Kei Tomiyama

Kunichika Tomiyama (冨山 邦親, Tomiyama Kunichika, October 31, 1938 – September 25, 1995), better known by his stage name Kei Tomiyama (富山 敬, Tomiyama Kei), was a Japanese actor, voice actor, and narrator born in Anshan, Manchukuo. Tomiyama was affiliated with Aoni Production and Production Baobab.

Kei Tomiyama
富山 敬
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冨山 邦親 (Kunichika Tomiyama)

(1938-10-31)October 31, 1938
DiedSeptember 25, 1995(1995-09-25) (aged 56)
Years active1960–1995
AgentProduction Baobab
Height162 cm (5 ft 4 in)

Tomiyama is best known for his roles in Tiger Mask (Naoto Date/Tiger Mask), Space Battleship Yamato (Susumu Kodai), UFO Robo Grendizer (Duke Fleed/Daisuke Umon), the Time Bokan series (Narrator), GeGeGe no Kitaro 3rd Series (Nezumi-Otoko), Chibi Maruko-chan (Tomozō Sakura, Shintarō Honami), and Legend of the Galactic Heroes (Yang Wen-li).


Kunichika Tomiyama was born on October 13, 1938 in Anshan, Fengtian, Manchukuo (in modern-day China).[1][2] Tomiyama dropped out of Nihon University's art department. His first few roles were secondary characters in shows such as Gigantor (1963), Prince Planet (1965), Astro Boy (1965), Oraa Guzura Dado (1967), Speed Racer (1967), Ōgon Bat (1967), Princess Knight (1967), Animal 1 (1968), and Dokachin the Primitive Boy (1968). He was affiliated multiple talent agencies during his career, including Aoni Production[3] and Production Baobab.[4]

His first starring role was as Sabu in Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae in 1968.[5] He became a popular voice actor with his distinctively tender voice, portraying numerous roles during his career, ranging from heroic to comedic, and young to old.[5]

At 9:07 AM on September 25, 1995, Tomiyama suddenly died of pancreatic cancer in Shinjuku, Tokyo at the age of 56.[1][2][6] In 2007, Tomiyama was posthumously awarded the Special Achievement Award at the first Seiyu Awards.[7]


After Tomiyama's death, a number of voice actors took over his ongoing roles.

In the Harlock Saga, in addition to replacing Tomiyama as Tochiro, Kōichi Yamadera also supplied the voice of Captain Harlock which up to that point was done by Makio Inoue who is still living.


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  1. ^ a b 訃報 富山敬氏 [Obituary: Mr. Kei Tomiyama]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). September 27, 1995. p. 31.
  2. ^ a b 富山敬|アニメキャラ・プロフィール・出演情報・最新情報まとめ [Kei Tomiyama: Anime character, profile, appearance information, and the latest information] (in Japanese). Animate Times. Archived from the original on May 9, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  3. ^ 日本タレント名鑑(1977年版) [Nihon Tarento Meikan (1977 edition)]. VIP Times-sha. September 1977. p. 118.
  4. ^ 日本タレント名鑑(1995年版) [Nihon Tarento Meikan (1995 edition)]. VIP Times-sha. 1995. p. 259.
  5. ^ a b c 富山敬の解説 [All About Kei Tomiyama] (in Japanese). Goo Sockets人物データベース. Archived from the original on June 14, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  6. ^ 声優名鑑 [Voice Actor Directory] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Seibido Shuppan. July 1999. p. 549. ISBN 9784415008783.
  7. ^ Miller, Evan (March 5, 2007). "Results of Japan's First Ever Seiyuu Awards Announced". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 3, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  8. ^ スペースボール [Spaceballs] (in Japanese). Star Channel BS10. Archived from the original on December 4, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
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  11. ^ ジュラシック・パーク [Jurassic Park] (in Japanese). Star Channel BS10. Archived from the original on January 27, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "DCプロジェクト スペシャルパッケージ". Warner Bros. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
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