Kenichi Suzumura

Kenichi Suzumura (鈴村 健一, Suzumura Ken'ichi, born September 12, 1974) is a Japanese voice actor, narrator, and singer who is affiliated with and a representative of INTENTION, a voice acting company he founded in March 2012.[5] He voiced Morley in Macross 7, Hikaru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Masato Hijirikawa in Uta no Prince-sama, Kyoichi Kanzaki in BOYS BE, Rakushun in The Twelve Kingdoms, Shiki Tohno in Tsukihime, Tsubaki Asahina in Brothers Conflict, Atsushi Murasakibara in Kuroko's Basketball, Momotaro Mikoshiba in Free!, Shinn Asuka in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Leo Stenbuck in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Sōgo Okita in Gin Tama, Rogue Cheney in Fairy Tail, Lavi in D.Gray-man, Obanai Iguro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Ryutaros in Kamen Rider Den-O and Rakushun in The 12 Kingdoms . He is part of the group Nazo no Shin Unit STA☆MEN (謎の新ユニットSTA☆MEN) with Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Kishio, Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Makoto Yasumura, and Kohsuke Toriumi. His younger brother is stunt coordinator, stuntman and actor Masaki Suzumura.

Kenichi Suzumura
鈴村 健一
Born (1974-09-12) September 12, 1974 (age 47)
Other namesSuzu (スズ)[2]
Suzuken (スズケン)[2]
Occupation
Years active1994–present
AgentINTENTION
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2011)
[3]
Children1
RelativesMasaki Suzumura (younger brother)[4]
Musical career
GenresJ-pop
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2008–present
LabelsLantis

CareerEdit

Suzumura was born in Niigata Prefecture.[1][6] Having grown up in a family with many job transfers, he has lived in Okayama in Okayama Prefecture and Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū in Fukuoka Prefecture, in addition to Niigata Prefecture. Later, from the age of 15 to 19, he lived in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture,[6] where he entered and graduated from Senri Seiun High School after attending Daini Junior High School from the third year of junior high school. The reason why he decided to become a voice actor was because he initially wanted to be a chef[7] and had even ordered an application form to go to a Japanese culinary school, but a friend of Suzumura's brought him a newspaper clipping that asked if he wanted to be a voice actor, so they went to an audition together and Suzumura passed.[8]

After studying at Yoyogi Animation Academy[9] and the Japan Narration Actor Institute,[10] Suzumura made his debut in 1994 as Morley in the TV anime series Macross 7.[11] Since then, he has been active in a variety of fields including animation, games, radio and music.

In 2008, he won the Best Personality award and the Synergy Award (for Kamen Rider Den-O) at the 2nd Seiyu Awards.[12] On October 8 of the same year, he made his major label debut with Lantis.[13]

On August 13, 2011, he reported on his official blog that he and fellow voice actress, actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto got married on August 8, 2011.[3] In the same year, he won the second prize at the first Music Jacket Awards 2011 (for his album CHRONICLE to the future).[14]

In 2012, Suzumura won the Best Musical Performance as part of ST☆RISH at the 6th Seiyu Awards.[15] In April of the same year, he left Arts Vision, to which he had belonged for many years, and on May 1 of the following month, he reported that he had launched Intention Inc. with Atsushi Kuwahara, his manager from Arts Vision.[5]

In 2016, he won the double award for Best Actor in Supporting Role and Personality Award at the 10th Seiyu Awards.[16] In the same year, he won a special award at the sixth Music Jacket Awards 2016 (for his album Tsuki to Taiyou no Uta).[17]

A national survey on the popularity of voice actors conducted in March 2010 revealed Suzumura and Mamoru Miyano as the most famous voice actors.[18] In the following year, 2011, TBS Rank Ōkoku listed Suzumura as 3rd of the five most popular voice actors.[19]

Suzumura's favorite motto is, "Life is what you make of it."[20]

On December 27, 2021, Suzumura and Sakamoto announced that they were expecting their first child.[21] On April 21, 2022, the couple announced the birth of their first child.[22]

FilmographyEdit

Television animationEdit

1994
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

Original video animationEdit

Theatrical animationEdit

Live-action filmEdit

Live-action televisionEdit

  • Tokusatsu GaGaGa (2019), narrator and Emer Jason (voice)

Video gamesEdit

Drama CDsEdit

TokusatsuEdit

2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2014
2018
2019
2020

CommercialsEdit

DubbingEdit

Live-actionEdit

AnimationEdit

Other rolesEdit

MusicEdit

In addition to performing many different character songs in his voice acting career, Suzumura has become a singer signed on the Lantis label. As a solo artist he writes all his songs. In his debut year 2008, Suzumura also became one of the main hosts of the annual live music event Original Entertainment Paradise (OrePara), together with the other Lantis-artists Showtaro Morikubo, Daisuke Ono, and Mitsuo Iwata.[61]

In January, 2010, he gave his first solo concert tour in Osaka (January 10), Nagoya (January 11), Yokohama (January 23) and Tokyo (January 30).[62] His second live tour, in 2011, was held in the same stops, Osaka (April 9), Nagoya (April 10), Tokyo (April 17) and Yokohama (May 1). Part of the proceeds resulting from this concert was donated to help the victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Because of the power shortage the concert was arranged simple to save power and Suzumura performed all songs in acoustic versions.[63][64]

In 2012, a poll on singing ability placed Suzumura as the third best voice actor singer, behind Kishō Taniyama (1st) and Mamoru Miyano (2nd).[65]

SinglesEdit

Release date Title Notes Chart position
October 8, 2008 "Intention" Debut single 14
February 4, 2009 "Atarashii Neiro" 13
June 24, 2009 "Mitochondria" 20
January 27, 2010 "And Becoming" Special release 23
July 7, 2010 "In My Space" 23
November 24, 2010 "Tsuki to Sutobu" 36
August 24, 2011 "Asunaro" Ending theme song of the anime Heaven's Memo Pad 20
May 16, 2012 "Messenger" 24
October 17, 2012 "Shiroi Karasu" Ending theme song of the anime Code:Breaker 16
October 30, 2013 "All Right" 20
May 13, 2015 "Tsuki to Taiyou no Uta" 33
May 18, 2016 "brand new"
August 31, 2016 "HIDE-AND-SEEK" Ending theme song of the anime Handa-kun -

AlbumsEdit

Release date Album Notes Chart position
October 7, 2009 Becoming 14
March 9, 2011 Chronicle to the Future 21
August 22, 2012 Go Mini-album 20
May 15, 2014 Vessel 10
January 25, 2017 Naked Man Mini-album
May 9, 2018 Going My Rail 10th Anniversary Best Album

ConnectEdit

Since 2009, Suzumura is part of the first Kiramune unit, CONNECT, with Mitsuo Iwata. They occasionally released singles and albums and participated the annual concert Kiramune Music Festival until 2014.[66]

Release date Title Chart position Notes
April 24, 2009 Connect 36 1st album
February 24, 2010 Fighting Spirits 34 1st single
September 29, 2010 Rasterizer 50 Mini-album
March 7, 2012 Jusensha Men 45 Mini-album
January 30, 2013 Connect no Tanoshii Ongaku 38 Mini-album
November 19, 2014 Ningen! Jetta Ningen 32 Mini-album

Other non-anime related releasesEdit

Release date Title Notes
October 22, 2003[67] "Shizumanai Taiyō" Collaboration single with Takahiro Sakurai (as R-16)
March 26, 2004[68] "Separate Way" Collaboration single with Takahiro Sakurai (as R-16)
December 17, 2005[69] Box Universe Mini-album
February 29, 2012[70] Kizuna: Go-Busters! "Single of Stamen", ending theme for Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters

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