1]

Biography

Career

Kaida was born in Tokyo, Japan,[2] and was raised in the Shinjuku ward of the city. Shortly following her graduation from Shinjuku High School, she enrolled in the International University of Art and Music in San Diego, California, and studied abroad for four years, where she majored in musical theater.[8] She returned to Japan to focus on voice acting, making her debut in the OVA Southern Wind as Himiko, followed up by some minor roles in other television animation;[9][10] but her first major role as a voice actor came when she was cast as Kurapika in Hunter × Hunter in 1999,[3] after which her popularity began to grow. However, she went on to perform her arguably most well-known role, that of Shusuke Fuji in The Prince of Tennis,[4] which began airing in 2001; she reprised the role for later adaptations as well as for seiyū events to promote the series[11][12] and for CDs sung as the character. She is also known for her wide vocal range and feminine natural voice, being skilled at voicing males as well as adult women such as Ouka from .hack//Legend of the Twilight,[13] gag characters such as Son Goku/Patalliro from Patalliro Saiyuki!,[14] and young females such as Machi Kuragi from Fruits Basket.[15]

In addition to voice acting, she is also a prominent radio personality, and is the current announcer for Sadao Watanabe's radio show, Nightly Yours.[16] She is nicknamed Yukki (ゆっきー?), which is also her blog nickname, and Nikki (ニッキー?), the latter being a corruption of the former.[1] She is also a member of the seiyū unit AZU alongside Junko Takeuchi and Junko Minagawa,[17] and is a member of the unit Takada Hiroyuki alongside Hiroki Takahashi.[18]

Personal

She is notably multilingual, competent in French and Chinese, as well as being a fluent English speaker; the latter being evident in her Western education, her interest in Queen and the Chronicles of Narnia,[11] and also by having an all-English speaking role as Angela Burton in Genshiken.[19] Her other hobbies include watching rakugo, especially Kosanji Yanagiya, and baseball,[11] while she also has a pet dog named Vivian. She is 154 centimeters tall, weighs 47 kilograms, and her blood type is A.[2] She is commonly mistaken for her friend and fellow seiyū Yūko Kaida, due to the fact that their names differ by only two characters and one letter in romanization.

Filmography

Leading roles indicated in bold.

Television Animation

1999
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

Drama CD

2000
2003
2004
2005
2007
  • Blaue Rosen - Ai Okita[42]
  • CLASH! Strange Detectives - Madoka Furuya
  • Sekirei - Homura/Kagari[35]
  • Shakunetsu no Yoru ni Idakarete - Saori Chihara
2008
2009

OVA

1998
  • Southern Wind - Himiko (debut role)
2001
2002
2003
2004
2006
2007
  • Ikoku Irokoi Romantan - Kaoru Omi[44]
2009

Video Games

1998
2003
2004
2005
2007
2009
  • Nadepro! 〜Kisama mo Seiyū Yatte Miro!?〜 - Yoshinao Kai,[45] Kobato Sakisaka[46]
  • PROJECT CERBERUS - Eimi Kojima, Fumiya Andō [47]
  • Tales of Graces - Asbel Lhant (child)


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 少年陰陽師・彼方に放つ声をきけ〜略して孫ラジ Shōnen Onmyōji Web Radio, April 2009 - June 26, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Yuki Kaida's profile at the Seiyū database". Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "ANN article on Yuki Kaida". Retrieved September, 25 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. "The Prince of Tennis 100 Song Marathon DVD @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009.  Text " languageEnglish " ignored (help)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 ".hack// Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu DVD Vol. 1 @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
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  15. 15.0 15.1 "Fruits Basket Drama CD @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
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  17. "AZU no Radio Vol. 7 @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009.  Text " languageEnglish " ignored (help)
  18. "Takada Hiroyuki Radio City Hall Vol. 4 @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
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  20. "Dr. Rin ni Kiitemite Happy Song Collection! @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  21. "Webdiver DVD Vol. 1 @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
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  24. "Bakutō Sengen Daigunder DVD Vol. 5 @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
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  38. "Koori no Mamono no Monogatari Drama CD @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  39. "Saint Beast Drama CD Onshu no Sho: Seiju Fuin Vol. 2 @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  40. "Five Drama CD Vol. 4 @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  41. "Nadepro! official website cast list". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  42. "Ai wo Utau Yori Ore ni Oborero! Drama CD Koigataki Sengen! Ai to Yokubo no Bunkasai @ CDJapan". Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
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  44. "Yuki Kaida replaces Tomoko Kawakami on Ikoku Irokoi @ ANN". Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
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External links

ar:يوكي كايداru:Каида, Юки

th:ยูกิ ไคดะ zh:甲斐田雪

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