Nobuyuki Hiyama

Nobuyuki HiyamaJapanese

Date Of Birth: Aug 25, 1967
Birth Place: Hiroshima, Japan
Voice Over Language: Japanese

Popularity: 33rd All Time, 67th This Week

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THE VOICES OF Nobuyuki Hiyama

Credits On BTVA: 218 Roles from 185 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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said at 4:04 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
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Not even joking here when I say that this man's voice screams epic. For me, Link is to Nobuyuki Hiyama what Frieza is to Ryusei Nakao (if not Chris Ayres); Hiyama was all-around memorable as our Hylian protagonist. Of course, I feel that he also does a great job tackling Demitri, Batsu, Joe, Sanageyama, Haken, and Siegfried. The guy also made for a really good announcer for SvC Chaos. Such passion!
said at 1:01 AM on Sun Mar 27 2016
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While I watched Yu Yu Hakusho in dub 100% of the time, it's still weird to know that Hiei's seiyuu is Vital from Gurren Lagann, one of the most recognizable voices in that show, which I did watch in sub multiple times before seeing the dub. And the fact that they're BOTH the Hero of Time is mind-boggling.
said at 7:45 AM on Mon Feb 15 2016
I was checking this page because he was a really great Madarame Harunobu, but then l saw that he was also Buson / Attila in Pokémon and l am amazed! Now THAT is a GOOD range!!
said at 3:12 PM on Sat Oct 3 2015
Man, he really got a extended curriculum. And I like how he change his tune, to a very energetic to a very deep and ominous.

Really, you hear he yelling you immediately recognize his voice! xD
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:47 PM on Sun Aug 17 2014
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I've finally figured out why I find his Link to be so much better than the others, it's because of how memorable he is. Just about every single noise he makes has been seared into my mind for years. You could play me any sound clip and I'd recognize it instantly. It's the same kind of charm I get from Charles Martinet's Mario characters. I can't for the life of me remember what Akira Sasanuma or Takashi Ohara sound like in the slightest. They just don't have that recognizable quality. Although I must say that Yuki Kaji does have a memorable voice and he's been my second favorite for some time now. Still, there's just no way he can match up to the original in my mind.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:58 PM on Sun Aug 17 2014
@Nightmare Crusher Exactly. You nailed it.

In addition to that, Hiyama also had the strongest sense of energy, expression, and personality in his voice. Even though he only did a few shouts without any proper dialogue, in each one you could hear Link's determination and spirit. When you hear his recordings, you truly hear Link, the silent but heroic warrior. Takashi Ohara and Akira Sasanuma, while not bad, were a lot more down to earth, and I always felt Sasanuma's shouts were more restrained compared to the others. From what I've heard in a few HW gameplay videos, I have to agree Yuki Kaji is indeed the closest to capturing Hiyama's spirit.

My personal ranking goes:

Nobuyuki Hiyama > Yuki Kaji > Takashi Ohara > Akira Sasanuma
said at 7:17 AM on Wed Apr 3 2013
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Playing Darkstalkers the other day and I instantly recognised his voice.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:23 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
The best Link voice, as well as a great VA for Joe, Batsu, and Gai Tendo!
said at 2:42 AM on Mon Mar 19 2012
Nobuyuki Hiyama was a great voice for link, but too bad Akira Sasanuma voice him now.
said at 10:23 AM on Sat Dec 17 2011
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Seriously, Nobuyuki Hiyama is simply amazing! His Link will always be one of Nintendo's moments for me. The current voice for our favorite Hylian (Akira Sasanuma) just doesn't have that magic that Hiyama-sama had.
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Who's your favorite Nobuyuki Hiyama role? *
41.2% (14 votes)
Masamune Date
14.7% (5 votes)
5.9% (2 votes)
Mr. 3 / Galdino
2.9% (1 vote)
Haken Browning
2.9% (1 vote)
Veigue Lungberg
2.9% (1 vote)
Ikkaku Madarame
2.9% (1 vote)
2.9% (1 vote)
Teen Link
2.9% (1 vote)
Demitri Maximoff
2.9% (1 vote)
Uzu Sanageyama
2.9% (1 vote)
Batsu Ichimonji
2.9% (1 vote)
2.9% (1 vote)
2.9% (1 vote)
Siegfried Schtauffen
2.9% (1 vote)
Muruta Azrael
2.9% (1 vote)
34 Total Votes