"Nekketsu Level, Max!"Next, you will say
, "Describe Tomokazu-GAUNTLET HADES!
-Sugita here, and do it in an old-fashioned way
Describe Tomokazu-GAUNTLET HADES!
-Sugita here, and do it in an old-fashioned way
. Hey, That's My Line!
One of the seiyuus who went from virtually unnoticed to very popular thanks to the anime juggernaut that is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
, where he voiced Kyon
. Before that, some people might recognise him as Hideki from Chobits
, but, well, that's old news. After his performance as Kyon, he started displaying a wide range of voices, making him one of the best and most revered seiyus in the business today. His forte is most likely the Deadpan Snarker
He also has some sort of rivalry with Tomokazu Seki
, just because they have the same given name
. They are in fact managed by the same agency Atomic Monkey
which Seki is a founding member of.
He's very "hardcore"
according to the Blue Radio
podcast. Plus it's known, from various radio shows and interviews, that he's also a VERY keen gamer and anime otaku
, coming out with references to anime, manga and games even when nobody besides him knows what he's talking about. This is why he's nicknamed "Freedom Sugita
" by fans. And no, he is not doing this because he's influenced by his role in Gintama
. He just happened to be awesome like that. Occasionally, a fellow seiyu or two will catch the references and continue the conversation from there.
He's notable that for a few times, he made some spot on Norio Wakamoto
impressions, once in Bururaji
, again in Gintama
and later when he, along with Yuuichi Nakamura
and Takahiro Sakurai
, do so
while playing a YuYu Hakusho
fighting game for the Mega Drive
(Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyō Tōitsusen
, to be specific), all picking Wakamoto's character Chu. And narrating it. Later he does it again in Sket Dance
.Now available as a GPS.
He and Yuuichi Nakamura
also host a program called Tokyo Encounter
where they play video games and share some trivia. And also goof off.
That Wakamoto impersonation? It's from that show.
He was also responsible for revealing (well, to be exact getting the confirmation from Mitsuhiro Ichiki
himself) about the entire mess of the staff of Kokoro Connect
. Needless to say, he wasn't amused by it.
He, alongside Arc System Works
, revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2012 that they're collaborating on a doujin game called Getsuei Academy written by himself. And is slated to be an actual game itself
under the nameTsukie Academy Kou
. He also proposed and created the design for newcomer Amane Nishiki
in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
Voice roles by Tomokazu Sugita:
- Akira Agarkar Yamada (and Tapioca!) in Tsuritama
- Alvin in Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2
- Aurelius Izzard in A Certain Magical Index
- Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield in Super Robot Wars Alpha series and Super Robot Wars OGs
- Chamber in Suisei no Gargantia
- The chick vendor in Higepiyo
- Chiga in Seitokaichou Ni Chuukoku
- Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening
- Chrono Harlaown (as an adult) in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
- Clerk Sugita in Lucky Star
- Daiichi Yamura in Bokurano
- Dias Flac in Star Ocean: Second Evolution (succeeding Ryo Horikawa)
- DJ Condor in Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
- Drakon in Magi - Labyrinth of Magic
- Dylas in Rune Factory 4
- Gintoki Sakata in Gintama (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!)
- Graham Specter in Baccano!!
- Gundam Tanaka in Super Dangan Ronpa 2
- Hajime Kanzaki in Beelzebub
- Heidal in the 3DS game of Makai Ouji
- Hideki Motosuwa in Chobits
- Hidenori Goto in Samurai Flamenco
- Hidenori Tabata in Daily Lives of High School Boys
- Hoshi in Arakawa Under the Bridge
- Hyakkimaru in Blood Will Tell, a PlayStation 2 game based on Dororo by Osamu Tezuka
- Ikkyu and Aoyama in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.
- Dr. John Wayne "Dr. Ver" Vercingetorix in Senki Zesshou Symphogear G (massively Playing Against Type)
- Joseph Joestar (both young and old versions) in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, and J Stars Victory VS
- Kagerou Shoukiin in Inu X Boku SS
- Kanata Nanami in Starry☆Sky
- Kazuhira Miller in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Kojima is God!)
- Kazuyoshi "Switch" Usui in Sket Dance
- Keisuke in Togainu no Chi (Playing Against Type in a way…)
- Kensei Muguruma and Nova in Bleach
- King in Final Fantasy Type-0
- Kivat-Bat III and Kivat-Bat II in Kamen Rider Kiva
- Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Leon in Ixion Saga DT
- Leon Mishima in Macross Frontier
- Leonardo da Vinci in Nobunaga The Fool
- Lucifer in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
- Lucile Eris in The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
- "That Man" in Guilty Gear 2: Overture and GuiltyGear XX Accent Core Plus
- Marlowe Freudenberg in Attack on Titan
- Nightmare Gottschalk in Heart No Kuni No Alice
- Pace in Arcana Famiglia
- Ragna the Bloodedge in BlazBlue ("INFERNO DIVIDAAAAA!!!")
- The titular character in the Raidou Kuzunoha drama CD
- Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th, Raido Kuzunoha the 14th, Madame Ginko, and boy Nemechi in the 3DS remake of Soul Hackers
- Raleigh Becket in the Japanese dub of Pacific Rim
- Raging Ootori in Uta No Prince-sama Maji Love 2000% (where, funnily enough, he's the Evil Counterpart of a Norio Wakamoto character and puts his impression skills to good use)
- Raven in Hakushaku to Yōsei (Earl and Fairy)
- Reiji Kokonoe in Kodomo no Jikan
- Reishi Munakata in K
- Rin Tsuchimi in SHUFFLE!
- Ronove in Umineko: When They Cry (where, amusingly, his and Daisuke Ono's roles are pretty much reversed from Haruhi Suzumiya)
- Saki Tochō in Miracle Train ~Ōedo-sen e Yōkoso~
- Sergeant David "Hesh" Walker in the Japanese dub of Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Shin in Hokuto Musou
- Shin Funaba in Kirepapa
- Shitoshi Mihara in Gadget Trial
- Sirius in Genesis of Aquarion
- Subaru Sumeragi in the X/1999 TV series (acting as The Other Darrin to both Kappei Yamaguchi (Tokyo Babylon) and Issei Miyazaki (the X/1999 movie))
- Takenaga Oda in The Wallflower
- Takeshi (Brock) in Pokémon: The Origin
- Takumi Mayama in Honey and Clover
- Taurus Aldebaran in Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
- Utsuborg in Jewelpet Sunshine
- Vincent Lowell in Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
- Wolf in Shirokuma Cafe
- Yataro in Cuticle Detective Inaba
- Yuuichi Aizawa in the KyoAni adaptation and PSP port of Kanon
- Yuuya Kizami and Shimoda the Gentlemanly Spirit in Corpse Party
Tropes associated with Tomokazu Sugita:
- Action Duo: With Yuuichi Nakamura with their program, Tokyo Encounter.
- Badass Baritone
- Deadpan Snarker: His defining role.
- Fan Nickname: Sugibro.
- Let's Play: Alongside with Yuuichi Nakamura, called Tokyo Encounter.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Not only the Norio Wakamoto impression, but when he plays Art of Fighting 2 with Yuuichi Nakamura, he amps up his "image" by picking Takuma while wearing Mr. Karate's Tengu Mask.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Nakamura likes to tease him over this fact, not that Sugita seems to care.
- The Nicknamer:
- One of Us
- Playing Against Type: So one day, Sugita wondered, "Hey, I wanna play some psychotic hammy villain. Can't have Nakamura have all the fun doing that!" The result? Dr. Ver.
- Promoted Fanboy: He got Arc System Works to make a game for his doujin Getsuei Gakuen And as noted above, he also had an influence in creating Amane for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma.
- Relationship Voice Actor: With Daisuke Ono, Tomokazu Seki, Akira Ishida, Mikako Takahashi, Yuko Goto, Yuuichi Nakamura, Akira Ishida and Kikuko Inoue to name a few out there. English-wise, he shares the role Chrom, Chamber, Alvin and Raidou Kuzonoha with Matthew Mercer; Reisi Munakata, Setoro, Drakon and Ragna the Bloodedge with Patrick Seitz; and the roles of Kyon and Hideki Motosuwa with Crispin Freeman.
- Running Gag: He swears that he'll be able to pilot (well, technically voice a major character) a Gundam. All without ever getting cast as one.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: While he didn't use it in BlazBlue unlike Patrick Seitz, he can do an epic one in Gintama.
- Even in his Haruhi Suzumiya days, he references a ton of pop culture in real life skits like Mobile Suit Gundam, G Gundam, Hikaru no Go, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Fullmetal Alchemist, heck even Gintama is not safe, pretty much ANY pop culture out there! Probably the only reason he could get away with it was because of Gintoki's influence.
- He references SHUFFLE! because of Nerine and her cooked eggs. During Blue Radio. My god, does this guy not know of any bounds!?
- Pfft, it started way earlier. In the very first episode, when Noel's Lethal Chef trait was bought up, he mentioned something about dark matter...
- Heck, as stated above, he is capable of "impersonating" Norio Wakamoto's voice, in a level one would say Godlike. Let that sink for a moment. Jokes have been abound that if he's to enter that Norio Wakamoto imitation contest, he'll win with gusto.
- Spiritual Successor: Having somehow managed to get himself casted as nearly everything and also capable of creating one piece of work that gets published into a series, he could be considered the "successor" of Takehito Koyasu.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Another trait he shares with Koyasu. When you can play both the young and the old versions of Joseph Joestar, you are definitely this.
- Meme-wise though, he's also the successor of Norio Wakamoto. In other words, he's what happens when Koyasu and Wakamoto have a child.