Hey there troper! Remember me?
"Um...we're sorry, what's your name again?"
You've heard his voice, but can't remember where.
You've seen his character somewhere before, but can't piece together who he was.
This is voice actor Kazunari Tanaka (April 8, 1967 - October 10, 2016). A Kung-Fu and Judo-loving guy who was born the same year as these people, and walked hand-in-hand along with them through the Japanese voice acting business.
But why can't anyone outside of his industry remember him? This was because his roles were all...
There were an oh-so-very few occasions where his characters pop out more prominently, but for most of his career? Not really. And why are there so many past tenses around here? Well, at the age of 49, unfortunately, he had no choice but to book an early flight to heaven in the year 2016 because his brain actually imploded.
Yup, Kazunari's that type of guy, and you know what they say: "Whoever is a B-Player, stays a B-Player." He'll make sure to jump out of his photo and haunt you for reading this profile if you're in here to mourn for him. So without further ado, let's pull out those characters where he does show character, shall we? As for the rest of those A-to-Z civilians of his, you'll need to hire a professional Mook hunter.
Here are the dudes that people noticed and literally have names:
- Baron Blood in Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
- Ghuli Galbras of Super Robot Wars V
- Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshin of Planetes (His only protagonist role)
- Ichiro Fujiki of Cheeky Angel
- Junya Kaneshiro of Persona 5
- Keishin Ukai of Haikyuu!! (up till Season 3 Ep.8)
- (The role that seriously made the audience pay attention to him)
- Katsuya Kimura of Hell Teacher Nube
- Kou Hikou of Soul Hunter
- Miyoshi Seikai Nyudo of Brave10
- Shinichirō Tamaki of Code Geass
- (Arguably the first role that had a broader audience noticing him)
- Tsutomu Rokutandou of Marmalade Boy
- Wen Hai Lee of Yakuza 0
- Thundercracker of Transformers Cybertron
While here are the titles where you may run into him from any and every corner:
- Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden
- Case Closed (Known to be the youth version of Dr. Agasa)
- Dragon Ball (Throughout to Super)
- Dragon Ball Z (Large amounts of mooks alert)
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (1991)
- Galaxy Angel Rune (Large amounts of civilians alert)
- GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996)
- Get Backers
- Getter Robo Go
- Ghost Sweeper Mikami (Large amounts of mooks/civilians alert)
- King of Bandit Jing
- Kiteretsu Daihyakka
- Master Keaton
- One Piece
- Overman King Gainer
- Sailor Moon
- Slam Dunk
- Super Robot Wars:
- ∀ Gundam
- Witch Hunter Robin
Remember tropers, 'victory goes to the team that connects,' so don't you dare look down! 'Life' is a sport where you're always looking forward!