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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


  • Denji Sentai Megaranger (Yugande)

Video games

  • Growlanser III: The Dual Darkness (Viktor Hugo)
  • Rockman X5-X7 (Signas)
  • Rockman X7 (Splash Wafly)
  • Super Robot War/Scramble series (Bright Noa, plus the characters listed in series below)
    • Super Robot Wars (Classic Timeline): Haran Banjou, Shingo Hojo
    • Super Robot Wars (Alpha Timeline): Acorse, Haran Banjou, Shingo Hojo
    • Super Robot Wars MX: Taiha
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Series (Bright Noa)
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Enjou! Kyoto Rinne (Saito Hajime)
  • Various Dragon Ball games (Tenshinhan)
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Noriaki Kakyoin)
  • Another Century's Episode Series (Bright Noa)

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

  • Tom Cruise
    • Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Interview with the Vampire, Far and Away, Days of Thunder (TBS edition), A Few Good Men
  • Mel Gibson
    • Lethal Weapon 1 and 2 (TBS edition), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (TBS edition)
  • John Travolta
    • Pulp Fiction (DVD edition)
  • Cop Land: Ray Liotta (Nippon Television Friday Roadshow)
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control (October 14, 2000 Fuji TV Golden Western Theater)
  • Child's Play: Chucky (Charles Lee Ray)
  • Bad Boys II: Johnny Tapia (Jordi Mollà)
  • Forrest Gump: Gary Sinise (March 11, 2003 Fuji TV Golden Western Theater)
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Kenneth Branagh (October 27, 1996 TV Sunday Western Theater)
  • Dragonheart King Einon (Nippon Television Edition)
  • The Living Daylights: Timothy Dalton (TV Tokyo Thursday Western Theater)
  • Scarface: Manny Ray (Steven Bauer)
  • Octopussy: Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan)
  • Titan A.E.: Preed
  • Watchmen: Rorschach


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

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