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Norio Wakamoto (若本 規夫 Wakamoto Norio?) (born October 18, 1945) is a veteran male seiyū and budō expert affiliated with Sigma Seven. He was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and was raised in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. He graduated from Waseda University.

Overview

After graduation from Waseda University, Wakamoto initially found employment as a police officer assigned to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Anti-Riot Squad division before becoming a seiyū.

The quality of Wakamoto's voice is known for uniting astringency and sharpness, usually leading him to villain roles in dubbing work and games. Examples include Oskar von Reuenthal in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Johnny in the Guilty Gear series, Barbatos Goetia in Tales of Destiny 2, Charles zi Britannia in Code Geass, Black Shadow in F-Zero GP Legend, Xemnas in Kingdom Hearts II, Oda Nobunaga in Sengoku Basara, Cell in Dragon Ball Z and GT, Dracula in Castlevania series, Bison in the Street Fighter series, Igniz and Omega Rugal in The King of Fighters series and many others. On adult works, like OVAs or dating sims he goes by the alias "Hiruma Kyounosuke".

He holds the rank of 3-dan in both Shorinji Kempo and Kendo[1].

Voice roles

Television anime

OVA

Theater animation

Video games

  • Blue Dragon (Nene)
  • The Bouncer (Dauragon C. Mikado)
  • Brave Story: New Traveler (Sogreth)
  • Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (Dracula)
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Dracula)
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (Dracula)
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (Dracula)
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Dracula)
  • Code Geass: Lost Colors (Emperor of Britannia)
  • Crysis (Admiral Morrison, Nanosuit Voice (In Promotion Video))
  • Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Marz (DYMN/Daimon)
  • Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (Overlord Zenon)
  • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (Overlord Zenon)
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Chaos)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series (Cell)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series (Cell)
  • Eien no Aselia: The Spirit of the Eternity Sword (Eternity Sword 'Wisdom'/Takios the Black Blade)
  • Final Fantasy IV (Rubicante)
  • Final Fantasy XII (Al-Cid Margrace)
  • Grandia (Baal)
  • Guilty Gear series (Johnny)
  • inFAMOUS (Kessler)
  • The King of Fighters 2001 (Igniz)
  • The King of Fighters 2002 (Omega Rugal)
  • Kingdom Hearts II (Xemnas)
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Xemnas)
  • Kishin Houkou Demonbane (Augustus)
  • Kishin Hishou Demonbane (Augustus, Priest, Nyarlathotep)
  • Last Bronx (Tōru Kurosawa)
  • Luminous Arc (Andre)
  • Makai Kingdom: Chronicles Of The Sacred Tome (King Drake the Third)
  • Medievil (Lord Zarok)
  • Mega Man X6 (High Max)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (Gene)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story (Philip Hughes)
  • Muv-Luv (Paul Radhabinod)
  • Muv-Luv Alternative (Paul Radhabinod)
  • Odin Sphere (Hindel, Wraith/Halja)
  • Onimusha 3: Demon Siege (Akechi Mitsuhide)
  • Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams (Ishida Mitsunari)
  • Phantasy Star Universe (Renvolt Magashi)
  • Princess Maker 4 (Daikun)
  • Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny (Golba)
  • Sengoku Basara (Oda Nobunaga)
  • SD Gundam G Generation series (Doku Dāmu, Philip Hughs)
  • Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shōjo (Houzuki)
  • Skies of Arcadia (Gilder)
  • SNK vs. Capcom series (M. Bison)
  • Star Ocean: First Departure (Ashlay Barnbelt)
  • Street Fighter IV (M. Bison/ Vega)
  • Soulcalibur IV (Yoshimitsu)
  • Summon Night EX-Thesis: Yoake no Tsubasa (Fighfar)
  • Super Dragon Ball Z (Cell)
  • Super Robot Wars series (Neue Regisseur, Stern Neue Regisseur, Maier V. Branstein, Alan Brady, Shapiro Keats, Ōta Kōichirō)
  • SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom (M. Bison)
  • Tales of Destiny (PS2) (Barbatos Goetia)
  • Tales of Destiny 2 (Barbatos Goetia)
  • Tales of Innocence (Gardle)
  • Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 (Barbatos Goetia)
  • Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 (Barbatos Goetia)
  • Tales of Vesperia (Barbatos Goetia)
  • Tales of VS. (Barbatos Goetia)
  • Tenshi no Present - Marl Oukoku Monogatari (Fonfon, Guwanji)
  • Transformers: The Game (Megatron)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Megatron)
  • Tsuyokiss (Tachibana Heizō)
  • Wild Arms Alter Code: F (Siegfried/Zeikfried)
  • Wild Arms 4 (Gawn Brawdia)
  • Xenoblade (Mumuka)
  • Zettai Hero Kaizou Keikaku (Narrator)

Dubbing roles

  • Alien Resurrection (Vriess)
  • Batman Begins (Henri Ducard)
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood (Ra's Al Ghul)
  • Justice League (Martian Manhunter)
  • Licence to Kill (VHS version) (Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi))
  • Mortal Kombat (film) (Raiden, Christopher Lambert)
  • Sin City (Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Lando Calrissian)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Lando Calrissian)
  • Space: 1999 (Paul Morrow)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film) (Shredder)
  • True Lies (Fuji-TV edition) (Aziz)
  • The Professionals (William Bodie)
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Jake Slicker)
  • Who Dares Win (Captain Peter Skellen)
  • Prison Break (Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell)
  • The Mask (Mitch Kellaway)
  • The Dark Crystal (SkekZok)
  • X-Men (Mr. Sinister)
  • Transformers Animated (Megatron)

Tokusatsu

  • Seijuu Sentai Gingaman (Narrator)
  • Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World (Rey Kivat/Arc Kivat)

Video/DVD

  • Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger (Narrator)

Credited as Hiruma Kyonosuke

  • Family Project: Kazoku Keikaku (Hiroshi Hirota)
  • Maison Plaisir
  • Suiheisenmade Nanmile? (The Instructor)
  • Tamainin Asagi (Edwin Black)

References

External links

ar:نوريو واكاموتو ko:와카모토 노리오 fi:Norio Wakamoto zh:若本規夫

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