Jaime Roca is a Spanish voice actor. He is arguably a mainstay of Spanish dubbed anime and a personality in his own right. Not only has he been a figurehead of anime distributor Arair Multimedia since The '90s, he has played some of the most memorable roles in some of most popular anime series in Spain: he is Kero, he is Monkey D. Luffy, he is Don Patch, and over all of them he is a freaking funny guy. Though not as prolific in anime as some other of his pals (he is also dubbing director and adjuster, so he still has a hand in many works), Roca has a hefty career voicing videogame characters, particularly in Star Wars videogames, where he is pretty much everywhere, and also dubs in live action TV when they need a cocky, jesting voice.
Roca is usually a guest in Expomanga and similar events, and rarely wastes an opportunity to address the fans or simply act goofy, especially next to his pal Jorge Saudinós.
He is married to fellow voice actor Julia Martínez. In fact, she was the one who introduced him to voice acting, as she was working in Radio Televisión Española (with famous journalist Jesús Hermida) when someone told her that she had a nice voice and could dip into the business, and then she brough in Roca with her. Until then, Roca had been working as a chef.
Notable roles by Jaime Roca:
- Monkey D. Luffy (and Gold Roger, as well as many other characters) in One Piece.
- Kero and Toya Kinomoto in Cardcaptor Sakura.
- Touya Kinomoto (and Kero in a special episode) in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-.
- Taizo Hasegawa in Gintama.
- Inazuma Eleven franchise:
- Bobby Shearer/Asuka Domon in Inazuma Eleven.
- Darren Lachance in Inazuma Eleven Go.
- Babel in Digimon Tamers.
- Quickmix in Transformers Cybertron.
- Don Patch and the narrator in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.
- Zorori in Kaiketsu Zorori.
- José Rodríguez in Ashita no Nadja.
- Ginta Suo in Marmalade Boy.
- Takeshi Yamada in Nono-chan.
- Mushra in Shinzo.
- Iggy/Tonrariano in Ai to Yuuki no Pig Girl Tonde Buurin.
- Dan Kuso in Bakugan.
- Riven and Mike in Winx Club.
- Dean in Totally Spies!.
- Breakdown and Smokescreen in Transformers Prime.
- Och and Billy in Iron Kid.
- Many, many characters in Grim Fandango.
- C3PO, Jar Jar Binks and Darth Maul in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.
- Some guy in pretty much all the Star Wars videogames imaginable.
- Goro in Mortal Kombat 9.
Tropes that apply to Jaime Roca:
- Both Sides Have a Point: Hilariously played in this interview.Interviewer: What's your best trait as a voice actor?
Roca: That I have a lot of fun with my job.
Interviewer: And your worst trait?
Roca: That I have a lot of fun with my job!
- Cloudcuckoolander: Loves playing those, especially of the loser kind.
- The Face: He is one of the most public and outspoken Arait dubbers, having pretty much more public exposure than the rest put together.
- It Amused Me: Contrarily to popular belief, Keroberos's Mexican accent in Cardcaptor Sakura wasn't an attempt by Roca to emulate the Kansai Regional Accent (a Spanish Andalusian accent would have admittedly been more correct) but merely because he found the idea to be cute. He also took inspiration from the old Spanish dub of Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks, which was partially done in Mexico.
- Nerd Glasses: An aspect of himself he often shows in interviews.
- Star-Making Role: Arguably Kero, although Luffy also contributed.
- Talking to Himself: He has few anime works when compared to other voices in Arait, but usually plays many characters in every work he does.
- Those Two Guys: As mentioned, he and Jorge Saudinós tend to have fun with this trope in public meetings.