Seiyuu Digest #65 – Wataru Komada

THTFHQ Seiyuu digest Wataru Komada cover

Wataru Komada might be primarily known for his role in Hypnosis Mic however, he is much more than meets the eye.

Wataru Komada

Wataru Komada

KANJI: 駒田航

BORN: September 5, 1989

OCCUPATION: seiyuu, photographer, singer, radio personality

HEIGHT: 185cm

Wataru Komada was born on September 5, 1989 in Kanagawa, Japan. Although born in Japan, Komada spent a big part of his childhood/teens – 9 year – in Germany where he attended Munich International School. There he learned English, language that Komada now says he understands but has little confidence to speak.

Wataru Komada 81 produce audition 2011

He won 81 Produce’s 5th audition excellence award, Culture Broadcasting Award and the Xing Award in 2011, which led to him joining 81 Produce’s seiyuu school, 81 ACTORS’ STUDIO soon after.

After a couple of years of training, Komada was ready to make his big debut as a seiyuu under 81 Produce, talent agency to which he is still in contract with.

Seiyuu

Wataru Komada made his debut as a seiyuu in 2013. Due to his deep voice and foreigner background – as someone that lived in Germany and speaks / understands a bit of English -, he is often casted as foreigners or rough/brute characters.

Although Komada was showing a lot of promise even among 81 Produce talents picked up in the early 10s, truth is that he is a rare case of a seiyuu that took a long time to take off.

It was only by 2018, with the launch of the unique – at that time – rap meets seiyuu project – now changed to character rap project -, Hypnosis Mic, that he would start getting attention for the public.

Until then, his career as a seiyuu was going under the radar. After 2018, Komada started to get roles with more importance but a leading character is still something that he hasn’t had the possibility to voice in anime.

2013 –

Making a name for himself

Komada’s first role was in the comedy and harem anime, Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties. He is credited as minor, background character and, as official sources go, it was his first ever role in anime.

In the same year he picked up another minor role, this time around in Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live.

A year later, in 2014, Komada was everywhere however, still voicing minor character roles in anime such as Kaitou Joker, keroro, RAIL WARS!, Puripara, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo, Zankyou no Terror, Doraemon, Baby Steps!, between many others.

2015 was no different, with Komada picking up minor roles in Ore Monogatari!!, Kyoukai no Rinne, Psycho-Pass: The Movie, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu, Punch Line and Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road.

2016 and 2017 counted with more minor roles in anime such as Amanchu!, Cardfight!! Vanguard G: GIRS Crisis-hen, Qualidea Code, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan, HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun suru, Detective Conan, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen, Hand Shakers, Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul, Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation, Puzzle & Dragons Cross, DIVE!!, The iDOLM@STER SideM (cameo as Chris Koron, between many others.

2018 was a big year for Komada. Although his sudden popularity increase due to the launch of Hypnosis Mic late in the year, it was still a year of learning and making his name known.

Chris Koron
Chris Koron

And thus, the opportunity to voice a supporting character appeared in the form of him reprising his role as Chris Koron in the chibi anime, The iDOLM@STER SideM: Wake Atte Mini!.

The rest of the year was pretty much more of the same, always with focus of getting his name out there and voicing characters in a wide variety of anime genres.

Some of his minor roles were in anime such as Pop Team Epic, Fate/Extra: Last Encore, Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru, Piano no Mori, Baki, High Score Girl, Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san, Ace Attorney, just to name a few.

Jun Hase
Jun Hase

In 2019, Komada grabbed a supporting role in the ecchi anime, Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujou: Osananajimi wa Shouboushi.

As one of the firefighters in the series’ clean version, Jun Hase.

More minor roles followed in anime such as Saint Seiya: Saintia Shou, Pastel Memories,  Kenja no Mago, Fruits Basket, Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin, Ensemble Stars!, Kabukichou Sherlock and Diamond no Ace: Act II.

Sousuke Nanase
Sousuke Nanase

2020 kicked off quietly with a supporting role in ARP Backstage Pass and a leading role in the ecchi anime (clean version), Ore no Yubi de Midarero.: Heitengo Futarikiri no Salon de… as Sousuke Nanase.

In July 2020, Komada is going to reprise his role as MAD TRIGGER CREW‘s Jyuto Iruma in the anime adaptation, Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima.

Komada has yet to take a big step and get more supporting and his first ever leading role however, it is already noticeable that it is a question of time until that happens, especially now that he’s starting to get more roles in big anime projects with high-profile seiyuu in the cast.

Awards

In 2019, at the 13th Seiyuu Awards, Wataru Komada and the main cast of Hypnosis Mic – members of Buster Bros!!!, MAD TRIGGER CREW, Fling Posse and Matenro – received the Singing Award.

Wataru Komada did not attend the cerimony, instead Subaru Kimura, Show Hayami, Kouhei Amasaki, Yukihiro Nozuyama, Ryuichi Kijima and Haruki Ishiya represented the franchise.

Radio

Radio has been a great and big outlet for Wataru Komada. Since his debut he has taken part in several radio shows either as a co-host or a guest but, as of late, he has been leading his own radio shows.

Sayuri ojosama to shitsuji Komada

His first radio show appearance was in 2011 as a co-host for Sayuri ojosama to shitsuji Komada. The lasted almost a year, wrapping up in 2012.

After guesting on MF Cafe Bunko J ALive (2014), Raji doratsu! Yoru no Drama House (2015), Komada was a couple of years away from this field, only returning in 2018.

Wataru Komada‘s 1st solo endeavor as a radio host came in the form of MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Komada Wataru K-WAVE Radio.

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Komada Wataru K-WAVE Radio

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO is a radio show that counts with a different seiyuu host each month. It kicked off with fellow seiyuu and 81 Produce talent, Soma Saito in 2015, and, over the years, it has been a fantastic outlet for newbie or less known seiyuu to have their voices heard and their talents appreciated.

Seiyuu would chose their theme, the name of the radio show and variety corners, as well as handling solo hosting of the said radio show.

Komada kicked off MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Komada Wataru K-WAVE Radio in 2018 and it would be the foundation to, a year later, he kick off a radio show of similar name for the same radio broadcaster.

Komada・Fukamachi no Bar Blue Bird (2018 -)

Komada・Fukamachi no Bar Blue Bird

Alongside fellow seiyuu and IDOLM@STER SideM member Toshinari Fukamachi, Wataru Komada starting co-hosting Komada・Fukamachi no Bar Blue Bird in 2018.

The duo acts as bartenders, listening in on the listeners’ worries and problems and giving advice in return. This is one of the most popular Radio Tomo shows.

The radio show would, in 2019, lead to the debut of the duo as VERSION.10.

Dakara B mo suki 〜 Basket Biscuit 〜 (2018)

Dakara B mo suki 〜 Basket Biscuit 〜 Wataru Komada

Still in 2018, Komada teamed up with fellow seiyuu and 81 Produce talent, Yuuka Takeuchi. Dakara B mo suki 〜 Basket Biscuit 〜 aired in 2018 and was focused on shining a light on SJ3.LEAGUE, seiyuu junior Basketball league.

IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night! (2019)

IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night!  Legenders, W
IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night!  Legenders, W

Alongside Legenders’ members Fumiyoshi Shioya and Jun Kasama, Komada hosted the radio show IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night! in 2019.

As per usual with this radio show, it was entertaining and filled with a great, warm vibe, fun corners and a lot of crazy shenanigans.

Komada Wataru no K-Wave radio (2019 -)

Wataru Komada K-Wave Radio

Komada was back heading his own radio show in 2019.

Spawning from his previous stint at MAN TWO MONTH RADIO, Komada brought back Komada Wataru K-WAVE Radio and revamped it into an entertaining and mature radio show.

U-nite! 81Wednesday Komada Wataru no Cheer up! (2019 -)

U-nite! 81Wednesday Komada Wataru no Cheer up!
U-nite! 81Wednesday Komada Wataru no Cheer up!

81 Produce has always been very keen on having their talents tackling radio work and, to add to the countless radio shows created or powered by the talent agency, in 2019 U-nite! 81Wednesday was born.

Shinichiro Miki, Yoshiki Nakajima, Shinichiro Kamio, Koutaro Nishiyama and more talents already had their take on the radio show. Komada’s take on the show took the form of U-nite! 81Wednesday Komada Wataru no Cheer up!, radio show that is self explanatory – it is made to cheer up his listeners.

Komada Wataru to Kimura Subaru World Ving Ving Satellite (2020 -)

World Ving Ving radio

Komada’s most recent radio endeavor is 2020’s Komada Wataru to Kimura Subaru World Ving Ving Satellite, radio show co-hosted with fellow Hypnosis Mic member, Subaru Kimura.

This is a pretty laidback show in which the focus is put on what is popular among the listeners, experiences while living abroad, dating advice in foreign countries and more, fueling an entire show with international and unique things.

The duo’s chemistry stands out from the very first episode. Kimura’s laidback, naturally funny personality and Komada’s sassy remarks and sense of humor as well as both seiyuu’s international background – Subaru born in Germany + of German descent and Komada lived in Germany for almost a decade – make the show incredibly entertaining.

Games

Komada got his first roles in video games in 2015. He’s commonly found voicing characters in RPG and otome games.

Although his repertoire is still not impressive, he has been doing work in this field rather consistently, having managed to grab roles in games every year since his debut in this field.

Some of his most important roles include Akiomi Kunugi in Ensemble Stars!, Chris Koron in the IDOLM@STER SideM games and Jyuto Iruma in Hypnosis Mic – Alternative Rap Battle –.

Ensemble Stars! (2015 -)

Akiomi Kunugi
Akiomi Kunugi

In 2015 he joined the cast of Ensemble Stars!, an idol grooming game that quickly turned into one of the most popular games that involve 2D idols.

Ensemble Stars! is a story-driven game that easily shot to popularity with its solid story and rich music released outside of the game. Komada voices Akiomi Kunugi, teacher and member of Jin & Akiomi, known his sarcastic an sadistic personality.

THE IDOLM@STER SideM (2015 -) and SideM LIVE ON ST@GE! (2017 -)

Wataru Komada joined the cast of the ambitious male spin to the popular idol grooming franchise IDOLM@STER, The IDOLM@STER SideM. He was casted as Legenders‘ member, Chris Koron.

The character is featured in THE IDOLM@STER SideM and SideM LIVE ON ST@GE!, the two game iterations stemming from the SideM franchise.

Hypnosis Mic – Alternative Rap Battle – (2020)

Jyuto Iruma Hypnosis Mic Alternative Rap Battle

Komada reprised his role as MAD TRIGGER CREW‘s Jyuto Iruma in the smartphone game, Hypnosis Mic – Alternative Rap Battle –. There game features a short introductory story for each crew, with Jyuto standing out for his disdain for the main character – the player – and being too analytical and cold in his approach.

Other games in which Komada has voiced characters include: Kobayashi is too cute!, Sumakare, Shiro Neko Project, SOUL REVERSE ZERO, Endride, BORDER BREAK, AKA TO BLUE, Quiz RPG: The World of Mystic Wiz, SAMURAI SPIRITS, ASTRAL CHAIN, Kyoutou Kotoba RPG: Kotodaman, Disney: Twisted-Wonderland, Olympia Soiree and more.

Live reading

Live reading is something in which 81 Produce and its talents usually invest a lot of time in. From 81 Produce’s live reading events to other interesting live reading events, Wataru Komada has managed to stay rather active in this field.

In 2018 he joined the cast of 謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de), a detective story that counted with some of 81 Produce’s top male seiyuu talents on its lineup such as Soma SaitoShinnichiro KamioKoutaro NishiyamaShunsuke TakeuchiWataru KomadaArthur Lounsbery and Yuki Yonai.

In 2017 he participated in Recitation Play TARO alongside Yoshiki Nakajima and Kento Ito.

Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de Wataru Komada, Kento Ito

In 2018 he joined the cast of 謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de), a detective story that counted with some of 81 Produce’s top male seiyuu talents on its lineup such as Soma SaitoShinnichiro KamioKoutaro NishiyamaShunsuke TakeuchiKento ItoArthur Lounsbery and Yuki Yonai.

In 2019, Komada joined the cast of the musical live reading play, The Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby Komada

Also in the same year he participated in the 81 Produce live reading, スマホを落としただけなのに (I just dropped my smartphone).

Omikuji Yon Kyodai
Omikuji Yon Kyodai – Wataru Hatano, Soma Saito, Koutaro Nishiyama and Shunsuke Takeuchi, Wataru Komada

Wataru Komada joined the star-studded, 81 Produce project, Omikuji Yon Kyodai in 2019.

Alongside Wataru Hatano, Soma Saito, Koutaro Nishiyama and Shunsuke Takeuchi, Komada participated in the special live reading+ variety event, Omikuji Yon Kyodai Fuyu no Tantei wa Roast Beef ga Osuki.

Narration

Wataru Komada has been active as a narrator. He’s best know credit is as the narrator for the weekly TV show, news zero since 2018. Due to his calm and steady mid-toned voice, Komada is often found doing narration for NHK’s educational shows.

Other narration credits include: Journeys in Japan, Anison Days, Nippon! Rekishi Kantei, Science ZERO, Space Shower TV “Minus Life Orchestra”, between more.

Komada also counts with some voice over credits for commercials.

Drama CDs

While Komada made his debut as a seiyuu in 2013, he does not have many credits when it comes do drama CDs.

Over the years, and particularly after 2018, Komada started to join high-profile projects in this field such as the drama CDs for Anthos and Hypnosis Mic.

He is commonly found in BL, with more than 15 credits in drama CDs such as MODS after story, Koisuru tetsumenpi, Fudanshi-kun no shitorasudeizu, Dragless sex, 10DANCE, Akai Ito no Shikkou Yuuyo, Hidoku shinaide 2 and 3, between many others.

Music

Contrary to most seiyuu that starting rising in popularity in the last decade, Komada is a rare case of not having a solo debut of his own.

However, that does not mean that he does not have his feet in the music – particularly in the idol – industry.

When it comes to music Wataru Komada has quite a few buzzworthy credits under his belt. From being part of the insanely popular IDOLM@STER SideM franchise, to being part of one of the most popular crews in Hypnosis Mic to even being part of an experimental and unique idol group, Komada has done more than enough than to impress with his versatility.

Legenders (2015 -)

Legenders @ SideM 3rd Live in MAKUHARI
@ SideM 3rd Live in MAKUHARI

In 2014, Komada joined the cast of THE IDOLM@STER‘s male version, IDOLM@STER SideM. He was casted as Chris Koron, member of Legenders.

The group debuted in 2014 and counts with Fumiyoshi ShioyaJun Kasama and Wataru Komada.

@ SideM 3rd Live in MAKUHARI

Legenders‘ songs are passionate and filled with motivational words. When it comes to the live performances, the group showcases their chemistry with powerful vocals and fancy choreographies. Among all members, Jun Kasama stands out for both his smooth baritone vocals and slick dance moves.

Up until now, the trio has released one single, THE IDOLM@STER Sidem ST@RTING LINE-15 Legenders (2016). Aside from this single, Legenders have participated in several cross unit and solo song projects within the franchise.

So far, the trio participated in four IDOLMASTER SideM stages: 1st STAGE 〜ST@RTING!〜 (2016), 2nd STAGE 〜ORIGIN@L STARS〜 (2017), 3rd STAGE 〜GLORIOUS ST@GE!〜 (2018) and THE IDOLM@STER SideM 4th LIVE STAGE 〜TRE@SURE GATE〜 (2019).

They also participated in the fan meeting tour “GREETING TOUR 2017 ~BEYOND THE DREAM~” in 2017 and  THE IDOLM@STER SideM’s Five-St@r Party!! in 2018.

Jin & Akiomi (2017 -)

Although fans of Ensemble Stars! already know the duo Jin & Akiomi since 2014, year in which the popular idol breeding smartphone game was released, it was only in 2017 that they got to experience the awesomeness of this duo.

Jin & Akiomi consist on Jin Sagami (voiced by Tomoyasu Hishiba) and Akiomi Kunugi (voiced by Wataru Komada).

So far, the duo has released two singles: Ensemble Stars! Jin Sagami & Akiomi Kunugi Idol Song CD (2017) and Ensemble Stars! Jin Sagami & Akiomi Kunugi New Idol Song (2018).

A new release, titled Ensemble Stars!! ES Idol Song Extra Jin & Akiomi is scheduled to hit stores in June 2020.

MAD TRIGGER CREW (2018 -)

Known for their incisive and intimidating rap style, MAD TRIGGER CREW quickly turned into a fan favorite crew within the Hypnosis Mic franchise.

Having lived in Germany for over 9 years, Komada mentioned that he was exposed to hip-hop and listened to it, namely Eminem. However, rapping as a character posed an initial issue for Komada but, as time has passed and more releases are made, his skills have been improving by heaps and bounds.

With the cast including Shintaro Asanuma (as Samatoki), Shinichiro Kamio (as Rio) and Wataru Komada (as Jyuto), the crew quickly rose in the ranks, catching the attention of those fans of roughened up, dangerous and straightforward rap coming from the perspectives of the unexpected duo including a Yakuza member, a former military member and a corrupt police officer.

BAYSIDE M.T.C
BAYSIDE M.T.C

The crew made their debut in 2017 with the release of the rough and gritty single, BAYSIDE M.T.C. MAD TRIGGER CREW were dressed in a funky, bassy dark sound, not sparing anyone with their fiery rhymes, raw performances with melancholic and menacing undertones.

After the release of the introductory singles for each crew, Hypnosis Mic kicked off their 1st Battle Season series.

MAD TRIGGER CREW faced Buster Bros!!! in the first round in Buster Bros!!! VS MAD TRIGGER CREW.

hypnosis battle season BB MTC

The mini-album was a huge success much thanks to the voting system for the whole Battle Season that only made it possible to vote if you purchased the CD in physical or digital format. Buster Bros!!! VS MAD TRIGGER CREW was certified Gold by RIAJ in 2018.

After beating Buster Bros!!!, MAD TRIGGER CREW battled against the winners of the Fling Posse vs Matenro battle, Matenro.

MTC MTR

The battle was fierce, something that quickly translated into the massive sales numbers MAD TRIGGER CREW VS Matenro pulled. The album was certified Gold by RIAJ in 2018. MAD TRIGGER CREW ended up losing the battle for Matenro but deserved massive respect for the hard-fought battle.

In 2019, the crew released the hard-hitting Shinogi (Dead Pools), featured in the compilation album, Enter the Hypnosis Microphone.

MAD TRIGGER CREW before br

The crew returned in 2020 with the release of MAD TRIGGER CREW Before The 2nd D.R.B, critically acclaimed album that brought the good vibes of Yokohama while giving us a collection of songs that explore bonds, loyalty, family, what being a true gangster really means in the eyes of this crew. It was a masterful release, easily the best the crew has released so far.

Komada performed Uncrushable, song that stood out for its top tier instrumental and vibe.

On a live setting, MAD TRIGGER CREW are not the most consistent of crews.

Hypnosis mic 4th live (2019)

While their rap is often on point, there are times in which the leader – Shintaro Asanuma – stumbles on his lyrics, misses tempo and even makes the mood of an already moody song – for example, Shinogi (Dead Pools) – sound too boring and soulless. But when the group is in their best form, they have a power and poise that makes a massive impression.

Hypnosis mic 3rd live (2018)
Hypnosis mic 3rd live (2018)

Wataru Komada tends to be extremely reliable on a live setting, making up for changes in tempo – made by mistake by Asanuma – and connecting well with fellow member and 81 Produce talent, Shinichiro Kamio, creating a great group synergy in which everyone covers for each other.

So far the crew has performed live 5 times, although in different contexts. The first franchise release on Blu-ray and DVD is Hypnosis mic- Division Rap Battle – 4th LIVE @ Osaka, massive live held in 2019 that counted with Buster Bros!!!, MAD TRIGGER CREW, Fling Posse, Matenro and the, then recently announced, Dotsuitare Honpo and Bad Ass Temple.

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

Hypnosis mic- Division Rap Battle – 5th LIVE @ AbemaTV – SIX SHOTS UNTIL THE DOME

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 April 2020, a new issue of the popular manga Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side B.B & M.T.C vol.3. includes a new song, a duet with Rio Busujima (CV: Shinichiro Kamio) titled Private Time.

Division All Stars (2017 – )

hypnosis mic division all stars

Division All Stars‘ original lineup consisted on Buster Bros!!!MAD TRIGGER CREW, Fling Posse and Matenro. In 2019, with the addition of Dotsuitare Honpo and Bad Ass Temple to the franchise, the group now houses all groups.

Their first release was Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- in 2017. This was the explosive start even before anyone knew how each crew would end up sounding.

The song was an instant hit and brought a massive following from overseas into the project.

In 2018, Division All Stars returned with the electrifying Hypnosis Mic Division Battle Anthem. The success it met was even more than on their debut song.

Now that the project was popular, it was a matter of a couple of days until it hit 1 million views.

In 2019, Hypnosis Mic released its first compilation album. Enter the Hypnosis Microphone featured all of Division All Stars‘ songs plus a new ensemble track, Hoodstar.

The release also included new songs for each group including the legendary The Dirty Dawg.

The song was quickly followed by Hypnosis Mic – Alternative Rap Battle-, song featured as the theme song for the smartphone game, Hypnosis Mic -Alternative Rap Battle-.

Still in the same year, Division All Stars returned with a new take on their debut song, Hypnosis Mic Division Battle Anthem.

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 revamping 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-+.

Anthos (2019 -)

In 2019, Wataru Komada joined the ambitious and unique project, Hana Doll.

Hana-Doll* is an idol project created by movic (TSUKIPRO, VAZZROCK, Tsukiuta, etc) in 2019. 6 idols are part of Anthos, group signed to the fictional talent agency Amagiri Production.

Anthos is comprised of Daiki Hamano, Kento Ito, Wataru Komada, Toshiki Masuda, Shunichi Toki and Seiichiro Yamashita.

So far, the group has released 4 singles:

Their unique sound completely strays away from regular idol projects.

The lyrics delve into darker themes, the instrumentals do not focus on what is trendy, instead the focus is put on a minimalistic electronica sound with elements of hip-hop and tropical house that captures the listeners’ attention.

SwingCATS (2019 -)

All in the same year, Komada joined the cast of the jazz music project, JAZZ-ON!, as part of SwingCATS.

SwingCATS consist of Yuki Yonai, Wataru Komada, Shunichi Toki, Toshinari Fukamachi, Genki Okawa, Makoto Ishii, Arthur Lounsbery and Shinichiro Kamio.

The group has released 2 singles so far: First Cats (2019) and Raining Cats (2020).

VERSION.10 (2019 -)

Wataru Komada and Toshinari Fukamachi, hosts of the radio show Komada・Fukamachi no Bar Blue Bird, made their debut in 2019 as VERSION.10.

The duo made their debut with Blue Moon.

Later in the same year, VERSION.10 had their take on Gyutteshiyo!, Radio Tomo’s theme song.

Photobooks

Bungo Nostalgia Kenji Miyazawa x Kento Ito, Wataru Komada (The restaurant of many orders) (2019)

Kento Ito, wataru komada photobook 2019

In 2019, Wataru Komada and Kento Ito, fellow 81 Produce talents and seiyuu popular for their work in the Hypnosis Mic franchise as part of MAD TRIGGER CREW and Matenro respectively, were featured in a Bungo Nostalgia photobook.

Bungo Nostalgia‘s 2nd photobook collection was inspired by the works of the Japanese poet and author, Kenji Miyazawa.

Kento Ito, wataru komada photobook 2019

In April 2020, a special reading video was released.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQzzOSvRzVc&feature=youtu.be

Variety

When it comes to variety, Wataru Komada has a great sense. He is often playful through a poker face and ends up making sassy remarks quite often, leading to hilarious situations.

He is also well spoken, leading shows with a confidence and professionalism that you’d think he has always been a variety show host instead of a seiyuu.

Over the years he has collaborated with fellow seiyuu on their shows as well as participated on variety shows to promote projects. As of late, he has his own youtube / Nico Nico variety shows in which he showscases his passions.

Nakajima Yoshiki no The Create (2017 – )

Wataru Komada - Yoshiki Nakajima the create

Wataru Komada is a regular guest on Yoshiki Nakajima’s flagship variety show,, Nakajima Yoshiki no The Create. He is in charge of the photography corner.

Santaku (2018)

Komada, shintaro Santaku

In 2018, Komada was invited alongside Shintaro Asanuma as a guest on Santaku, variety show hosted by Takuya Eguchi and Taku Yashiro.

For this episode, Komada also showcased his photography skills, being in charge of an impromptu photoshoot that turned completely hilarious much thanks to Komada’s sassy directing.

From Takuya Eguchi’s “sexy leak photoshoot” to other awkward yet hilarious moments, Komada was the star of that episode.

Komada Wataru no Kinniku Puru Puru (2019 -)

Komada Wataru no Kinniku Puru Puru

In 2019, Komada kicked off his Youtube / Nico Nico show, Komada Wataru no Kinniku Puru Puru. It features 13 videos of exercises you can do while at home and without any gym equipment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwE-GJCmh5Vaq-yXrR6GLyJEVUXGeHmM_&v=EIzh3qVsL9k

Guests include 81 Produce’s talents as his assistants such as Anju NittaKento ItoYuki SakakiharaTadokoro Hinata and more.

Komada Wataru no Komastagram (2019 -)

Komada Wataru no Komastagram

In collaboration with Seiyuu Grandprix, Wataru Komada kicked off his photography-centric variety show, Komada Wataru no Komastagram.

Under the theme, NO PHOTO NO LIFE, Komada delivers his show in a relaxed way, featuring seiyuu guests such as Tomohito Takatsuka, Shinichiro Kamio, Chiharu Sawashiro and more.

The show airs on Seigura Radio’s channel on Nico Nico.

Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix 4 (2020)

In 2020, Wataru Komada joined fellow 81 Produce’s talents – Kento ItoYoshiki Nakajima, and Teppei Uenishi – for the 4th installment of Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix 4.

Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix is a unique bowling tournament that features seiyuu tackling bowling challenges, submit or avoid punishments and perform skill challenges, all wrapping up with laidback free talk corners.

Facts

Close friendship with Legenders’ members

It is known among his fans just how close he is with his fellow Legenders‘ members. Kasama, Komada and Fumiyoshi make sure to document their travels and/or adventures together.

The group build their chemistry through hanging out together and after that, every year the trio gets together to build their trust and chemistry a step further.

Extremely active

Wataru Komada is known as a gym buff, often working out and even having his own Youtube / Nico Nico show in which he teaches exercises to do at home without much – or any – gym equipment. His obvious liking to exercising shows when even his hobbies include playing volleyball and darts.

Professional Photographer

Wataru Komada’s love for photography was taken to the point that he is a professional at it. Despite being a full-time seiyuu, Komada has done some work in the field, having been the photographer for fellow 81 Produce talent, Shunsuke Takeuchi’s official profile photo in 2018.

Designer

Wataru Komada LIVERTINE AGE

Some might not be aware of it but Wataru Komada has a creative vein that runs far deeper than just photography. In 2018 and 2019, Komada collaborated with LIVERTINE AGE to create unique designs.

In 2018 he designed for a special series of parkas whereas in 2019 he designed t-shirts for LIVERTINE AGE.

With this we wrap up another Seiyuu Digest. In the meantime, don’t forget to check past Seiyuu Digests (some of those recently updated) – HERE.

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