Tesshō Genda

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Tesshō Genda
Native name
玄田 哲章
Mitsuo Yokoi

(1948-05-20) May 20, 1948 (age 70)
Years active1970–present
Agent81 Produce
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)

Tesshō Genda (玄田 哲章, Genda Tesshō, born May 20, 1948) is a Japanese actor and voice actor.[1] He is employed by the talent management firm 81 Produce.[1] When he debuted, he used his real name, Mitsuo Yokoi (横居 光雄, Yokoi Mitsuo).[1] as artist name. Because he had experience with ballet, he was known by the nickname "Pirouette Genda."[2][irrelevant citation] Along with such well-known voice actors such as Akio Ōtsuka, Shigeru Chiba and Kōichi Yamadera, Genda is one of Japan's most prolific voice actors, with 234 roles credited to his name as of September 25, 2007.

Among his other credits, he has performed the roles of Masami Iwaki (Dokaben), Suppaman (Dr. Slump), Gō Reietsu (High School! Kimengumi), Optimus Prime (A.K.A. Convoy) (The Transformers), Umibouzu (City Hunter), Ichimi Araiwa (Cooking Papa), and Action Kamen (Crayon Shin-chan) and is the current Japanese voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh media.

Like his Canadian counterpart Peter Cullen, Tesshō reprised the role of Optimus Prime (Convoy) in the Japanese dub of the 2007 Transformers movie. He is best known as the Japanese voice of Batman in numerous animated television series and animated films. Like his American counterpart Kevin Conroy, Tesshō also reprised the role of Batman in the Japanese dub of Batman: Gotham Knight. He also voices Kratos in the Japanese versions of the God of War video game series.

In February 2010, he received a Merit Awards from the 4th Seiyu Awards.[3]

In addition to the names above, Genda's name is sometimes romanized in credits as Tessyou Genda, Tetsuaki Genda, and Tetsusyo Genda, though the latter two spellings/romanizations of his name are incorrect.


The roles below are listed in chronological order, with the show title in italics followed by the dates of the series and the characters' names in parentheses.




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Original video animation (OVA)[edit]


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Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
1997 Mega Man Legends Teisel Bonne [9]
1997 Tales of Destiny Mighty Kongman, Tiberius Tōkei [9]
1998 Thousand Arms Bolt [9]
2000 Mega Man Legends 2 Teisel Bonne [9]
2002 Kingdom Hearts Tigger [9]
2003 DreamMix TV World Fighters Convoy/Optimus Prime [9]
2005 Namco × Capcom Unknown Soldier 2P, Mike Haggar [9]
2005 Tales of the Abyss Largo the Black Lion [9]
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Azul [9]
2007 Final Fantasy IV Yang [9]
2009 Bayonetta Rodin [9]
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Tigger [9]
2010 Xenoblade Chronicles Xord [9]
2014 Bayonetta 2 Rodin [9]
2015 Xenoblade Chronicles X Vandham [9][10]
2016 Dragon Quest Heroes II King Orenka [9]
2017 Nioh Honda Tadakatsu [9]
2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Vandham [9]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Tigger [9]

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Dubbing roles[edit]












CD drama[edit]




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  2. ^ 羊の糸紡ぎ うぇるかむ、可愛いもの。 (in Japanese). 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  3. ^ "Some of the 4th Annual Seiyū Award Winners Revealed". Anime News Network. February 16, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "『サイボーグ 009』". Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  5. ^ a b c Tesshô Genda on IMDb
  6. ^ a b c d e 玄田哲章 (in Japanese). 81 Produce. Archived from the original on 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  7. ^ Scott, A. O. "Tessho Genda - Filmography - Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  8. ^ a b "CinemaScape/玄田哲章" (in Japanese). CinemaScape. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Tessho-Genda/
  10. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2015/01/22/outstanding-japanese-voice-cast-hired-xenoblade-chronicles-x-says-producer
  11. ^ "アフターマス【Blu-ray】". Rakuten. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "パッセンジャー". Fukikaeru. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "映画「ジョン・ウィック:チャプター2」BD&DVD日本語吹替に森川智之、櫻井孝宏ら". ponycanyon. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  14. ^ "堺雅人がクリストファー・ロビン役に!「プーさんはあなどれません」". Nifty. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "川本克彦、大塚明夫、江原正士らが吹き替え! 『マーティン/呪われた吸血少年』BD、12月21日発売". Voice-style. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "巨大ヤプール&超獣バキシム襲来!ギンガ&ビクトリーとのウルトラタッグバトル!" (in Japanese). blog.m-78.jp. 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  17. ^ "『ウルトラマンオーブ THE ORIGIN SAGA』全12話見放題配信中。玄田哲章さんのナレーションによる新PV公開!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-03-26.

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