With an insane versatility on the vocal end, Shun Horie is one of the most exciting young talents in the seiyuu industry.
BORN: May 25, 1993
OCCUPATION: seiyuu, singer
Shun Horie was born on May 25, 1993, in Osaka, Japan. Although born in Osaka, Horie grew up in Ehime to where he moved with his family as a kid.
As kid, Horie got to know about Wataru Takagi, seiyuu renowned for his versatility, being able to voice both adults and children with no issue whatsoever. That lit a spark in young Horie that, from that point on, was determined to be a voice actor.
He is represented by Pro-Fit.
2015 – 2016
Making a name for himself
Shun Horie’s first steps as a voice actor in anime were in 2015. Like many rookie seiyuu, Horie’s first years in the seiyuu industry were either counting with minor roles or barely any activity.
In that same year, he was cast in God Eater and Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki.
However, contrary to most rookie seiyuu, Horie’s first chance with a leading role arrived way earlier than what is usual in the seiyuu industry.
Horie’s first leading role was as Kazuma Hiyama in 12-sai.: Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki. Hiyama is one of the 4 main characters in this romance anime that explores it from a different perspective: as young kids.
Hiyama was originally a prankster but he changes his ways, slowly showcasing a sweet side towards the girl he loves.
For this role, Horie had to tap into a youthful, slightly high pitched register to match what you’d expect of a pre-teen and, by the end of it all, he fit the role like a glove.
This would also be the year in which Horie would get his first supporting role. He voiced Seiya Urisaka in Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation.
He also got minor roles in anime series such as Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows, Mayoiga, Aikatsu Stars!, Hitori no Shita: The Outcast, B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious, Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters and 3-gatsu no Lion.
Building up on his first leading role + being typecasted
After getting his 1st leading role, it was up to Shun Horie to keep that spotlight on himself. And that’s exactly what he managed to in 2017.
He was cast to voice in the quiz anime/school anime, Nana Maru San Batsu. He voiced the main character in the series, Shiki Koshiyama, a first-year high-school student that was introduced to the world of competitive quizzes by his friends.
Shy and introverted, Koshiyama is not confident, having trouble speaking for himself. However, as a passionate reader with a thirst for knowledge, throughout the years, he’s gathered a lot of knowledge that proved to be invaluable during quiz matches early on in the series.
Horie was once again voicing a young character with a soft voice tone, something that has carried over to most of the characters he’s voiced ever since.
Not long after, Horie was cast as Nezumi in Juuni Taisen.
The anime was the target of mixed reviews both domestically and internationally for its inconsistency, disregarding important parts in the manga/novel, and for its predictable deaths.
He voiced Nezumi, a teenager with quite a mature approach to life as well as one of the 12 warriors of the Chinese Zodiac that joins the Zodiac Tournament.
Horie’s performance stood out, especially if you’ve been following his career up until here. With his voice tone, his delivery, Horie rose to the challenge and delivered a performance that was nothing like what he’d done up until then.
Still, in the same year, Horie reprised his role as Beit’s Pierre in the anime adaptation of IDOLMASTER SideM. This wasn’t a leading role but more of a supportive one as the SideM anime focuses heavily on DRAMATIC STARS.
Pierre is a bright young foreign prince who worked as a mascot in an amusement park after fleeing his country.
Despite Beit and Pierre not having the spotlight for long on them, fans were delighted to see and hear their innocent and joyful prince animated, with Horie’s performance improving upon what was already known to them.
Other series he’s voiced characters in 2017 include: ChäoS;Child, Fukumenkei Noise, Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi and Shoukoku no Altair, between many others.
2018 started on the right foot, with Horie scoring a leading role in Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku as Ichiro Suzuki.
However, scoring that leading role ended up not being as positive as initially thought as the isekai anime was plagued by mixed reviews.
A lot of complaints were about the slow pacing and lack of originality of the story and its premise, the weird tone plus the rather questionable voice acting across the cast, something that was heavily influenced by the lack of depth to the characters in the series.
Still in the same year, Horie reprised his role as Pierre in The iDOLM@STER SideM: Wake Atte Mini!.
In 2019, Horie was cast as Enta Jinnai, a serious yet jealous character and one of the 3 protagonists of the action and fantasy anime Sarazanmai.
2020 kicked off pretty solidly for Shun Horie. He was starting to stand out and there were a couple of protagonist or interesting supporting roles he got in that year.
He was cast as Minato, the protagonist of the fantasy and adventure anime series, Shachou, Battle no Jikan Desu!.
Although not an anime series that was well-received domestically nor overseas, it was another golden opportunity for Horie to showcase his acting skills, even if the dialogue was a bit empty or the series didn’t make much sense.
He was then cast as the indecisive Kazuya Kinoshita in the comedy and romance anime series, Rent-a-Girlfriend.
The fact that Kinoshita acts a bit high on his horse leads to him often lying to others around him something that, within the series, leads to pretty hilarious moments.
Horie made those moments shine, delivering his lines in a natural and believable way that you can’t help but feel the embarrassment or frustration when some shenanigans happen.
The anime series wasn’t anything groundbreaking thought, actually having received mixed reviews internationally and not turning into a popular anime series in Japan, still, it provided its odd moments of hilarity.
Still in the same year, Horie was cast as Hacker in the sci-fi anime Akudama Drive.
He voiced Hacker, one of the main characters in the series known for its cold and uninterested demeanor however, if things got tricky, his excitement would ramp up.
Despite the initial hype, Akudama Drive ended up being lackluster and, at times, a bad take on the cyberpunk / sci-fi genre.
Still, the role as Hacker was the perfect opportunity for Horie to showcase a bit more of his vocal and emotional ranges, which make this role stand out in his repertoire.
2021 brought a couple of leading roles.
The best-received performance of his so far is the weak and cowardly dragon Letty in the comedy and fantasy anime series, Dragon, Ie wo Kau..
Premiering later in 2021, Visual Prison will bring vampires and visual-kei rock to the same stage. Horie will voice the trendy and free-spirited Robin Laffite, member of O★Z.
Other anime series he’s voiced characters in include:
- Chou Yuu Sekai: Being the Reality (2017)
- Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki (2018),
- Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. (2019),
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (2019 – 2021),
- Bakugan: Battle Planet (2019 – 2020),
- Namu Amida Butsu!: Rendai Utena (2019),
- Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan (2019),
- Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. (2019),
- The Seven Deadly Sins (2019 – 2021),
- Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka? (2020),
- Yesterday wo Utatte (2020),
- Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? (2021),
- 2.43: Seiin Koukou Danshi Volley-bu (2021),
- World Trigger (2021).
Horie is only now starting to be on the spotlight. Since 2020, he’s getting more leading roles in anime and has been showing a bit of his range and skills in all of those. Only time will tell but Horie sure does have a bright future as a voice actor ahead of him.
Despite being active in radio shows since 2016, Shun Horie only has a couple of credits.
As a guest he’s always calm and collected, waiting for his time to talk and always bringing interesting insights to the table. As a host he’s upbeat, talkative and really friendly.
He gets easily embarrassed and speaks really fast if he likes what he’s talking about; these two are really interesting additions to his hosting style.
Some of the best known radio shows he’s hosted/co-hosted include:
Horie Shun no Horieru Mokushiroku (2016)
In 2016, Horie got his first opportunity of hosting his own radio show.
He 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 with the next seiyuu.
“Horie Shun no Horieru Mokushiroku” ended up being a radio show in which Horie, an avid listener of radio shows, tested his skills as a radio personality.
It included as well as a poem corner in which he’d read poems written by his fans as well as a very unique corner in which fans could send in any jokes/stories with one objective: make Horie laugh.
Toramero 2 Horie Shun・Ichikawa Taichi no tsuki 7 (2017 – 2018)
In 2017, Shun Horie teamed up with fellow seiyuu Taichi Ichikawa to co-host the radio show “Toramero 2 Horie Shun・Ichikawa Taichi no tsuki 7“.
The show ran on radio NIKKEI from 2017 to 2018.
Horie Shun to burabura shiyou yo ♪ (2017)
Still in the same year, Shun Horie finally got the proper chance to host his own full-fledged radio show.
For Horie Shun to burabura shiyou yo ♪, Horie recorded it while visiting locations, describing what he was seeing or doing to the listeners, geeking about shoujo manga, poems, between many other things.
Kiramune Presents Our Music Park (2017-)
Kiramune Presents Our Music Park is hosted by SparQlew‘s members and it was the first platform from which fans would end up getting to meet the group.
SparQlew consist on Yuto Uemura, Shun Horie, Shoya Chiba, Yuuya Hozumi and Takuto Yoshinaga. The episodes air twice a month. The radio show follows the group’s growth as artists.
Horie Shun no Toriatsukai Setsumeisho (2018)
2018 would end up being the year in which Horie was back to hosting his own radio show. TS ONE UNITED invited him to host “Horie Shun no Toriatsukai Setsumeisho“, radio show aired in August 2018.
For this show, Horie told stories about his debut days in the seiyuu industry, previous instances in which he’s sang – outside of the work he does as a voice actor -, went a bit deep on his strengths and went on about being quite the nerdy person.
Enoki Junya・ Horie Shun Enoholic (2018 – 2021)
In 2018, Horie teamed up with fellow seiyuu Junya Enoki to co-host the radio show “Enoki Junya・ Horie Shun Enoholic“.
Up until this date, this is longest radio show he’s co-hosted, counting with a total of 156 episodes.
IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night! (2019)
Alongside Beit’s members Tomohito Takatsuka and Yuichiro Umehara, Horie guested on 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.
Shacho, Radio no Jikan desu! Shachiraji! (2020)
In 2020, Shun Horie hosted the radio show “Shacho, Radio no Jikan desu! Shachiraji!“.
The show stemmed from the anime series “Shachou, Battle no Jikan Desu!” in which Horie voiced the protagonist, Minato.
Code Geass Genesic Re; CODE “Geagene Radio” (2021 -)
Most recently, in 2021, Shun Horie started co-hosting Code Geass Genesic Re; CODE “Geagene Radio” with fellow seiyuu Yuki Taneda and Yumiri Hanamori.
This is a radio show that provides information on the Code Geass universe and the smartphone game “Code Geass Genesic Re; CODE,” which is the sequel to the Code Geass series.
When it comes to work in games, Shun Horie has been quite active, counting with multiple roles in otome and RPG games.
His wide vocal range makes it possible for him to tackle a wide variety of roles, from young kids to teens, intimidating and gentle characters.
Some of his best known roles include:
Pierre in THE IDOLM@STER SideM (2015 -) and SideM LIVE ON ST@GE! (2017 -)
In 2015, Shun Horie joined the cast of the popular idol franchise, THE IDOLM@STER SideM. The game, of the same name, was released in 2017 and mixed elements of music, story (incredibly toned down), and idol nurturing/farming.
He voices Pierre, Beit’s member, and former amusement park mascot. He’s an optimistic and upbeat young man whose dream is to make other people happy.
Horie’s voice tone is a perfect fit with this character as it is filled with a youthful vibe and, to top it all of, any quirks that Pierre has – especially his rather “broken” Japanese – he embraced those, leading to a natural performance.
Linhardt von Hevring in Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019)
In 2019, he voiced one of the 3 playable characters Linhardt von Hevring in the popular RPG game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Linhardt von Hevring comes across as a lazy and selfish character, trying to avoid any kinds of worries or problems, but he’ll stick his neck for those he loves. At the same time, he’s extremely intelligent but he only uses it if he’s got anything to earn from it.
Horie fleshed out Linhardt’s lazy behavior as well as the lack of care for House Hevring but with a passionate twist to it.
Aruto Fushibe in D_Cide Traumerei (2021)
Recently, Shun Horie was cast as Aruto Fushibe in the upcoming mobile game D Cide Traumerei. An anime adaptation will premiere in July 2021.
Other games he’s voiced characters in include:
- Angelique Retour (2015)
- Variant Knights (2015)
- Aikatsu! Photo on stage!! (2016)
- VIIDOG CODE (2016)
- Memory’s Dogma CODE:01 (2016)
- Blackish House ←sideZ (2017)
- Shingeki no Bahamut (2017)
- On Air! (2018)
- Skyfort Princess (2018)
- World End Heroes (2018)
- Op8♪ (2019)
- THE KING OF FIGHTERS for GIRLS (2019)
- SEVEN’s CODE (2019)
- Olympia Soiree (2020)
- OCTOPATH TRAVELER (2020)
- Code Geass Genesic Re; CODE (2021)
Acting / Live reading
Since 2017, Horie has been active in acting and live reading plays.
He’s participated in reading plays such as The Little Prince (2017), Night on the Galactic Railroad (2017), LOVE x LETTERS (2018), “Macbeth” (2020), among many others.
The Little Prince (2017)
Horie joined the cast of the recitation x orchestra play, The Little Prince.
He was cast alongside fellow male seiyuu Toshiki Masuda, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Chiharu Sawashiro, Haruki Ishiya, Yuichiro Umehara, Shouta Aoi and Tomoaki Maeno.
Super Tuner (2019)
In 2019, Shun Horie was cast as one of the main characters in Kiramune + WOWOW’s original supernatural/mystery drama series, Super Tuner.
The drama featured his fellow SparQlew members as well as some veterans from Kiramune, through a series of paranormal cases.
Narration / Dubbing
If there is a field in which Horie hasn’t shown much of his talents is narration / dubbing.
To his name he only has a dubbing credit in the animated movie “Adams Family (2020)” and he’s credited as the one that did sound effects for “Digital camera evil voice” in the sentai series “Mashin Sentai Kira Major“.
In 2018, he lent his voice to a commercial for KADOKAWA. From November 1, 2019, to June 29, 2020, those visiting the Little Prince Museum in Kanagawa got to experience a special video titled “Prince’s Star Tour” narrated by Shun Horie.
More recently, he lent his voice to the promotional video for “Dragon, Ie o kau. X Open House Collaboration“.
Shun Horie got his first drama CD roles in his debut year as a voice actor, something that isn’t as common as you’d think in the seiyuu industry. However, he’s not as active in this field as other seiyuu who debuted in the same year.
Fans first got to listen to him voicing Pierre for “THE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE -03・04“.
Those 2 CDs would start a sort of trend for Horie of voicing characters in drama CDs that are part of music projects (Bakumatsu Rock, JAZZ-ON!, Anthos*, FABULOUS NIGHT, etc.).
In the few credits he has to his name in this field, Horie has shown that his vocal range can cover that of a young kid – high pitched and brassy -, as well as a convincing adult, robust male voice.
Some of the drama CDs he’s voiced characters in include “RUNLIMIT -CASE5”, “Onee danshi, hajimemasu.”, “Chocolate vampire”, “Koisuru Share House 3 〜 Which do you choose?〜” and “Kumodesuga, nani ka?”.
At the same time, he’s been active in the BL drama CD scene since 2016, already having a couple of roles to his name.
Some of the BL drama CDs he’s voiced characters in include “ROMEO”, “Neko ni wa inu o”, “Danshi Kokosei, Hajimete no 〜 Dai 13-dan mayonaka wa ochikobore 〜”, “Maou iburogia ni mi o sasageyo” and “Onegai, son nani kamanaide”.
Shun Horie’s first endeavors in the music industry were in 2014. Since then, he’s shown his vocal range and has delivered quite the varied set of performances.
While he can be singing in a rather higher-toned voice with a brassy touch with Beit, his voice has a sweet raspiness on top of his tenor range for VAZZY’s songs, and for ANTHOS*, his voice has been described as “angelic”.
It is safe to say that Shun Horie is a really talented singer with an interesting skillset and unique voice tone. It is rare to find a tenor with a raspy tonality, he’s got it and it sounds insanely well in songs like VAZZY’s “Yureteitai yo“.
Beit (2015 -)
In 2015, Shun Horie joined THE IDOLM@STER SideM franchise as part of the regal unit, Beit.
Beit consist of Shun Horie, Tomohito Takatsuka, and Yuichiro Umehara. The trio is known for having solid vocals and elegant instrumental pieces.
For this group and mostly due to the fact that Pierre – the character that Shun Horie voices – has a higher-pitched, kind of brassy tonality to it, his singing doesn’t shine as much in comparison with the mid-tones of Umehara and Takatsuka.
Still, he leads the group really well and brings an endearing vibe to the group something that, alongside Beit’s whole theme, makes the group stand out in the IDOLM@STER SideM franchise.
Up until now, the trio has released or participated in the following CDs:
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE-03 Beit (2015),
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM 2nd ANNIVERSARY DISC 02 Beit & S.E.M (2016),
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM ANIMATION PROJECT 01 “Reason!!“ (2017),
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM ANIMATION PROJECT 02 “TOMORROW DIAMOND” (2017),
- 315 St@rry Collaboration 01 ～DRAMATIC STARS&Beit～ (2017),
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM ANIMATION PROJECT 08 “GLORIOUS RO@D” (2018),
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM 5th ANNIVERSARY DISC 01 PRIDE STAR (2019),
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM 5th ANNIVERSARY DISC 06 Jupiter & Beit & THE Kogadou (2020),
- THE IDOLM@STER SideM NEW STAGE EPISODE:05 Beit (2020).
Aside from these CDs, Beit has 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.
M4 debuted in 2016 and the members include Taku Yashiro, Yuto Uemura, Shun Horie and Arthur Lounsbery.
This is one of the units that were created from the story of an anime, in this case, because of Aikatsu Stars!. The story behind this unit is that the members are the 4 best male students in a school in the series.
VAZZY (2017 -)
Announced in 2017 and only now making their debut, VAZZY is a unit part of TSUKIPRO‘s newest franchise “VAZZROCK“.
VAZZY consists on Tarusuke Shingaki (leader), Yusuke Kobayashi, Masahiro Yamanaka, Yusuke Shirai, Tsubasa Sasa and Shun Horie. The unit is labeled as the owner of a dangerous and powerful sound/appeal.
Shun Horie voices Yuma Shirase.
He’s already performed in several entries in the bi-color series (3 seasons of CDs so far).
His first steps in the VAZZROCK franchise and as a member of Vazzy came from his stunning duet with Tsubasa Sasa “Rose Gambler“ in Naosuke Oyama’s citrine.
Still in the same year he performed for peridot, Yuma Shirase’s 1st entry in the bi-color series.
A year later Horie lent his singing skills to the 11th volume in the bi-color series. He first participated in Nadumi Ruka-morganite×peridot- and then on his own Shirase Yuma -peridot×hematite-, both released in 2020.
VAZZY performed live as a group for the first time in 2018 at VAZZROCK LIVE 2018 in Saitama.
The franchise then held another live in 2019.
VAZZROCK FES 2019 was held at Hulic Theater in Tokyo.
It was split into several performances with different members of the cast attending each show. Then, a final show, featuring all members, was held to wrap up that year’s performances.
SparQlew (2018 -)
SparQlew consists of Yuto Uemura, Shun Horie, Shoya Chiba, Yuuya Hozumi and Takuto Yoshinaga.
The group made their debut under Kiramune in 2018 with the single ハジマリノソラ (Hajimari no Sora). SparQlew made their first performance at Kiramune Music Festival 2018.
Bring it on!, the group’s first full-length album released in 2019, achieved #1 on iTunes’ chart.
Aside from their successful album, the group released the upbeat single, Shori no Uta (2019).
The group went for a change in their visuals and concept and, in 2020, brought a more mature vibe to the spotlight with their 2nd full-length album, “evergreen“.
However, this wasn’t the easiest album release the group has experienced. Due to Covid-19 and the sudden closings of factories across Japan, the album had to be postponed from its original May 2020 release date to July 2020.
Still, the group had everything about the album already wrapped up. Music video recorded, cover art shot, songs recorded, so it was just a matter of time until fans got their chance to experience the group’s reborn identity.
Upon release, SparQlew repeated the feat of their 1st album and topped iTunes’ Album charts with “evergreen“, claiming #1 in the genre chart.
Soon after, the group announced the release of a new single “HELVETICA“.
For this single, the group mixed their new, refreshing mature visuals with their trademark upbeat peppy pop music and delivered a single that is a fan favorite.
The single’s music video nodded at the new world circumstances with social distancing and a homey feel being key for the music video for Helvetica.
Kouiten (2019 -)
In 2019, Horie joined the cast of 紅一天 (Kouiten) in the kira-tune franchise. The group counts with the vocals of Yuki Ono, Takuma Terashima, and Shun Horie.
Since in 2020, the group as well as the kira-tune franchise went into full radio silence.
Hoshikuzu Ryodan (2019 -)
In 2019, UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN launched the 2D jazz music project JAZZ-ON!.
Alongside Makoto Furukawa, Yoshiki Nakajima, Kento Ito, Yoshiki Murakami, Haruki Ishiya, Kengo Kawanishi, and Takeaki Masuyama, Shun Horie is part of Hoshikuzu Ryodan, group that has a hybrid approach to jazz music.
The group released its first CD JAZZ-ON! Sessions 「Ryodan nakama wa shinjite mo, rakuda no himo wa shibatte oke」 in 2019.
In that CD, Horie performed 響鳴スペクトラム (Hibikimei Spectrum) alongside Yoshiki Murakami.
In 2020, the group released JAZZ-ON! Sessions 「星屑寄れば文殊の知恵」(Hoshikuzu Yoreba Monju no Chie).
In 2021, the JAZZ-ON! franchise kicked off its very 1st shuffle CD series.
Shun Horie participated in Invisible Chord 1st. He performed the song “Ebony & Ivory” alongside Toshinari Fukamachi.
A couple of months later and still in 2020, Horie performed “Tone of Stars Alpha” alongside Makoto Furukawa, Yoshiki Murakami, and Takeaki Masuyama in the shuffle album “Tone of Stars Alpha“.
Anthos* (2020 – )
In 2020, Shun Horie joined the ambitious and unique project, Hana-Doll*.
Hana-Doll* is an idol project created by MOVIC (TSUKIPRO, VAZZROCK, Tsukiuta, etc) in 2019. Originally, 6 idols were part of Anthos, a group signed to the fictional talent agency Amagiri Production.
In 2020, the group welcomed a new member in Shun Horie, and the group stylized their name as Anthos*.
So far, the group has released 5 CDs:
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.
Shun Horie joined the group in 2020 and only in 2021 did he start participating in the group’s music releases.
Fans got their first glimpse of his talents in “Meet“, first album for the now rebranded, Anthos*.
O★Z (2021 -)
In 2021, Horie joined the cast of O★Z, visual-kei band part of the Visual Prison franchise.
Photobooks / Magazine
Shun horie Horieru, Cinemaru. 1st PHOTO BOOK (2020)
In 2020, Shun Horie released his 1st photobook, Shun horie Horieru, Cinemaru. 1st PHOTO BOOK.
Well known as a movie buff, Horie talked about and experienced “movies” with various themes in this photobook.
The photobook counts with unreleased photos and new photos following “Narikiri Cinema” and “Movie Date” themes.
First solo cover for a seiyuu magazine
Still, in the same year, Shun Horie accepted the challenge of going on a diet, and to showcase the results of his hard work, he was awarded his first-ever solo cover for a seiyuu magazine.
He graced the cover of Seiyuu MEN for its vol.19.
Shun Horie started to take his first steps in variety in 2018.
Despite starting some of the shows on a quiet note, Horie is quite the goofball and, at the same time, a bit clumsy, especially when there are challenges involved, something that often leads to hilarious situations.
He’s friendly and always shows a lot of interest in what guests on the shows he hosts/co-hosts have to say as well as interacts with them in a way that everyone feels welcomed. Although with quite a long way to go to be a natural host, Horie has been showing a lot of promise + variety sense in the last couple of years.
Some of the variety shows he’s hosted/cohosting include:
Nana maru san batsu variety (2017)
To promote the premiere of the quiz anime Nana Maru San Batsu in which Horie voiced one of the main characters, all cast of the anime got together to play against each other in a special three-part quiz.
The Horie – Sato combo nailed every question thrown their way, with both showcasing their general knowledge, qualifying to the finals, and ultimately winning the contest.
Tomohito Takatsuka, Takuma Nagatsuka, Shun Horie Ramen Boys (2018 -)
Since 2018, Shun Horie co-hosts “Tomohito Takatsuka, Takuma Nagatsuka, Shun Horie Ramen Boys” with fellow seiyuu and SideM members, Tomohito Takatsuka and Takuma Nagatsuka.
The variety show airs monthly on Nico Nico. The trio often invites guest to the show to tackle on different challenges.
Bodoge de asobo (2018 – )
In 2018, Shun Horie teamed up with Nobuhiko Okamoto to co-host the board game-centric variety show, Bodoge de asobo.
For this show, hosts and guests play board games, showing how entertaining and charming playing those really is. The show counts with 2 seasons and several fellow seiyuu as guests.
Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix 2 (2018)
In 2018, Shun Horie participated in the 2nd edition of the bowling variety DVD series, Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix.
He was featured alongside Sho Nogami and Takuma Nagatsuka.
Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix was created by Seiyuu Grandprix, a well-known seiyuu magazine, and it counts with a pretty unique concept: a bowling tournament with punishments, skill challenges, and free talk corners.
Seiyu Collection – Futari no Code SHOW – Takuya Sato x Shun Horie (2018)
A theme is given and both have to come up with an outfit that fits the theme and go shopping for it. Aside from the battle portion of the show, the two seiyuu talk about fashion, their go-to style, off-duty styles as well as a more casual themes.
Seiyuu Camera Tour (2019)
In 2019, he was guest of the seiyuu variety show Seiyuu Camera Tour.
“Seiyuu Camera Tour” (声優カメラ旅) was a variety show produced by dTV channel. According to dTV channel, “Seiyuu Camera Tour” is a travel program in which popular voice actors walk through their chosen cities, documenting the cities’ charms through their own cameras and with their own sensitivity.
This was a healing show in which viewers got to know the charms of those cities, the memories some locations hold for those seiyuu, and at the same time, counted with seiyuu talking about how they deal with their work life.
Shun Horie was the show’s 11th guest. He visited Shimokitazawa in Tokyo.
Horie Shun no Club Anda Guraundo (2019- )
In 2019, Shun Horie started to host his 1st ever variety show. “Horie Shun no Club Anda Guraundo” airs monthly on Nico Nico (subscription only).
According to the show’s synopsis, this is a show in which Shun Horie shows a deep side to himself at the same time that he invites fellow seiyuu, welcoming them to a refined recording setting.
Takuma Nagatsuka and Shun Horie Ponkotsu GA Mile (2019 – )
Still in the same year, alongside fellow seiyuu Takuma Nagatsuka, Shun Horie started hosting “Takuma Nagatsuka and Shun Horie Ponkotsu GA Mile” (永塚拓馬・堀江瞬 ぽんこつGAマイル) location variety show that airs on Nico Nico and YouTube.
For this variety show, both seiyuu explore locations in Japan, trying all things clothing, food and housing.
Comics More presents Ito Kento to erabu! Denshi Comic taisho (2020)
Kamio was invited for Kento Ito’s radio show, Comics More presents Ito Kento to erabu! Denshi Comic taisho. He guested alongside fellow male seiyuu, Shinnichiro Kamio.
Eguchi Takuya no Oretachi Datte Iyasaretai! – Osaka no Tabi (2020)
Still in the same year, Shun Horie was a guest on Eguchi Takuya no Oretachi Datte Iyasaretai!.
The show, which initially was going to run as usual – counting with 12 episodes – was cut short due to travel restraints within Japan due to Covid-19.
Because of that and given that Shun Horie’s travel through Osaka – a return to his birth prefecture – had been recorded in full, there was more than enough footage to be released however, not enough for a whole season.
With that in mind, it was announced in 2020 that the footage in question would be released as a movie – Eguchi Takuya no Oretachi Datte Iyasaretai! – Osaka no Tabi -, to hit theatres in 2021.
Horie & Ishikawa no Doraka Tube (2021 -)
In 2021, Shun Horie and fellow seiyuu and Pro-fit senpai Kaito Ishikawa teamed up to host “Horie & Ishikawa no Doraka Tube“, variety show created to promote the anime series Dragon, Ie wo Kau..
Takuya Sato & Shun Horie x Jarinko Chie “Karumera wa suna no aji?” (2021)
In 2021, alongside fellow seiyuu Takuya Sato, Shun Horie hosts Takuya Sato & Shun Horie x Jarinko Chie “Karumera wa suna no aji?”.
The online variety show puts both voice actors behind the counter to cook food that is inspired by the anime “Jarinko Chie”.
Mr. Toshi Densetsu (2021)
In 2021, Shun Horie was invited to BS TV’s show, Mr. Toshi Densetsu. Alongside fellow seiyuu and SparQlew member Shoya Chiba, Horie acted out a live reading play with quite the impressive emotional charge.
Horie changed his voice to match the character he was voicing, impressing with his consistency, comfort and delivery with a tone that he usually does not use.
It is well known among Horie’s fans that he loves movies. He watches a bit of everything and enjoys analyzing them, even writing his own serialization corner for Seiyuu Men “Horieru, Cinemaru“.
Bona fide Geek with smarts
Not only is Horie a movie geek, but he’s also a big fan of the Showa era (1926 – 1989), having the hobby of collecting music records from that era. He is passionate about underground cultures, reading a lot about those as well as visiting exhibitions.
At the same time, Horie loves writing poetry and has Kanji Kentei Level 2 (the 2nd highest level, being able to read and write 2136 daily use kanji) and English Level 2 (CEFR B1).
When he was in junior high school, Horie was part of the track-and-field team. Recently, and because of the diet he underwent in 2020, Horie is back to exercising.
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