Junichi Kanemaru

Junichi KanemaruJapanese

Date Of Birth: Oct 27, 1963
Birth Place: Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Voice Over Language: Japanese

Popularity: 187th All Time, 89th This Week

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Blood type: A 

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THE VOICES OF Junichi Kanemaru

Credits On BTVA: 48 Roles from 44 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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said at 12:03 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
Happy Birthday Junichi Kanemaru! The Japanese Voice of Sonic! There's another who voice Sonic but yours is Amazing!
said at 11:17 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
Happy birthday! Junichi Kanemaru! I totally don't regret starting new files just to play with the Japanese voices in Sonic games with this guy around. While most people won't remember Takeshi Kusao's Sonic, they most likely will remember you.
said at 4:05 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Junichi Kanemaru! I have fond memories of his Sonic in SA2 when I'd switch to the JP audio every now and then:) He and Ryan Drummond are easily the best Sonic voices in my opinion.
said at 3:51 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 1 Shout Out!
OH, WHAT A GREAT VIEW. Happy Birthday, Junichi Kanemaru! His Sonic was, is, and will always be incredible. That Engrish could give Terry Bogard a run for his money. Kanemaru also did a good job as Buhara.
said at 9:54 AM on Fri Sep 9 2016
said at 12:13 PM on Tue Oct 27 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Happiest of Birthdays too Junichi Kanemaru!
said at 11:58 AM on Tue Oct 27 2015
Happy birthday, Jun'ichi.
said at 3:50 PM on Thu Jun 5 2014
If Sonic's voice actors sounded like this man, then they would be perfect like Jun'ichi.
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said at 5:37 PM on Thu Jun 5 2014
@TrueMyriad IMO out of Sonic's three canon voices, Roger Craig Smith is the one who sounds closest to Junichi Kanemaru.
said at 6:22 AM on Fri Jun 6 2014
I've always found the San Diego cast to be the ones must notably matching the Japanese VA's tones and inflections.
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said at 7:34 AM on Fri Jun 6 2014
@rosebr10 That's at least partly down to the direction, I'd say. Ryan Drummond stated in an interview with Sonic Cult that due to the way the recording process was done, they more or less had to match the Japanese dialogue as closely as possible. As far as the voice itself goes, Roger is the closest followed by Ryan, but you do have a point.
said at 6:41 PM on Fri May 29 2015
@TrueMyriad To me personally, i think that Ryan's take on Sonic is more than match for Junichi more so than what Jason has to be honest. Roger's quite on-par with Ryan's and Junichi's take on sonic but not up to the level of what Ryan nor Junichi has to offer.
said at 9:33 AM on Tue Jan 5 2016
@SteelEthlan What about Jason's take on Sonic?
said at 6:38 AM on Tue May 31 2016
@Marusero He felt forced as Sonic to be honest with you, even with the improvements.
said at 6:50 AM on Tue May 31 2016
@SteelEthlan Yeah, Jason might've felt forced in certain installments, but in Unleashed and Black Knight, I thought he started to feel natural. And you can't stop me from liking him. As for Roger, while his acting is very consistent and he has a fair amount of energy, I think his voice is trying too hard to sound young and "cool". IMO, Roger would be a lot better as Knuckles than Sonic. Then again, we both have different opinions, and they deserve to be respected.
said at 4:03 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@NCZ I guess? IDK I always felt Ryan's voice was the closest
said at 11:25 AM on Sun Mar 2 2014
His Sonic actually sounds like Sonic. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Roger Craig Smith.
said at 4:27 PM on Tue Dec 3 2013
So Sonic, Swiper, and Henry are the same person in Japanese.

said at 10:01 PM on Mon Apr 30 2012
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He's the gosh darn best Sonic the Hedgehog voice actor ever! Even when he says english line in most of the media he appears in.
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Junichi Kanemaru role? *
Sonic the Hedgehog
76.7% (23 votes)
Ryo Akiyama
6.7% (2 votes)
6.7% (2 votes)
3.3% (1 vote)
Metal Sonic
3.3% (1 vote)
3.3% (1 vote)
30 Total Votes