Creator / Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
One of the newer male seiyuus cropping up during the 2000s, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka [松岡 禎丞] (born September 17, 1986 in Hokkaido) first debuted as Shouta Mitarai of The iDOLM@STER. However, it wasn't until the early 2010s when his roles started to increase, particularly Sword Art Online's Kirito. Due to the success of SAO, he is beginning to be typecast as Nice Guy harem protagonists or vanilla heroes.

His American counterpart is Bryce Papenbrook note . Compare Satoshi Hino and Hiro Shimono for similarly typecast seiyuus in the mid-2000s.

He won the best lead actor at the annual seiyuu awards

Notable roles by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka:

Tropes associated with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka include:

  • Harem Genre: Often plays the male protagonists.
  • Irony: He actually wanted to be a car mechanic before he was introduced to voice acting. Right now, he's too busy to even learn driving, let alone owning a car.
    • Whilst he has a very calm BBC Narrator sort of voice, when he needs to scream or make goofy noises, he's really good at it.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Most of his roles are Nice Guys with similar characteristics, so he rarely gets a chance to show off. When he does, however, such as Lubbock, Sora, Yukiya Naruse, Sitri, and now Soma Yukihira, Freed Sellezen the results are suitably epic.
  • Mr. Exposition: Most of his heroes provide Infodumps at one point or another. Kirito and Sora (when he's not being his normal Jerkass self) in particular sound like they could be narrating a BBC documentary.
  • Nice Guy: Most of his roles are this, especially his Harem Genre ones. This trope is also one of the main reasons why his English speaking counterpart is Bryce Papenbrook.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: He's often associated with heroic and Nice Guy characters (particularly in Harem Genre anime) among anime fans, which is often criticized within the anime community. However, he is capable of Playing Against Type whenever necessary.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's one of the most shy male seiyuus, to the point that he often has problems looking at the camera straight.