Ichirō Nagai

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Ichirō Nagai
Ichirō Nagai.jpg
Native name
永井 一郎
Born(1931-05-10)May 10, 1931
DiedJanuary 27, 2014(2014-01-27) (aged 82)
NationalityJapanese
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1956–2014
Notable credit(s)
Sazae-san
as Namihei Isono
Mobile Suit Gundam
as Narrator
Future Boy Conan
as Dyce
Castle in the Sky
as General Muoro
Urusei Yatsura
as Cherry
Hunter × Hunter (2011)
as Isaac Netero
Spouse(s)Ayako Nagai (Wife)

Ichirō Nagai (永井 一郎, Nagai Ichirō, May 10, 1931 – January 27, 2014) was a Japanese voice actor from Ikeda, Osaka.

Career[edit]

He was previously affiliated by Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society, and was affiliated with Aoni Production at the time of his death.

Namihei Isono[edit]

Nagai was cast as Sazae-san's character, Namihei Isono, Sazae's father and patriarch of the family in the longest running Anime in 1969 alongsid co-stars Midori Katō (Sazae) and Miyoko Asō (Fune) until Chafurin filled in for him after his death.

Happosai[edit]

He was cast in 1989 until 2008 in Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma ½ as Happosai, the founder and grandmaster of Musabetsu Kakutō Ryū. He often alternates between his role as a villainous grandmaster to one as a lighthearted pervert, Alongside co-stars Kappei Yamaguchi and Megumi Hayashibara (Ranma Saotome), Kenichi Ogata (Genma), Masako Ikeda (Nodoka), Noriko Hidaka (Akane Tendo), Aso (Cologne), Hirotaka Suzuoki and Kōji Tsujitani (Tatewaki Kuno), Kōichi Yamadera (Ryoga Hibiki) and Hiromi Tsuru (Ukyo Kuonji).

Konaki Jijii[edit]

Nagai played Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitaro's Konaki Jijii, a comic, absent-minded old yōkai man who attacks enemies by clinging to them and turning himself to stone, increasing his weight and mass immensely and pinning them down between the 60s and 80s alongside Masako Nozawa and Keiko Toda (Kitaro), Isamu Tanonaka (Medama oyaji), Chikao Ohtsuka and Kei Tomiyama (Nezumi-Otoko), Nana Yamaguchi, Yuko Mita (Neko Musume), Yoko Ogushi, Keiko Yamamoto (Sunakake Baba), Yonehiko Kitagawa, Kenji Utsumi and Yusaku Yara (Nurikabe) and Jōji Yanami, Keaton Yamada and Kōsei Tomita (Ittan Momen).

Cherry[edit]

He was cast in Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura as Sakura's wandering monk uncle in 1983 alongside co-stars Toshio Furukawa (Ataru Moroboshi), Saeko Shimizu (Shinobu Miyake), Fumi Hirano (Lum Invader) and Akira Kamiya (Shutaro Mendo).

Death[edit]

On January 27, 2014, while recording narration for a program in Hiroshima, Nagai suffered a bout of myocardial infarction and was found by a hotel employee. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead; Nagai was 82 years old at the time of his death.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Television animation[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1964 Big X Dr. Hanamaru
1968 Cyborg 009 Chang Changku/Cyborg 006
GeGeGe no Kitarō Konaki Jijii Played this role in the 70s and 80s series as well
1969 Sazae-san Namihei Isono, Umihei Isono
1972 Devilman Alphonne Louis Steinbeck III
1974 Great Mazinger Spectral General Hadias
Space Battleship Yamato Dr. Sakezo Sado
1975 Maya the Bee Philip
1979 Mobile Suit Gundam Narrator, Degwin Sodo Zabi
1980 Astro Boy Detective Tawashi, Ham Egg (eps 2-3)
1981 Queen Millennia Professor Amamori
Urusei Yatsura Cherry
1985 GeGeGe no Kitarō Konaki Jijii
1986 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion
1987 Dragon Ball Tsuru-sen'nin, Korin
1988 Gegege no Kitaro: Jigoku Hen Konakii Jijii
1989 Akuma-kun Dr. Faust
Dragon Ball Z Korin
Ranma ½ Happosai
Yawara! Jigoro Inokuma
1997 Detective Conan Shuji Tsugawa
1998 Master Keaton Tahei Hiraga
2000 Soreike! Anpanman Furudokei-san
2001 Detective Conan En Kenzou Episode 252
Pocket Monsters Doctor Namba
2002 Lupin III: Episode 0: The First Contact Detective George McFly
2003 Pokémon Chronicles Doctor Nanba
2004 Detective Conan Jirokichi Suzuki
Monster Dr. Reichwein
2006 Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation Dr. Nanba Episode 176
2008 Pocket Monsters: Diamond and Pearl Dr. Nanba Episode 65
2009 Dragon Ball Kai Korin
InuYasha: The Final Act Yorei-Taisei
Hajime No Ippo: New Challenger Ginpachi Nekota
2011 Hunter × Hunter Isaac Netero Episodes 6-114
2014 Dragon Ball Kai The Final Chapters Korin

OVA[edit]

Year Title Role
1985 Vampire Hunter D D's Left Hand
1988 Dominion Tank Police Chief
1991 Yūkan Club Maotai
1993 The Cockpit Soldier Godal
2000 Grandeek Grandeek
2010 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Syam Vist

Theatrical animation[edit]

Year Title Role
1979 Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro Jodo
1984 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Mito
1985 Gegege no Kitarou Konaki Jijii
1986 Gegege no Kitarō: Yōkai Daisensō Konaki Jijii
Gegege no Kitarō: Saikyō Yōkai Gundan! Nihon Jōriku!! Konaki Jijii
Castle in the Sky General Muoro
Gegege no Kitarō: Gekitotsu!! ljigen Yōkai no Daihanran Konaki Jijii
1988 Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure Tsuru-sen'nin, Karin
1991 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge Karin
1995 2112: The Birth of Doraemon Principal Teraodai
2001 Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven Hohsui Kisaragi
2010 Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky Jirokichi Suzuki
2009 Summer Wars Mansuke Jinnouchi
2013 Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission Isaac Netero

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
2002 Kingdom Hearts Philoctetes (Phil) [2]
2007 Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Cid Pollendina [2]
2008 Soulcalibur IV Yoda [2]
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Philoctetes, Grumpy [2]
2013 Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Adaro [2]
2015 Tales of Zestiria Gramps [2]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Dubbing[edit]

Live action[edit]

Animation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loo, Egan (January 27, 2014). "Ranma 1/2's Happōsai Voice Actor Ichirô Nagai Passes Away". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ichiro Nagai - 112 Character Images | Behind The Voice Actors". behindthevoiceactors.com. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.
  3. ^ "ハリー・ポッターと死の秘宝 PART1". Fukikaeru. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "インデペンデンス・デイ[特別版]". Star Channel. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "センター・オブ・ジ・アース2 神秘の島". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "ジュラシック・パーク". Star Channel. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "ロスト・ワールド/ジュラシック・パーク". Star Channel. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "リトル★ニッキー". Warner Bros. Japan. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "ナイト ミュージアム". Star Channel. Retrieved July 23, 2019.

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