Kenichi Suzumura (鈴村 健一,Suzumura Ken'ichi?, born September 12, 1974) is a voice actor from Niigata, Osaka Prefecture. He is currently affiliated with Arts Vision. He made his television animation debut on Macross 7 in 1994. He is most known for the roles of Hikaru Hitachiin from Ouran High School Host Club, Shinn Asuka from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Sogo Okita from Gintama, Lavi from D.Gray-Man, and Ryutaros from Kamen Rider Den-O. He is called Suzu and Muraken by Soichiro Hoshi and his fans and Suzuken by other voice actors and fans. He is currently part of the group STA MEN alongside Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Kishio, Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Makoto Yasumura, and Kosuke Toriumi.
He has worked with Takahiro Sakurai on various occasions, in the animations and BL Drama CDs. Currently, they host a radio show together with Miyu Matsuki called Cherry Bell. He is also a friend of seiyū Hiroki Takahashi.
His younger brother, Masaki Suzumura works in film production and has featured with Kenichi Suzumura several times on seiyu radio shows, such as Cherry Bell. Many fans were surprised as his voice was very similar to Kenichi Suzumura's but a little higher in pitch.
Suzumura is excellent at cooking. He was going to get a license to become a chef before he went along to a seiyu audition, for which he unexpectedly got picked.
He loves the ice cream 'pino'.
He has been brought up moving constantly to different areas of Japan. During his childhood years he has lived in Niigata, Osaka, Okayama, Fukuoka and other areas. He admits his Kansai-ben is not perfect, but still uses it heavily in normal speech.
He has two dogs, Ivy and Momo. He frequently orders clothes for them on the internet.
In December 2003, Suzumura cycled a distance of about 200 km from Nagoya to Osaka in 24 hours 30 minutes approximately (including time for sleep, rest, eating) with Radio Osaka. The moment he arrived was broadcast live on radio.
He made a guest appearance in ghostnote's PV of the song '櫻道' (sakuramichi) in 2009.
Because of his feeble health he practiced aikido for five years in order to control his breathing.
In January 2010 he gave his first solo concert tour in Osaka (January 10), Nagoya (January 11), Yokohama (January 23) and Tokyo (January 30).
A national survey on the popularity of seiyū conducted in March 2010 has revealed Suzumura and Miyano Mamoru as the most famous male seiyū.
↑"Staff&Cast" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved 22 January 2010.