The prolific years had finally arrived. So what happens when he plays a character in an anime series and the characters get solo/unit/duet songs? The rocky start to his career was suddenly saved by those two specific anime and Sakurai continued developing his skillset in a wide array of anime and games in the years that followed this period. He has short, honey blond hair (dirty blond in the anime) and brown eyes. Start studying Haikyuu!!. Up until 2006, Sakurai was the face of Square Enix. This event, dated 2003 or 2004 is a great example of that. But not everything was about reprising roles. That’s where Sakurai‘s trademark bishounens lie. In this mecha/action/psychological anime, Sakurai isn’t in charge of the lead role, it was Jun Fukuyama‘s. For more on this issue you might want to check this website. Sakurai hasn’t ventured to singing, at least by himself since 2006. 2008 marked his return to major anime series as he was back for the second season of CODE GEASS to reprise his role as Suzaku. Tazaki is once again the 360. ! Clifford Chapin is the English dub voice of Akiteru Tsukishima in Haikyū! That’s why he claimed in an interview that he seriously thought about giving up on being a seiyuu in 1999 (25 years old), as it was incredibly hard for him to get any roles in anime. Its core idea is already established, appealing, and therefore limitlessly enjoyable. Thankfully, with the end of the embargo to Sakurai‘s works, the show made its return and, as we’re writing this Digest, the show is still alive and kickin’. This issue riled up a lot of voices, some voicing their support to Sakurai – as he’s known to have a very loyal and strong fanbase that has almost an equal measure of women as he has men. Sakurai is well known by viewers in Japan not only because he’s one of the top 10 seiyuu in the business, but also because he’s got his own show running for over 10 years on AT-X called “Sakurai Takahiro no kako warai“. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. And even if he wasn’t with the remnants of that scandal lurking around, he had already issued a statement saying that starting from 2006 he would never again perform character songs or even perform as a singer. This story follows Zen Seizaki from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office as he investigates a scandal involving a pharmaceutical company. Cold and analytical, Tosaki is the complete opposite of Reigen, a con-man that isn’t particularly good at his job, often leading to hilarious situations. Being influenced by an interview wasn’t all there is to his passion and drive to be a seiyuu. Griffith was also back in Berserk and Sakurai reprised the role once again. Many of his roles are handsome (and mostly charming) men. I hadn't realized that this would be a series when I sat down to watch this, but I'm relieved to hear abo... Jaylon Martin's latest video dives into Masaaki Yuasa's television anime about the wonderful world of anime production. For those who don’t know this but are fans of the franchise, he is the official voice of Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) in Twilight. YES, MY LORD.. Sakurai grasped Uta‘s essence flawlessly and, despite Uta‘s lack of spotlight in both seasons of the anime, it still manage to impact the viewers. Fans that were calling him a “criminal” back in 2006 certainly changed their minds, as the following years proved that Sakurai more than redeemed himself, he showcased a completely revamped self that appealed and impressed a lot of people, shutting down almost every malicious comment about him. Kanda was quite possible the character that started the known stereotype that Sakurai tends to voice bishounens with some kind of issue within. He sort of is an information broker, once again with a hidden agenda. Takahiro” series. Alone, if he’s on good terms with the cast, he’ll start teasing everyone, make funny remarks or out of nowhere adlibs. He was banned from auditioning to new roles and had to withdraw from all his work – which included Cherry Bell, Comcha Countdown and other radio shows, public events, couldn’t be featured in any magazines nor write any opinion columns and “Sakurai Takahiro no Kako Warai” was to be cancelled. Takahiro Sakurai (櫻井 孝宏, Sakurai Takahiro, born June 13, 1974) is a Japanese voice actor associated with Intention. Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (Betrayal Knows My Name) was released in 2011 and presented a star-studded cast that would make most anime producers envy it: Takahiro Sakurai, Daisuke Ono, Soichiro Hoshi, Daisuke Ono, Jun Fukuyama, Mamoru Miyano, Nobuhiko Okamoto and many others. In 2008’s Code Geass event Sakurai was teased by both Takahiro Mizushima and Ken Narita due to the fact that even with aircon on, fresh clothes and everything, he was sweating buckets while all the other seiyuu remained unfazed. For the fans wishing that Sakurai could join the music business: better to accept the reality, he doesn’t want to sing unless something really groundbreaking happens. Ferid Bathory is a downright sadist with a little obsession in his head. Shiki and Issei teamed up for the very 1st entry in the NEO X Lied series and fans get quiet the impressive track in the process. And he got exactly that. [A disclaimer: whenever he is set to appear in a play and/or live reading – the tickets tend to sell out quickly]. Contrary to popular belief, the producers didn’t want to replace him even with controversy lingering in 2006 and by 2008, and when most of the dust had settled, the producers announced the returning cast with Sakurai‘s role intact. Abe no, Haruakira Drifters. and pretty much became obsessed with it, so much so I read the first volume of the manga from the library after wrapping up Season 1. To put it simply, Sakurai acted in “ETERNITY” a stage play back in 2006 with the theatrical group JOY. Psycho-Pass‘ first season was announced in 2012 (aired in 2013) and the anticipation for not only a new sci-fi anime, but also a new Urobuchi penned story and the newly announced cast was through the roof. Just by looking at his aura that is noticeable. Agemaki, Kei Otome Youkai Zakuro. He was a member of 81 Produce. He made one notable exception of playing Suzaku, a guy who … About my opinion on who are the top 10 seiyuu I’ll save that for an article we’ll publish soon about that Thanks for visiting our website! Think of him as a slightly older version of Mamoru Miyano: a handsome guy who voices handsome guys by the truckload.Said handsome guy can be angsty (), mean or smooth-talking ().But mostly, he's a guy well-known for his dark Anti-Hero roles. If we need to talk about some of the most interesting roles in 2005 we need to mention at least the following 2. There’s two characters missing! The criticism was beyond anything we could even image – currently dating scandals still look like child’s play next to this issue. !, the director sometimes asks Hinata's seiyuu Murase Ayumu to voice background female characters, like cheering during matches. The three hosts created a live theatre to showcase their stand up comedy skills and the result was this hilarious play. Index A freely organisable overview on all anime listed on aniSearch; Popular The most-rated anime on aniSearch during the current season; Toplist The leaderboard where all anime are listed according to their over-all ranks; Trending A list of the currently most-visited anime detail pages on aniSearch It’s an anime catered to the seinen demographic – although it’s been categorized in the past as shounen, but given the themes and the overall dialogues, it’s far from filling that description-, and one that sci-fi fans had been so eager to lay their eyes on. This show airs monthly and hosted by Sakurai alone. Yet another batch of secondary characters that made an impact in whichever series they were featured on: Crusty in Log Horizon (2013 and 2014), Leon Kuwata in Danganronpa: The Animation (2013), Shido Dairenji in Tokyo Ravens (2014), Akechi Mitsuhide in Nobunaga The Fool (2014), Shin Acura in Chaika – The Coffin Princess (two seasons in 2014) and many others. Cherry Bell (2003-2015) and Comcha Countdown (2002-) are two of the longest running radio shows in Japan. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. It basically impossible to avoid bumping into Takahiro Sakurai when you first start watching anime. When we reached 2007, few people wanted to work with him and most fans didn’t even show interest in his comeback. OCCUPATION: seiyuu, radio and TV personality, mc, narrator. Then came more secondary characters come into the mix: Coco in Toriko (2011), Rook Banjo Crossfield in the Phi Brain: Puzzle of God series (2011 and 2012), Hanzo Hattori in Brave 10 (2012), Sting Eucliffe in Fairy Tail (2013), Izumo Kusanagi in K (2013). トンボイ!! Other credits worth mentioning include: Piranha 3D, Maps to the Stars (once again dubbing Pattinson), Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Elizabeth I, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, GOAL!! Quiet, awkward, looks like a weakling, all traits that, in a later stage of Sakurai‘s career, turned into his specialty. When prompted to perform chessy lines Sakurai actually doesn’t have any issues, the problem is how to deal with the aftermath. Nothing has come closer to the fame and quality of both. It wasn’t a surprise to his fans when in June 2014, INTENTION announced that they Sakurai was now with the company – bringing the best friends together. Anime. He wasn’t ready to was going to follow after he got casted to play Cloud Strife in the game series. 2016 was a rather quiet year for Sakurai. 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Even if he wanted to do anything solo wise, he couldn’t as he was still shrouded by that plagiarism scandal and given his previous stance about singing, it was more than clear that he wasn’t the least interested in dipping his feet in the music business. INITIAL D Third Stage -INITIAL D THE MOVIE-, GetBackers (lead role), SAMURAI DEEPER KYO, Hikaru no Go, Prétear (Sakurai’s character songs are iconic for this series), Princess Tutu, Saint Beast, Phantom – The Animation, Tactics, Gakuen Alice (lead role). The performance as Sasori established once again Sakurai‘s prowess to make secondary characters come to life in a way that one would think they are the main ones. The big news in 2014 was that his contract with 81 Produce was expiring and insiders were already speculating that he wouldn’t resign with the talent agency and instead would follow the steps of Daisuke Namikawa and Daisuke Hirakawa and go freelance. During the greetings section he humbly announced himself as being part of the company, leaving the mc for the panel – Suzumura himself – proud by also a bit embarrassed at that scene. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). Still in the same year we were presented with the mega hit anime “CODE GEASS“. As Luka Crosszeria, Sakurai was once again in charge of a mysterious bishounen with a cold distant aura. Sakurai acted opposite to Tomokazu Seki, Ryotaru Okiayu and Kensho Ono, between others. Comcha Countdown has been releasing vocal CDs every three years. Ultimately, Sakurai chose not to pursue a career in singing and has been, since 2004, one of the very few popular seiyuu that do not have made a solo debut. Ja’far has some comedic scenes within the series but he’s mostly found judging Sinbad‘s decisions or trying to reason with him thus showing his seriousness. Founded in 2001 as the first anime & manga recommendation database. If the answers for any of these questions are “yes”, then Takahiro Sakurai is just the man you’re looking for. Sakurai, Takahiro. Thankfully all of this is in the past and Sakurai made an effort, changing his personality to what fans now know of him. Tokyo Ghoul was the talk in town for over one year thanks to its strong themes and violence – even if hilariously badly censored. Franchise to have stage presentation at Jump Festa '21 event next weekend, ― The second 2021 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Tatsuki Fujimoto's, Main characters of both series meet as slime in "Slime-tachi no Idobata Kaigi" short, ― The official Twitter account for the anime of author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's, Whatever we've seen of Zeref before, whatever dangerous foes Fairy Tail has gone up against, and whatever tragedies lurk in their pasts – none of them are going to hold a candle to what the Alvarez Empire has in store for them. Uta is overly friendly and loves to tease others. Who doesn’t remember Ja’far from the Magi anime series? One example would be Sakurai‘s appearance in Banpresto – show hosted by his best friend Kenichi Suzumura and Ryota Osaka. Sakurai made his first appearance in a seiyuu event while under INTENTION at Otomate Party 2014. Gear up Hearth Power followers, it is solely a brief day till the second season begins airing in Japan (and streaming on Crunchyroll! Other role that marked this year was Haseo in the sci-fi anime .hack//Roots, series based on a popular Japanese mmo. Many of his roles are handsome (and mostly charming) men. The cringeworthy “doki doki” ments that he’s pretty good at, usually deal a lot of damage. He doesn’t sing and either his song is replaced by a drama track (like in the Diabolik Lovers franchise – character songs) or there’s no release at all for the character he is voicing. He and Yuka Iguchi (his co-host) sing a duet song and then they are off to their solo song. RUBIA Leopard's "Destination" is a dark and enthralling twist to the band's gritty and intimidating rock sound. But at the same time Kenichi Suzumura‘s own talent agency “INTENTION” started to sound like a safe choice if Sakurai was ever going to choose working under a talent agency again. Adriano, Marco Gangsta. Whether those would be successful or not is a completely different thing. Caught in the middle of several dramatic events, he’s prompted with unusual choices and often is remorseful about those, ultimately giving the image of a bad leader. Unique voice and unique deliverance are just some of the things that made him one of the best and most requested seiyuu for almost every entertainment outlet. What is Anime-Planet? Haikyuu!! Kyoya is the cliché guy that acts all cold but actually cares about the girl – this is no spoiler, the title already gives off that vibe -, Yamato is a complicated character, not because he has a lot of depth – most people think that he’s shallow – but because of certain events. People still talk about this character and Sakurai‘s iconic performance after all these years. Takahiro Hanamaki (花巻 貴大, Hanamaki Takahiro), #3 Voiced by: Tōru Sakurai (Japanese); Jack Ivy (English) Hanamaki is a third-year student and a wing spiker. Sakurai returned for the second season – Nurarihyon no mago: Rise of the Yokai Clan – to reprise his role. We’ll do a breakdown for you. Some of his roles are in drama series such as DIABOLIK LOVERS, Dynamic Chord, Crazy Circus, Are you Alice?, √HAPPY+SUGAR=DARLIN, Double Score, Taishou Kyuketsu Ibun, BLACK WOLVES SAGA, L♥DK, KISS X KISS, Vie Durant and many others. Sasori is exactly the type of character in which Sakurai tends to shine. His righteousness is one of the main points when we talk about his character. Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō (Japanese), #1: "Hikariare" (ヒカリアレ) by Burnout Syndromes, #1: "Mashi Mashi" (マシ・マシ) by NICO TOUCHES THE WALLS. There are obviously still harem comedies, and by all accounts they'll persist until the heat death of the universe, but there's just something about Naoshi Komi's sense for both comedy and romance that you can't find too often anymore. 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