Showtaro Morikubo

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Showtaro Morikubo
森久保 祥太郎
Born (1974-02-25) February 25, 1974 (age 47)
Other namesShō (祥ちゃん, Shō-chan)[1]
Moriri (もりり)
Alma materTama Art University
Occupation
Years active1996–present
AgentAdd9th
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2007; div. 2009)

Female non-celebrity
(m. 2014)
Children1
Websiteadd9th.co.jp

Showtaro Morikubo (森久保 祥太郎, Morikubo Shōtarō, born February 25,[2] 1974) is a Japanese actor, voice actor[3] and singer who has voiced characters in anime, drama CDs, and video games. He was formerly affiliated with I'm Enterprise, Sigma Seven and VIMS. His most notable roles were Shikamaru Nara from Naruto, X in the Mega Man X series and Yosuke Hanamura from Persona 4.

Biography[edit]

Morikubo graduated from Third Junior & Senior High School of Nihon University in 1992,[4] and dropped out of Tama Art University. Before becoming a full-fledged voice actor, he worked at a talent agency, and was recruited by people in the voice acting industry who saw a performance by the Onigiri Skippers, a theater troupe he founded with his seniors from the lab party he attended in elementary school. During his first dubbing session, he made sounds out of flipping pages on the script because he had no experience as a voice actor at that time. The script for the first episode had four pages of long dialogues from the first page, and the sound director said that he would never have let him do the role if he had known he would talk so much.[5] He made his voice acting debut in 1996 as a Mini 4 Fighter in Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!!. The show was supposed to finish in a year, but due to its unexpected popularity, it became a long-running production, and he moved from the agency where he had worked as an actor to a voice acting agency. Since then, he has been active in a variety of fields including animation, games, radio personality, music, and stage.

After working at Sigma Seven,[2] Morikubo moved to VIMS, an office affiliated with Arts Vision.

In 1998, he and voice actor Hideo Ishikawa started a music unit called "Anzu" (derived from the only fruit Morikubo could eat), and in 1999, they formed the band "AN's ALL STARS" with other band members. In August of the same year, he formed the band "Mosquito Milk".

In 2001, Morikubo made his solo debut under the Capcom Suleputer label, and in 2008, he debuted again under the Lantis label. In 2010, he formed "Buzzy→Bee" as a solo project, and in January 2015, he became the second DJ of the long-running bayfm program "KEIYOGINKO POWER COUNTDOWN JAPAN HOT 30".

In 2016, he received the Kei Tomiyama Memorial Award at the 10th Seiyu Awards.[6] In 2020, he received the Personality Award at the 14th Seiyu Awards.[7]

On August 31, 2018, Morikubo left VIMS.[8] On September 1 of the same year, he established Add9th and assumed the position of its representative director.[9]

Morikubo married fellow voice actress Yū Asakawa on February 22, 2007. In a blog post in 2009, Asakawa revealed that the two had amicably divorced due to differences in personality.[10] Exact dates of the divorce are undisclosed.

On July 4, 2014, Morikubo posted on his blog that he had gotten married that week to a "regular woman" with no involvement in the entertainment industry.[11] On December 28, 2017, he announced on an episode of his radio show The BAY☆LINE that he had become a father to a daughter earlier in the year. He later reaffirmed the news via Twitter.[12]

He and Kentarō Itō call each other their best friend.[13] Morikubo has been in charge of the stage music for the K-Show theater company, which Itō presides over, since its inception.[13][14]

Morikubo has been given the nicknames Morishow, Show-chan, and Chichikubo by his fans.

Filmography[edit]

Anime television[edit]

1996
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Anime films[edit]

Video games[edit]

1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2021

Drama CDs[edit]

  • ... Virgin Love – Kazuki
  • Ao no Kiseki series 5: Persona Non Grata – Majera
  • Be My Princess – Prince Keith
  • Code:Realize ~Sousei no Himegimi~ as Impey Barbicane
  • Gaki no Ryoubun series 2–5, Kaoru Nitta
  • Hana-KimiShuichi Nakatsu
  • Junjou Boy series 1–2, Ritsu Asaka
  • Kageki series 1–5, Shikyuriru/Shiki
  • Mars – Rei Kashino
  • Sakurazawa vs Hakuhou series 2: Houkengo no Nayameru Kankei – Katsumi Hirose
  • SEVENTH HEAVEN – Kanade
  • Superior – Exa
  • WRITERZ – Hyoma Kiritani

Tokusatsu[edit]

Dubbing[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Animation[edit]

Solo discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

zui (, lit. "marrow) is the first solo album by Showtaro Morikubo, released in 2001. "The Answer" and "Moon Light" were the album's promotional tracks, being used in the video game series Rockman X as the opening themes to Rockman X6. "The Answer" appeared as the album's only single, paired with the B-side "Happy Monday Man". The concert for this album – later released on DVD and included the promotional video for "The Answer" – is entitled "Showtaro Morikubo Live House Tour '01 ~Okubyō Mono no G Kōi~" (臆病者のG行為 lit. "G Conduct of a Coward").

  1. Build Up!!! [鍛]
  2. Power
  3. G Kōi (G行為 lit. "G Conduct")
  4. Karada Kensa (身体検査 lit. "Physical Examination")
  5. Rainy Day
  6. The Answer
  7. Hedgehog Peter
  8. Okubyō Mono (臆病者 lit. "Coward")
  9. Moon Light
  10. End of the Sky

kyo (叫〜kyo〜 lit. "exclaim")

  1. 叫〜kyo〜
  2. Key
  3. dizzy candy
  4. DoPaMiNe
  5. My Destination
  6. Crazy night
  7. Never surrender
  8. Home sweet home
  9. Parallel World
  10. Catharsis-Dinner
  11. Whenever I go
  12. UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  13. Ride Free
  14. never ends...

rin (凛〜rin〜 lit. "frigid)

  1. Introduction Rin
  2. Let's get started
  3. Cloudy sky
  4. D.I.G.
  5. MIRROR
  6. 〜interlude〜 「Detox」
  7. Fatboy
  8. nothing to lose
  9. gravIty
  10. Stand down
  11. Water in the tub
  12. Mr.CLOWN

Solo singles[edit]

  • The Answer
  • being the TRY
  • Lazy Mind
  • Ride Free
  • Parallel World
  • Stand down
  • Mr.CLOWN
  • CHAIN REACTION
  • TRIBALISM ~sunrise side~
  • TRIBALISM ~sunset side~
  • Focus
  • PHANTOM PAIN
  • TRUTH

Other discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Hard Spirit is an album released from one of Morikubo's most popular voice actor units, Heart-beat, in which he paired up with fellow voice actor Hiroki Takahashi. The album spawned two singles, "Shootin' Stars" and "Continued". This album was also featured in a three part live action series, "Cross Chord", a drama starring both voice actors as the lead characters. In addition to the main album, both Morikubo and Takahashi released separate albums (titled Show and Hero for each artist, respectively) containing solo versions of the Hard Spirit songs, along with two exclusively solo tracks, each (both of which are also included on "Hard Spirit"). Morikubo sings alone in "Hurry Up Drive" and "Change or Never change", and Takahashi's solos are "Thanks for..." and "Believe me".

  1. Cross Chord
  2. Shootin' Stars (Movie Version)
  3. Continued (Movie Version)
  4. Hurry Up Drive
  5. Change or Never Change
  6. Thanks for...
  7. Believe Me
  8. Shootin' Stars (Single Version)
  9. Continued (Single Version)

Singles[edit]

  • CONTINUED
  • Shootin' stars

Notable songs[edit]

  • "Moon Light", used in Rockman X6 as the main opening theme.
  • "The Answer", used as a second opening theme for the aforementioned game.
  • "Lazy Mind", used as the ending theme for Rockman X7. It is still heard in the English release of the game, but is instrumental only.
  • "Begin the Try" (begin the TRY), used as the second ending theme to the anime Rockman.EXE.

DVD[edit]

  • Showtaro Morikubo Okubyō Mono no G Kōi Live House Tour '01
  • Cross Chord (Volumes 1–3)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2016 10th Seiyu Awards Kei Tomiyama Memorial Award Won

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