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Isamu Tanonaka (田の中 勇 Tanonaka Isamu?) (July 19, 1932 - January 13, 2010[1]) was a Japanese seiyū from Taitō, Tokyo. During his life he has been attached to Gekidan Tōgei and then Theatre Echo; he was attached to Aoni Production at the time of his death. He was best known for his roles in GeGeGe no Kitarō (as Medama Oyaji), Tensai Bakabon (as the first voice of Honkan-san), Mahō no Princess Minky Momo (as Sindbook), Akuma-kun (as Youaltepuztli), Dr. Slump & Arale-chan (as Gara and Toriyama) and the Persona series (as Igor).[2]

On January 13, 2010, he suffered a bout of myocardial infarction in his home in Setagaya, Tokyo and was found dead by family members.[1] He was 77 years old at the time of his death. His final performance was in Marie & Gali as the voice of Leonardo da Vinci.[3] Memorial services were held in Tokyo Memolead Hall on January 19, 2010. He is survived by his older brother Hiroshi.[2]

Roles

Television

1964
  • Zero Sen Hayato (Ichihisō Hosokawa)
1965
1967
  • Punpunmaru (Gatekeeper, Narrator)
1968
  • Akane-chan (Kadomatsu)
  • Animal 1 (Tōgorō)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (Medama Oyaji)
1969
1970
1971
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (second series) (Medama Oyaji)
  • Kunimatsu-sama no Otōridai (Odeko)
  • Tensai Bakabon (Honkan-san)
1972
1973
1975
1976
  • Paul no Miracle Daisakusen (Doppe)
1978
1979
1980
  • Haero Bun Bun (Big)
  • Moero Arthur Hakuba no Ōji (Sandee)
1981
1982
1983
1985
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (third series) (Medama Oyaji)
1987
1989
1991
1992
1993
1995
  • Bonobono (Kuzuri-kun's Father)
  • Dragon Ball Z (Bibidi (episode 277))
1996
1999
  • Digimon Adventure (Pikkoromon)
2000
2002
2003
2007
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (fifth series) (Medama Oyaji)
2008
2009
  • Marie & Gali (Leonardo da Vinci)

OVA

  • Bokuha Ōsama series (Cabinet Minister Wan)
  • Haja Taisei Dangaiō (Shoulder Clown)
  • Tengai Makyō: Jiraiya Oboro Hen (Oboke)

Theater animation

  • Dr. Slump (Gara)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (Medama Oyaji)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Daikaijū (Medama Oyaji)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Gekitotsu!! Ijigen Yōkai no Daihanran (Medama Oyaji)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Obake Nighter (Medama Oyaji)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Saikyō Yōkai Gundan! Nippon Jōriku!! (Medama Oyaji)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Daisensō (Medama Oyaji)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Tokkyū! Maboroshi no Kishu (Medama Oyaji)
  • Gekijōban: GeGeGe no Kitarō: Nippon Bakuretsu (Medama Oyaji)
  • Mazinger Z tai Ankoku Daishōgun (Mucha)
  • Mazinger Z tai Devilman (Mucha)
  • One Piece: Negimaki Jima no Bōken (Boo Jack)
  • Palme no Ki (Zakuro)
  • Ultraman USA (Ulysses)
  • Urusei Yatsura: Itsudatte My Darling (Commanding Officer)

Video games

  • Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (Rō Kaiōshin)
  • Dragon Ball Z 3 (Rō Kaiōshin)
  • Dragon Ball Z Sparking! (Rō Kaiōshin)
  • Dragon Ball Z Sparking! Meteor (Rō Kaiōshin)
  • Dragon Knight II (Pharmacist)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (Medama Oyaji)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Daiundōkai (Medama Oyaji)
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (Farmer)
  • One Piece Grand Battle! 3 (Shōjō)
  • Persona 3 (Igor, Mister Ekoda)
  • Persona 4 (Igor)

Dubbing roles

  • Bewitched ("Daddy Comes for a Visit", "Darrin the Warlock") (Silas Bliss Junior)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Grand Nagus Zek)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Jar Jar Binks)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Jar Jar Binks)

Animation

  • Alice in Wonderland (TBS edition) (The King of Hearts, The Dormouse)
  • The Flintstones (Barney Rubble)
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Old edition) (Pongo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Video edition) (Krang)

Film

  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (Medama Oyaji (voice))
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Sennen Noroi Uta (Medama Oyaji (voice))

Radio

  • Seishun Adventure ("Fengshen Yanyi") (NHK-FM) (Yúnzhōngzǐ)

Other

  • Gakkō no Kaidan (Trailer voice-over)
  • Masudaya Corporation Mōrā commercial (1975) (Mōrā (voice))
  • Nep League (May 7, 2007) (Medama Oyaji (voice))

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "田の中勇氏死去(声優)" (in Japanese). Jiji Press. January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yomiuri Shimbun. "Gegege no Kitarō Voice Actor Isamu Tanonaka Passes Away". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  3. "「目玉おやじ」役41年、田の中勇さん死去 - 芸能ニュース". Nikkan Sports. January 16, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 

External links

ar:إيسامو تانوناكا zh:田之中勇

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