Kazuhiko Inoue

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Kazuhiko Inoue
Native name 井上 和彦
Born (1954-03-26) March 26, 1954 (age 60)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Occupation voice actor
Agent B-Box
Notable credit(s) Cyborg 009 (1979) as Joe Shimamura/009
Touch as Akio Nitta
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam as Jerrid Messa
Naruto as Kakashi Hatake

Kazuhiko Inoue (井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko?, born March 26, 1954) is a Japanese voice actor.[1]


Since his debut in 1973, Inoue has become one of Japan's most well established voice actors. His early roles from the 1970s include Anthony in Candy Candy, and later as Joe in the 1979 remake of Cyborg 009. In the 1980s, Inoue's work ranged from the adult-oriented Oishinbo (The Gourmet) to the popular Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato for the younger generation. More recently, He is known internationally for roles such as Kakashi Hatake in Naruto, Eiri Yuki in Gravitation, Aion in Chrono Crusade, Hatori Sohma in Fruits Basket, and Nyanko-sensei/Madara in Natsume Yūjin Chō. Inoue's voice performance is often described as natural and relaxed.

This wide and versatile vocal range allows Kazuhiko Inoue to voice roles of varying personality types: hot-blooded, righteous main characters such as Joe in Cyborg 009, Akira Kogane in Golion, and Kusanagi in Blue Seed; cold and indifferent Eiri Yuki; always fussing, hilarious, yet truly powerful mazoku (demon), Guenter in Kyo Kara Maoh!; dangerously seductive Aion; and sexy Chi no Byakko, Tachibana no Tomomasa in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Hachiyō Shō. Inoue is also well known for more unusual roles such as the transvestite Nagisa Sawa in Haru wo Daiteita, and Shiron the Windragon in Legendz, who spends half his time as a screeching hamster.

Inoue does voices for anime, video games, drama CDs, Japanese-dubbed movies, and audio books. He has put out many LP and CD albums and has sung in various anime character albums. His most well-known songs are the ones related to the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Hachiyō Shō series, which he performs live on stage at the annual NeoRomance voice acting events in Japan. In recent years, Inoue has also tried his hand in backstage work such as sound directing. He has set up his own voice acting agency and school, B-Box, to teach the next generation voice talents.

Being a second-generation A-bomb survivor, Kazuhiko Inoue feels strongly against wars. In his autobiographical piece, "Ai ni Tsuite", (愛について About Love, from his CD album Ai, 2003) Inoue expresses his longings for world peace and his love and respect for the ocean and Mother Earth. Similar thoughts can often be seen in the entries he writes in his Kazufan Blog. He was also a close friend of the late fellow voice actor Daisuke Gori. Recently, Inoue won as "Best Supporting Actor" in the Third Seiyu Awards for his role as Nyanko-sensei in Natsume Yūjin Chō.



Video Game[edit]

Drama CD[edit]

Please refer to Audio Wiki.

  • 110 Ban wa Koi no Hajimari series 1 (Takamitsu Akutagawa)
  • 110 Ban wa Koi no Hajimari series 2: 110 Ban wa Amai Kodou (Takamitsu Akutagawa)
  • 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series 1: 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series I (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series 2: 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series II (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series 3: 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series III (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series 4: Gozen 0 Ji Ai no Sasayaki (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series 5: 8 Ji Han Kara Fall In Love (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series 6 (crossover with Analyst no Yuutsu series): Ai to Yokubou no Kinyuugai (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • Akuma no Himitsu (Baldur)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 1: Benchmark ni Koi wo Shite (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 2: Koi no Risk wa Hanasenai (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 3: Yuuwaku no Target Price (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 4 (crossover with 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series): Ai to Yokubou no Kinyuugai (Hideyuki Hayashi)
  • Closet de Ubaitai (Rihito Touya)
  • Damasaretai (Shino Nagaoka)
  • Eden wo Tooku ni Hanarete series 3: Setsunai Yoru no Rakuen (Mikihiko Hiyama)
  • Gerard & Jacques (Raul de Amalric)
  • Junjou Boy Series 1: Junjou Boy Kinryouku (Ryuuichirou Yagyu)
  • Junjou Boy Series 2: Junjou Heart Kaihouku (Ryuuichirou Yagyu)
  • Kageki series 1: Kageki ni Aishite (Touma)
  • Kageki series 2: Kageki ni Dokusenyoku (Touma)
  • Kageki series 3: Kageki ni I Love You (Touma)
  • Kageki series 4: Kageki ni Koi Meikyuu (Touma)
  • Kageki series 5: Kageki ni Tengoku (Touma)
  • Konna Joushi ni Damasarete 2 (Tsunehiko Shiragane)
  • Konoyo Ibun Series 1: Konoyo Ibun (Setsu)
  • Konoyo Ibun Series 2: Sono no San (Setsu)
  • Konoyo Ibun Series 3: Kitsune No Yomeiri (Setsu)
  • Miscast Series (Yuuji Fukazawa)
  • N-Dai Fuzoku Byouin series (Katsumi Aoki)
  • Rien no Kikoushi (Asagi Onoe)
  • Shounika Byoutou he Irasshai series 1 (Kyouya Kamishiro)
  • Shounika Byoutou he Irasshai series 2: Shounika Byoutou no Kiken na Yoru (Kyouya Kamishiro)
  • Soryamou Aideshou series 1 & 2 (Ai Motohashi)
  • Tokyo Amatoria (Kai Yoshikawa)
  • Yubisaki no Koi
  • Wild Rock (older Yuni)

Japanese-dubbed TV series/film roles[edit]



Music albums and songs[edit]


  • Ai (愛) (2003/6)
  • Aurora Curtain (オーロラのカーテン)
  • Bokura no Sora (僕らの空 Chiguhagu)
  • Bokura no Sora II (僕らの空 II)
  • Have a Good Dream
  • Koi (恋) (2003/3)
  • Long Time No See (1992)
  • Monjya de Chiguhagu (MONJYA!de ちぐはぐ)
  • Ohayou-Oyasumi (おはようおやすみ) VOL.1
  • 海人 ハミハミハ島の伝説
  • 海人 ハミハミハ島の伝説イメージソング (Image Song)
  • White Land

EP or LP

  • P.S. I Love You (P.S.アイ・ラブ・ユー) (1980 Debut album)
  • あいつは噂のバイシクル
  • Omoide no Natsu/Inoue Kazuhiko II (想い出の夏/井上和彦II) (1981)
  • 21エモン
  • 王様の耳はファンタジー
  • First Present (ファースト・プレゼント) (1981)
  • 彗星物語 (Comet Story) (1982)
  • Morning Breeze (モーニングブリーズ) (1984)
  • 夢みるお年頃
  • ポセイドンの伝説
  • ペアペア アニメージュ
  • CHOKI!
  • バオバブ・パーティー
  • バオバブパーティー 2
  • バオバブ・シンガーズ
  • ムテキングとんでもジョッキー


Other roles[edit]


  1. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. "Inoue Kazuhiko". Seiyuu Database. January 11, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2011. Archived 12 January 2011 at WebCite

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