Tatsuhisa Suzuki is one of the popular names in the Seiyuu industry and one of the biggest names in the music industry thanks to the success of his art-rock band, OLDCODEX.
BORN: November 11, 1983
OCCUPATION: seiyuu, singer, radio personality
Looking at his resumé when we can really say that Tatsuhisa is well succeeded in the departments in which he’s done something but we can give some more highlight to his current band OLDCODEX that has been gaining more and more fame, in a part it was due to all the experience he gained from the seiyuu units he was a part of. So let’s get into the details.
Taking his first steps into the seiyuu business at the age of 19, after droping out of school and going into a seiyuu school, Tatsuhisa had his debut and in only a year he had already a leading role in the famous basketball anime Dear boys with his character Tsutomu Ishii.
In 2005 he was lucky enough to have roles in two famous animes such as Black Cat and Bleach, but both of them were very minor roles. Three years later he had a role in Kuroshitsuji as Viscount Druitt, a role that made him gain lots of recognition from the fans and also from people in the industry.
After 2008 he was also in SKET Dance, BLOOD-C, Kuroko no Basket as the comic character Kazunari Takao.
In 2013 we can say that he had at least three big roles that everyone remembers, in Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% as Ranmaru Kurosaki, in FREE! as Makoto Tachibana and we cannot forget his role in Kyoukai no Kanata as Hiroomi Nase.
This last year we can mention his role as Yuuta Mishima in the currently airing sports anime Diamond no Ace and we can also anticipate his comeback as Ranmaru in the third season of UtaPri, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions confirmed to air this year. With all the characters he has already played, we can say that throughout the years he’s been gaining losts of experience with different roles which made him the versatile seiyuu he is today.
Tatsuhisa started to take his first steps into the music industry when he began to sing an anime song from “Saint Beast” which caught the atenttion of the music director from Lantis, Kenichirou Tsutsumi, that ended up invited him to join them.
He started this project with an innocent and young visual and with a more pop genre but he also tilted to a more pop-rock genre in his album Turn on my Life.
This solo project earned him a total of four singles and an album that served as a base for him to use in his future work in the field but it was also his launching ramp to his future success in the industry.
Despite him sounding fresh and new while showing his abilities with his voice that little by little started to resemble a lot to what we listen to in his current band, OLDCODEX, at the beginning we still could listen to him using his vibrato in most songs, something we seldom listen to nowadays due to his current genre and surprisingly it sounded pretty good for an “inexperienced” person in the field and it was an amazing addition that turned him into someone worth listening to.
2007 would be the last time we would ever listen to Tatsuhisa Suzuki working solo with the innocent and young image with the record label Lantis.
In 2009 Tatsuhisa returned to the music industry with a new image, more adult and completely different from before. Not only he returned as musician, separating his seiyuu work from the music he plays, but he had switched labels to work with GloryHeaven until 2012, but later on he ended up returned to Lantis.
This time he came as the vocalist of a band named OLDCODEX.
The current band had numerous member changes throughout the years which caused them to change a little their genre since the beginning, but that wasn’t that bad for the band.
At the moment the only members left from the original band are Tatsuhisa (the vocalist) and Yorke (in charge of the lyrics) having lost their previous guitarist R.O.N (who was also in charge of the music composition), that now has a solo project and does the instrumentals of some of Lantis’s talents, but they also lost their other guitarist and drummer.
This project has been growing a lot since their debut and overall the band has been well accepted by the fans given the thought that their first release was in the Oricon charts as #51 and if we compare it to his solo project who didn’t even make it I think it was a pretty good position.
OLDCODEX, unlike, when he was working solo, is a punk-rock oriented band so it was a great change in genres, especially for those who followed Tatsuhisa since his beginning, not to mention that in the beginning it was R.O.N that created the instrumental pieces, but now that he’s left they have a bigger workload making Tatsuhisa in charge of some lyrics and instrumental as well as Yorke.
Truth be told this band has been gaining importance, whether be it by their albums or singles that featured many tracks that were the intro or ending themes in anime which make it easier to people known about the band or simply because they’ve been turning into a pretty good band throughout the years if I do say so myself, of course and as others bands they’ve also made some mistakes in some songs, but nothing that ruined their reputation.
One thing we cannot forget is that to those fans who give importance to their positioning in the Oricon charts, we can easily see that year after year they’ve been climbing the ladder, specially their last album released A Silent, within the Roar that was the highest position ever by the band being the #5.
When we talk about OLDCODEX it is true that some people might say that they preferred Tatsuhisa when he sang with a less rough voice, but if we see this way, he sings the genre he likes and while some may think he only knows how to sing punk-rock that is not the truth because their albums, almost as standard, have a ballad and that’s when we can actually see that he has a lot of vocal potential, one example is How Affection from their previous album A Silent, within the Roar.
As many other seiyuu, Tatsuhisa has been in his fair share of seiyuu units that were created whether because of a game or a radio show. His first unit was with fellow seiyuu Naozumi Takahashi because they were in the same radio show called “Takahashi Naozumi Trouble maker“, their unit was called Naozumi Takahashi + Tatsuhisa Suzuki and they released a total of two songs “Gold Goal” and “Always in my heart”, the opening and ending themes of their radio show.
Wataru Hatano was together with Tatsuhisa in an unit also due to both of them being in the same radio show called 『倉橋トキヤ×佐伯カズナ CELL DIVISIONの男話室13』. CELL DIVISION released a total of two singles, “Song on the morning” and “One Night Stand-愛体” being the last one the the most known. They were only active until 2007, one year after they first appeared.
Now one of the seiyuu units that he’s been apart of with very recognition is Style Five, that was created with the purpose of promoting the anime FREE! in which Tat2 also had a role as Tachibana Makoto, as well as the other members of the unit, like Daisuke Hirakawa, Tsubasa Yonaga, Mamoru Miyano and Nobunaga Shimazaki. This unit had two singles, with an electronic and danceable genre, “Splash Free” and “Future Fish“.
Last but not least we have an amazing unit, created due to the anime and game from the Uta no Prince-sama series, QUARTET★NIGHT.
This unit has already released several tracks such as POISON KISS and they were well accepted by the fans. QUARTET★NIGHT are composed by fellow seiyuu Tomoaki Maeno, Showtaro Morikubo, Shouta Aoi and Tatsuhisa himself. Since they’ve debuted they have managed to addict everyone who listens to them with their catchy yet danceable songs.
Since he debuted, Tatsuhisa has been a part of numerous radio shows with fellow seiyuu Naozumi Takahashi in Takahashi Naozumi Trouble maker or with Wataru Hatano in 『倉橋トキヤ×佐伯カズナ CELL DIVISIONの男話室13』,but he also was a part of a radio show titled ダ・カーポ～gs radio～ that was created because of a game called D.C. Girl’s Symphony.
The show was presented by Kazuma Horie, Yuuto Suzuki and Tatsuhisa Suzuki, them being the main characters of the actual game.
He’s also hosted the radio show Mobile Cultural Broadcast A&G Suzuki Tatsuhisa Radio TIME, Dengeki Taishou, Shuuei Academy Maiden Research Intitute and BLOOD-R.
Those are just some of the radio shows he’s hosted to show you that he’s been working hard in every department possible.
Just to finish it off, after we get to know more about Tatsuhisa himself we can expect more and greater things in the future from him, whether be it as a seiyuu or as a musician.
To end this seiyuu digest we have a summary of his biography as well as a discography.
This was this month’s Seiyuu Digest, hope you enjoyed it and please look forward to next month’s.