Toshio Furukawa

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Toshio Furukawa
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Furukawa in 2012
Native name 古川 登志夫
Born (1946-07-16) July 16, 1946 (age 71)
Ōhira, Shimotsuga District, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Occupation
Years active 1974–present[1]
Agent Aoni Production
Spouse(s) Shino Kakinuma

Toshio Furukawa (古川 登志夫, Furukawa Toshio, born July 16, 1946 in what is now part of the city of Tochigi [2]) is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator affiliated with Aoni Production and is married to fellow voice actress Shino Kakinuma. In July 2011, Furukawa appeared at Anime Expo as a guest.[3]

Biography[edit]

He became famous for his anime character roles in his career as Kagege (Keroro Gunso), Kai Shiden (Mobile Suit Gundam), Shin (Fist of the North Star), Asuma Shinohara (Mobile Police Patlabor), Piccolo (Dragon Ball), Ataru Moroboshi (Urusei Yatsura) and Portgas D. Ace (One Piece). His debut voice role is a soldier in Brave Raideen. Toshio is a veteran who has played a variety of characters from comedians like Ataru of Urusei Yatsura and Inumaru of Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!, to calm, serious ones like Shin from Fist of the North Star and Piccolo of the Dragon Ball series. Furthermore, Toshio is capable of performing with a "boy voice" and has played noble hot-blooded heroes such as Prince Mito of Saikyō Robo Daiōja and Kento Tate of Future Robo Daltanius.

He performed in the band Slapstick (スラップスティック) with Toru Furuya, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Yūji Mitsuya and Akio Nojima. In 2007, Slapstick got together to pay tribute to former band members Hirotaka Suzuoki and Kazuyuki Sogabe (guitar).[4]

Furukawa owns a pet dog named Asuma (遊馬), a Shih Tzu that was named after Asuma Shinohara of Patlabor.[5] His former pet was Ataru (あたる), which was named after Ataru Moroboshi of Urusei Yatsura. Ataru died in 2008 at age fifteen and was also a Shih Tzu. Tribute pages were made for both pets.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Television animation[edit]

Year Title Role
1975 Brave Raideen Soldier B
1976 Magne Robo Gakeen Houjou Takeru
1977 Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace Hideto Oboshi
1979 Future Robo Daltanius Kento Tate
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Pellinore
Mobile Suit Gundam Kai Shiden
1980 Trider G7 Genichi Ooyama
1981 Dr. Slump and Arale-chan Taro Soramame, The Sun, Narration, etc.
Urusei Yatsura Ataru Moroboshi
Saikyo Robo Daioja Prince Mito
1982 Armored Fleet Dairugger XV Aki Manabu
Combat Mecha Xabungle Blume
1983 Lightspeed ElectroGod Albegas Daisaku Enjouji
1984 Hokuto no Ken Shin
The Kabocha Wine Shunsuke Aoba
1985 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Kai Shiden
1986 Anmitsu Hime Dracula Jr.
Dragon Ball General Blue, Piccolo
Maison Ikkoku Sakamoto
1989 Dragon Ball Z Piccolo
Patlabor Asuma Shinohara
1993 Aoki Densetsu Shoot Yoshiharu Kubo
1995 Sailor Moon Super S Hawk's Eye
1996 Dragon Ball GT Piccolo, Announcer
1997 Cutie Honey Flash Alphonne
Kindaichi Case Files Hiroaki Sakurada
1998 Detective Conan Misao Yamamura
1999 The Big O Eugene Grant
One Piece Portgas D. Ace
2000 Shinzo Deathcrow
2002 Kinnikuman Nisei Series Suguru Kinniku
2004 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple Charles
Beet the Vandel Buster Laio, Frausky
Keroro Gunso Kagege
Samurai Champloo Kagemaru
2005 Eureka Seven William B. Baxter
The Law of Ueki Mūnin
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Gitsune
2006 xxxHolic Gitsune
2007 Tetsuko no Tabi Hideki Egami
2008 Soul Eater Asura/Kishin
Bleach Kageroza Inaba
2009 Dragon Ball Kai Piccolo
2011 Hunter × Hunter Satotz
2012 Saint Seiya Omega Southern Cross Kazuma
Shirokuma Cafe Tree Kangaroo
Tsuritama Narrator
2014 Mushishi: The Next Chapter Kaoru
Space Dandy Ukuleleman
2015 World Trigger Enedora
Dragon Ball Super Piccolo
Ushio and Tora Yamanmoto
2016 Mr. Osomatsu Play-by-play announcer
2018 GeGeGe no Kitarō Nezumi-Otoko
Pop Team Epic Popuko (Episode 2-B)

Original video animation (OVA)[edit]

Theatrical animation[edit]

Year Title Role
1981 Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hello! Wonder Island Taro Soramame
Mobile Suit Gundam Kai Shiden
Mobile Suit Gundam: Soldiers of Sorrow Kai Shiden
Natsu e no Tobira Lindo
1982 Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space Kai Shiden
Dr. Slump: "Hoyoyo!" Space Adventure Taro Soramame
1983 Urusei Yatsura: Only You Ataru Moroboshi
Combat Mecha Xabungle Burume
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo, Great Round-the-World Race Taro Soramame
1984 Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer Ataru Moroboshi
Lensman: Secret of The Lens Kimball Kinnison
The Kabocha Wine: Nita no Aijou Monogatari Shunsuke Aoba
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Treasure of Nanaba Castle Taro Soramame
1985 Urusei Yatsura 3: Remember My Love Ataru Moroboshi
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! Dream Capital Mechapolis Taro Soramame
Odin: Photon Sailer Starlight Akira Tsukuba
1986 Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever Ataru Moroboshi
They Were Eleven Doricas Soldam IV
High School! Kimengumi Jaki'ichi En
The Phoenix: Chapter of Ho-o Yamato no Akanemaru
1988 Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter Ataru Moroboshi
Legend of Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars Olivier Poplan)
Saint Seiya: The Legend of Crimson Youth Coma Berenices
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure General Blue
Maison Ikkoku Final Chapter Sakamoto
1989 Akuma-kun Mesphisto II
Patlabor: The Movie Asuma Shinohara
Saint Seiya: Warriors of the Final Holy Battle Thrones Mois
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Piccolo
1990 Akuma-kun: Yōkoso Akuma-Land e!! Mesphisto II
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Piccolo
MAROKO Inumaru Yomota
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Piccolo
1991 Urusei Yatsura: Always My Darling Ataru Moroboshi
Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug Piccolo
Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge Piccolo
Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler Piccolo
1992 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! Piccolo
1993 Patlabor 2: The Movie Asuma Shinohara
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan Piccolo
Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound Piccolo
1994 Ghost Sweeper Mikami Mori Ranmaru
1995 Slam Dunk: Shohoku's Greatest Challenge! Burning Hanamichi Sakuragi Michael Okita
1996 Crayon Shin-chan: Adventure in Henderland Su Noman Pa
Gegege no Kitaro: The Great Sea Beast Chinpo
2001 Metropolis General Kusai Skunk
2002 WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 Asuma Shinohara
2004 Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey Nyago
2005 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation II - Heirs To The Stars Kai Shiden
2006 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation III - Love is the Pulse of the Stars Kai Shiden
2007 Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan Taro Soramame
2008 GeGeGe no Kitarō: Japan Explodes!! Aobōzu
2009 Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser Misao Yamamura
2012 Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker Misao Yamamura
2013 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Piccolo
2015 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Piccolo

Video games[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Animation[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Notable character Result
1982 5th Anime Grand Prix Best Voice Actor Ataru Moroboshi Won

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