Creator: Johnny Yong Bosch
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Born John Jay Bosch, Johnny Yong Bosch (Fan Abbreviation
: JYB) is a former Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
star (he was a frog
) who has since moved on to Anime
voice acting, starting as Vash the Stampede in Trigun
, and has since moved on to other lead roles. This coincidentally pitted him as the star and hero for the ONLY TWO new anime [adult swim]
was running for a year and a half- this streak ended when Code Geass
completed its run in May 2009. This plus the earlier run of Eureka Seven
led many to call the starting anime block "The JYB Power Hour". When combined with his role as Ichigo in Bleach
, Adult Swim meant two things: shows from Williams Street, and shows starring JYB. He is the vocalist for his own band, Eyeshine. Oh, and he's an accomplished martial artist who can kick your ass
His Japanese vocal equivalent is Masakazu Morita
, since their voices have identical ranges. His career path, on the other hand, mirrors Masaya Matsukaze
. In terms of casting, he is the American equivalent to Jun Fukuyama
, as well as being the California counterpart to Soichiro Hoshi note
, Nobuhiko Okamoto
, Mamoru Miyano
, and Hiro Shimono
, and the western counterpart to Hiroshi Kamiya
. His Canadian counterparts are Brad Swaile
, Kirby Morrow
and Andrew Francis
, and his Texan counterparts are Chris Patton
, Todd Haberkorn
(who currently also works in L.A.), David Matranga
, Micah Solusod
, Austin Tindle
, and Blake Shepard
. Erik Kimerer
is shaping to be his successor.
Has a Twitter account.
No relation to Johnny Longbone
Notable roles by Johnny Yong Bosch:
- Anti-Hero: Surprisingly, despite him constantly being typecasted as heroes, he's quite capable of voicing anti-heroes such as Lelouch Lamperouge .
- Mr. Bosch himself stated in his Myspace blog that anti-heroes are his personal preference.
- Bishōnen: He's voiced quite a few.
- But Not Too Foreign: Word of God, he's half-Korean .
- Casting Gag: He shares a total of five different roles with Jun Fukuyama (Albert Morcerf from Gankutsuou, Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass, Haruto Sakaki from Witch Hunter Robin, Juto from Magna Carta, and Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist).
- Johnny was the English voice of Daisuke Ono after the two shared the role of Itsuki.
- Crossdressing Voices: While he hasn't voiced any female characters, some of the younger boy roles he's played happened to be voiced by a woman in the Japanese dub (e.g. Renton and Ryuto). In fact, the youngest character he's voiced in anime is Noby/Nobita from Doraemon, who happens to be 10-years old.
- Darker and Edgier: Black Ranger Adam was The Cape style morality, then he did the upbeat but still angsty Vash. Then he did characters that are either morally ambiguous, have more broken past lives, sociopathic and/or psychopathic, or just plain sullen and stoic.
- Dumb Is Good: If his character is good, he's generally not that intelligent. If his character is smart, he's generally not very good.
- Ichigo Kurosaki is an interesting aversion to this trope, because while he's got the Leeroy Jenkins thing down, he's actually quite intelligent, both in school and in battle. This totally applies to Ichigo's Superpowered Evil Side, though.
- Yu Narukami is a complete aversion. Not only is he very smart and resourceful in battle and school, he's also the main hero. Or it's possible said smarts come from eating stuff out of the fridge.
- Full-Name Basis: A lot of people say his full name when talking about him; even on this wiki.
- One exception was in the first few episodes of Power Rangers where he was introduced, when he was credited under John Bosch.
- The Hero: His primary forte. As he once noted in an interview, it was his "perfect Hero Voice" that landed him his first anime voice acting role.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Since his vocal range is limited due to typecasting, his voice acting is easily the most recognizable by many fans, even when he's supposed to be playing a different character.
- Subverted with the title character from Soul Eater, he was misattributed to this character before it was later announced that the newcomer Micah Solusod is voicing Soul. *
- Likewise with Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising (actually Antony Del Rio). This case is interesting because it persisted even after Johnny himself stated that he didn't voice Pit.
- Hot-Blooded: Also part of his primary forte, though ironically in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, he voices Rossiu, The Spock amongst the cast.
- Kid Hero: Ever since his Playing Against Type role of Renton Thurston, he's been getting some roles where he uses a higher-pitch voice that casts him into younger characters. We've got Emil, Almaz, Sakura Kusakabe, Seto, Xiba, Guren, and Noby; they all have a higher pitched voice in stark contrast to his older characters like Vash the Stampede and Ichigo Kurosaki.
- Large Ham:
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent:
- While he's capable of pulling off a high-pitch voice like Renton Thurston, he hadn't played any role that involved pulling off an accent. That was until:
- He's spoken in a completely different language in a dub - being Izaya's voice actor required him to speak Russian for a few lines. It sounds near perfect compared to Izaya's original voice.
- Similarly, while still easily recognizable, he also attempted a Japanese accent in Binary Domain as Kurosawa. Seeing as he'd worked a lot of anime titles in the past, it's no surprise he managed to pick this accent up quickly.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: A majority of his roles are Hot-Blooded heroes that tend to be very hammy.
- Playing Against Type:
- In addition to above mentioned roles, he's voiced a whiny Butt Monkey, Sakura Kusakabe, from Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan.
- And as Rossiu in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Since he usually plays Hot-Blooded Large Hams, you'd think the man would be right at home in a series where more than half the cast fits that description, but he voices one of the few characters who doesn't chew the scenery.
- And mentally unstable psychopaths such as Ryuunosuke Uryuu, Tokio, Adachi, Sasori, and Saruhiko Fushimi. The last one is a subversion though.
- Fuji from The Prince of Tennis is a friendly, calm, ever-smiling Dude Looks Like a Lady who's voiced by a woman in the original Japanese.
- Kurosawa from Binary Domain, as he's not only a By-the-Book Cop Reasonable Authority Figure, he also gave the character a Japanese accent, which surprised many people since he rarely does accents in his voice work.
- Relationship Voice Actor:
- Spiritual Successor: Considering his similar vocal range and typcasts, he is this to Dave Wittenberg.
Tropes associated with his band:
- Album Title Drop: In "Silverstar" on Tone of Echoes.
- Mr. Fanservice: Band co-founder and drummer Maurice is this. See Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: Johnny sings this way pretty often, probably because his voice has gone raspy from all the yelling he's done in doing anime voices.
- Revolving Door Band: While Eyeshine has some fame, the band isn't a full time gig for any of its members. As such, many members have had to leave to focus on their careers or left for personal reasons, so the band's gone through many guitarists and bassists.
- Rockstar Song: "Let's Play Our Way".
- Studio Chatter: Done at the beginning of "Blackout" on Red Stripes White Lights.
- Team Dad: Crossing over with Papa Wolf, Johnny is definitely this. He takes very good care of his bandmates and will shed his normally easygoing demeanor if a situation could affect them or the band negatively.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Maurice nearly always plays their live shows without a shirt.