Seiyuu Digest #102 – Yuki Sakakihara

Yuki Sakihara, fueled by immense excitement and unwavering passion for voice acting, has a distinct and captivating high voice alongside plenty of talent ready to be unleashed.

Yuki Sakakihara

Yuki Sakakihara

KANJI: 榊原優希

BORN: September 18, 1995

OCCUPATION: Voice actor, singer

HEIGHT: N/A

Yuki Sakakihara was born on September 18, 1995, in Okayama, Japan, and is currently represented by 81 Produce.

Seiyuu

Sakakihara’s interest in becoming a voice actor was sparked by his experiences of reading aloud in elementary school and narrating a movie for a cultural festival in high school.

From that point on in his third year of high school, he expressed his desire to become a voice actor to his homeroom teacher and parents, much to their surprise.

He ended up convincing his parents saying that he would participate in auditions and asked them to wait for the results of those.

One such audition was organized by NHK however, Sakakihara didn’t make it into the finals. Still, having seen his determination and passion, his parents supported his decision to become a voice actor under the condition that he also went to university.

Sakakihara ended up attending university during the day and Amusement Media Academy in the evening.

While he was in university, he had the opportunity to speak with the voice actress Kujira. That encounter ended up being the catalyst for Sakakihara’s decision to join 81 Produce, talent agency with which he is affiliated.

2018 –

Making a name for himself

And in 2018, Sakakihara would finally have all the hard work turned into an official debut as a voice actor. His first roles in anime were, of course, minor ones, and only arrived in 2019.

In that year he was cast in Pikachin Kit.

Kan Hakubutsu
Kan Hakubutsu

In 2020, Sakakihara started to voice characters that had more than one line or that didn’t even have a face. He was cast as Kan Hakubutsu, a supporting character in the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.

Shu Ujigawa
Shu Ujigawa

In the same year, he reprised his role as Shu Ujigawa, one of the vocalists and leader of the electro-rock band, εpsilonΦ, in the anime series, Argonavis from BanG Dream!.

Wiggins
Wiggins

He was then cast as Wiggins, an upbeat street urchin and leader of the “Baker Street Irregulars” in the anime series, Moriarty the Patriot.

This was a role with quite a bit of exposure as Wiggins serves as an informant for Sherlock in his investigations.

Here, Sakakihara showed a different side to his voice acting, bringing an interesting mix of perkiness but also seriousness to the character showing that Wiggins may be much more than what shows.

With appearances in various episodes in the series, this was the very first-time Sakakihara voiced a character with this much exposure. But the best was yet to come.

Nanaki Ralei
Nanaki Ralei

2022 kicked off with a supporting role in the comedy/fantasy anime series, Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu.

He was cast as the quiet and observant Nanaki Ralei, bodyguard of Princess Falanya.

Due to the character’s quiet nature, Sakakihara barely got a decent amount of lines in this series but still, every time Nanaki spoke, the voice acting was noticeably different from anything Sakakihara had done before (which was, up until then, either upbeat, excitable characters or the bratty types).

Corpse God Dead Mount Death Play
Corpse God

The wait was over for Sakakihara as he got his first main roles in anime in 2023.

To kick off the year, he was cast as the serious, confident and powerful necromancer Corpse God in the anime series, Dead Mount Death Play.

The series wasn’t necessarily met with a lot of fanfare but its tone – more serious than most anime series airing in that season – and the oddness of the storytelling in a way grabbed the attention of many in Japan.

As first leading roles go, Corpse God was good to show a duality in Sakakihara’s voice acting – voicing two characters the Corpse God and its existence as a human – as well as how he tackles a more serious type of anime series aimed not for teens but for young adults.

Asahi Ikusaba
Asahi Ikusaba

Still in the same season, Sakakihara was cast as Asahi Ikusaba in the isekai anime series, Isekai One Turn Kill Neesan: Ane Douhan no Isekai Seikatsu Hajimemashita.

This role was completely different in tone, with Asahi being quite the coward, running away from problems, fights, and everything else despite his selfless personality (which attracts those sorts of problems he runs away from).

It is also confirmed that Sakakihara is going to reprise his role as Bad Ass Temple’s Jyushi in the 2nd season of the Hypnosis Mic anime adaptation, Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle – Rhyme Anima +.

Other anime series he has voiced characters in include:

  • Yoshimaho (2020)
  • Sonny Boy (2021)
  • Sasaki to Miyano (2022)
  • Shadowverse Flame (2022)
  • Orient (2022)
  • Lycoris Recoil (2022)
  • Saikyou Onmyouji no Isekai Tenseiki (2023)
  • Isekai de Cheat Skill wo Te ni Shita Ore wa, Genjitsu Sekai wo mo Musou Suru: Level Up wa Jinsei wo Kaeta (2023)
  • The Vampire Dies in No Time 2 (2023)
  • Ayaka (2023)
  • Bikkurimen (2023)

Radio

While you may look at Sakakihara’s repertoire as a voice actor up until now and think that he still only starting out to get some exposure, the same thing can’t be said about his work on the radio.

He has been incredibly active as a radio MC since 2019, having hosted, co-hosted, or guested on over 30 radio shows.

Some of those include (this list is not extensive):

Wataru Komada no Kinpuru (2019)

In 2019, fellow 81 Produce seiyuu Wataru Komada invited Yuki Sakakihara as his assistant in the viewable radio show, Wataru Komada Kinpuru.

Readyyy! no Yurusuta 1st – 3rd season (2019 – 2022)

Yuki Sakakihara (La-Veritta), Taiki Bito (Just 4U) and Norihito Hase (SP!CA)
Yuki Sakakihara (La-Veritta), Taiki Bito (Just 4U) and Norihito Hase (SP!CA)

In 2019, Yuki Sakakihara (La-Veritta) was chosen alongside Norihito Hase (SP!CA) as one of the hosts of the radio show “Readyyy! no Yurusuta“.

The radio show was broadcasted on Rakuten TV and aired for 3 seasons (2019 – 2022).

For this show, Sakakihara and Hase invited the members of Readyyy! as guests to bring out the charm, unique qualities, and unexpected sides of each character through their conversations.

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Yuki Sakakihara’s Sakakiharajio (2020)

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Yuki Sakakihara’s Sakakiharajio

In 2020, Sakakihara was invited to be the host of MAN TWO MONTH RADIO, show in which seiyuu can handle their own radio show for two months before switching to the next seiyuu.

Yuki Sakakihara was a personality from December 2020 to January 2021.

In MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Yuki Sakakihara’s Sakakiharajio, talked about his favorite things and interacted with the listener, all while challenging himself to improve his radio hosting skills.

Yuki Sakakihara’s I’m not Rose (2020 -)

Yuki Sakakihara's I'm not Rose

Still in the same year, Yuki Sakakihara got his first ever solo radio show.

Yuki Sakakihara’s I’m not Rose (榊原優希のI’m not Rose) is a radio show in which fans can immerse themselves in everything related to Sakakihara.

As of 2023, this is his longest-running radio show.

Sakakihara #Yuki dasu Channel(2021 – 2022)

Sakakihara Yuki dasu channel

In 2021, and still in the midst of a global pandemic, Yuki Sakakihara launched his own YouTube channel featuring the viewable radio show, Sakakihara #Yuki dasu Channel.

The show ran from 2021 until 2022 and focused on Yuki Sakakihara bravely trying new things and documenting those on camera.

Some of the radio shows he has hosted, co-hosted, or guested include:

  • KINGLYMASK Channel (2019),
  • Takahashi Chiaki’s LADY LUCK CLUB (2020),
  • A&G TRIBAL RADIO Agson (2020),
  • U-nite!81Wednesday (2020),
  • ARGONAVIS Navigator Radio (2020),
  • GAMDOL Studio (2021),
  • RABB!T×PARTY (2022),
  • Nakajima Yoshiki no Fuburaji (2023),

among many others.

Games

Sakakihara’s first steps as a voice actor were in 2018 but not in anime series.

He was cast in various games in his debut year – Monster Strike, Fight League, and Smash & Magic -, having minor roles in them.

Since then, he has lent his talents as a voice actor to characters in action, RPG, strategy, and music/rhythm games.

Some of the characters he has voiced in games include:

Uta Kamijo in Readyyy! (2020)

Uta Kamijo

In 2020, Sakakihara reprised his role as La-Veritta’s leader, Uta Kamijo.

This was the very first leading role in a game for him and would end up leading Sakakihara to be typecast as this specific type of character for most of the other roles he’s done.

Among all the characters in the Readyyy! project, Uta was undoubtedly one of the easiest to not click with mainly due to his disdain of others as well as his airs of superiority.

Still, his passion and genius talent for music shed a different light on the character that made him slightly more likable.

On Readyyy!, the player took the role of a rookie producer working for “Dear Production“, an entertainment company that is only now producing its first idol sensations.

The producer shared a dormitory with the 18 idols and got to know them under the beautiful picturesque scenery of Kamakura.

Jyushi Aimono in Hypnosis Mic – Alternative Rap Battle – (2020 -)

Jyushi Aimono

Sakakihara reprised his role as Bad Ass Temple‘s Jyushi Aimono in the smartphone game, Hypnosis Mic – Alternative Rap Battle –.

Jyushi is a visual-kei musician and member of Bad Ass Temple. His narcissistic personality is the first thing to stand out for Jyushi. He can end up being quite exaggerated in his speech when nervous however there is much more to him.

Deep down Jyushi is a wounded soul that doesn’t have many friends – but treasures the few he has.

The game features a short introductory story for each crew, highlighting how Fling Posse came to be as well as their internal dynamics, which are drastically different from all other crews.

He also voiced characters in the following games (list is not exhaustive):

  • SHOW BY ROCK!! Fes A Live (2020)
  • Destiny Child (2020)
  • Monark (2021)
  • Tarot Boys ~22 Apprentice Fortune Tellers~ (2021)
  • ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream! AAside (2021)
  • THE KING OF FIGHTERS for GIRLS (2022)
  • Million Dollar Boys (2022)
  • Shadowverse (2022)
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom (2023)
  • Street Fighter 6 (2023)

Acting

Since 2020, Sakakihara has been trying new things and showcasing his range in various projects.

Acting – from impromptu to live reading – seems to be two fields he has been quite interested in and you will find him in some interesting projects such as the ones below.

Welcome to Imagination Sales Department ♥ Season 2 + Season 3 (2020 -)

Welcome to Imagination Sales Department

In 2020, Sakakihara joined the cast of the impromptu acting project Welcome to Imagination Sales Department ♥ Season 2 (ようこそ妄想営業部へ❤︎Season2).

Located in an undisclosed location in Tokyo is the comprehensive trading company, “Ikemen Trading”.

The employees are dazzling in their suited attire, true elite professionals. The outcome of their story, filled with growth, love, and imagination, is determined by the audience who watches the stage.

With full-throttle ad-libbing utilizing the power of imagination, the characters, portrayed by popular seiyuu, will fulfill your desires.

According to Animax, this is a precious entertainment experience that will make you laugh, cry, and feel your heart flutter.

Since then, Sakakihara has been a part of the cast for these impromptu plays.

Seiyuu ga kataru kowai hanashi (2020)

Yuki Sakakihara Seikowa
Yuki Sakakihara

In 2020, Sakakihara joined the cast of 声優が語る怖い話 (Seiyuu ga kataru kowai hanashi) or, in short, Seikowa, show produced by MBS, airing simultaneously on TV as well as Seikowa’s official YouTube channel.

This show features scary ghost stories – written by professionals – and performed/acted by seiyuu in what is expected to be an immersive experience for fans of the genre.

Bokuraku (2021)

Bokuraku official book

In 2021, Yoshiki NakajimaKento ItoReiou Tsuchida and Yuki Sakakihara were cast for the unique BL – Rakugo crossover TV show, Bokura Teki ni wa risou no Rakugo (shortened to “Bokuraku”).

Bokura Teki ni wa risou no Rakugo premiere on Tokyo MX and BS Nippon TV in January 2021.

This was the very first time that Sakihara would get to act in a live-action series.

For this TV show, all 4 seiyuu acted as members of the rakugoka family – Mousou Tei – that specializes in telling BL stories.

The 4 rakugokas frequent a café and there they observe the customers and clerk and develop BL stories. Those stories will be acted as well as the rakugokas imagine/craft the story.

The theme song for this TV series was performed by the group – Mosoutei Ichimon – and was titled “Mousoutei no Tema“.

Reading plays

Koyoi, Meiji de yoi shirete (Yuki Sakakihara, Daiki Hamano and Yuya Hirose)

Regarding reading plays, Sakakihara already has a couple of credits under his belt.

In 2020, he joined the cast of the remote reading play Koyoi, Meiji de yoi shirete (今宵、明治で酔い痴れて). He acted alongside fellow seiyuu Yuya Hirose and Daiki Hamano.

Since then he has participated in various reading plays, continuing to showcase his talents in this field.

Narration / Dubbing

When it comes to narration and dubbing, Yuki Sakakihara doesn’t have many credits.

He has done some voice over for TV shows but he has yet to lend his voice to dubbing foreign movies an TV series.

Drama CDs

When it comes to drama CDs, Sakakihara has been active since 2019.

Due to his naturally high voice and delicate speaking tone, he has been cast in several BL (boys love) drama CDs and not so many regular talk drama/situation CDs or anime/games drama CD tie-ups.

Some of the drama CDs he has voiced characters in include:

  • Hypnosis Mic – Division Rap Battle- series (since 2019),
  • Phantom Bride,
  • Cat and Spica series,
  • Itoshi no XL Size,
  • Osuwari, yoku dekimashita,
  • Itoshiki ningyo,
  • Koubutsu wa itoshii anata no hara no naka,

among many more.

Music

Owner of a unique tenor voice with an impressively high range, Yuki Sakakihara tends to impress in whichever 2D music project that casts him.

He can perform low and in faux baritone style – as he does with Bad Ass Temple -, rap – as he does for Bad Ass Temple and Gambét -, perform in a cutesy style, be incredibly emotional while tapping into his higher range, or even be quite intense in his normal singing tone.

In the very few 2D music projects he has been cast in, he has shown that he is versatile and has really good control however, in a live setting, his nerves tend to take over, ending up hampering a bit of his quality performance-wise.

On record he does show a lot of control and confidence in all songs he performs, having impressed right from the start when he joined La-Veritta in 2018.

He’s best known for being part of the following 2D music groups:

La-Veritta (2018 – 2022)

La-Veritta

In 2018, Yuki Sakakihara joined the ambitious 2D music project, Readyyy!.

Adopting an idol-style format in which seiyuu participated in auditions, trained, documented everything on special videos, and then debuted as part of the groups they were chosen for, this project was a breath of fresh air for both fans of seiyuu and 2D music.

Since the very start, all groups performed live fairly regularly – a total of 13 live shows – during their short tenure (4 years). These performances were intended to showcase the group’s – and similarly the rookie seiyuu’s – growth.

Sakakihara joined La-Veritta as its center alongside fellow seiyuu Fumiya Tanaka.

La-Veritta
La Veritta (Fumiya Tanaka and Yuki Sakakihara)

The group quickly got known for its dramatic, stylish regal sound and outstanding performances, with Sakakihara making lots of jaws drop in awe with his vocal range.

As a pure tenor, Sakakihara got to show his beautiful high notes on multiple occasions, being the perfect contrast to Tanaka’s lower vocals.

Their debut song “BEAT IN LOVE” arrived with a bang, bringing forth a refined sound that lent a lot of elements from orchestral music all neatly wrapped up in a pumping pop tune featuring stellar vocals.

With an impressive dynamic and cohesion in their performances, La-Veritta instantly turned into a fan favorite, keeping that status even through the franchise’s troubled years after its launch.

Still in 2018, La-Veritta participated in the franchise’s 2nd album “Readyyy! Project 2nd” with the song “COLOR“.

Also in the same year, and not missing any of the momentum it had created, the franchise released “Readyyy! Project 3rd“. In this CD, La-Veritta released “Houshou“.

A year later, in 2019, La-Verita participated in “Readyyy! Project 4th“, CD that included the new song “Hana no Arika“.

光の欠片 (Hikari no Kakera) premiered at Readyyy! 2nd anniversary LIVE “THE NEW MOMENT”, event that was held at EBISU The Garden Hall in Tokyo on 08/02/2020.

The project was dropped by SEGA after the game launch fiasco and after that, it kept its activity due to its fans’ support via a crowdfunding platform.

As of 2023, the project is no longer in a crowdfunding platform, having decided to launch a final campaign that would bundle everything that was released by this project, thus unintentionally hinting at Readyyy!’s end.

Bad Ass Temple (2019 -)

Bad Ass Temple

In 2019, Yuki Sakakihara joined the cast of the popular mixed-media hip-hop project, Hypnosis Mic.

Sakakihara is part of the quirky and passionate crew, Bad Ass Temple, representing Nagoya.

Bad Ass Temple made its debut in the same year with Bad Ass Temple Before The 2nd D.R.B.

bad ass temple funky sounds

Yuki Sakakihara performed as Jyushi in the dramatic solo song “Moonlight Shadow“, song part of “Bad Ass Temple Funky Sounds“.

The song gets increasingly dramatic and, by the outro, you can’t help but to in awe of how great of a song this one is. 

Yuki Sakakihara put his vocal chops to the test, performing a mix of clean, yet dramatic visual-kei style of vocals as well as delivering his rhymes in a dramatic way that worked incredibly well.

In a live setting, Yuki Sakakihara has the big challenge of being stoic yet incredibly dramatic in his performances, all while performing in faux baritone style (a technique well-known for being used by visual-kei rock frontmen).

Although nervous at times, he can hold his own really well on stage, managing to deliver engaging performances that grab your attention from start to finish.

The first franchise release on Blu-ray and DVD is Hypnosis mic- Division Rap Battle – 4th LIVE @ Osaka, massive live show held in 2019 that counted with Buster Bros!!!, MAD TRIGGER CREW, Fling Posse, Matenro.

This was the first live appearance for the recently debuted Dotsuitare Honpo and Bad Ass Temple.

In 2020, due to issues with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Hypnosis Mic’s ambitious MetLife Dome live, SIX SHOTS TO THE DOME was cancelled.

Instead, all crews performed on 29/03/2020 on a special broadcast by AbemaTV, Hypnosis mic- Division Rap Battle – 5th LIVE @ AbemaTV – SIX SHOTS UNTIL THE DOME that counted with millions of live views.

In February 2021, the Hypnosis Mic held its 6th live “2nd D.R.B”, with the 3rd battle counting with Bad Ass Temple vs Matenro.

Despite their efforts with “Kaigen“ in “Bad Ass Temple vs Matenro“, album that served as the catalyst for this live show, Bad Ass Temple lost the battle to Matenro.

Later in August 2021, the crew performed live at Hypnosis Mic 7th live “SUMMIT OF DIVISIONS”.

Kicking off the year, Bad Ass Temple participated in Hypnosis Mic’s 2nd full-length album “CROSS A LINE“.

The crew performed “Derasugee Utage”, song that put the spotlight yet again on their unique sound that adds elements from traditional temple sounds with rockabilly and visual-kei.

While still with some hiccups in terms when it came to the mixing in the chorus, the song was still quite interesting to listen to and certainly completely different from everything else in the album.

Soon after, the crew released its 2nd CD “Kaijoe“. The CD included a new solo track by Jyushi titled “Violet Masquerade“.

Still in the same year, the crew was back on stage for Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- 8th LIVE《CONNECT THE LINE》.

In 2023, the Hypnosis Mic franchise held a large-scale live show featuring all crews titled Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- 9th LIVE ≪ZERO OUT≫.

Division All Stars (2020 -)

After the franchise introduced 2 new units to the franchise, Dotsuitare Honpo, and Bad Ass Temple, the classic track got a revamp, thus Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-+ was released.

In 2020, Division All Stars made their comeback and once again revamped one of their hit songs. Hypnosis Mic -Division Battle Anthem- was revamped, adding Dotsuitare Honpo and Bad Ass Temple into the mix, creating Hypnosis Mic -Division Battle Anthem-+.

And in 2020, Division All Stars released the fan favorite, and up until July of the same year, in-game exclusive, Survival of the Illest.

Still in the same year, Division All Stars released the funky tune “SUMMIT OF DIVISIONS“. The song was included in the franchise’s Hypnosis Mic – Division Rap Battle – Official Guide Book.

A year later “Hypnosis Mic-Glory or Dust-“ was released.

The song featured a 3D CGI animated music video – the first one in the Hypnosis Mic -, going in line with the franchise’s recent bet in VR and CGI technology to improve the visibility of its contents.

A couple of months later and still in 2021, Division All Stars released an extended version of the groovy hit tune “Survival of the Illest“.

The reworked song was titled “Survival of the Illest+” and included Dotsuitare Hompo and Bad Ass Temple in the recording.

In 2021, Division All Stars released the funky hip-hop tune with a ’90s touch “Hang out!“.

Still in the same year, the group released a new – extended – version of “Hoodstar”. Now including the rapping by Bad Ass Temple and Dotsuitare Hompo, “Hoodstar+” was released.

In 2022, the Hypnosis Mic franchise released its 2nd full-length album “CROSS A LINE“.

In this album, which included new songs by all crews, there is the groovy self-titled all-star song.

With the premiere of the 2nd season of the anime series in 2023, Division All Stars released the digital single “RISE FROM DEAD”.

εpsilonΦ (2020 -)

Epsilon Phi

In 2020, he joined the cast of the – then – BanG Dream! franchise (now, FROM ARGONAVIS) as the leader and one of the vocals of the electro-rock band, εpsilonΦ.

εpsilonΦ consists of Yuki Sakakihara (on vocals), Gakuto Kajiwara (guitar and vocals), Taichi IchikawaKei Minegichi, and Shinnosuke Tachibana.

On live shows, Yuki Sakakihara is always a feature, and Gakuto Kajiwara – who shares vocal duties with Sakakihara – appears at times for live shows.

All other band members don’t perform live, they only lend their voices to the characters.

Since its debut in 2020, the band has shown an electrifying sound that has captured the attention of many.

Play With You by εpsilonΦ

The band first released the digital single “Play With You“, opening the doors for a completely different take on rock music coming from εpsilonΦ.

Resorting to his natural high voice tone and androgynous tone, Sakakihara powered his way through the electrifying sound that the band presented since day one.

The band then participated alongside Fantôme Iris and Fujin RIZING! in the joint album “Gin no Yuri / banzai RIZING! ! ! / Hikari no Akuma”.

εpsilonΦ added a new song “Hikari no Akuma” and a cover song titled “Loki” to this album. You can watch the live performance video of “Hikari no Akuma” in the video above.

In 2021, Sakakihara joined all the vocalists in the FROM ARGONAVIS franchise to perform “AAside“.

Still in the same year, the band released the digital single “End of reason” and “Cynicaltic Fakestar/Sake it L⓪VE!” was included in the DVD/Blu-ray release of the Argonavis from BanG Dream! anime series.

ARGONAVIS Cover Collection -Marble-
ARGONAVIS Cover Collection -Marble-

As the year came to an end, the FROM ARGONAVIS franchise kicked off a cover collection series.

ARGONAVIS Cover Collection -Marble-” was released featuring cover song performances by GYROAXIA and εpsilonΦ.

In 2022, the band released the digital single “Yumenoato“, bringing a groovier sound that shone with the performances of Yuki Sakakihara and Gakuto Kajiwara.

The band continued to release digital singles, adding “Egoistic才Φ” and “SILVER NOVA” before releasing its 1st full-length album “Friction“.

εpsilonΦ FRICTION

The song オルトロス (Orthros) got its release as a music video, further exciting fans for the release of the album with a glitchy, darker sound than usual.

In 2023, the band participated in the special album “ARGONAVIS AAside Memorial Album“, which included all the songs featured in the game ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream! AAside.

Gambét (2021 -)

GAMDOL

In 2021, Yuki Sakakihara joined the cast of GAMDOL, an original mixed-media project that puts on the same stage idols and gambling.

The project follows the idol groups Gambét and Raise through voice dramas + music releases.

Character illustrations are by CHIMOTA, script is by Hanan Koi (ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream, FAIRY TAIL, PSYCHO-PASS), and the world-building is by Yanio Nakamura.

Gambét consists of Junta TerashimaShoya Chiba, Yuki Sakakihara, Jin Ogasawara and Taito Ban.

He voices LUKE, member of the idol group, Gambét.

In that same year, the group released its debut single Boku x Kimi Checkmate.

The single had compositions and lyrics by Honeyworks, featuring an interesting contrast between a sweet and bubbly tone and an aggressive, intense vibe in it.

Gambét "Boku x Kimi Checkmate"
Boku x Kimi Checkmate

Sakakihara went all out for his performances, absolutely stealing the show with incisive rapping and clean singing in “STAYBACK”.

In 2022, the group is going to release its 2nd single “Tokimekiss LOVE“.

The title track features lyrics, composition, and arrangement by Saku (best known as Soma Saito‘s arranger and guitarist).

Mosoutei Ichimon (2021)

Mosotei Ichimon "Mousou tei no Tema"

In 2021, stemming from the BL X Rakugo TV series Bokura Teki ni wa risou no Rakugo, emerged Mosoutei Ichimon with the theme song for the series, “Mosoutei Ichimon”.

Overflowing with innuendos, crafty wordplay, and an unhinged style of performance, “Mosoutei no tema” ended up being a ridiculously fun song that both showcased the member’s talents on the vocal end as well as tied up the series in a neat way.

ALBA and Shura Jodo (2021 – 2023)

ALBA
ALBA

In 2021, he joined the cast of the EDM-centric franchise HANDED-ANTHEM.

HANDEAD ANTHEM was a music project created by K4 Company (Shohei Komatsu, Takeaki Masuyama, Takuya Masumoto, and Kento Hama).

The project mixed seiyuu, zombies, and EDM music all in the same place.

Initially, the project featured a total of 16 characters, all voiced by K4 Company members.

The groups were deva (Fukuoka), HIGH-TIDE (Okinawa), B.U.H (Hiroshima) and Yona (Kouchi). Those 4 groups featured vocals by Shohei Komatsu, Takeaki Masuyama, Takuya Masumoto and Kento Hama on the vocals.

In 2021, ALBA and Shura Jodo joined the lineup, bringing the same cast for both groups.

Shura Jodo
Shura Jodo

Both groups featured vocals by Kentaro Kumagai, Yuki Sakakihara, and Wataru Urata, having completely different vibes and even voice tones between the groups.

Before the franchise’s end in 2023, ALBA released “Go up!” and Shura Jodo released “SCREAM“, even participating in some of HANDEAD ANTHEM’s live shows.

SCHWARZE KATZ (2021 – 2022)

SCHWARZE KATZ

Still in the same year, Sakakihara joined the cast of Dragon’s Bite, original 2D entertainment project – not focused on music – created by games writer Hiroyuki Kamei.

Dragon’s Bite is a unique project that mixes seiyuu × cooking × music × Romance of the Three Kingdoms, all in the same place.

The story is set at Ryugu, a public casino facility built in Japan in the near future.

Cooking battles among three-member teams have taken place at an illegal casino set up deep beneath the facility. The battles are fought by the descendants of the heroes of the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” Their battle will change the fate of the world!

He joined SCHWARZE KATZ, group consisting of Xun You (CV: Takeo Otsuka), Guo Jia (CV: Yuki Sakakihara), and Xun Yu (CV: Tetsuei Sumiya).

As part of the group, he performed “Taste me, delicious” as well as the solo song “Gustation Gamer“.

In December 2022, the project announced its end.

Photobook

Bokuraku official book

In 2021, stemming from the TV show Bokuraku, an official book titled Bokura Teki ni wa risou no Rakugo official book and featuring new and never-before-seen photos from the series was released.

Variety

Always energetic and with a smile on his face, Yuki Sakakihara’s personality ends up being infectious on any variety or talk show he appears in.

Of course, depending on the tone of the show and scripted it may be, he may end up being more quiet or less excited than usual, but if he has free reigns, he will, most likely tire some hosts, make others wish they had his energy or even have them join in the crazy shenanigans he comes up with.

If Yuki Sakakihara is on shows of this nature you can expect him to bring good vibes and a lot of enthusiasm.

Some of the variety/talk shows he has participated include:

Hypnosis Mic -Division Variety Battle @ ABEMA (2020)

Hypnosis Mic -Division Variety Battle @ ABEMA Bad Ass Temple MTC

In 2020, Yuki Sakakihara participated in Hypnosis Mic -Division Variety Battle @ ABEMA alongside fellow Bad Ass Temple’s members Shouta Hayama and Eiji Takeuchi.

The variety show included impromptu rap battles, an information corner – on the latest Hypnosis Mic news -, and a Super Difficult Love Trial! Division Pressure Q, a variety challenge in which both crews in attendance on a given episode had to face each other in a difficult quiz.

Hypnosis Mic Division Study Guide (2021)

Hypnosis Mic Division Study Guide Bad Ass Temple

In 2021, Sakakihara participated alongside Bad Ass Temple’s members Shouta Hayama and Eiji Takeuchi in the AbemaTV exclusive show Hypnosis Mic Division Study Guide.

The show is all about making it simple for newcomers to get into Hypnosis Mic by explaining a bit of each character’s background and intentions, the group’s dynamics as well as talking about the music (with some games in the mix).

Gakutomo Channel (2022)

In 2022, Sakakihara guested on Gakutomo Channel – YouTube channel by fellow seiyuu Gakuto Kajiwara.

This was a collaboration between Sakakihara’s YouTube channel – Yuki Sakakihara dasu channel (榊原ゆうきだすチャンネル) and Gakutomo Channel.

In this episode, Sakakihara talked about his nicknames – most related to mushrooms -, sorted out a way to address Kajiwara, shared details on his hobbies, and participated in a quiz, all in a laidback and fun way.

TAKALAKA’s Seiyuu Baton in the house (2022)

Still in 2022, Yuki Sakakihara was invited by Tsubasa Yonaga to guest on TAKALAKA’s official YouTube channel.

He guested on Seiyuu Baton in the house, sharing his insights about the projects he is a part of, went into detail about Jyushi (his character in the Hypnosis Mic), and talked about his passions all while exchanging insights with Yonaga.

Facts

Using his drawing skills to design clothing

Yuki Sakakihara KINGLY MASK

In 2020, Sakakihara teamed up with the Japanese apparel brand KINGLY MASK. Hoodies and smartphone cases featuring his designs were released as part of this collaboration.

Loves drawing and is quite talented at it

Sakakihara has mentioned that he loves drawing, having showcased his talents on several occasions on variety/talk shows as well as in his collaboration designs for KINGLY MASK.

Passionate about mushrooms to the point that… he went on to study about them

Yuki Sakakihara has a massive love for mushrooms, planting his own, theming his YouTube channel around them as well as even majoring in Plant Science. He graduated from University in 2018.


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Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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