Koichi Yamadera

Koichi YamaderaJapanese

Date Of Birth: Jun 17, 1961
Birth Place: Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Voice Over Language: Japanese

Popularity: 39th All Time, 36th This Week

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Credits On BTVA: 332 Roles from 264 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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8000 Saiyans
said at 10:16 AM on Mon Jun 18 2018
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Happy belated birthday, Koichi Yamadera!

He has a lot of great roles, but my favorite of his is Beerus.
said at 7:44 PM on Sat Mar 10 2018
Awesome as Beerus and now he is nailing as Kenshiro Kasumi from Fist of the Blue Sky! Rated M for Manly indeed!
said at 9:41 AM on Fri Feb 16 2018
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I'm going to be completely honest here: I knew this guy was versatile. But learning he was Mew was what really surprised me. It's starting to make since why they needed different people for the monokubs.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:56 PM on Wed Jan 17 2018
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Probably the most versatile voice actor from Japan.
said at 12:43 PM on Wed Jan 17 2018
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I'm so sorry...HOW THE F@#$ DOES THIS GUY VOICE MEW? I mean I knew he had range since he voiced all five Monokubs but woah. Is it safe to call him the Japanese Jim Cummings? Because I feel like we should call him that.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:11 PM on Sat Sep 30 2017
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Koichi Yamadera isn't just a great voice actor. He's got a lovely singing voice too.
said at 6:21 AM on Sat Jun 17 2017
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NO ESCAPE. Happy Birthday, Koichi Yamadera aka Yama-chan! He's acquired a knack for voicing cool guys over the years, though what I find most marvelous about him is that he can tackle pretty much any archetype aside from just charming men and he's a very skilled impressionist. To say Koichi has a wide range would be the understatement of the century. Plus those credits under his belt; Christ! On top of all that, he's looking real swell at 56. Rie Tanaka is one lucky lady...

Moving onto my personal favorite Yamadera roles, they include Jubei Kibagami, Lord Raptor (Zabel Zarock), Beerus, Spike Spiegel, Cody, Balrog (M. Bison), Ryoji Kaji, Silva Zoldyck, Stitch, Ton Jravolta, Togusa, Donald Duck, Nagamitsu, Mew, Daigo Kazama, Yatter-Woof, and Genie.
said at 12:14 PM on Mon Mar 13 2017
How does he do Mew!
said at 1:54 AM on Tue May 2 2017
@MHUltimate2013DW ikr! I always asumed Mew was female due to its voice. Come soon would I know it was actually a Badass Baritone (TM).

As for the (probably rhetorical) question...its kinda like how he (& many other actors) does Donald Duck, combined with a softening of the speech, &...I wanna say falsetto but that's probably not what I mean to say..
The Ear of One
said at 5:03 AM on Sat Mar 11 2017
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wow, just wow. if theres legends in the seiyuu community then this guy is certainly among thoose in the list.
so many voices, some the same others jsut plain diffrent.
from badass images to disney icons.
yeah Koichi-san is truly a remarkable seiyuu.
said at 2:04 AM on Tue May 2 2017
@The Ear of One @The Ear of One Definitely. Although one thing I gotta note is how our top VAs tend to have credits near *1000*...Welker, Bennett, DBB, Grey/Tara, Tress, Tom Kenny,, Steve Blum, Cummings, KMR, Freddy T, etc...the most VAs I see on JP VAs are maybe 400. Yamadera's easily up there, yet hes only 300+ credits. Toshiyuki Morikawa, Tessho Genda, Hikaru Midorikawa, Tomokazu Seki, Unshō Ishizuka, Keiji Fujiwara, Shinichiro Miki, Norio Wakamoto, Megumi Hayashibara, Atsuko Tanaka...are all like that too, maybe 300 credits despite being inthe business for 25-40 years.

We have VAs like Michael Gough who havent done that much in awhile, but there are tons of active VAs that rack up credits real quick. Wonder why there's that huge disparity between credits.
said at 8:39 AM on Tue May 2 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed This comment was way less intelligible than it was typing it out on mobile...
said at 10:44 AM on Tue May 2 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed That can easily be summed up to BtVA being an English-language website, so higher priority is held toward adding English-language content.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:59 AM on Tue May 2 2017

- What Cats said (along with the note that there's a lot of stuff they work on that is simply obscure and/or doesn't leave the home country)

- Multiple casting and using the main cast to fill out bit parts is more common in US cartoons

- English-speaking world is more fractured. There's people in Dallas, LA, LA non-union, New York, etc. In Japan basically EVERYONE works in Tokyo. When you look at japanese VAs as a whole there is simply more competition because everyone is in one space. The fact that english actors are so divided means that each region allows its own group of actors to form a niche and dominate there. If everyone was all in the same place, it'd be a lot harder to do that.

You really can't compare different languages, regions, etc. 1:1 and have the exact same results. By definition, the circumstances will always be different.
said at 11:46 AM on Tue May 2 2017
@NCZ Hm, I do suppose so, yeah. However I do have to say I can't quite see the second point, in that LA is pretty much *the* worldwide entertainment hub, they attract the biggest talent pool. I have no statistics to back it up, but I would generally assume there are enough actors & business in California that there is easily comparable (if not *more* competition) over there.

Also I wouldnt quite say LA non-union is a different market than LA union...those actors are still competing for the big union stuff, they're just not as established so they do non-union to pay the bills. Like Wakamoto & Daisuke Ono doing hentai was still Tokyo I think... ?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:20 PM on Tue May 2 2017

You're looking at it the wrong way. The pool of the top voice actors in LA is smaller than the pool of the top voice actors in Japan. Because a large amount of VAs in LA are screen actors who do VO on the side for the paycheque but aren't totally dedicated to their work. The amount of people in LA who make a living purely off VO are a minority. In Japan it's similar that only a few people can make a living off VO alone, but overlap between screen and voice actors is much rarer.

Also consider that US casting usually loves actors who have a wide range of voices. It's the versatile actors who tend to rack up credits like no other. In Japan the most famous actors are often hired in part due to their reputation and fanbase, and usually the vocal range actors get to display is more reserved in comparison. It's more common for people to be hired primarily for their natural voice than because they can do a variety of wacky cartoony voices. Obviously there are exceptions. But as I said, the situations are never completely 1:1.
said at 5:53 PM on Mon Jan 23 2017
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Shaun Ince
said at 4:24 PM on Fri Jan 20 2017
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Nice new picture for Koichi Yamadera.
said at 5:35 PM on Thu Jan 26 2017
@Shaun Ince Was looking up old Scott McNeil roles & came upon Luo Long. Had to do a double take. Come to think of it, Scott McNeil is sort of like him in a way (much like Corey Burton actually). A ton of range & a voice enough for quite a bit. Can mimic virtually anybody & do it very well. Very prestigious VA.
Shaun Ince
said at 3:03 PM on Thu Jan 12 2017
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Congrats on 300 credits Koichi Yamadera.
said at 12:14 AM on Sat Aug 27 2016
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Dude, this guy is pretty much the Mel Blanc of Japan.
said at 5:02 PM on Fri Jun 17 2016
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Happy birthday, Koichi.
said at 1:00 PM on Fri Jun 17 2016
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Happy birthday Japanese voice of Donald Duck, Genie, Isaac McDougal, Mew, & Beerus!!!!!
said at 6:26 AM on Fri Jun 17 2016
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Happy Birthday Koichi Yamadera!
said at 7:08 AM on Tue May 10 2016
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You know, seeing that Beerus played the Genie in Japan, it makes me wonder how Robin Williams would have done as Beerus.
said at 6:41 PM on Sun May 15 2016
@Metabad I would moreso compare Yamadera to Corey Burton, seeing as they both have the knack for very low, crunchy voices.

As well as seemingly being on Disney's shortlist, being in basically everything that can afford them &/or is worth their time.
said at 7:04 AM on Wed Jun 15 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Corey Burton could work well for Beerus too.
said at 2:53 AM on Sun Nov 15 2015
I'm really enjoying his performance as Britt Reid as well!
said at 4:07 PM on Sun Sep 18 2016
@BlankSlate Who is that?
said at 8:48 AM on Fri Sep 23 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed The Green Hornet, as played by Seth Rogen. Let's just say that Yamadera fit into the role like a hand into a glove.
said at 7:40 PM on Tue Nov 3 2015
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I still can't get over how spot on his Donald Duck is.
said at 4:19 AM on Sun Sep 13 2015
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I can't look at this guy's resume and NOT be impressed.
said at 1:49 PM on Thu May 12 2016
@Kioea For a current-gen comparison, the Troy Baker of Japan?
said at 7:14 AM on Tue Sep 8 2015
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No disrespect to Robin Williams, but Yamadera is the definitive Genie. No VA in Japan but Yamadera has played Genie. He is the most consistent Genie. Oh, and he's certainly better than Castellaneta for sure.
said at 11:04 AM on Tue Sep 8 2015
@AntiSabat666 He contests with Preben Kristensen for the best voice, that's for sure. He's got a lot of passion.

And no respect for Peer Augustinski, but not even he could measure up.
said at 11:04 AM on Tue Sep 8 2015
@AntiSabat666 No disrespect for Peer, I mean.
said at 5:30 AM on Wed Oct 14 2015
@AntiSabat666 I mean Preben! Preben!

Anyway, I was pleasantly astonished that he was able to mimic a woman's voice perfectly! Even Akira Kamiya (Iago) was confused!
said at 1:29 PM on Tue Sep 23 2014
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The face on the left is pretty much my reaction to how many roles he has; and so much more!
said at 10:40 AM on Tue Mar 4 2014
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Dude's got chops
said at 5:10 PM on Fri Feb 21 2014
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Amazing range. Hardly any two characters look and sound alike.
said at 5:29 AM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@thomwim Well, there's a lot of his Genie in his Lord Business. Didn't recognize him as Batman, though.
said at 11:46 AM on Tue Mar 3 2015
@thomwim Also Jacquimo from 'Thumbelina' sounds like Genie but with twice the whimsy.
Belial Edge
said at 4:23 AM on Tue Jun 4 2013
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From Mew to Donald Duck. Amazing. =w=
said at 3:59 AM on Sat Oct 29 2011
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I like Yamadera's voice, too. He has a great acting range!
said at 4:57 PM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@BlankSlate No; it's more than great. It's phenomenal. His energy, his delivery. It's all fantastic.
VanOsdel 0123
said at 3:47 PM on Thu Sep 8 2011
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You know, I really like Koichi Yamadera's voice acting.

But, on Thumbelina, what does Koichi's voice on Jacquimo really sound like to you?
said at 5:28 AM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@VanOsdel 0123 I don't know. I haven't seen it.
said at 2:35 AM on Mon Sep 8 2014
@VanOsdel 0123 Now I've seen it. He sounds like Genie but with twice the whimsy.
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Koichi Yamadera role? *
27.5% (11 votes)
Donald Duck
15.0% (6 votes)
Corazon / Donquixote Rocinante
12.5% (5 votes)
Spike Spiegel
10.0% (4 votes)
Shun Akiyama
10.0% (4 votes)
Silva Zoldyck
5.0% (2 votes)
2.5% (1 vote)
2.5% (1 vote)
2.5% (1 vote)
Newton Graceland
2.5% (1 vote)
2.5% (1 vote)
Ryouga Hibiki
2.5% (1 vote)
Isaac McDougal
2.5% (1 vote)
2.5% (1 vote)
40 Total Votes