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Tomokazu Sugita (born October 11, 1980 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese voice actor who went from virtually unnoticed to very popular thanks to the anime juggernaut that is Haruhi Suzumiya, where he voiced Kyon. Before that, some people might recognise him as Hideki from Chobits, but, well, that's old news. After his performance as Kyon, he started displaying a wide range of voices, making him one of the best and most revered seiyus in the business today. His forte is most likely the Deadpan Snarker type.

He also has some sort of rivalry with Tomokazu Seki, just because they have the same given name. They are in fact managed by the same agency Atomic Monkey which Seki is a founding member of.

He's very "hardcore" according to the Blue Radio podcast. Plus it's known, from various radio shows and interviews, that he's also a VERY keen gamer and anime otaku, coming out with references to anime, manga and games even when nobody besides him knows what he's talking about. This is why he's nicknamed "Freedom Sugita" by fans. And no, he is not doing this because he's influenced by his role in Gintama. He just happened to be awesome like that. Occasionally, a fellow seiyu or two will catch the references and continue the conversation from there.

He's notable that for a few times, he made some spot on Norio Wakamoto impressions, once in Bururaji, again in Gintama and later when he, along with Yūichi Nakamura and Takahiro Sakurai, do so while playing a YuYu Hakusho fighting game for the Mega Drive (Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyō Tōitsusen, to be specific), all picking Wakamoto's character Chu. And narrating it. Later he does it again in Sket Dance. He would then go on to play JP, the designated successor of one of Wakamoto's most famous roles - M. Bison/Vega.

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He and Yūichi Nakamura also host a program called Tokyo Encounter where they play video games and share some trivia. And also goof off. That Wakamoto impersonation? It's from that show.

He was also responsible for revealing (well, to be exact getting the confirmation from Mitsuhiro Ichiki himself) about the entire mess of the staff of Kokoro Connect. Needless to say, he wasn't amused by it.

He, alongside Arc System Works, revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2012 that they were collaborating on a doujin game called Getsuei Academy Kou written by himself. And it became an actual game itself under the nameTsukie Academy Kou. He also proposed and created the design for newcomer Amane Nishiki in BlazBlue: Chronophantasma.

He goes by the names "Hareto Shishi", "Tekkamen", "Nanimusha", "Mobile Armor" and "Rokotsumaru" when voicing for R-rated works.

He has his own YouTube channel here, in which he's a Virtual YouTuber using his Mascot from his personal radio show, Anigeradidooon. (Side note: said mascot is female. Yes, it's every bit as jarring as it sounds.) Fun fact, his Youtube channel has the same name as the agency he founded in 2020 after departing from Atomic Monkey.

Voice roles by Tomokazu Sugita:

Tropes associated with Tomokazu Sugita’s roles:

  • Action Duo: With Yūichi Nakamura with their program, Tokyo Encounter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His defining role. Kyon is the shining example of this trope, as well as Gintoki.
  • Hostility on the Set: Sugita was one of the people that sympathized with Mitsuhiro Ichiki during the Kokoro Connect incident which got the latter bullied. Afterwards, for a time being, he gave the cold treatment to Takuma Terashima, who was involved in said bullying, like trying to sit as far as possible from him during a convention, regardless of their longer history of working together. At least after the controversy died down and became just a memory and both parties have moved on from the past, Sugita was OK with working together with Terashima again.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship is with Yukana is overall platonic, but the two are as close as real siblings. Sugita mentioned that she used to treat him in his early days as a voice actor, especially when his first talent agency was disbanded and he had nowhere else to go. Yukana usually treats him like a younger brother and Sugita likewise sees her as a Cool Big Sis.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: A trait he shares with Koyasu. When you can play both the young and the old versions of Joseph Joestar, you are definitely this. Also notable in that with his roles as MZMA and Kurodōji, he doesn't even use his typical baritone voice. He instead uses a very soft-teenage voice that's hard to recognize.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • So one day, Sugita wondered, "Hey, I wanna play some psychotic hammy villain. Can't have Nakamura have all the fun doing that!" The result? Dr. Ver.
    • Again with his role as Kurodōji in Onmyoji who is not only a little boy but also an insane little boy at that.
    • It gets even worse in Elegant Yokai Apartment Life where he plays a high-pitched, talking bird. "Chu-chun ga chun!" indeed.
    • As far as foreign dubbing goes, he voiced Garfield in the Japanese dub of one of his movies.
    • While Sugita is certrainly no stranger to playing villainous roles or old men, JP stands out as he is not only a dandy elderly man with a demonically-deep and suave baritone, but is also the designated successor of M. Bison/Vega. Now recall which other seiyuu Sugita is noted as having an amazing impression of.
  • Promoted Fanboy: He got Arc System Works to make a game for his doujin, Getsuei Gakuen —kou—. He also had an influence in creating Amane Nishiki for BlazBlue: Chronophantasma.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: While he didn't use it in BlazBlue unlike Patrick Seitz, he can do an epic one in Gintama.
  • Star-Making Role: Sugita was already voice acting prior to 2006, but it was Kyon in Haruhi Suzumiya who put him on the map.