Kenichi Suzumura

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Kenichi Suzumura
Native name 鈴村 健一
Born (1974-09-12) September 12, 1974 (age 40)
Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Other names Suzu, Muraken, Suzuken
Occupation Voice actor, singer-songwriter
Years active 1994-present
Employer Arts Vision
Intention (May 1, 2012)
Notable credit(s) Hikaru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Momotaro Mikoshiba in Free!, Shinn Asuka in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Hijirikawa Masato in Uta no Prince-sama
Spouse(s) Maaya Sakamoto (2011-present)
Website
intention-k.com/index.html

Kenichi Suzumura (鈴村 健一 Suzumura Ken'ichi?, born September 12, 1974) is a Japanese voice actor and singer who was raised in Osaka Prefecture. He voiced Morley in Macross 7, Hikaru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Momotaro Mikoshiba in Free!, Shinn Asuka in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Leo Stenbuck in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Sougo Okita in Gin Tama, Lavi in D.Gray-man, and Ryutaros in Kamen Rider Den-O. He is called Suzu and Muraken by Soichiro Hoshi and his fans and Suzuken by other voice actors and fans. He is part of the group Nazo no Shin Unit Starmen (謎の新ユニットSTA☆MEN?) with Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Kishio, Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Makoto Yasumura, and Kosuke Toriumi. He is married to fellow voice actress Maaya Sakamoto.[1]

Voice roles[edit]

TV anime[edit]

Drama CDs[edit]

Other roles[edit]

Nominations and awards[edit]

2007:

  • "Synergy Award" (Kamen Rider Den-O, together with Toshihiko Seki, Koji Yusa and Masaki Terasoma) - 1st Seiyu Awards (won)
  • "Best Actor in supporting role" - 1st Seiyu Awards
  • "Best Radio Personality" - 1st Seiyu Awards

2008:

2012:

A national survey on the popularity of voice actors conducted in March 2010 revealed Suzumura and Miyano Mamoru as the most famous voice actor.[5] In the following year, 2011, TBS Rank Oukoku (TBS ランク王国) listed Suzumura as 3rd of the five most popular voice actors.[6]

Music[edit]

In addition to performing many different character songs in his voice acting career, Suzumura has become a singer signed on the Lantis label. As a solo artist he writes all his songs. In his debut year 2008, Suzumura also became one of the main hosts of the annual live music event Original Entertainment Paradise (OrePara), together with the other Lantis-artists Showtaro Morikubo, Daisuke Ono, and Mitsuo Iwata.[7]

In January, 2010, he gave his first solo concert tour in Osaka (January 10), Nagoya (January 11), Yokohama (January 23) and Tokyo (January 30).[8] His second live tour, in 2011, was held in the same stops excluding Nagoya (Osaka (April 9), Tokyo (April 17) and Yokohama (May 1)). Part of the proceeds resulting from this concert was donated to help the victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Because of the power shortage the concert was arranged simple to save power and Suzumura performed all songs in acoustic versions.[9][10]

In 2012, a poll on singing ability placed Suzumura as the third best voice actor singer, behind Kishō Taniyama (1st) and Mamoru Miyano (2nd).[11]

Singles[edit]

Release date Title Notes Chart position
October 8, 2008 "Intention" Debut single 14
February 4, 2009 "Atarashii Neiro" 13
June 24, 2009 "Mitochondria" 20
January 27, 2010 "And Becoming" Special release 23
July 7, 2010 "In my Space" 23
November 24, 2010 "Tsuki to Sutobu" 36
August 24, 2011 "Asunaro" Ending theme song of the anime Heaven's Memo Pad 20
May 16, 2012 "Messenger" 24
October 17, 2012 "Shiroi Karasu" Ending theme song of the anime Code:Breaker 16

Albums[edit]

Release date Album Notes Chart position
October 7, 2009 Becoming 14
March 9, 2011 Chronicle to the Future 21
August 22, 2012 Go Mini-album 20
May 15, 2014 Vessel

Connect[edit]

Since 2009, Suzumura is part of the first Kiramune-unit, Connect, with Mitsuo Iwata. They occasionally release singles and albums and participate the annual concert Kiramune Music Festival.[12]

Release date Title Chart position Notes
April 24, 2009 Connect 1st album
February 24, 2010 "Fighting Spirits" 23 1st single
September 29, 2010 Rasterizer Mini-album
March 7, 2012 Jusensha Men Mini-album
January 30, 2013 Connect no Tanoshii Ongaku Mini-album

Other non-anime related releases[edit]

Release date Title Notes
October 22, 2003[13] "Shizumanai Taiyō" Collaboration single with Takahiro Sakurai (as R-16)
March 26, 2004[14] "Separate Way" Collaboration single with Takahiro Sakurai (as R-16)
December 17, 2005[15] Box Universe Mini Album
February 29, 2012[16] Kizuna: Go-Busters! Single of Stamen, ending theme for Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters

References[edit]

  1. ^ "みなさまにご報告させていただきます" (in Japanese). Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Official Amatsuki site - キャスト·スタッフ (Cast·Staff)". amatsuki.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Staff&Cast" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "kakou no jushousha no ichiran" (in Japanese). Seiyu Awards. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "seiyuu no nichiritsu" (in Japanese). Do House Inc. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "ninki seiyuu rankingu" (in Japanese). Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Original Entertainment Enterprise" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ken’ichi Suzumura 1st Live Tour 2010 "Becoming"" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Kenichi Suzumura Live Tour 2011 "Chronicle to the future"" (in Japanese). Girl's Oh. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "uta to tooku de tsutawareta pojitibu na messeeji. Akarui mirai o negatta "Kenichi Suzumura Live Tour 2011 "Chronicle to the future" tokyo koen repoto" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Your opinion of the male seiyuu singer ability" (in Japanese). GMO Mobile inc. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kiramune Official Site Connect" (in Japanese). Kiramune Project. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
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