With a big presence in the seiyuu industry, and a renowned for his dedication to his craft, this month’s Seiyuu Digest is all about the talented male seiyuu, Tomoaki Maeno.
KANJI: 前野 智昭
BORN: May 26, 1982
OCCUPATION: seiyuu, radio personality, singer
Maeno is one of the seiyuu in the industry that had a rough start with very few roles but steadily started to make his way to where he is today.
He is the typical seiyuu who invests in almost every department in the entertainment industry, he narrates, he dubs movies and series, also we cannot forget the games, such as VitaminZ in which he also had the company of other famous seiyuu such as Kenji Nojima and KENN that most people know that they are friends, this friendship that sometimes leads to some jokes about their relationship, but still a funny fact about him.
Debuting at the early age of 19, Tomoaki had a slow start in the industry, it was only a year after that that he had his first job in the anime Midnight Horror School as a secondary character, but still it was his first opportunity to show the public his worth.
Unfortunately for him, it was only three years later that he got a job, once again as miscellaneous characters, the same happened a year later in Kiiniro no Corda- primo passo. It was only six years after his debut that he got more roles in the industry, breaking the vicious cycle of getting, once in a while, some minor roles.
In the following years he made appearances in lot of anime, gaining experience, making a name for him and establishing Tomoaki Maneno in the seiyuu industry as a worthy voice actor.
He was in Naruto, Toshokan Sensou as Atsushi Dojo, one of his first roles as the main character, Miracle Train: Oedo-sen e Youkoso and also in the famous shoujo anime Kaichou wa Maid-sama, leaving us with the impression that he really tried to get lots of experience in different genres of anime so that he could deliver the best performances to the public.
In 2010 he won the Best Rookie Award.
In 2011 he was the main character in Maken-Ki! as Takeru Ooyama and in 2012 he was in Amagami SS as Junichi Tachibana, from this point onward, every year Tomoaki has, at least, two or three roles as the main character, the remains ones he is usually the secondary character with some importance to the story line. In 2014, he won, alongside with Junichi Suwabe, the award of Best Supporting role.
Other known roles are in the Hakkeden series as Genpachi Inukai, in Log Horizon as Naotsugu, in Akatsuki no Yona as Hak, in Death Billiards as Decim, as Charles Philpps in Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus and also in Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder, or lastly as Camus in the Uta no Prince-sama series.
Even thought Tomoaki is a seiyuu he has also done some narration and also dubbed some series like CSI and Grey’s Anatomy.
Regarding his work in games, he has done a lot of it, some of them are VitaminZ, in which he had the pleasure to work side by side with lots of known seiyuu like KENN or Brothers Conflict, in which he had the privilege to work with a luxury cast.
Although Tomoaki only released one single after his debut in 2009, he has been singing continuously some character songs and also as one of Quartet Night‘s members, the unit created because of the anime Uta no Prince-sama, showing us that he can really put a show for the fans. As a solo artist he released for you…, a single that really showed what Tomoaki can do with his potential.
His medium rage vocal performance is really something to be on the look out, although he mostly sang ballads in this single, he proved himself more that capable of doing it that and more importantly, doing it well. In Quartet Night he uses his deeper vocals to charm the fans and, once again, manages to do so in a very good fashion.
Despite what some of you might think, Tomoaki has his share of radio shows he has hosted over the years. Some of them were マエマジLIFE STYLE ( Maemaji Life Style), a radio show hosted by Tomoaki himself and Junji Majima, a fellow seiyuu.
After that he was also in 鈴村健一・前野智昭『彼氏いりませんか?』(Kenichi Suzumura, Tomoaki Maeno Kareshi irimasenka?) with also a fellow seiyuu, lastly he also hosted the VitaminZ RadioAction.
To conclude, Tomoaki is a seiyuu that had to go through a lot of hardships in the early stage of his career as a seiyuu but gladly enough he was able to get over it and start to gain more experience and recognition.
I hope you liked the first SEIYUU DIGEST of this year as much as I did and please be on the look for the next one.