Describe Hikaru Midorikawa here or I will kill you
is one of the well-known seiyuus in the business, though not as prolific (according to Anime News Network). He's most known for his distinctly cold voice, best suited for bishonen
characters, which often lands him the roles of The Lancer
, The Smart Guy
, The Rival
, Deadpan Snarker
, etc. He occasionally breaks the routine, though, and goes along to voice silly characters just as good. But, seriously, even if he's voicing silly characters, there will be moments of angst
for his character, so long as the character isn't completely a minor one.
Though born in 1968 and already married, he manages other activities other than being a seiyuu, such as website managing (he's got one though he had to shut down it for a while
due to Fan Dumb
) and playing video games. Apparently, he's a big fan of Super Robot Wars
, having a blog entry on the SRW site, contacts Banpresto and happily does extra lines for his characters (especially Masaki) for free, and usually becomes a beta tester for the games. He also have a habit to turn the characters he voices into one man armies
in the SRWs (namely Heero and Masaki; he'll probably do the same to Xingke when he shows up in Z2, or Asakim in case he's recruitable
He's friends with several other seiyuus like Ryōtarō Okiayu
, who also somehow shares a bit of his SRW passion (he voices Raidiese F. Branstein) and sometimes plays together. He was also a member of a music group with Nobutoshi Canna
, but his greatest, most known relationship with other actors is definitely Takehito Koyasu
. They often play roles that rivals each others
, and Koyasu has once teased that Midorikawa's voice sounded cute; on the other hand, Midorikawa teased that Koyasu's voice sounded sexy
Truly a Man of a Thousand Voices
Hikaru Midorikawa's roles:
(For some reason, the characters he voiced has a tendency to be captured
and then restrained/tied up
- Adell in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
- Akechi Mitsuhide in the Samurai Warriors franchise (While not directly seen, he's presumably restrained in Warriors Orochi 2 by Sun Wukong)
- Akihiko Sanada in Persona 3 (Was crucified along with his team members. And then again in Persona 4 Arena sequel (Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold))
- Alexei in Ninja Gaiden 2 (Xbox360)
- Ail in Sailor Moon R
- Fiore in Sailor Moon R The Movie: Promise of the Rose.
- Android #16 and Paikuhan in the Dragon Ball Z
- Ayato Sakamaki in Diabolik Lovers
- Bedman in Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN (bound to his own bed, but to control the bed in combat)
- Bertie the Bus and Oliver, in the Japanese dub of Thomas the Tank Engine, for something completely different from other entries here.
- Chisato Takatsukasa in Manga/Kirepapa
- Clear in Final Fantasy: Unlimited (who was encased in an energy conversion device and tortured in the final episode of the anime)
- Daisuke (Dub Name Change Damien) in PokÚmon (Yes, he's the trainer who abandoned the Charmander that will later become Ash's Charizard)
- Dune in HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
- Eichi Ootori in Uta No Prince Sama
- Ein/Hayate in the Dead or Alive franchise. (Stuck in a suspension beam near the end of 5 until Kasumi and the rest bailed him out)
- Fei Fong Wong in Xenogears
- Firion/Firionel in Final Fantasy II and Dissidia: Final Fantasy
- Fish Saitou in Angel Beats!!
- Frantz Kruger in the Japanese version of Rusty Hearts
- Fuminori Sakisaka in Saya no Uta
- Gerhaldt von Faust in Saber Marionette J
- Gridman in Denkou Choujin Gridman
- Heero Yuy in New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz and the Super Robot Wars franchise (early episodes has him put in mechanical restraining device).
- Hidemoto Keikain in Nurarihyon No Mago
- Hippogriffomon and Angemon in Digimon Frontier
- Hiro in Lunar: Eternal Blue
- Kaede Rukawa in the Slam Dunk franchise
- Kamiizumi in Bravely Default
- Kanade Mino in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
- Kash Gyustan/Hellstinger in Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
- Keiichiro Akasaka in the Tokyo Mew Mew franchise
- Keiya Tenpouin in Evil Zone
- Knight Valentine in Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
- Kyouya Takamachi in Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Kyousuke Natsume in Little Busters!
- Lancer (Diarmuid Ua Duibhne) in Fate/Zero
- Leon Magnus and Judas in Tales of Destiny (In Tales of Versus, Leon got ambushed then presumably tied up by Jade-Anise team
- Link in The Legend of Zelda audio-drama, Sound and Drama.
- Li Xingke in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (The Grand Finale had him restrained and put in parade by the orders of Emperor Lelouch)
- Llednar Twem in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- Lowe in Legend Of Heroes VI
- Luca in Saint Beast
- Makoto Alo and Lulu in Brigadoon: Marin and Melan
- Marth in the Fire Emblem OAV and the Super Smash Bros. franchise
- Masaki Andoh and Asakim Dowin in the Super Robot Wars franchise (Subverted: Asakim is wearing a bondage gear)
- Master Therion in Demonbane and Super Robot Wars UX
- Might in Psychic Force 2012
- Mikagami Tokiya in the Flame of Recca franchise (Crucified, and in the next arc, drugged and put in a contraption device. Good Is Dumb?)
- Viscount Mikhail Ramphet in Animamundi Dark Alchemist
- Mirror Knight in Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial
- Naoki Shinjyo in the Future GPX Cyber Formula franchise
- Pegasus Kouga in Saint Seiya Omega
- Pretty Riki in Kill Bill Vol. 1
- Ramirez in Skies of Arcadia
- Ryuhou in the Scryed franchise
- Salamandes in Rescue Sentai GoGoFive
- Schuldig in Wei▀ Kreuz
- Seiran Shi in Saiunkoku Monogatari
- Seto Kaiba in the first Yu Gi Oh series (the one with green hair)
- Shiki in Togainu no Chi (In both PC version and Playstation 2 version)
- Softon in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
- Soma Cruz in Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow
- Sora Hashiba in Sukisho
- Souichi Tatsumi in The Tyrant Falls in Love
- Souji Mikage in Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Tamahome in the Fushigi Yuugi franchise (Once taken prisoner by Nakago and gets tied up while naked and whipped. The first OVA repeats this, though not by Nakago)
- Tamaki Suoh in the earlier drama CD of Ouran High School Host Club (replaced by Mamoru Miyano in the anime and future drama CD)
- Tsukishima in the Hybrid Child drama CD (replaced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka in the anime)
- U-do in XenoSaga episode 3.
- Vidaldus Taka in Fairy Tail.
- Yoh Tomoe in Starry☆Sky
- Yoshino Yuusuke in the CLANNAD franchise
- Zelgadis Greywords in the Slayers franchise. Gets locked up inside a glass-like container (while not conscious) in one Slayers: NEXT episode.
- Zenya in Sweet Pool.