Nobuyuki Hiyama

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Nobuyuki Hiyama
Native name 檜山 修之
Born (1967-08-25) August 25, 1967 (age 49)
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1988–present
Agent Arts Vision
Notable credit(s)

YuYu Hakusho
as Hiei
The King of Braves GaoGaiGar
as Gai Shishioh
Fatal Fury & The King of Fighters
as Joe Higashi

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
as Link

Nobuyuki Hiyama (檜山 修之 Hiyama Nobuyuki?, born August 25, 1967[1]) is a Japanese voice actor, narrator, and radio personality currently affiliated with Arts Vision.

Hiyama's vocal register is described as a husky tenor suitable for voicing mature, young adult men. Combined with an impactful execution, he earned his reputation in voicing heroic protagonists commonly found in works of the mecha, fighting, and fantasy genres. Hiyama is recognized for his portrayal of Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho, by starring twice within the Brave Series franchise as Maito Senpuuji of The Brave Express Might Gaine and Gai Shishioh of the King of Braves GaoGaiGar; as well as providing the voice of Link within Nintendo's award-winning title, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.


Nobuyuki Hiyama was born on August 25, 1967 in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, and grew up enjoying casual amateur baseball with friends.[2] His mother was of Japanese descent born in Taiwan during the end of World War II who resettled back to Japan after the war.[3]

Greatly influenced by his father,[4] Hiyama flourished in history and social studies class since middle school, but wasn't fond of the idea of participating in extracurricular activities; yet Hiyama had no choice but to pick up at least one activity for each semester due to school regulations, and ends up wondering through Go, Shogi, and his school's Radio Club by his second-year middle school.[5] According to Hiyama, his middle school radio club experience was "in all honesty, awful." and "was bored to the point of resigning from the club" by his 3rd year and end his middle school club life with Japanese calligraphy.[6]

Upon entering high school, Hiyama believed he could "finally start pursuing his dream of not participating in any school clubs," but ends up being reluctantly dragged into his high school's radio club due to his friend, who has been schoolmates with him since middle school, wanting to join the club yet doesn't want to enter the club alone.[7] Hiyama noted his high school radio club experience was "far more interesting" than he expected, "we get to plan on what to broadcast for morning assembly, and not only that, we even produce our own radio dramas." It was through his interest in radio dramas, along with the awareness of the voice acting boom of the 70s and 80s that made Hiyama took notion early on that there were career opportunities in voice acting and that Tokyo has the training schools for them.[8]

When the time came for Hiyama to plan his career development during his senior year of high school, he resorted to the mindset of "if I had to bread-win, might as well choose the type of bread that I love to eat."[9] Therefore, his first choice was to apply for college to become a historian, while his second choice was to go into "something in relation to voice work," since he reflected how his radio club experience was the one that made him believe this will be the lifestyle that he would truly enjoy.[10] In the end, Hiyama chose to dive straight into Tokyo Announce Gakuin (now Tokyo Announce Gakuin Performing Arts College) upon graduation due to the tough application requirements of his intended history major.[11]


Debuting as a Mummy in the OVA version of the original Kaiketsu Zorori anime in 1989,[12] Hiyama spent most of his beginner years delivering newspapers to fulfill his part of the requirement as a Broadcast Scholarship recipient, while at the same time trained under Arts Vision's Nihon Narration Engi Kenkyujyo (Japan Narration Performing Arts Research Center) to improve his physical acting skills whenever he did not receive cases to work.[13] He also noted to have part-timed as a security guard for a short while, and mentioned how he deliberately hid his face in case his colleagues spot him out during a period where he has to overlook a construction site near his recording studio.[14] He received his first official role as the principal villain character, Syndrome of Studio Gallop's Chikyuu SOS Soreike Kororin, a 1992 environmentalist anime television program spanning a half-year recording schedule.[15] With his Kororin gig ending and worrying where his next paycheck will be, he received his agency's call to audition for Yu Yu Hakusho.[16] According to his commentary within Yu Yu Hakusho's Blu-ray release, he first auditioned solely for the role of Kurama, he then tried again for Hiei upon receiving the notice for Yu Yu Hakusho's second round of audition,[17] with the latter becoming his most iconic breakthrough character.


※ All filmography are organized under Japan's release by year-alphabetical order; roles labeled in Bold are either protagonists, or roles of major importance.

Television Animation[edit]


Original Video Animation (OVA)[edit]

Online Stream Animation[edit]


Theatrical Animation[edit]

Year Title Role
1993 Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie Hiei
1994 Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture Joe Higashi
1994 Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report Hiei
1995 Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie (Ami's First Love) Mercurius
1998 Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Miller's Report Shiro Amada
2005 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation Hayato Kobayashi
2006 Bleach: Memories of Nobody Ikkaku Madarame
2006 Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior Shuren
2006 Keroro Gunsō the Super Movie Kogoro
2012 .hack//The Movie Balto (Tomohiko Okano's avatar)
2014 Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back John Yamada
2016 One Piece Film: Gold Narushi [18]
2017 The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl Johnny

Video Games[edit]


Mobile and Pachinko Games[edit]

Further information: Mobile game
Further information: Pachinko
Year Duration Title Role Developer
2010-2013 Pachinko: CR Sengoku Bushou Retsuden ~Date Masamune~ Date Masamune Newgin
2013-(still running) Pachinko: CR B't X Teppei Takamiya Takao
2014-(still running) Mobile: Granblue Fantasy SSR: Six Cygames
2014-2015 Mobile: 3594e -Sangokushi Eiga- EX/SR: Zhang Fei

EX/SR: Xiahou Dun

Square Enix
2016- Mobile: Tales of Asteria Veigue Lungberg Bandai Namco Games
2016/06- 2016/12/20[25] Mobile: NEW WORLD Vol. 1: Maiden of Silver Tears SR/R+/R: Balmung [26] CyberConnect2
2016/06- Mobile: Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin Balgo [27] Square Enix
2016/06- Mobile: Shinobi Nightmare Nobunaga[28] Fuji&Gumi Games
2016/10- Mobile: World Chain Takeshi Miyamoto [29] Sega
2016/11- Mobile: Monster Strike Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho collaboration event) XFLAG (subsidiary of Mixi)
2017/01- Mobile: Super Robot Wars X-Ω Guy Shishioh (The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final event) Sega, B.B. Studio, Bandai Namco


※ In alphabetical order


Year Title Role
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook)
1998 Beast Wars Rampage
2000 Dragonheart: A New Beginning Mansel (Matt Hickey)
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Barry Allen/The Flash
2010 Transformers Animated Longarm/Shockwave
2016 Pili Puppet Drama: Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken yūki

※ Special overseas collaboration between Taiwan's Pili International Multimedia, Japan's Nitro+, and Good Smile Company

Setsumusho (Shā Wú Shēng)[30]

Live Performance[edit]

Year Title Role
1993~1995 Yu Yu Hakusho Cross–Country Concert Tour

※ Hiyama reminisced along with Nozomu Sasaki, Shigeru Chiba, and Megumi Ogata about the events within Yu Yu Hakusho's blu-ray box commentary.[31]

Himself / Hiei
2004 fasti & LUSTER Concert Tour

※ Collaborated with Mitsuki Saiga's concert tour.

2005 BLEACH SOUL SONIC 2005 "Summer" Himself / Ikkaku Madarame
2008 Tales of Festival 2008 Himself / Veigue Lungberg
2009 TeniPuriFes 2009 Himself / Jackal Kuwahara
2010 Tales of Festival 2010 Himself / Veigue Lungberg
2011 TeniPuriFes 2011 in Budokan Himself / Jackal Kuwahara
2013 TeniPuriFes 2013 Himself / Jackal Kuwahara
2016 Super Robot Wars 25th Anniversary Celebration

※ Includes SRW's 25th Anniversary product announcement.

Himself [32]
2016/09/11 Thunderbolt Fantasy Gratitude Event@Taipei Himself / Shā Wú Shēng

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Role
2014 「Walkin' Loopin' Party」Music Video feat. Nobuyuki Hiyama EMERGENCY (NEW YOUNG, CRAZY YU, DANCING YUKARI) Narrator and Villain


Personal Music Albums[edit]

Release Date Album Catalog Number
June 1, 1995 Prototype VPCG-84250
December 20, 1996 Syogyo Mujyo: All things are in flux and nothing is permanent VPCG-84606
September 18, 2003 fasti AKCJ-80033
March 12, 2008 Hi-Son: Hiyama Song XNCG-10004

Character Image Song Albums and Singles[edit]

Further information: Image song
Release Date Title Portrayed Role Catalog Number Note
August 20, 1993 Yu Yu Hakusho Music Battle Hen Hiei MRCA-20020 Album
December 16, 1993 The Brave Express Might Gaine Uta no Album Maito Senpuuji VICL-437 Album
December 17, 1993 Yu Yu Hakusho Netsushou Hen ~Karaoke Battle Royale~ Hiei MRCA-20028 Album
June 8, 1994 Yu Yu Hakusho Meikai Shitō Hen: Honō no Kizuna ~Hiei no Shou~ Hiei TYDY-2062 Single
August 19, 1994 Yu Yu Hakusho Music Battle Hen 2 Hiei MRCA-20042 Album
December 16, 1994 Yu Yu Hakusho Music Battle Hen 3 ~Makai Densetsu~ Hiei MRCA-20052 Album
December 16, 1994 Ginga Sengoku Gun'yūden Rai Original Soundtrack Vol.2

※ Includes character image songs

Rai Ryuga APCM-5055 Album
August 26, 1996 B't X Hikari to Kaze no Rondo 1: Kimi wo Mamoritai Teppei Takamiya PODX-1014 Single
March 25, 1999 Initial D Vocal Battle Takeshi Nakazato AVCT-15000 Album
January 26, 2000 Initial D Vocal Battle: Second Stage Takeshi Nakazato AVCA-14003 Album
March 27, 2002 Shaman King Character Song Album Zen (BoZ Brothers) KICA-570 Album
September 3, 2003 Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Clovers' Graffiti 3: Kazuma Suzuka Kazuma Suzuka KMCM-25 Single
March 14, 2004 Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Image Song Collection ~Be Mine~ Kazuma Suzuka KMCA-192 Album
May 12, 2004 Prince of Tennis Best of Rival Players XVIII: Jackal Kuwahara & Bunta Marui Jackal Kuwahara NECM-11027 Single
February 24, 2006 Mizu no Senritsu Character Song ~Futari no Another Story~ Drop IV: HUNTER Tetsuo Katase VGCD-0027 Single
August 2, 2006 Bleach Beat Collection 2nd Session: 03 Ikkaku Madarame SVWC-7382 Single
September 20, 2006 Growlanser: Heritage of War Original Character Song Album Gyarick PCCG-00813 Album
June 20, 2008 Houkago wa Gin no Shirabe: Mishiro Takaya Hen Takaya Mishiro FPBD-0064 Single
January 28, 2009 Prince of Tennis Roman-Ranman Jackal Kuwahara NECA-10118 Single
March 24, 2010 Samurai Warriors 3 Sen: Retsuka Ougi Date Masamune KECH-1546 Album
May 25, 2011 Samurai Warriors 3Z Ten: Gouka Ougi Date Masamune KECH-1577/8 Album
July 16, 2014 Prince of Tennis II: RIKKAI SUPER STARS Jackal Kuwahara NECA-33003 Album
February 17, 2016 Ketteiban: Yu Yu Hakusho Anime Theme Song & Character Song Best Album

Remastered album.

Hiei PCCK-20121 Album

Drama CDs[edit]

※ Determined by role's first appearance within the product.

Release Date Series / Title Role Catalog Number
October 21, 1997 Weiß Kreuz Dramatic Collection I ~The Holy Children~ Jake K MMCM-1003
September 26, 2003 S.S.D.S. 〜Super Stylish Doctors Story〜 (Full Franchise) Kiwamu Kimijima LACA-5206
December 2004 Shueisha Drama CD: Yu Yu Hakusho Hiei SCD-905850
March 2005 Shueisha Drama CD: Yu Yu Hakusho 2 Hiei SCD-909113
October 21, 2005 Tales of Rebirth Drama CD series Veigue Lungberg FCCT-0034 (Vol.1)
August 25, 2006 Fushigi Yūgi Genbu Kaiden (Volumes 4, 5, and various premium short dramas) Hikitsu MMCC-4102 (Vol.4)
December 21, 2006 Ai Death Gun (Full 6 Volumes) Reiji Sagimiya LACA-5591 (Vol.1)
October 28, 2015 Youkoso Seiyuu Ryohe! (Welcome to our Voice Actor Dormitory!) Room 201 ~The Dialect Actor~ Taiga Mizuno EYC1-10564

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ KONAMI (June 30, 2003). はばたきウォッチャー2003夏号. NTT. p. 33. ISBN 4-7571-8144-2. 
  3. ^ Nobuyuki Hiyama (August 17, 2014). 動漫最前線ANIC FRONT at Fancy Frontier 24 (in Mandarin&Japanese). Taipei, Taiwan: MY KIDS TV. 
  4. ^ Nobuyuki Hiyama (January 21, 1995). Voice Actor 30 VOL.2 (VHS) (in Japanese). Japan: ハピネット・ピクチャーズ. 
  5. ^ KONAMI (June 30, 2003). はばたきウォッチャー2003夏号. NTT. p. 33. ISBN 4-7571-8144-2. 
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  7. ^ Location (June 30, 2003). はばたきウォッチャー2003夏号. NTT. p. 33. ISBN 4-7571-8144-2. 
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  9. ^ 三木, 浩也 (June 1, 1998). 「今さら友だちのWA!!(檜山修之→?)」『アニメV 1998年6月号』. 学習研究社. p. 112. 
  10. ^ 三木, 浩也 (June 1, 1998). 「今さら友だちのWA!!(檜山修之→?)」『アニメV 1998年6月号』. 学習研究社. p. 112. 
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  12. ^ Koyasu, Takehito (host) (20 August 2009). "「名作見るならブルーレイ? それともDVD?」". アニメ店長!子安・岩田のVOICEきゃらびぃ. Season archive. Episode 78. アニメイトTV. 
  13. ^ KONAMI (June 30, 2003). はばたきウォッチャー2003夏号. NTT. p. 34. ISBN 4-7571-8144-2. 
  14. ^ 三木, 浩也 (June 1, 1998). 「今さら友だちのWA!!(檜山修之→?)」『アニメV 1998年6月号』. 学習研究社. p. 112. 
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