Hirotaka Suzuoki (鈴置 洋孝 Suzuoki Hirotaka?) (March 6, 1950 - August 6, 2006) was a male seiyū and actor from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture who graduated from Tokyo Keizai University.

His best known roles include Mobile Suit Gundam (Bright Noa), Captain Tsubasa (Kojiro Hyuga), Saint Seiya (Dragon Shiryu), Dragon Ball Z (Tien Shinhan), The Transformers (Starscream), Ranma ½ (Tatewaki Kuno), Rurouni Kenshin (Saito Hajime), Pokémon (Giovanni), and Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 (Haran Banjō).

In 2006, Suzuoki died at the age of 56 as a result of lung cancer.[1]


Suzuoki's most notable trait is his soft, dignified voice. He was affiliated with Ken Production, in which he worked in many animation roles.

In 1978, Suzuoki made his voice acting debut in Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3.

Suzuoki was a best friend of fellow seiyu Tōru Furuya.

On July 2006, Suzuoki was diagnosed with lung cancer and undertook hospitalization and medical treatment, but on the morning of August 6, 2006, his health declined, and Suzuoki died at the age of 56.

His last voicing role was the voice of Bright Noa in Mobile Suit Z Gundam: III Love is the Pulse of the Stars, which was seen by fans as the best sendoff in Suzuoki's name.


Here are the seiyu that took over Suzuoki's ongoing roles:

Kenta Miyake- Pokémon- (Sakaki (Giovanni))

Hideo Ishikawa- Angel's Father- (Shion)

Ryuzaburo Otomo- Dragon Ball Z- (World Tournament Announcer)

Takahiro Sakurai- Saint Seiya- (Dragon Shiryu)

Takaya Kuroda- Transformers: Cybertron- (Starscream)

Kenyu Horiuchi- The Super Dimension Century Orguss- (Orson D. Verne)

Mitsuaki Madono- Dragon Ball Z- (Tien Shinhan) (video games)

Hikaru Midorikawa- Dragon Ball Z- (Tien Shinhan) (Dragon Ball Z Kai)

Voice roles

Television animation/Movies

Original video animations


Video games

Note: Another Century's Episode 3, which was produced after the death of Hirotaka Suzuoki, re-used the voice tracks that has been recorded for A.C.E.1 (which also become the first title with Bright's voice after Hirotaka Suzuoki's death), making it the first game involving Bright Noa to re-use a prior recording. With characters whose voice actors are deceased, Banpresto traditionally reuses prior recordings in this way rather than record new lines with a different actor - it is expected that future productions involving Bright Noa and Haran Banjou will continue to use Suzuoki's voice.

Dubbing roles


  1. "Gundam Voice Actor Dies". AnimeNewsNetwork.com. August 11, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 

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