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Creator / Takehito Koyasu

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Takehito Koyasu (born May 5, 1967 in Yokohama, Japan) is currently the most prolific voice actor in the business. And when we say prolific, we mean it, with lots of varying roles he can pull off easily. Starting from a Determinator, to a calm, cool, intellectual, sarcastic character, to a nobleman to just plain comic relief/gay character. He created Knight Hunters, and is a part of the Weiß group, alongside the other leads: Shin-ichiro Miki, Tomokazu Seki, and Hiro Yuki. He is a true Man of a Thousand Voices.

According to Anime News Network, he has the most number of roles in anime — as of May 2023, he is the only voice actor with 750 credits. That is 130 more credits than the next highest on the list.

Has an alter-ego named "Zazel". Zazel sings the theme song for the CD drama starring Weiß's rivals, Schwarz.

It shall be noted, also, that he's a Promoted Fanboy. Yep, he was a long-time Mobile Suit Gundam fan before landing the roles of Zechs, Gym, Mu and Frederick.

Currently working on a series of CD dramas called Velvet Under World, which may or may not be a Knight Hunters spin off. For the most compelling arguments in favour of that, "Velvet Underworld" is Knight Hunters's first opening theme and VUW's main character's name? A.Y.A.

He seems to be a good friend of Hikaru Midorikawa and, as a result, there's lots of instances where he plays characters who are rivals with Midorikawa's character, usually with Koyasu's character being the instigator of rivalry]. Koyasu has also replaced Kaneto Shiozawa in many roles since the latter's death and can be seen as his successor as they do sound rather similar. Also has relationships with Akira Ishida, Unshō Ishizuka, and to an extent Tesshō Genda.

He's a married man (though with someone outside voice acting business) and has a son, Kouki Koyasu, who eventually also followed his footsteps in becoming a voice actor.

Koyasu's Roooooles! Koyasu's Roooooles! From the various series! Take a look if you please! They're going to Californiaaaaa....

Fool! These tropes are not associated with everything in the universe! It was I, Takehito Koyasu!

  • Casting Gag:
    • Koyasu who voices Dio Brando in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure TV anime previously voiced Takuma Saioh from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, who used an Arcana Force deck, cards of which are based off the Major Arcana, and whose signature monster is: "Arcana Force XXI - The World". Many memes were made that day. Then they got him to reprise the role for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, and suffice it to say, he embraces the meme shamelessly.
    • Koyasu was cast for the Japanese dub of Thor: Love and Thunder, as Gorr, the God-Butcher. And like before, his most famous VA role is as Dio, whose first name in Italian translates directly as "god".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Shuu and Dio in particular.
  • The Gadfly: Some of his roles have this tendency sometimes going to Troll levels. The most notable examples are Shu and Jade. He also appears to have a bit of this himself.
  • Large Ham: He's also a go-to guy if you want a middle-aged guy with hams to go. And always trust Koyasu to ham it up deliciously when he's being one.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: If you're reading his resume, you should know already that Koyasu is one, despite the fact that there are roles where his voice can be easily recognized; it can easily be assumed his small mouth gives him a very specific voice range unique to only him.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He has the same upset expression in almost all of his photos out there. This is not because he's unhappy, but due to the fact that his upper jaw is slightly deformed, making his front teeth crooked. He is deeply aware of this, and smiles as rarely as possible, though he is known to be a very Nice Guy in real life.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Shingo Yabuki is a bumbling (but still Hot-Blooded) Ascended Fanboy who idolizes The Hero (in this case Kyo).
    • Bobobo is an extremely crazy variant of The Hero that wields a power that counts as a G-Rated Drug.
    • There's also his turn in Prétear playing Tanaka, the squeaky-voiced, comical Butt-Monkey butler, who also made use of his Shingo-styled voice.
    • Moomin fans were surprised that the same actor portrayed the deep-voiced Dio and the soft-spoken Snufkin in the 1990s version of the anime.
    • Kagetsu is a friendly Spirited Competitor who simply enjoys good natured sparring. Koyasu voices him with a similar cadence to Shingo.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Takehito has been a Fire Emblem fan since the Famicom era, kept his Super Famicom to play Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War over and over and attempting to voice all characters regardless of gender since back then, it has no voice acting. So naturally, being casted as several Fire Emblem characters made him happynote  and it culminates in him being chosen to voice Lewyn in Fire Emblem Heroes that he expressed it in a blog post. Though he mentioned that he'd be fine if he got chosen to voice anyone from Genealogy, not specifically Lewyn.
    • He's also a huge Gundam fan, and would later get to voice Zechs Merquise, Gym Ghingham and Mu La Flaga.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Surprisingly capable of a truly hilarious girl-like screech when his less-sympathetic roles get what's coming to them, such as Hanagata Mitsurugi of Saber Marionette J and Nobuyuki Sugou of Sword Art Online.

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