Banjo Ginga

Banjo GingaJapanese

Date Of Birth: Nov 12, 1948
Birth Place: Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan
Voice Over Language: Japanese

Popularity: 135th All Time, 272nd This Week

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said at 8:52 AM on Sun Nov 12 2017
Happy birthday, Ginga-san!
said at 5:59 AM on Sun Nov 12 2017
Happy Birthday Banjo Ginga!
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said at 8:26 PM on Thu Oct 26 2017
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Has a pretty badass deep voice.
said at 2:27 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
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Oh, hey, happy late B-day Banjo Ginga! Everything Celestial said, as well as Captain Morgan, several Final Fantasy roles, Reeve Tuesti, Gihren Zabi, Master Miller, & Liquid Snake.

Plus several Dragon Ball roles
said at 8:56 PM on Sat Apr 22 2017
I really think his Gihren Zabi speech sounds like James Earl Jones. Also in general he reminds me of Michael Clarke Duncan/Isaac C Singleton when he turns up the gravel, so to speak.
said at 8:58 AM on Sat Nov 12 2016
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Happy Birthday Banjo Ginga! I quite enjoyed his work as "Customer Service" and Nightmare from Kirby Right Back at Ya!
said at 2:51 AM on Sat Nov 12 2016
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Happy Birthday, Banjo Ginga! He not only possesses one of the most awesome names given to a seiyuu, he also comes equipped with a resonant, deep timbre that shan't be forgotten. He was a great replacement for the late Ichiro Nagai as Chairman Isaac Netero, and his King Vegeta was done really well, too. Outside of those two, my other favorite Ginga roles include Daniel J. D'Arby, Cracker Jack, Souther, Bayman, Gilbert F. Altstein, the Jack models in the Tekken series, and Astaroth.
said at 2:23 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@CelestialOuroboros Banjo Ginga is a stage name.

Anyhow, you can't forget that he was the original Heihachi Mishima as well as Liquid Snake.

(ON that note, both Solid & Liquid have played Souther).
said at 3:15 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed It being a stage alias still doesn't change how electrifying it is IMO. Yeah, I do remember a bit of his Heihachi in Tekken 1, though he was short-lived as the character unfortunately; that's not to say his successors Daisuke Gouri and Unsho Ishizuka weren't bad for the role (*quite* the opposite there), though it would've been cool to see Ginga reprise as Mishima in later games.
said at 5:37 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@CelestialOuroboros I personally might have preferred Ginga to reprise Heihachi later on, over Ishizuka, mainly as a voice-match to Gori. I think Kenta Miyake has the more brutal aspects of that sort of voice, but Ginga had already done the early stand-ins in Tekken 1.

There are many times (usually during the "growth" of a project) that recastings are done due to increase in budget. The reverse happens more, unfortunately (Cartoon Network Punch-Time Explosion etc), but there are "prototype"/fill-in voices especially in Tekken. In Tekken 2 IIRC every character gets their own VA rather than 4 guys/girls doing several voices.
said at 6:20 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed "In Tekken 2 IIRC every character gets their own VA rather than 4 guys/girls doing several voices."

Wataru Takagi voiced both Lei Wulong and Heihachi in 2, series creator Harada portrayed Law and Yoshimitsu, Yumi Toma did Nina and Anna Williams, and Shiho Kikuchi was Jun Kazama and Kunimitsu. Joji Nakata performed as Kazuya and Devil, though in that case, it's really one character Nakata voiced in the context of 2's plot.

All that aside, the cast is less egregious than what the first Tekken had. I think 2's team of VAs stemmed from that one having a slightly larger budget, which ergo allowed for new blood, though I'm not intelligent in that area much to know if that's actually the case tbh
said at 9:12 PM on Fri Aug 22 2014
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I'm just stopping by to say this guy has one of the coolest names I've ever seen.
said at 8:06 AM on Sat Aug 23 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy And he has one of the coolest deep voices too. At least, IMO.
said at 1:03 PM on Sat Aug 23 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Forget his name, just listen to his voice!
said at 2:02 PM on Sat Aug 23 2014
@Metabad At first I thought his pitch was so low that it almost didn't sound natural. Dang.
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Banjo Ginga role? *
28.6% (6 votes)
Daniel J. D'Arby
14.3% (3 votes)
Liquid Snake
14.3% (3 votes)
9.5% (2 votes)
9.5% (2 votes)
4.8% (1 vote)
Chairman Isaac Netero
4.8% (1 vote)
Gihren Zabi
4.8% (1 vote)
4.8% (1 vote)
Chief Thunder Hooves
4.8% (1 vote)
21 Total Votes