Japanese Seiyuu and the Voice of Sasuke
Noriaki Sugiyama is a professional Japanese voice artist, or seiyuu. He has done leading roles in several popular animes such as Naruto, where he did the voice of the cold hearted Uchiha Sasuke, or Bleach, where he voiced Ishida Uryu: the last remaining descendant of the Quincy clan. Noriaki Sugiyama is also a J-Rock and J-Pop singer; he has released a single called Fragment, a mini-album On the Way, and sang for his character Ishida in the Bleach Beat Collection. Aside from his work in animes, Noriaki has voiced characters in Japanese video games, audio dramas and has dubbed characters in American works.
Bio of Noriaki Sugiyama
Noriaki Sugiyama was born on March 9th, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently employed under a talent agency called "Production Baobab". His blood type is A, which is associated with creativity and patience. Noriaki enjoys appreciating art, driving, going for long walks, and singing karaoke. He also likes pets, especially cats and dogs, and loves green tea. Now for something humorous - Noriaki is affectionately known by his fans as as 'Non-tan'. This nickname was given to him by none other than Junko Takeuchi herself, on a Japanese radio show called O-! Naruto Nippon!
Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryuu Ishida (Bleach)
Bleach is a popular anime based on a manga by a Japanese artist Kubo Tite. It is a story about a fifteen year old Kurosaki Ichigo who is given the powers of a Death God by an injured Death God Rukia, and must act as her substitute by slaying evil spirits called Hollows. He discovers soon that he isn't the only one with special powers, however, and there's also Soul Society who is intent on punishing Rukia for her crime of transferring Death God powers to a human...
In Bleach, Noriaki Sugiyama does the voice of Uryuu Ishida, the last remaining Quincy. Ishida is a proud, yet compassionate person, preferring not to kill if possible. He hates Death Gods because they were indirectly responsible for the destruction of his clan.
Join Ichigo, Rukia, Ishida and others as they battle Hollows using their unique powers. The DVD has both English and Japanese soundtracks, the latter of course having Ishida subbed by Noriaki Sugiyama!
Ishida Uryuu from Bleach (Spoiler Warning)
Voice of Shirou Emiya (Fate/Stay Night)
Shirou Emiya is the main character of Fate/Stay Night. He's a high school student and a magician, who can only use a single spell, "Reinforcement", but does it perfectly. Little does he know that his hometown is about to become a battleground for the Holy Grail, with 7 human Masters and 7 summoned legendary Servants engaging in a brutal Battle Royale to obtain the powerful artifact.
One night Shirou stays late at school and stumbles upon two Servants, an Archer and a Lancer, doing battle. He is assaulted by Lancer to keep the war for Holy Grail a secret, but surprisingly is healed by Archer's Master. When he comes home he is attacked for the second time, and just when Lancer is about to deliver the finishing blow, a mysterious woman in plate armor defends him and asks if he is her Master. It seems Shirou himself is going to have to join the battle, however unwillingly...
This excellent anime is based on a Japanese visual novel game by Type Moon. The DVD contains two audio tracks, with Noriaki Sugiyama voicing Shirou in the Japanese version, and his American collegue Sam Riegel doing that in the English one. Despite Sugiyama being known for his cocky and aloof characters like Sasuke, Shirou is, on the contrary, very caring and even self-sacrificing towards those in need.
Noriaki Sugiyama - Kogane no Hikari
List of Popular Noriaki Sugiyama Anime Roles
Here are some of the most well-known anime shows staring this awesome seiyuu:
- Bleach - Ishida Uryuu
- Fate/stay night - Emiya Shirou
- Naruto, Naruto Shippuuden - Uchiha Sasuke
- Toward the Terra - Tony
- Hetalia: Axis Powers - England
- Code Geass - Rivalz
- Moyashimon - Kawahama Takuma
For more information including minor roles, see his Wikipedia entry.
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