Welcome to the next entry in Anime Rants’ Seiyuu Series. Today we have Jun Fukuyama, a talented and versatile star in the world of Japanese voice actors. He is also a good singer. Since I’ve done 5 posts about female seiyuu, the next few will be male ones. As usual, some of the roles he has played will be presented first. Afterward, my notes will be included. So will a brief discussion about my first time hearing Jun Fukuyama and which of his roles is my favorite.
Note: Dozens of roles in anime I have not seen have been left out. But then, there were so many roles from anime I have seen that I ended up with far too long a list. So I cut more of them out. These aren’t even all the roles that I have heard. Even so it’s a long list. Jun Fukuyama’s anime roles are clearly prolific.
Albert de Morcef (Gankutsuo)
Ango Sakaguchi (Bungou Stray Dogs)
Arata Miyako (Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin)
Grell Sutcliff (Black Butler)
Hanabusa Aidou (Vampire Knight)
Haruto Sakaki (Witch Hunter Robin)
Ichimatsu Matsuno (Osomatsu-san)
Kazuma (Noragami and Noragami Aragoto)
King (Nanatsu no Taizai)
Kiyotaka (Daily Lives of Highschool Boys)
Koro-sensei (Assassination Classroom)
Kou Nakano (Ajin)
Kraft Lawrence (Spice and Wolf)
Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass series and movies)
Raji Shenzard (Snow White with Red Hair)
Ren Amamiya (Persona 5 The Animation)
Rick (Kyo Kara Maou!)
Rikuo Sakisaka (Time of Eve)
Shinra Kishitani (Durarara)
Souta Takanashi (Working!!)
Vincent Nightray (Pandora Hearts)
Watanuki (XXXHolic and Tsubasa Chronicle)
Yayoi Shiori (Loveless)
Yukio Okamura (Blue Exorcist)
Yukiya Ayase (Okane ga Nai!)
Yuuta Togashi (Chuunibyou)
Jun Fukuyama, like all talented seiyuu, can play a number of different types of characters. Often, he is cast as the serious but kind glasses character, as we can see from roles like Yukio, Watanuki, and Rikuo. Fukuyama also plays unique, loud, and colorful characters, such as Koro-sensei and Grell. These are two of his most widely known roles. As evidenced by characters like Shinra, raji, and Souta, Fukuyama puts lots of enthusiasm into his more humorous roles.
Usually, this seiyuu uses a notably deep voice for his characters, but he can raise the pitch of his voice as well as soften it to a more normal tone. Kraft Lawrence and Arata Miyako are examples of his softer “normal person” voice. As Koro-sensei, Fukuyama showed that he can act excellently using a much higher voice than fans were accustomed to. Little did they know that one of Fukuyama’s earlier roles (Ayase in Okane ga Nai) showed him using a very high, gentle, and feminine voice that could pass for a woman’s. Clearly, this man is a one-of-a-kind actor.
(Note: Okane ga Nai is a yaoi hentai that is extremely problematic. I watched it to hear a Fukuyama role from the 90s. But I don’t approve of or recommend this anime.)
First Time Hearing and Favorite Role
My first time hearing Jun Fukuyama act was when I watched Code Geass early on as I was getting into anime. I was very impressed by his acting. To this day, Lelouch Lamperouge remains my favorite role of Jun Fukuyama. Some say his voice-acting as this character is overly dramatic, but it’s supposed to be that way. Lelouch must create a larger-than-life “hero of justice” character that will win supporters and further his plans for rebellion. You’ll notice he uses a more dramatic voice as Zero than as Lelouch, though sometimes they blend together.
That’s all I got for now. Thanks for reading and enjoy your Saturday!
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