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Kōichi Yamadera (山寺 宏一, Yamadera Kōichi, born June 17, 1961) is a Japanese actor, voice actor, narrator and singer from Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture.[1][2] He graduated from Tohoku Gakuin University's economics school and is currently affiliated with Across Entertainment. Before that, he was affiliated with the Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society.[1]

Kōichi Yamadera
Native name
山寺 宏一
Born (1961-06-17) June 17, 1961 (age 58)
Occupation
Years active1985–present
AgentAcross Entertainment
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Spouse(s)

His nickname is Yama-chan (山ちゃん).[1] As a radio personality, he is known as Bazooka Yamadera (バズーカ山寺, Bazūka Yamadera)[1] among other things. He is best known for his roles in Ninja Scroll (as Jūbei Kibagami), Cowboy Bebop (as Spike Spiegel), Dragon Ball Super (as Beerus), Ghost in the Shell (as Togusa), Neon Genesis Evangelion (as Ryoji Kaji), Anpanman (as Cheese), Ranma ½ (as Ryōga Hibiki/P-chan and the Jusenkyō Guide) and the current voice of Koichi Zenigata (Lupin III).[3] He is also known for voicing Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy in the Japanese language releases of their respective films,[4] as well as being the official dubbed voice of Donald Duck in Japanese. During the film Batman Ninja, he also known for the dubbed voice of Batman.

HistoryEdit

He was the manager of the Tagajō Senior High School basketball team before he made a name for himself. His voice acting debut was the OVA Megazone 23 as the motorcycle-riding Shinji Nakagawa,[4] while his television debut was the anime Bosco Adventure as the cowardly Otter. Yamadera's break-out role as a voice actor was the anime Ranma ½, in which he played the dual role of Hibiki Ryōga and the Jusenkyō Guide. In 1991, Yamadera joined forces with Toshihiko Seki and Noriko Hidaka to form the acting unit Banana Fritters (バナナフリッターズ, Banana Furittāsu), which disbanded in 1995. In October 1997, Yamadera became a host on the TV Tokyo children's variety show Oha Suta.[4]

In 2011, Yamadera took over the role of Koichi Zenigata in Lupin III media from Gorō Naya.[5]

In a 2012 article by Japan Times, it was mentioned that he didn't consider to do voice acting at first and he was interested to be in sales or as a live-action actor.[6]

Yamadera's also known for his versatile range, as shown in the video game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony where he voiced all five Monokubs, including Monophanie, marking her as Yamadera's first and only female role. According to Danganronpa V3 official blog, Yamadera is the first person it comes to mind when you think of “the same person voicing multiple characters at the same time”. No one has as much “multiple characters” experience as him and no one has that same high quality in making themselves sound like completely different people. He took the individual quirks of each Monokuma Kubs and made all of them unique.

Personal lifeEdit

Yamadera married fellow voice actress Mika Kanai in May 23, 1993. They divorced in 2006, although it wasn't publicized until 2007.[7][8][3] He married Japanese voice actress Rie Tanaka on June 17, 2012, with a ceremony held in Hawaii on January 3, 2013.[9] In August 2018, they announced they filed for divorce.[10]

FilmographyEdit

Television animationEdit

1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1995
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
  • Detective Conan (Masateru Hira (episode 449))
  • Oh! Edo Rocket (Ginjirō the Locksmith)
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Sources:[12][13]

Original video animation (OVA)Edit

Sources:[13]

Film animationEdit

1986
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Sources:[2][4][12][13][18][19][20]

Web animationEdit

Video gamesEdit

1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2016–2017
2018

Sources:[13]

Dubbing rolesEdit

Live-actionEdit

TelevisionEdit

AnimationEdit

Sources:[13]

PuppetryEdit

Television dramaEdit

Sources:[2]

Live-action filmsEdit

Sources:[1][18][19]

TokusatsuEdit

Sources:[88][89][90]

Variety showsEdit

Sources:[1][2][91]

RadioEdit

CDsEdit

Drama CDsEdit

SinglesEdit

  • GLORY DAYS, (1992)
  • Tsukareta, (1996)
  • Jabba Jabba Morning/OHA OHA Starter (with Raymond), (1998)
  • Tensai Bakabon no Kuku ha Korediinoda!!, (1999)
  • Utau, (2000)
  • Hustle (Kaiketsu Zorori Opening Theme), (2004)
  • Ajyapā (with Rikako Aikawa and Motoko Kumai) (Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori First Opening Theme), (2005)
  • Zekkōchō, (Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori Second Opening Theme), (2006)
  • Sākuru Obu raifu (The Lion King Opening Theme)

OtherEdit

  • December 17, 1993 Aladdin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Japanese Version)
    "Friend Like Me"
    "Ali Ōji no Tōri"
  • March 18, 2000 Ashita Ninattara... (Donkey Kong Country opening and ending)
    "Ashita Ninattara..." (Donkey (Kōichi Yamadera) and Diddy (Megumi Hayashibara))
    "Banana Tengoku" (Donkey (Kōichi Yamadera) and Diddy (Megumi Hayashibara))
  • March 10, 2004 Tōkyō Disneyland: Feel the Magic
    "Friend Like Me"
    "Hitoribocchi no Bansankai"
  • March 24, 2004 Hustle (Kaiketsu Zorori opening)
    Hustle
  • January 25, 2006 Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack
    "Swim This Way" (Disc 2, Track 3)
    "Under the Sea" (Disc 2, Track 5)
    "A New Day is Dawning" (Disc 2, Track 7)

Sources:[13]

CommercialsEdit

Sources:[1][13]

OtherEdit

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