山寺宏一, Kohichi Yamadera‚ Yama-chan
Birth:Jun 17, 1961
Height: 176cm 59 A Japanese actor voice actor singer and narrator from Shiogama Miyagi Prefecture. He graduated from Tohoku Gakuin Universitys economics school and is currently affiliated with Across Entertainment. He was the manager of the Tagajou Senior High School basketball team before he made a name for himself. His voice acting debut was the OVA Megazone 23https://anilist.co/anime/1935/ as the motorcycleriding Shinji Nakagawahttps://anilist.co/character/56633/ while his television debut was the anime Bosco Adventurehttps://anilist.co/anime/3460/ as the cowardly Otter. His breakout role however was in the anime Ranma https://anilist.co/anime/210/ in which he played the dual role of Hibiki Ryogahttps://anilist.co/character/2369/ and the Jusenkyo Guidehttps://anilist.co/character/58321/. In 1991 Yamadera joined forces with Toshihiko Sekihttps://anilist.co/staff/95129/ and Noriko Hidakahttps://anilist.co/staff/95181/ to form the acting unit Banana Fritters which disbanded in 1995. In October 1997 Yamadera became a host on the TV Tokyo childrens variety show Oha Suta. In March 2016 after almost two decades he announced his retirement from it. Yamaderas also known for his versatile range as shown in the video game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony where he voiced all five Monokuma Kubs including Monophanie female. According to the Danganronpa V3 official blog Yamadera is the first person who came to mind as the same person voicing multiple characters at the same time. No one has as much multiple characters experience as him. He was able to take the individual quirks of each of the Monokuma Kubs and make all of them unique. Other notable examples of multiple voice acting include the Kingdom Hearts series where he voiced Donald Duck Genie Aladdin Sebastian The Little Mermaid Beast Beauty and the Beast Mushu Mulan Jaq Cinderella and Stitch Lilo and Stitch and the Japan Animator Expohttps://anilist.co/anime/20947/ series of 35 short films where Yamadera and Megumi Hayashibarahttps://anilist.co/staff/95014/ voiced all characters. Yamadera was married to fellow voice actresses Mika Kanaihttps://anilist.co/staff/95029/ from 1993 to 2006 and to Rie Tanakahttps://anilist.co/staff/95060/ from 2012 to 2018. On June 14 2021 his marriage to singer and idol Robin Shoko Okada was announced. Trivia: His nickname is Yamachan. The official dubover voice for Eddie Murphy Jim Carrey and Disneys Donald Duck. He didnt consider to do voice acting at first and was more interested in being either a liveaction actor or a salesman. He is known as the man with the sevencolored voice. In 2011 and 2017 TV Asahi conducted a poll among Japanese voice actors and actresses on who they thought was really the most amazing person in their profession. Yamadera ranked first both times.