Kōichi Yamadera

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Kōichi Yamadera
Born (1961-06-17) June 17, 1961 (age 52)
Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Other names Yama-chan, Bazooka Yamadera
Occupation Actor, tarento, voice actor
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s) Mika Kanai (1994-2006)
Rie Tanaka (2012 - present)

Kōichi Yamadera (山寺 宏一 Yamadera Kōichi?, born June 17, 1961) is a Japanese voice actor, actor, tarento, narrator, master of ceremonies and impressionist from Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture.[1][2] He graduated from Tohoku Gakuin University's economics school, and is currently affiliated with Across Entertainment. Before that, he was affiliated with the Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society.[1]

His nickname is Yama-chan (山ちゃん Yama-chan?).[1] As a radio personality, he is known as Bazooka Yamadera (バズーカ山寺 Bazūka Yamadera?)[1] among other things. He is best known for his roles in Ninja Scroll (as Jūbei Kibagami), Cowboy Bebop (as Spike Spiegel and Ein), Ghost in the Shell (as Togusa), Neon Genesis Evangelion (as Ryoji Kaji), Anpanman (as Cheese), Ranma ½ (as Ryōga Hibiki/P-chan and the Jusenkyō Guide) and the current voice of Koichi Zenigata (Lupin III).[3] He is known for voicing Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy in the Japanese language releases of their respective films.[4]

History[edit]

He was the manager of the Tagajō Senior High School basketball team before he made a name for himself. His voice-acting debut was the OVA Megazone 23 as the motorcycle-riding Shinji Nakagawa,[4] while his television debut was the anime Bosco Adventure as the cowardly Otter. Yamadera's break-out role as a voice actor was the anime Ranma ½, in which he played the dual role of Hibiki Ryōga and the Jusenkyō Guide. In 1991, Yamadera joined forces with Toshihiko Seki and Noriko Hidaka to form the acting unit Banana Fritters (バナナフリッターズ Banana Furittāsu?), which disbanded in 1995. In October 1997, Yamadera became a host on the TV Tokyo children's variety show Oha Suta.[4] Yamadera married fellow voice actress Mika Kanai in 1994 and they stayed married for twelve years until divorcing on the spring of 2006 (though the divorce wasn't made public until late 2007).[5][6] Kanai is said to have kept their 4-story house, while Yamadera lives in an apartment in Tokyo.[3] In 2011, Yamadera took over the role of Koichi Zenigata in Lupin III media from Gorō Naya.[7]

Yamadera's second and current marriage is to Japanese voice actress Rie Tanaka. They got married on June 17, 2012 and officially wed in Hawaii on Oahu island on January 3, 2013.[8]

Career[edit]

Roles[edit]

Television animation[edit]

1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1995
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
  • Meitantei Conan (Masateru Hira (episode 449))
  • Oh! Edo Rocket (Ginjirō the Locksmith)
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2014

Sources:[10][11]

OVA[edit]

Sources:[11]

Theater animation[edit]

1986
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

Sources:[2][4][10][11][12][13]

Web animation[edit]

Video games[edit]

Sources:[11]

Dubbing roles[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Animation[edit]

Other[edit]

Sources:[11]

Television drama[edit]

Sources:[2]

Live-action films[edit]

Sources:[1][12][13]

Tokusatsu[edit]

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Variety shows[edit]

Sources:[1][2][14]

Radio[edit]

CDs[edit]

Drama CDs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • GLORY DAYS, (1992)
  • Tsukareta, (1996)
  • Jabba Jabba Morning/OHA OHA Starter (with Raymond), (1998)
  • Tensai Bakabon no Kuku ha Korediinoda!!, (1999)
  • Utau, (2000)
  • Hustle (Kaiketsu Zorori Opening Theme), (2004)
  • Ajyapā (with Rikako Aikawa and Motoko Kumai) (Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori First Opening Theme), (2005)
  • Zekkōchō, (Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori Second Opening Theme), (2006)
  • Sākuru Obu raifu (The Lion King Opening Theme)

Other[edit]

  • December 17, 1993 Aladdin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Japanese Version)
    "Friend Like Me"
    "Ali Ōji no Tōri"
  • March 18, 2000 Ashita Ninattara... (Donkey Kong Country opening and ending)
    "Ashita Ninattara..." (Donkey (Kōichi Yamadera) and Diddy (Megumi Hayashibara))
    "Banana Tengoku" (Donkey (Kōichi Yamadera) and Diddy (Megumi Hayashibara))
  • March 10, 2004 Tōkyō Disneyland: Feel the Magic
    "Friend Like Me"
    "Hitoribocchi no Bansankai"
  • March 24, 2004 Hustle (Kaiketsu Zorori opening)
    Hustle
  • January 25, 2006 Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack
    "Swim This Way" (Disc 2, Track 3)
    "Under the Sea" (Disc 2, Track 5)
    "A New Day is Dawning" (Disc 2, Track 7)

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Commercials[edit]

Sources:[1][11]

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "山寺 宏一". Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d "山寺宏一 PROFILE". Oricon. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  3. ^ a b Alicia Keys Plays Free Show in Tokyo, Japan Entertainment News - November 30, 2007
  4. ^ a b c d "山寺宏一". Yahoo!映画. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  5. ^ "かないみか、山寺宏一との離婚ノーコメント". ZakZak. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  6. ^ "山寺宏一ドッキリ…離婚?「大丈夫」". Daily Sports Online. 2007-12-15. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Lupin III's Voice Cast Changed for 1st Time in 16 Years". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  8. ^ Voice Actor Kouichi Yamadera, Voice Actress Rie Tanaka Get Married
  9. ^ "3rd Annual Seiyū Award Winners Officially Announced (Updated) - Anime News Network". Anime News Network. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  10. ^ a b "山寺宏一のプロフィール". Talent Schedule. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g 涌井 貴之 (Waqui Takayuki) (2004-05-23). "山寺 宏一 (Yamadera Kouichi)". Seiyuu Database WWW version. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  12. ^ a b "山寺宏一". goo 映画. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  13. ^ a b "山寺宏一". Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  14. ^ "おはスタ やまちゃん大解剖". Shogakukan Productions. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

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