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Unshō Ishizuka 石塚 運昇

Birthdate/place: May 16, 1951. Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan

Most notable roles:

  • Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop
  • Guld Goa Bowman in Macross Plus
  • Yukinari Okido (Professor Samuel Oak), Narrator in Pokemon series
  • Quent Yaiden in Wolf’s Rain
  • Violence Jack in Violence Jack: Hell’s Wind
  • Ginzo Nakamori in Detective Conan series
  • Fuji in Rurouni Kenshin
  • Miyata (Father) in Hajime no Ippo series
  • Bunta Fujiwara in Initial D series
  • Job Truniht in The Legend of Galactic Heroes
  • Heiji Kozenigata in Gintama
  • Mr. Satan in Dragon Ball Kai, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
  • Zabuza Momochi in Naruto series
  • Borsalino, Koshiro “Sensei” in One Piece
  • Van Hohenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Joseph Joestar in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
  • Dr. Gel in Space☆Dandy
  • Donovan Baine in Vampire Hunter: The Animated Series
  • Heihachi Mishima in Tekken series
  • Guile in Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001, Capcom Fighting Jam
  • Gilliam Angreat, Narrator in Macross VF-X2
  • Ryotaro Dojima in Persona 4
  • Dwarf in Dragon’s Crown

Other relevant roles:

  • Alex Rosewater in The Big O
  • Brilliant Dynamites Neon in Trigun
  • Peter Fargusen in Hellsing
  • Kizaki in Great Teacher Onizuka
  • Manzou “The Saw” Sakami in Samurai Shamploo
  • Thanos in Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
  • Captain Matthews in Xenosaga series
  • Steven Armstrong in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Captain Gantu in Lilo & Stitch (japanese dub)
  • Prince Charming in Shrek 2, Shrek the Third (japanese dub)
  • Horatio Caine in CSI: Miami (japanese dub)
  • Official japanese dubbing voice for Laurence Fishburne, Liam Neeson and many others.

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Underrated Anime

Here are some titles that I feel deserve more love than they get!

From the New World - This anime was a masterpiece. Paced and well-planned, the show entangles you without you knowing until its too late. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to sink their teeth into a psychological fantasy that leave you with a strange mix of innocence and uneasiness. 

Princess Jellyfish - A love story between a confident and fashionable crossdresser and an awkward, introverted girl. This is golden!

Welcome to the NKH! - Just the right amount of humor and psychological torment to keep every viewer enthralled. Is it a conspiracy? 

Monster - What happens when a promising young doctor saves the life of a boy who was fated to die? A gripping thriller of justice and revenge!

Bokurano - A group of kids become the chosen pilots of a robot faced with saving the planet, a beyond awesome experience for them!…or so they think. They sign the binding contract and now each one of them must pay the price. 

Wolf’s Rain - As legend has it, wolves will open the gate to Paradise in a dying world. This anime is a gripping, heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely pack of wolves searching for promised Paradise. Out of any of the shows on this list, Wolf’s Rain is worth watching. It is a legend it its own right. 

Samurai Champloo - THE MUSIC. The music alone should be enough to draw you into this epic tale, but in case you need more persuasion, know that this show revolves around the two most badass fighters in town and their quest to help a girl they are indebted to find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. Ugh its so gooooood. 

Mawaru Penguindrum - Weird and comical sum up this anime pretty nicely! It is a fun watch that you will find hard not to binge on once you start. Stay with me people: An alien penguin-hat grants a girl her life back in exchange for her two bothers’ help in acquiring the Penguindrum (whatever that is). I know what you are thinking, but please give it a try! You won’t regret it! 

Eden of the East - “This nation faces a great crisis. One among you must save us. I cannot tell you how. I cannot tell you why. Should you fail, you will be eliminated.” 12 people have been chosen to save Japan, each given a phone with 10 billion yen on it and the simple instruction to save Japan–their lives are on the line. Despite this harsh description, the actual show also has an element of humor, so don’t be afraid to jump in! Noblesse Oblige.

Steins;Gate - Many of you have probably heard of this and thought that is was too stuffy or complicated for you, but I’m here to tell you that you will watch this show, make it to episode 22, and then thank me. YOUR WELCOME. Sure, this show takes some getting into, but once you delve deeper into the plot, you will find things falling into place. It has unconventional characters, a really great romance stuck in there, and a pretty refreshing, sciency tone. Enjoy. 

Nodame Cantabile - To think that so many people have not seen this gift to humanity sickens me. Nodame is most assuredly the most interesting and unique anime character to walk this little anime earth. There is music! There is romance! There is SO MUCH HUMOR! There are 3 seasons!!! You can’t really pass up this opportunity to watch a legend.  

Hunter X Hunter (2011) - This is the only long-running shonen series I will ever watch. This is a series for those of you who like action but not fight scenes that span multiple episodes and like actual character development and good animation consistently throughout the show (I swear its perfect the whole way). Gon wants to be a Hunter just like his father and he meets Killua, the boy-assassin (an resident cinnamon roll), Kurapika, the last of the Kurta clan hell-bent on revenge, and Leorio, a guy who wants to strike it rich. Follow these four on a journey you won’t forget!