Kaneto Shiozawa (塩沢 兼人 Shiozawa Kaneto?, January 28, 1954 - May 10, 2000) (Real name: Toshikazu Shiozawa (塩沢 敏一 Shiozawa Toshikazu?) was a seiyū from Tokyo affiliated with Aoni Production. He had a distinctive cold, calm voice which usually typecast him in roles as villains or anti-heroes.

His stage name originated from the Japanese director Kaneto Shindō.


Shiozawa yearned to be a performer since his boyhood. He graduated from Nihon University Second Senior High School, where he learned to perform in its art department.


On May 9, 2000, at around 4:00, Shiozawa fell down the stairway of his home; he later fell unconscious, and died of a cerebral contusion the next day. He was 46. Fellow Seiyū Hidekatsu Shibata was one of the attendees at his funeral. Greg Eagles, the American voice actor of Gray Fox, was once mistakenly reported to die from cerebral contusion.


After Shiozawa's death, the following seiyū took over his ongoing roles:

In the Guilty Gear series, Shiozawa's character Zato-1 dies sometime between the events of Guilty Gear X and Guilty Gear XX. As a replacement, the video games now instead feature Zato-1's shadow-like forbidden beast Eddie, who uses the same body but has a different voice (played by Takehito Koyasu). Incidentally, in the Rival Schools series, Kaneto's character Hyo is the twin brother of Isshin's character Kyosuke, and Isshin replaced Kaneto as the voice Rei in the Fist of the North Star fighting game by Arc System Works. His character, Buriburizaemon in the Crayon Shin-chan series, was left voiceless and has never spoken since his death.

Voice roles

Leading roles in bold

TV anime



Video games


Other roles


  1. NEC Avenue. Strider Hiryu. PC Engine. Level/area: Ending.

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