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Akira Kamiya
神谷 明
Born (1946-09-18) September 18, 1946 (age 77)
Yokohama, Japan
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1970–present
Agent Saeba Shoji
Children 2

Akira Kamiya (神谷 明, Kamiya Akira, born September 18, 1946) is a Japanese voice actor. He played several notable roles in Japanese manga and anime television series, including Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star, Ryo Saeba in City Hunter, Shutaro Mendo in Urusei Yatsura and Kogoro Mori (first voice, 1996-2009) in Detective Conan. In mecha anime, he voiced Ryoma Nagare in Getter Robo, Akira Hibiki in Brave Raideen, Sanshirō Tsuwabuki in Gaiking, Roy Focker in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, and Sincline in Beast King GoLion.

Biography

Early life

Kamiya was born in Yokohama. He graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Shiba Commercial High School and became a freelancer after being affiliated with Theatre Echo, Aoni Production, Production Baobab, Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society and Ups. Kamiya then founded Saeba Shoji, a talent agency.

Background

His father ran a furniture manufacturing factory, but it suddenly closed and his parents divorced. After that, Kamiya's mother raised him and his brother. As a result of his mother's search for work, he attended many schools over the years, from Aoki Elementary School in Yokohama to Higashidai Elementary School in Tsurumi and Aioi elementary school in Ota-ku, Tokyo. The presence of actor Shoichi Ozawa as the eldest of Aioi Ko led Kamiya on the road to drama.

After that, he entered the Tokyo Metropolitan Tateshiba Commercial High School via Misono Junior High School. Kamiya's friend invited him to join the drama club, saying that, "I think Kamiya has a good voice." At that time, it was more difficult to become an actor than previously and difficult to advance in the field. Kamiya told his mother, "I want to be an actor. I will do my best because it is the path I chose myself." Later, he recalled, "If [I] were [my] mother, [I] might have stopped crying." After graduating from high school, he joined the amateur theater company Kanza in Yokohama.

Activities as a voice actor

In 1970, Kamiya debuted as an anime voice actor playing the role of Senkichi in the TV anime Mahō no Mako-chan during the Theatre Echo study period. The first regular role was Sasuke Yashima in Akakichi no Eleven. He appeared as Koichi Furumi in Babel II, and also learned his trademark "scream" with this work. Since then, he has been in charge of several prominent roles chiefly in robot animation works, such as Ryoma Nagare in Getter Robo. He was called "Screaming Kamiya" because he kept screaming his special moves. One of the notable voice actors in the Super Robot Wars video game series, Kamiya himself appeared on TV commercials when Super Robot Wars F was released.

In the 1980s, he appeared in several animated manga series serialised in Weekly Shōnen Jump. He appeared in Kinnikuman, Fist of the North Star, and City Hunter, and was also known as one of the voice actors familiar with Jump anime. Since many of these Shōnen Jump anime have become long-running series, the works that appeared during this time are often introduced as Akira Kamiya's masterpiece.

He often narrates commercials and variety shows, including the hero show commercial of Tokyo Dome City Attractions (former Korakuen Yuenchi), which is primarily broadcast on the Super Sentai series frame, and has been in charge of narration for over 20 years since 1986.

He became the recipient of Animage's Grand Prix prize.

On January 9, 2017, the program was broadcast on TV Asahi and was ranked 22nd in "200 Popular Voice Actors Seriously Selected! Voice Actor General Election! 3 Hours SP".

Other activities

Kamiya was initially a bass player with the popular voice actor's musical group Slapstick, which was active in the 1970s and 1980s. However, he expressed his concern that his schedule was busy, and the performance activities he had enjoyed as an amateur band in a harmonious manner would be produced as professional singer activities, and he offered to withdraw.

He has worked as a radio personality for All Night Nippon. He is the first regular personality as a voice actor. In the same program, he made a corner called "Guinness!". He knew what he was doing at MBS Young Town, and he still has friends.

In 1979, he played personality with Mitsuko Horie on a Sunday afternoon radio program called "Mitsuko and Akira's Deadly Handgun," and released a duet single, "Oh! Sunday Youth is Sunday."

In addition to working as a singer in Purin Purin Monogatari and Fist of the North Star, he also performed in the early 1980s with Kazuyuki Sogabe, Ryūsei Nakao and Naoya Uchida.

In the aftermath of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, he formed a charity unit "WITH YOU". He was also active in the Fureai Concert.

Filmography

Animation

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
1970 Akakichi no Eleven Sasuke Yashima
1970 Mahō no Mako-chan Senkichi
1971 Marvelous Melmo Taro Kato
加藤太郎
1972 Pinocchio: The Series Narrator
1972 Moonlight Mask Azerander
アゼランダー
1972 Triton of the Sea Seabird
海鳥
1972 Gatchaman Romina
1973 Babel II Koichi Furumi a.k.a. Babel II Debut major role
1973 Fables of the Green Forest Tommy from Shiyuu
しじゅうからのトミー
1973 Kōya no Shōnen Isamu Isamu
1973 Zero Tester Shin Fubuki
1973 Miracle Girl Limit-chan Jun Kurimoto
1973 Casshan Android No. 5
1973 Karate Master Shingo Ariake / Susumu Adachi
有明省吾/安達すすむ
1974 Getter Robo Ryoma Nagare
1974 Space Battleship Yamato Saburo Kato
1975 Brave Raideen Akira Hibiki
1975 Getter Robo G Ryoma Nagare
1975 Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures Ali Baba
1975 Time Bokan Prince / Isochi
王子/イソッチ
1975 Grendizer Boys Command Corps Einz
少年コマンド隊アインス
1975 Ikkyū-san Tetsuji
哲斉
6 – 7 episodes
1976 Gaiking Sanshirō Tsuwabuki
1976 Machine hayabusa
ja:マシンハヤブサ
Will · Plague
ウイル・プラーグ
1976 Gowappa 5 Gōdam Ichiro Togawa
戸川一郎
1976 Blocker Gundan 4 Machine Blaster Ichiro Ueta
発田一郎
Episode 13
1976 Dokaben Satoru Satonaka
1977 Yatterman Sasuke
サスケ
1977 Jetter Mars Adios
アディオス
1977 Mechander Robo Jimmy Orion
1977 Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace Ichimonji Takuma
1977 Attack on Tomorrow Ichiro Fushima
伏島一郎
1977 Glacier Warrior Gaislugger
ja:氷河戦士ガイスラッガー
Mito Kaya
ミト・カヤ
1977 Nobody's Boy: Remi Markano
マルカーノ
1977 Super super car game
ja:超スーパーカー ガッタイガー
Eric Bergen
エリック・ベルゲン
1977 Angie Girl Howard
1978 Majokko Tickle Saburo
1978 Space Pirate Captain Harlock Tadashi Daiba
1978 Tōshō Daimos Kazuya Ryūzaki
1978 Red peacock
ja:紅孔雀
Ubu sleeper / Kotemoku / Kumagoro
浮寝丸/コテモク/熊五郎
1978 Galaxy Express 999 Pliers
プライダー
1978 Treasure Island Papy
1978 Space Battleship Yamato II Saburo Kato
1978 Captain Future John Walker
1979 Do your best! Our hit end run
ja:がんばれ! ぼくらのヒット・エンド・ラン
Ao Lu
葵麻呂
1979 Purine Princess story
ja:プリンプリン物語
Bon Bon / General Rugi / Zero Zero Seven Henna Kivun
ボンボン/ルチ将軍/ゼロゼロセブン・ヘンナキブン
1979 Animation Kikou Marco Polo no Boken
ja:アニメーション紀行 マルコ・ポーロの冒険
Chapandu
1979 Tomorrow's Braves
ja:あしたの勇者たち
Ichiki Kota
一本木蹴太
1979 King Arthur Arthur
1980 King Arthur: Prince on White Horse Arthur
1980 Space Warrior Baldios Douglas
1980 Astro Boy Zeus
1980 Space Battleship Yamato III Shiro Kato
1981 Beast King GoLion Prince Sincline
1981–86 Urusei Yatsura Shutaro Mendo
1982 Patalliro! Tamanegi
1982 The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Roy Focker
1983 Future Police Urashiman Claude Mizusawa
1983 Skyward Operation
ja:亜空大作戦スラングル
George
ジョージ
1983 Kinnikuman Kinnikuman (Kinniku Suguru), Tatsunori Kinniku
1983 Manga Japanese history
ja:まんが日本史
Mori Ranmaru
森蘭丸
1983 Galactic Whirlwind Sasuraiger Ron Good
ロン・グッド
1983 Nine Kentarō Yamanaka 2 seasons
1983–84 Plawres Sanshiro Bill Thomas
1983 Igano Kabamaru Shizune Mejiro
1984 Oyoneko Boo-nyan
ja:オヨネコぶーにゃん
Oyoyo (Boo-nyan)
1984 Car graphic TV
ja:カーグラフィックTV
Narrator
1984–88 Hokuto no Ken Kenshiro
1984 Sherlock Hound Engineer
1985–86 Mujigen Hunter Fandora Kue OVA series
1985 Shonen Jump Special: Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Keiichi Nakagawa
中川圭一
Screened at "Shonen Jump festival" sponsored by Shueisha
1985 Button Nose Chikutakubon
1986–88 Maison Ikkoku Shun Mitaka
1986 Animated Classics of Japanese Literature Mizushima (student)
1986 Saint Seiya Perseus Algol, Dubhe Alpha Siegfried
1986 Outlanders Nao OVA
1987 Elf 17
ja:エルフ・17
Mascot Tyler OVA
1987 Hokuto no Ken 2 Kenshiro
1987–99 City Hunter series and specials Ryo Saeba
1987 Ox Tales Booth
1987 City Hunter Ryō Saeba
1987 Tekkamen wo Oe: "d'Artagnan Monogatari" yori
ja:鉄仮面を追え 「ダルタニャン物語」より
Athos
アトス
TV special prior to TV series
1987 Maps Abe Edinburgh OVA
1987 Dangaioh Roll Kran OVA
1987 Norakuro-kun Prince
1987 The Three Musketeers Anime Athos
1987 Phoenix: Yamato/Space Chapter Goro Makimura OVA
1987 City Hunter 2 Ryō Saeba
1988 Doctor Chichibuyama
ja:ドクター秩父山
Chichibuyama
1988 Starship Troopers Sgt. Charles Zim
1989 Legend of the Galactic Heroes Bagdash OVA
1989 Dog Soldier John Kyosuke Hiba OVA
1989 Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl Shinnosuke Kazamatsuri
1989 Time Travel Tondekeman Prince Dandarn
1990 Mōretsu Atarō Nyarome 2nd TV series
1990 Yagami-kun no Katei no Jijō Akira Yokkaichi OVA
1990–1991 Record of Lodoss War Ashram
1990 Masuyama High School Koshien Hen version
ja:緑山高校 甲子園編
Kenji Sadamaru
佐田丸健二
OVA
1990 Happyakuyachou Hyouri no Kewaishi
ja:八百八町表裏 化粧師
Shikitei Kosanbaspace
式亭小三馬
1991 Getter Robo Go Highway
大道剴
1991 Hyoutako gourd island (remake version)
ひょっこりひょうたん島(リメイク版)
rearview mirror
バックミラー
1991 Kinnikuman: Scramble for the Throne Kinnikuman (Kinniku Suguru)
1994 Sailor Moon S Prof. Souichi Tomoe
土萠創一教授
1994 Otaku no Seiza Indora OVA ep 2
1995 Chouriki Sentai Ohranger Gammajin
ガンマジン
1995–96 Yamato 2520 Richard OVA series
1995 World Classic Children's Story Series Wow! Fairy tale
ja:世界名作童話シリーズ ワ~ォ!メルヘン王国
Sinbad
1996–2009 Detective Conan Kogoro Mori Ep. 001-548. Later replaced by Rikiya Koyama in 2009 from Ep. 553 and onward.
1996 Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Prof. Souichi Tomoe
土萠創一教授
1997 Cutie Honey Flash Takeshi Kisaragi
如月猛
1998 All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Kyusaku Natsume
1998 Twilight of the Dark Master Kaoru (Huang Long) OVA
1998 Change!! Getter Robo: The Last Day of the World Narrator OVA series
1999 Voicelugger Shogun γ (Gamma)
将軍γ(ガンマ)
Tokusatsu
2000 Platinumhugen Ordian Masaki Yayoi
哉生正樹
Ep. 16
2000 Brigadoon: Marin & Melan Custon Brown
クストン・ブラウン
2001 The Family's Defensive Alliance Mamoru Daichi
2001 Great Dangaioh Roll Kulan
2002 Macross Zero Roy Focker OVA
2003 Rumic Theater Toshio Furuta / Shinonome
古田年男/東雲
2004 Arkue and Gachinpo
ja:アークエとガッチンポー
Santa Boss
サンタボス
2005–06 Angel Heart Ryo Saeba
2006 Hey! Spring of Trivia
ja:トリビアの泉
Silhouette of Kenshiro
2010 Kobe and Ai Special guest appearance for short film for City of Kobe Tourism
2011 Ojarumaru Moroboshi
2012 Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki Shigeru Satou, Ba
2013 DD Fist of the North Star Ryuken / Mamiyarinzo / Ishihara Ryu Jiro
リュウケン/マミヤリンゾウ/石原リュウ次郎
2015 Kamisama Kiss◎ Priest bishop
僧正坊
2015 DD Fist of the North Star 2 Ryuken
リュウケン
2016 Katsushika-ku Kameari Park front faction place THE FINAL Kamitsuki Yoshitsuki The last day
ja:こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 THE FINAL 両津勘吉 最後の日
Kidnapper's leader
誘拐犯のリーダー
2020 The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited Chōsuke Nakamoto
2020 Warlords of Sigrdrifa Odin

Films

List of voice performances in film
Year Title Role Notes Source
1975 Great Mazinger vs. Getter Robo Ryoma Nagare
1975 Boy Tokugawa Ieyasu
ja:少年徳川家康
又五郎
1975 Great Mazinger vs. Getter Robo G: Kuchu Daigekitotsu Ryoma Nagare
1976 Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu Ryoma Nagare
1977 Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace tai Konchu Robo Gundan
惑星ロボ ダンガードA対昆虫ロボット軍団
Takuma Ichimonji
1978 Ringing Bell Chirin
1978 Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato Saburo Kato
1980 Toward the Terra Seki Ray Shiroe
1980 Be Forever Yamato Shiro Kato
1981 Devil and Princess Mimi
ja:悪魔と姫ぎみ
Heathcliff
ヒースクリフ
1983 Urusei Yatsura: Only You Shutaro Mendou
1983 Final Yamato Shiro Kato
1983 How to enjoy professional baseball 10 times fun
ja:プロ野球を10倍楽しく見る方法
Hala
ハラ
1984 Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer Shutaro Mendou
1984 Ninja Huttiraku + Perman Superpowers Wars
ja:忍者ハットリくん+パーマン 超能力ウォーズ
Psychoman
1984 Macross: Do You Remember Love? Roy Focker
1984 Kinnikuman Kinnikuman
1984 Great Riot! Seigi Choujin Kinnikuman
1985 Urusei Yatsura 3: Remember My Love Shutaro Mendou
1985 Seigi Choujin vs. Ancient Choujin Kinnikuman
1985 Kinnikuman: Counterattack! The Underground Space Choujins Kinnikuman
1985 Kinnikuman: Hour of Triumph! Justice Superman Kinnikuman
1986 Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever Shutaro Mendou
1986 Fist of the North Star Kenshiro
1986 Kinnikuman: Crisis in New York! Kinnikuman
1986 They Were Eleven Tadatos Lane
タダトス・レーン
1986 Kinnikuman: Justice Supermen vs. Fighter Supermen Kinnikuman
1988 Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter Shutaro Mendou
1988 Saint Seiya: Legend of Crimson Youth Atlas of Karina
カリナのアトラス
1989 City Hunter: .357 Magnum Ryo Saeba
1989 Peacock King 2 Phantom Castle
孔雀王2 幻影城
sunlight
日光
1989 Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Garlic Jr.
1989 Garaga
ja:ギャラガ
On Boo / Robo
オンブー/ロボ
1990 City Hunter: Bay City Wars Ryo Saeba
1990 City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy Ryo Saeba
1991 Urusei Yatsura: Always My Darling Shutaro Mendou
1993 Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! From Penguin Village with Love Dr. Mashirito
1993 Tōi Umi kara Kita Coo Tony Bottoms
トニー・ボトムズ
1994 How to enjoy the J league 100 times fun!!
ja:Jリーグを100倍楽しく見る方法!!
Ramos Wu Wei
ラモス瑠偉
1994 Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha!! Excited Heart of Summer Vacation Dr. Mashirito
1994 Pom Poko Tamasaburo
1995 Legend of Crystania Ashram
1997 The Puzzling Challenge Letter of the Mysterious Thief Dorapan Dorapan
1997 Case Closed: The Time Bombed Skyscraper Kogoro Mori
1998 Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target Kogoro Mori
1998 Slayers Gorgeous Lord Culvert
1999 Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century Kogoro Mori
2000 Case Closed: Captured in Her Eyes Kogoro Mori
2000 The Aurora
ja:The AURORA 海のオーロラ
Ou Dragon
王玉竜
2001 Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven Kogoro Mori
2001 Kinnikuman Second Generations First Kinnikuman (Suguru)
初代キン肉マン(スグル)
2002 Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street Kogoro Mori
2003 Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital Kogoro Mori
2004 Detective Conan: Magician of the Silver Sky Kogoro Mori
2005 Detective Conan: Strategy Above the Depths Kogoro Mori
2006 Detective Conan: The Private Eyes' Requiem Kogoro Mori
2007 Detective Conan: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure Kogoro Mori
2008 Detective Conan: Full Score of Fear Kogoro Mori
2009 Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan Kogoro Mori TV film
2009 Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser Kogoro Mori Final Detective Conan film role as Kogoro Mori
2013 Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya Future Elizabeth
2019 City Hunter the Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes Ryo Saeba
2021 Child of Kamiari Month Ōkuninushi
2023 City Hunter the Movie: Angel Dust Ryo Saeba

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
1989 Red Alert
ja:レッド・アラート
Guy Kazama PC Engine
1993 Tengai Makyō: Fuun Kabukiden Sangue PC Engine
1995 Dragon Knight & Graffiti Yamato Takeru PC Engine
1995 Linda Cube
ja:リンダキューブ
Hume PC
1995–2000 Fist of the North Star games Kenshiro
1996 Tobal No. 1 Gren Kuts PS1/PS2
1996 Langrisser III Grafting
グラフト
SS
1997 Super Robot Shooting
ja:スーパーロボットシューティング
Ryoma Nagare, Hibiki PS1/PS2
1997 Tobal 2 Gren Kuts PS1/PS2
1997–2003 Macross games Roy Focker
1997 Momotaro Street Book
ja:桃太郎道中記
Commentary / Great devil
実況/大悪魔
SS
1998 Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die
ja:サクラ大戦 2 ~君、死にたもうことなかれ~
Kyougoku Keigo SS
1998–2007 Detective Conan games Kogoro Mori
1999 Getter Robo Great Battle! Ryoma Nagare, Narrator PS1/PS2
1999 Continuation · Ogaku girls detective team ~ Final version ~
ja:続・御神楽少女探偵団 ~完結編~
Shogo Tokoname
常磐省吾
PS1/PS2
2002 Kingdom Hearts Iago PS2
2002 Kinnikuman Nisei: New Generation vs. Legends (Kinniku Suguru) GC
2003 Gekitō Pro Yakyū Satoru Satonaka PS2 (From Dokaben)
2004 SEGA AGES 2500 Series Vol.11 Hokuto no Ken
SEGA AGES 2500シリーズ Vol.11 北斗の拳
Kenshiro
ケンシロウ
PS1/PS2
2006 Kinnikuman Muscle Generations (Kinniku Suguru) PSP
2006 Another Century's Episode 2 Roy Focker PS2
2007 Another Century's Episode 3: The Final Roy Focker PS2
2008 Macross Ace Frontier Roy Focker PSP
2009 Macross Ultimate Frontier Roy Focker PSP
2010 Another Century's Episode: R Roy Focker PS3
2011 Macross Triangle Frontier Roy Focker PSP
2019 Jump Force Ryo Saeba PC/PS4/Xbox One
2023 Master Detective Archives: Rain Code Number One Nintendo Switch
Space Battleship Yamato games Saburou Kato
Yawara! Kazamatsuri Shinnosuke PC Engine
Raijin Pin Pon Raiji Arcade
Popful Mail Blacky PC Engine

Live-action

Year Title Role Type Notes Source
2021 Kinnikuman: The Lost Legend TBA (voice) TV
2022 Sono Koe no Anata e Himself Film Documentary

Drama CD

List of voice performances in drama CDs and audio recordings
Year Title Role Notes Source
1988 The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi
ja:金田一耕助の冒険
Kosuke Kindaich Cassette book, 2 vols.
1993 CD Theater Dragon Quest III Kandata (male fighter)
カンダタ(男武闘家)
1994 CD Theater Dragon Quest V series Papas
Record of Lodoss War Ashram
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Kyusaku Natsume
City Hunter Ryo Saeba
Macross Roy Focker
Maison Ikkoku Shun Mitaka
MegaMan NT Warrior Mega Zaurus, Narrator
Sangokushi DX
Tengai Makyou
Yagami-kun no Katei no Jijō Captain Yotsukaichi

Other dubbing

List of voice performances in overseas dubbing
Year Title Role Notes Source
1984 Private School Jim Green Matthew Modine
1984 Fuji TV edition
1989 Glory Colonel Robert Gould Shaw Matthew Broderick
1990 Tequila Sunrise Dale "Mac" McKussic Mel Gibson
1993 Aladdin Iago
1995 The Return of Jafar Iago
1997 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Iago
1997 Face/Off Sean Archer John Travolta
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies James Bond Pierce Brosnan
1999 Bad Boys Detective Marcus Burnett Martin Lawrence
1999 Fuji TV edition
2015 Pixels Eddie Plant Peter Dinklage
2019 Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon Monsieur Mokori Jarry

Honors

  • Anime Grand Prix: Most Popular Voice Actor of the Year (11 times): 1979–1981, 1983–1985, 1987–1990

See also

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