Hirotaka Suzuoki

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Hirotaka Suzuoki
Hirotaka Suzuoki.jpg
Native name 鈴置 洋孝
Born March 6, 1950
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Died August 6, 2006(2006-08-06) (aged 56)
Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1973-2006
Agent Ken Production
Notable credit(s) Saint Seiya as Dragon Shiryū
Mobile Suit Gundam as Bright Noa
Dragon Ball as Tenshinhan
Ranma ½ as Tatewaki Kuno
Pokémon as Giovanni
Rurouni Kenshin as Saitō Hajime

Hirotaka Suzuoki (鈴置 洋孝, Suzuoki Hirotaka, March 6, 1950 – August 6, 2006) was a Japanese voice actor and actor from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture who graduated from Tokyo Keizai University.

His best known roles include Mobile Suit Gundam (Bright Noa), Captain Tsubasa (Kojirou Hyuga), Saint Seiya (Dragon Shiryū), Dragon Ball (Tenshinhan), The Transformers (Starscream), Ranma ½ (Tatewaki Kuno), Rurouni Kenshin (Saitō Hajime), Pokémon (Giovanni), and Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 (Banjō Haran). He was also the official Japanese dub-voice for Tom Cruise.

In 2006, Suzuoki died at the age of 56 as a result of lung cancer.[1]


Suzuoki's most notable trait is his soft, dignified voice. He was affiliated with Ken Production, in which he worked in many animation roles.

In 1978, Suzuoki made his voice acting debut in Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3.

Suzuoki was the best friend of fellow voice actor Toru Furuya, who co-starred with him in several different series. Suzuoki felt that Furuya's Dragon Ball Yamcha character was closer to his own personality, rather than Tenshinhan whom Suzuoki played.[2] Suzuoki was a heavy smoker and drinker.

In July 2006, Suzuoki was diagnosed with lung cancer and undertook hospitalization and medical treatment, but on the morning of August 6, 2006, his health declined, and Suzuoki died at the age of 56. His ongoing roles were replaced with other voice actors.

His last voicing role was the voice of Bright Noa in Mobile Suit Z Gundam III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars, which was seen by fans as the best sendoff in Suzuoki's name.

Voice roles[edit]

Television animation[edit]


Original video animations[edit]

Theatrical animation[edit]


Video games[edit]

Note: Another Century's Episode 3, which was produced after the death of Hirotaka Suzuoki, re-used the voice tracks that has been recorded for A.C.E.1 (which also become the first title with Bright's voice after Hirotaka Suzuoki's death), making it the first game involving Bright Noa to re-use a prior recording. With characters whose voice actors are deceased, Banpresto traditionally reuses prior recordings in this way rather than record new lines with a different actor - it is expected that future productions involving Haran Banjou will continue to use Suzuoki's voice. The official replacement of Suzuoki as Bright's voice actor, due to the recording of Gundam Unicorn, with Ken Narita, is likely to result in future appearances of Bright Noa, across all series, being voiced by Narita.

Drama CDs[edit]

  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 2: Koi no Risk wa Hansenai (Isao Washizaki)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 3: Yuuwaku no Target Price (Isao Washizaki)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 4 (crossover with 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series): Ai to Yokubou no Kinyuugai (Isao Washizaki)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 5: Ai no Rating AAA (Isao Washizaki)
  • Chougonka ~Song of Eternal Hatred~ (Koujirou Samon)
  • Danna-sama, Ote wo Douzo (Takeshi Mochizuki)
  • Eden wo Tooku ni Hanarete series 3: Setsunai Yoru no Rakuen (Shinobu Takahashi)
  • Miscast series 8 & 11 (Takamizawa)
  • Okane ga nai series 4: Okane ja Kaenai (Kiyotaka Konomi)
  • Open Sesame (Hisama Kanoe)
  • Pearl series 1: Ijiwaru na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Pearl series 2: Yokubari na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Pearl series 3: Wagamama na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Pearl series 4: Kimagure na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Tsunehiko Shiragane 1 & 2 (Seiichi Kurosaki)

Dubbing roles[edit]





  1. ^ "Gundam Voice Actor Dies". Anime News Network. August 11, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  2. ^ "TV Anime Guide: Dragon Ball Tenka'ichi Densetsu". Kanzenshuu. March 30, 2004. Retrieved 2014-04-14.

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