Animes are already
part of what Japan is and what the Japanese people could offer. With
the pages of mangas being brought to life through animations, the
world was captured and hooked. And the population of individuals
worshiping serialized illustrations, can be seen in every part of the
Many of these
shows have become legends, leaving their marks on the hearts of most
fans for all eternity. The era of Animes have long started but it
does not mean it would stop any time soon, what with the continuous
influx of works and serialized illustrations to the every growing
following it has.
When sketches and
illustrations come to life, it is more than just color. It is also
more than just the transition from one frame to the other. Giving
life to characters is more than just their actions. What really
completes a character and gives justice to what they represent are
the “voices”. It embodies everything about being an actual
Because of this,
the voice acting industry in Japan is also flourishing. Voice acting
schools are sprouting left and right, offering various courses to
those aspiring individuals who wish to work in the field and make it
in the industry.
new generation of animes might require new voices. But there are a
chosen few, whose voices are considered enduring. JUNICHI SUWABE is
one person I can easily say is a celebrity in the VA field and is one
of the seiyus that
many look up to.
He provided the backbone for characters that really stayed. It is
safe to say that it personified each character and make it real. And
he is particularly prominent in sports animes. Below are some of the
most notable characters he voiced.
Tennis- Keigo Atobe
The first time Atobe was introduced in the series during the first
run in the year 2001, he already made an impact. With attitude
impossible to deal with and ego too big for the world to contain, the
character was very easy to remember. But what makes Atobe a memorable
and at the same time an infuriating character is the way he uses the
condescending and matter-of-fact tones he has. The character required
the voice to have something that holds authority but at the same
time, it should and must be also be over-the-top. From the words
“Ore-sama” alone, you could easily distinguish who he is.
Although there are fans not particularly excited about his existence
in the series (e.g. Me), he is a pivotal character that is necessary
to the plot and story.
He is the beautiful and sassy funeral director cum informant for the
Phantomhive family who enjoys a good laugh. In fact, this is a
requirement if you ever want to extract information from him. It
might seem easy, but personally, I would rather pay than make this
man laugh. Fortunately, there are several characters who could
effortlessly make him do so. His personality is eccentric as shown in
the way he dresses himself. But the underlying enigma and mystery
cannot be missed in the aura he is emitting. It was soon found out
that he was a rogue Grim Reaper and was later taking the antagonistic
role in the series when this little tidbit was revealed. The
transition of the character from what seemed to be friendly
next-door-neighbor in the persona of a funeral director to someone
darker was captured with the slight shift in Suwabe’s voice.
Personally one of my favorite voices in the entire Anime Kingdom. I
usually prefer voices with a husky, sexy and manly tone to it with a
hint of arrogance. So I never expected it to be Junichi Suwabe’s
voice given that it is several timbres lower. But it perfect fits the
person that Daiki is showing. His tan and his skills and abilities in
basketball were pronounced with the husky tone he has. Sexy is word
that best fit the tone.
Grimmjow is a member of Espadas bearing the number 6 rank and is
probably one of the most ‘well-loved’ villains in the history of the
series. He is powerful and skilled in combat and was only stopped by
Ichigo. His character is that of a rebellious punk who has no respect
for authority. But Aizen seems to be an exception to that. He is also
ambitious but has honor and dignity. This type of character depth was
portrayed properly with the beast-like aura coupled with the
arrogant-confidence that his voice h as especially during fights.
Yuri!!! On Ice-
has been three weeks since Yuri!!!
took the entire anime world by storm. Different elements at play
became the key factor to the success it has, not to mention it was
really properly advertise several weeks before it started. Viktor is
one of the protagonists and is a world class five-time figure skating
champion with the attitude to match. He is good and he knows it too.
But he is currently looking for something that can stir things up and
bring back the color to his somewhat lackluster (in his point of
view) skating career. That’s when he decided to become a coach for
Yuri Katsuki. Viktor is, for the lack of a better word, hot in all
definitions and all senses. And he’s got the voice to match. But what
makes the character even more perfect to the eyes of the fans, is
that it does not lose the authenticity despite the constant
transition from serious to super-duper cute. There might be arrogance
but that is founded over his skills and achievements. However, there
is also warmth which I really like about. His Russian and English
words are also too cute.
Dogs- Sakunosuke Oda
character was introduced on the second season of the series and has
almost the same release date with Yuri!!!
And this was termed as the “Dark Era” where it is shown how the
protagonist, Osamu Dazai, switched sides. 'Odasaku’, as he is fondly
called, has formed an unknowingly strong bond with Dazai. He,
literally, was the reason why Dazai left Port Mafia and became the
suicide-loving, too happy-go-lucky idiot we knew and loved during the
first season. For someone who works in the field, Oda is kind and is
a man of honor and understanding. He has dreams as well and is very
perceptive. What amazed me was the worlds apart difference of this
character’s voice when compared to Viktor Of YOI.
the close releases for each episode, you could see the skill and
talent Suwabe has in maintaining character consistency for each one.
Despite being a supporting character, he became remarkable because of
his unwavering support for his previous team and his unyielding love
for cycling. He is also experienced and knowledgeable. I’m willing to
bet my money on the fact that he is skilled as well. There are many
good points about the man but the best one is the handsome voice he
has. After a little research, voila! I discovered that he was voiced
by a certain Junichi Suwabe and it made me admire the character even
can I say? His voice really fits the enigmatic-silent-loner type
personality. But when he speaks, there is authority and a sense of
leadership. The deep baritone timbre matches well with the calm
persona. He also speaks with a sense of experience and assurance.
Compared to the other characters in the above list, this is the
calmest character he voiced in. Kuga is mellow and calm and is not
as well. Most importantly, the voice matches the face exceptionally
(This list is based on the Animes I watched already…)
After carefully observing the characters he usually voices and with a
little bit of research, I was able to see a pattern. Most of his
characters are handsome (by animation standards), arrogant or
confident but that’s okay since they have skills to back them up and
can easily be distinguished among all characters. Is this
Junichi’s voice is what I would describe as handsome. It can be sexy
and hot and it could be funny and arrogant, depending on the
character. With a sterling two-decade career and a number of series
and films under his belt, he is easily one of the most in demand and
prominent talents the field has to offer.
3rd Season Seigaku vs Hyoutei Closing Comments Translations (Seigaku)
The official Tenimyu website posted final comments from the Seigaku vs Hyoutei cast today! They’re full of messages to fans, so I thought I’d translate them here. (Just Seigaku for now, Hyoutei and Yamabuki translations to come later this weekend.)
Furuta Kazuki (Echizen Ryoma)
The time finally came for us to graduate from Tenimyu. I thought I’d get all “I’m so sad!!!”, but now that I’ve graduated, I feel surprisingly cheerful, and I’m really excited to see where I can go from here. I think I brought everything I had to this stage. Ah, but there were a lot of matches I wanted to play, so I am I little reluctant to leave. Whether you’ve been supporting us since our debut, since this Hyoutei show, or anywhere in between, thank you so so much!