Hirotaka Suzuoki (March 6, 1950 August 6, 2006) was a considerably great seiyuu from the earlier ages of anime, making himself well known as the voice behind "He who slaps wimps and turns them into MEN OF DESTINY", Bright Noa. Was a good friend of Toru Furuya (whose character, coincidentally, got slapped into a MAN OF DESTINY). Well known for his calm voice, he garnered quite a fandom...
...Until he faced something that he could not slap into a THING OF DESTINY: lung cancer. He fought a glorious battle with it, but he died in the end. His last performance was once again as Bright Noa in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars, which many fans saw as a fitting send-off.
Roles done by Hirotaka Suzuoki:
- Banjou Haran in Daitarn 3 and the Super Robot Wars franchise
- Bright Noa in Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, Gundam ZZ, Char's Counterattack and the Super Robot Wars franchise (Succeeded by Ken Narita in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn).
- Dragon Shiryuu in Saint Seiya (classic, succeeded by Takahiro Sakurai and Ken Narita in Omega)
- Chief Freeman in Tekkaman Blade
- Indra in Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato
- Ivan Konev, ace pilot in Legend of Galactic Heroes.
- Junichi Otaki in Millennium Actress
- Koujirou Hyuuga in Captain Tsubasa (classic, replaced first by Nobuyuki Hiyama and then by both Rica Matsumoto and Takehito Koyasu)
- Naoto Ijyuin in God Mars
- Noriaki Kakyoin in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA (succeeded by Daisuke Hirakawa in the TV series)
- Olson D. Verne in Super Dimension Century Orguss (classic, replaced by Kenyuu Horiuchi for Super Robot Wars Z)
- Rephans in Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys
- Saitou Hajime in Rurouni Kenshin (again, to be succeeded by Ken Narita in the upcoming new anime)
- Sakaki (Giovanni) in Pokémon (succeeded by Kenta Miyake)
- Shingo Hojo in Go Shogun and Super Robot Wars series
- Starscream in The Transformers and The Transformers: The Movie.
- Tatewaki Kunou in Ranma ½
- Tenshinhan in Dragon Ball (succeeded by Hikaru Midorikawa in Dragon Ball Kai)
- Yellow Belmont in Genesis Climber MOSPEADA
- Yugande in Denji Sentai Megaranger