Tesshō Genda

Tesshō Genda (玄田 哲章, Genda Tesshō, born May 20, 1948) is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator.[1][better source needed] 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.

Tesshō Genda
玄田 哲章
Born
Mitsuo Yokoi

(1948-05-20) May 20, 1948 (age 72)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • narrator
Years active1970–present
Agent81 Produce
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)

Among his other credits, Genda has performed the roles of Masami Iwaki (Dokaben), Sourman (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, Genda 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, Genda 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, Genda received a Merit Awards from the 4th Seiyu Awards.[3]

He is also a standard choice for Japanese dubbing of the voices of the English-speaking actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd, Laurence Fishburne and many more.

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.

FilmographyEdit

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.

AnimationEdit

TelevisionEdit

1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s

Unknown date

Original video animation (OVA)Edit

TheaterEdit

Unknown date

Sources:[1][7][8][9][10]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Console Source
1997 Mega Man Legends Teisel Bonne PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Windows, PlayStation Portable [11]
1997 Tales of Destiny Mighty Kongman, Tiberius Tōkei PlayStation, PlayStation 2 [11]
1998 Thousand Arms Bolt PlayStation [11]
2000 Mega Man Legends 2 Teisel Bonne PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable [11]
2002 Kingdom Hearts Tigger PlayStation 2 [11]
2003 DreamMix TV World Fighters Convoy/Optimus Prime Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 [11]
2005 Namco × Capcom Unknown Soldier 2P, Mike Haggar PlayStation 2 [11]
2005 Tales of the Abyss Largo the Black Lion PlayStation 2, Nintendo 3DS [11]
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Azul PlayStation 2 [11]
2007 Final Fantasy IV Yang Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows [11]
2009 Bayonetta Rodin PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch [11]
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Tigger PlayStation Portable [11]
2010 Xenoblade Chronicles Xord Wii, New Nintendo 3DS [11]
2014 Bayonetta 2 Rodin Wii U, Nintendo Switch [11]
2015 Xenoblade Chronicles X Vandham Wii U [11][12]
2016 Dragon Quest Heroes II King Orenka PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch [11]
2017 Nioh Honda Tadakatsu PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows [11]
2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Vandham Nintendo Switch [11]
2017 Fire Emblem Heroes Surtr Android, iOS [11]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Tigger PlayStation 4, Xbox One [11]
2019 Jump Force Toguro (Younger Brother) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [11]
2020 Nioh 2 Honda Tadakatsu PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows [13]
2020 One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Kaido PlayStation 4 [11]
2020 Predator: Hunting Grounds Dutch (Japanese dub) PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows [14]

Unknown date

Sources:[1][7][8]

Dubbing rolesEdit

Live-actionEdit

AnimationEdit

Live-action filmEdit

TokusatsuEdit

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

Sources:[1][7][8][10]

RadioEdit

CD dramaEdit

OtherEdit

Sources:[8]

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