Tsubasa Yonaga shows that hard work and overflowing passion can turn a “weakness” into a power that leads to a fulfilling career.
KANJI: 代永 翼
BORN: January 15, 1984
OCCUPATION: voice actor, singer
Tsubasa Yonaga was born on January 15, 1984 in Kanagawa and is currently represented by Ken Production.
Yonaga’s path in the voice acting industry started thanks to a conversation with a teacher when he was in fifth grade.
While most boys his age were changing their voice, Yonaga found himself with the same voice he always had. That led to him being teased for having a high voice – and ended up having a complex about it – but it was also the door for a career in the voice acting industry.
Knowing Yonaga’s passion for singing acting and reciting, his homeroom teacher told him about voice acting and how his voice would be perfect for such a career.
According to Yonaga, in an interview in 2011 for the – now, defunct – online magazine Girls-Style, he ended up getting interested in voice acting after that talk. From that point on, he decided to aim to become one.
As such, when he was in high school, he joined the drama club and started to learn and perfect his acting skills.
After graduating from the voice acting and vocal course at the Tokyo Media Academy, he entered School Duo – a voice acting training institute affiliated with Ken Production – as a 6th generation student.
He would end up graduating from the school and then joining KEN PRODUCTION.
During that span of time, Yonaga was taking some classes with Atsushi Abe and Takuya Sato, classmates who then turned into fellow talent agency mates and close friends of his.
2006 – 2010
Kicking off with a bang
Yonaga made an official debut as a seiyuu in 2006 with a minor role in CLUSTER EDGE Secret Episode.
It would only be in 2007 that he’d get a decent flow of work and, surprise, surprise, his first ever leading roles in anime series.
He was cast as Shingo Suwa, protagonist in the mecha anime series, Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula.
The series was well received in Japan, with fans of mecha anime and sci-fi praising it for having a good amount of fights, a fantastic soundtrack, a solid drama, and a plot that, albeit a bit slow at times, kept things interesting.
Yonaga was starting to stand out with a nuanced performance in such a drama-driven anime series.
Still in the same year, he was cast as Ren Mihashi, protagonist in the sports anime series, Ookiku Furikabutte.
Although he was the ace for his team in middle school, he had problems as a pitcher, not being able to close out games, something that made his team always lose.
This eventually would lead to him being bullied, something that put his self-esteem at an all-time low level.
Determined to put baseball behind his back, he joined a high school in a different prefecture.
He would end up being dragged into the baseball team, in what is one of the most iconic showcases of personal growth in sports anime, Mihashi evolved as a player, improved his self-esteem, and was accepted for who is in the Nishiura High baseball team.
Yonaga delivered a powerful performance, making use of his delicate voice to showcase Mihashi’s lack of confidence, slowly building up emotion in his voice to bring out a joyful, youthful, and excited dimension to the character.
He would end up reprising this role in the various seasons and OVAs that were released between 2007 and 2010.
In 2008, Yonaga was cast as Jun Yamamoto, one of the supporting characters in the romcom/shoujo anime series, Special A.
On a first look, he is a nice guy however he has a switch that makes him turn from a wholesome guy to a full-on bad boy, something that leads to hilarious moments in the series.
2009 kicked off with a leading role in the fantasy anime series, Guin Saga.
He voiced Remus, crown prince of Parros that, for story reasons, ends up having to flee his kingdom alongside his sister, kicking off an epic journey with his sister and Guin, a mysterious warrior they came across as they escaped their kingdom.
This anime series, while underrated, is considered a classic among fans of fantasy anime due to how deep, rich and detail-oriented it is.
Still in the same year, Yonaga voiced Satsuki Hanabusa, one of the main characters in the shoujo anime series, Yumeiro Patissiere. He is a narcissist that loves beautiful things and thus, ends up being a through-and-through flirt with all the girls at the school.
However, deep down, Hanabusa is focused on his dream of working together with his mother and being the best patissier he can be.
In 2010, he was cast as Hiroshi Miwa, one of the supporting characters in the harem anime series, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou.
Other anime series he has lent his voiced characters include:
- Nodame Cantabile (2007)
- Wangan Midnight (2007)
- Bamboo Blade (2007)
- Mokke (2007)
- Taiho Shichau zo: Full Throttle (2007)
- Shugo Chara! (2007)
- Persona: Trinity Soul (2007)
- NANA (2007)
- Shigofumi (2008)
- ChäoS;HEAd (2008)
- BLEACH (2008)
- Net Ghost Pipopa (2008)
- Mission-E (2008)
- Hatsukoi Limited. (2009)
- Fairy Tail (2009)
- Arad Senki: Slap Up Party (2009)
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (2009)
- Beyblade: Metal Fusion (2010)
2011 – 2016
Making a name for himself
After kickstarting his career with strong performances in various anime genres, it was time for Yonaga to get his first long-running role in anime.
In 2011, he was cast as the shy and timid Aichi Sendou, one of the protagonists in the popular anime series, Cardfight!! Vanguard.
This was the first time that Tsubasa Yonaga worked alongside – and co-starred – with close friend and fellow seiyuu Takuya Sato (as Kai).
Yonaga would end up reprising his role as Aichi in over 10 instances (between mainly seasons, spin-offs and OVAs).
Still in the same year, he voiced Youji Haneda, one of the main characters in the comedy and romance anime series, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai: Under the Innocent Sky.
2012 kicked off with two leading roles. He was cast as Teiichi Niiya in the anime series Tasogare Otome x Amnesia.
Despite his demeanor, Niiya is a courageous individual that deals with maturity in paranormal cases.
He then reprised his role as the serious and strict Nova in the anime adaptation of the popular otome game, La storia della Arcana Famiglia.
Other anime series he has lent his voiced characters include:
- Tiger & Bunny (2011)
- Ao no Exorcist (2011)
- Chihayafuru (2011)
- Persona 4 the Animation (2011)
- Area no Kishi (2012)
- One Piece (2012)
- Sword Art Online (2012)
2013 – 2019
Solid run to the top
It would be in 2013 that Tsubasa Yonaga would officially join the cast of what was the most popular music anime franchise, Uta no Prince Sama.
Making a bang with the debut song “HEAVEN’S GATE”, the – then – trio featuring vocals by Hikaru Midorikawa, Daisuke Ono, and Tsubasa Yonaga – left everyone in awe.
Yonaga was cast as Nagi Mikado, two-faced idol that is kind and does a lot of fanservice in front of his fans but is also sharp-tongued and disrespectful to others, especially anyone that is supposed to be a competition for HE★VENS.
He would end up reprising this role in anime for a total of 4 times (from Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% in 2013 up until Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Movie: Maji Love Kingdom in 2019).
Still in the same year, Tsubasa Yonaga would end up being cast in what is, currently, one of the biggest roles in his career, Nagisa Hazuki in the popular sports anime series, Free!.
Nagisa is cheerful, filled with energy and passionate about those he loves. Given his personality, he ends up being the “glue” that the guys in the swimming club need, at the same time, he is the one that is able to bring out Rei’s (CV: Daisuke Hirakawa) good points.
He reprised this role across multiple anime seasons, OVAs, specials and movies until 2022.
Still in the same year, Yonaga would end up being cast as the laidback and easygoing Sangaku Manami in the popular sports anime series, Yowamushi Pedal.
After a strong 2013 in which Tsubasa Yonaga was everywhere you looked around when it came to anime series, 2014 quieted down a bit.
He reprised his roles in Cardfight!! Vanguard and Yowamushi Pedal but there were also new roles, some of those leading, in the year.
He was cast as the former child actor and now otaku with a dream of becoming a mangaka, Izumi Sena in the popular BL anime series, Love Stage!!.
Still in the same year, he was cast as the respectful and obedient Chuutaro Kumo, one of the protagonists in the anime series Donten ni Warau.
Things changed completely for Yonaga in 2015, with him staying far away from leading roles in anime series.
In that year he got minor or supporting roles in anime series such as Diamond no Ace: Second Season and Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! at the same time that he reprised roles in the Uta no Prince Sama franchise and in Yowamushi Pedal’s new seasons.
In 2016, Yonaga was cast as Ouriku in the fantasy anime series, Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage.
The anime series follows Ouriku’s long path towards becoming a sage, in the process facing unpredictable trials.
Wrapping up the year, Yonaga was cast as the eccentric yet soft-spoken Kensuke Midorikawa in the anime series Beyblade Burst.
2017 kicked off with a role as Souji Okita in the comedy chibi spin off series Chiruran: Nibun no Ichi.
And yet again, the tides changed for Tsubasa Yonaga. The talented seiyuu started 2018 reprising his role as Mitsuki Izumi in the IDOLiSH7 series.
Mitsuki Izumi is IDOLiSH7’s resident older brother for all members of the group as well as the real older brother for Iori Izumi (also in IDOLiSH7 and voiced by Toshiki Masuda).
He is an idol with a heart of gold, showing that in the franchise in numerous occasions. He has an energetic personality that motivates others around him however, deep down, he lacks confidence in his skills.
The anime series quickly stood out for its realistic telling of idol life, putting aside all glitter while showing a group growing from nothing to slowly starting to attract attention and, as of 2023 – in the ingame story – being a popular idol group.
Yonaga has reprised his role as Mitsuki for several music videos, specials (IDOLiSH7 Vibrato) and anime seasons (IDOLiSH7 in 2018, IDOLiSH7 Second Beat! in 2020, IDOLiSH7 Third Beat! in 2021 and IDOLiSH7 Third Beat! Part 2 in 2022).
As of the time of writing this Seiyuu Digest, the anime series has covered 3 story seasons out of the – currently completed ingame – 6 seasons, which shows potential for many more anime seasons in the IDOLiSH7 in the coming years.
Worth noting that this was yet another moment in which Tsubasa Yonaga and Takuya Sato crossed paths in anime, something that would end up happening yet again before the end of the year in BAKUMATSU.
Still in the same year, he was cast as Souji Okita in the BAKUMATSU anime series.
While clearly focused on the historical Bakumatsu period, the series ended up getting lost and the story, much to everyone’s surprise, left a lot to be desired.
This resulted in mixed reviews that focused much on the animation or the story’s flaws instead of highlighting how solid some performances from the main cast were.
2018 would wrap up in a weird way however with a positive balance. What fans didn’t know was that Tsubasa Yonaga was struggling a lot with his voice, something that he would others know later in November 2019 after a surprisingly quiet 2019.
Other anime series he has lent his voiced characters include:
- Kakumeiki Valvrave (2013)
- Inazuma Eleven Go: Galaxy (2013)
- Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2nd Season (2013)
- Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal (2014)
- Log Horizon 2nd Season (2014)
- World Trigger (2014)
- Hybrid Child (2014)
- Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (2015)
- ALL OUT!! (2016)
- D.Gray-man HALLOW (2016)
- Zutto Mae kara Suki deshita. Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai (2016)
- Dream Festival! (2016)
- Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo. Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai (2016)
- Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys (2017)
- Vatican Kiseki Chousakan (2017)
- Senjuushi (2018)
- Nanatsu no Taizai Movie 1: Tenkuu no Torawarebito (2018)
- Yarichin☆Bitch-bu (2018)
November 2019 –
The struggles with Dysphonia
By the end of 2019 and after only 2 roles in anime – Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Movie: Maji Love Kingdom and Chihayafuru 3 -, Tsubasa Yonaga announced that he was going to reduce his activities to treat, as mentioned by himself in a series of posts on his official Twitter account, dysphonia that he was battling since late 2018.
Dysphonia is a voice disorder / medical condition in which it becomes difficult to speak and the quality of the voice deteriorates – sounding breathy, raspy, strained or even changing pitch – due to abnormalities in the vocal cords.
In that announcement, Yonaga thanked fans for their continuous support and assured them that he would continue to attend all scheduled events and that all projects in which he lent his voice would not be canceled.
However, fans instantly noticed him silently “withdrawing” from music projects – not participating in live events or not joining new music projects.
He stopped completely participating in live events in the Uta no Prince Sama franchise as a member of HEAVENS, and since 2018, he hasn’t performed live with the group.
His singing parts in HEAVENS’ songs were reduced to simple, quiet, and brief moments.
At the same time, fans in the IDOLiSH7 franchise started to notice the lack of power and energy in Yonaga’s voice during live events – that he continued to attend as there is much less strain on his vocal cords with IDOLiSH7 (singing in his natural vocal range) than there is, in comparison, in HEAVENS (singing in a really high pitched, cutesy range) in the Uta no Prince Sama franchise.
When it came to the live recordings of IDOLiSH7’s songs since 2019, it is noticeable – to trained ears in music edition – that the sound levels in his performances were tweaked to match the natural power he used to have as Mitsuki.
At times, it sounded like he was whispering a direct result of him not having power in his voice. By singing in a whisper – steady and without any variations of volume -, Yonaga ensured it was barely noticeable that he can’t hold his pitch correctly due to dysphonia.
The post-production made it possible for his singing to be on the same sound level as everyone else, sounding almost like he was perfectly okay.
In some songs, it was even noticeable how he barely had any parts in those, with the franchise kindly shifting most of his parts to other members while making sure he was still present in the unison choruses.
The IDOLiSH7 franchise greatly reduced the load on him on the vocal end, making sure he didn’t have to withdraw or stop activities with the group while bringing his unique energy and personality to the performances.
This enabled him to remain active with the IDOLiSH7 franchise, performing live and performing in albums for the group without straining his voice.
It was only in 2022 that Yonaga started to show improvements to his singing voice – although, at the time of writing this Seiyuu Digest, he has yet to fully recover from dysphonia -, returning on stage with a lot of power with IDOLiSH7 for their Op.7 live tour as well as making a cheeky return on stage with Trignal, seiyuu unit that went on a hiatus in 2018 (in hindsight, because of Yonaga’s struggles with dysphonia), something that put a smile on his fans’ faces.
Still on his road to full recovery, Yonaga has not accepted many roles in anime series, keeping things only to prior agreements – sequels within franchises he was already a part of -, such as IDOLiSH7, Uta no Prince Sama, and Argonavis.
In 2020, Yonaga reprised his role as Mitsuki Izumi in IDOLiSH7 Second Beat! and was the voice of Haruto Aoi, protagonist in the anime series Grisaia: Phantom Trigger The Animation – Stargazer.
In 2021, he did not accept any work, having only appearances in Free! The Final Stroke Zenpen movie and IDOLiSH7 Third Beat!.
A year later, Yonaga voiced Kenshin Kagemitsu in the movie Toku: Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru – Setsugetsuka.
He also reprised roles in Free! The Final Stroke Kouhen, Yowamushi Pedal: Limit Break and IDOLiSH7 Third Beat! Part 2.
2023 kicked off with him voicing Souji Okita in the action anime OVA, Shuumatsu no Walküre II
Other anime series in which he lent his talents between 2019 and the time of writing this Seiyuu Digest include:
- Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu. (2020)
- Argonavis from BanG Dream! (2020)
- Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai (2021)
- World Trigger 2nd Season (2021)
In 2008, at the 2nd Seiyuu Awards, Tsubasa Yonaga shared the Newcomer Male Voice Actor Award with Wataru Hatano.
It is quite impressive how fast Tsubasa Yonaga got his 1st solo radio show. With only 1 year of career as a seiyuu, he was the host of Ya!! NightWing, radio show that ran from 2007 until 2009.
Still, throughout his almost two decades as a voice actor – and compared with most seiyuu with the same longevity in the industry-, he hasn’t guested nor hosted many radio shows.
Some of the radio shows he has hosted include:
Takuya Sato and Tsubasa Yonaga – Stand up! Our Vanguard (2011)
From 2011 to 2014, alongside Takuya Sato, he hosted 5 different radio shows related to Cardfight Vanguard: Stand Up The Vanguard (2011 – 2014), Vanguard Capital (2011 – 2014), Vavan, and Vanguard major episode! (2011 – 2012), Stand up! Our Vanguard (2011 – 2014) and Standing Van Sande (2012 – 2014).
Abenaga no Yabou 〜 tarikihongan no hen 〜 (2012 – 2014)
In 2012, Tsubasa Yonaga teamed up with fellow KEN PRODUCTION talent Atsushi Abe to co-host the radio show “Abenaga no Yabou 〜 tarikihongan no hen 〜“.
Nariyuki NIGHT (2015 – 2019)
In 2015, Yonaga teamed up with fellow male seiyuu and Ken Production rising talent, Tasuku Hatanaka for the radio show Nariyuki NIGHT.
The show was on air until 2019.
Trignal no Kira Kira ☆ Beat R (2012 -)
In 2012, Tsubasa Yonaga teamed up with Ryohei Kimura and Takuya Eguchi to co-host the radio show Trignal no Kira Kira Beat R.
This radio show was the start of what we now know as Trignal, one of the best seiyuu units to be active in the past two decades.
In this radio show you can expect crazy shenanigans by all members, interesting stories, and even behind the scenes – everyday stories – by Ryohei Kimura (mainly, as he loves to tease his fellow co-hosts and point out weird things about them in a funny way).
In one of the episodes, Ryohei gave nicknames to the other members, all because Eguchi has a quirk when talking. He often refers to himself in 3rd person (usually saying “Eguchi tekini”).
Kimura, noticing that, started – based on his lean and tall looks – to call him “Straw”, saying that, for that episode, every time Eguchi referred to himself, he had to say “Straw tekini”.
This led to laughter by all members – including staff – that found Eguchi’s quirk to be his demise during the 30 minutes of radio show.
At the same time, he said that Yonaga would be called “Cocktail-kun” (because Yonaga loves cocktails) and Kimura himself would become “Boss”.
This led to one of the most hilarious episodes of the radio show so far, with no clear direction but a lot of laughter by everyone as no conversation would conduct itself normally with those nicknames being thrown around at all times.
This is one of the longest-running radio shows by male seiyuu and has been active even when Trignal hasn’t been releasing music or performing live.
Other radio shows in which Tsubasa Yonaga has participated/hosted include:
- Nishiura High School Broadcast Club (2010)
- Genki Dan radio (2010 – 2016)
- Tales Ring Xillia (2011 – 2012)
- Yowamushi Pedal New Gene Radio! (2016 – 2017)
- Yowamushi Pedal Glory Radio (2018)
- BAKUMATSU WEB radio “Ikizama Radio!” (2018)
- &CAST!!! Our Love Nights! (2019 – 2020)
Since very early in his career, Tsubasa Yonaga has been actively lending his voice to various characters in games.
Fans will most likely find him in otome/romance games – in which he made quite the impressive repertoire from 2007 until 2015 – with him voicing from stern, professional characters to all-out tsunderes or even bratty shouta characters.
But if otome games aren’t really your thing, he has also voiced characters in action, RPG, fighting, strategy, and sports games.
He’s lent voice to a couple of iconic characters such as:
Yakumo Tachibana in VitaminZ (2009 – 2013)
Yakumo Tachibana is one of the most iconic characters that Tsubasa Yonaga has voiced in otome games. Yonaga started voicing the Tachinana in VitaminZ in 2011 and would end up reprising the role across his various mainline as well as spin-of games.
Tachibana is the resident little brat in the class in VitaminZ and pretty much remains like that across all games. He is an idol that everyone loves however, it takes some time for the series protagonist – the player character – to even remotely find him cute or even understand why he is loved, something that triggers him (slightly).
In the middle of crazy shenanigans across all games, he shows his relationship with the A4 class as well as with you, their teacher until their graduation.
The VitaminZ and VitaminX games were so popular that they gave way to character song releases, several ridiculously entertaining live events – with live skits as well as performances – and many fan disks featuring all classes from both games.
Nova in La Storia della Arcana Famiglia (2011 – 2015)
In 2011, Yonaga was cast as Nova, one of the romanceable characters in the popular otome game series, La Storia della Arcana Famiglia.
Nova is a bona fide tsundere, refusing to show his softer side or any hint of affection to other characters – and especially with the player character – because he considers that a sign of weakness.
Despite his young age, he quickly rose through the ranks of Felicità’s family (as in “mafia family”) and is a captain.
He’s one of the primary romance options in the game, especially given how he has had a close relationship with the player character since they were little kids.
The La Storia della Arcana Famiglia games were so popular during their time spawning character song CDs, several spin-of and after story games as well as its own anime adaptation.
Jude Mathis in Tales of Xillia (2011) and Tales of Xillia II (2012)
In 2011, Yonaga would get to star in a “Tales of” game. He voiced Jude Mathis, a medical student in training as well as one of the protagonists in Tales of Xillia.
Jude is quite the impulsive character, putting his calm and collected demeanor to the side whenever he sees someone in need of his help. He is passionate and caring for those he loves but, at the same time, his impulsive behavior leads to him coming off as reckless.
The character was present in two games in the “Tales of” series – Tales of Xillia (2011) and Tales of Xillia II (2012) – and Tsubasa Yonaga has participated in several live reading events by the franchise due to popular demand.
Mitsuki Izumi in IDOLiSH7 (2015 -)
Easily the character Tsubasa Yonaga is best known in videogames is IDOLiSH7’s Mitsuki Izumi.
Mitsuki Izumi is not only the brotherly figure in IDOLiSH7, but he is also the brother of Iori Izumi, one of the youngest members of the group.
Due to Iori being extremely capable at everything at such a young age, Mitsuki can’t help but compare himself to him, mentioning early on that he doesn’t think he is talented.
However, he slowly starts to notice how much the other members rely on him to lead the way, being a supportive element in the team, as well as helping Yamato Nikaido – the group’s leader – keep his act together throughout.
As time passes, Mitsuki’s role in IDOLiSH7 starts to define itself – mood maker and variety show specialist – and he turns into one of the few anchors for the group whenever there is a rocky moment in their journey towards being top idols.
Mitsuki is one of the most popular characters in the IDOLiSH7 franchise, with Tsubasa Yonaga having stellar acting across all story seasons in the game.
The IDOLiSH7 game has turned the franchise into one of the most popular in Japan, giving way to many music CDs by all its 4 groups, several franchise live shows as well as one-man live tours for each group and even – at the moment of writing this feature – 3 anime seasons (with Third Beat being split into 2 cours).
He also voiced characters in the following games (the list is not exhaustive):
- CHAOS;HEAD (2008)
- LUX-PAIN (2008)
- Real Rode (2008)
- SACRED BLAZE (2009)
- Starry☆Sky 〜in Summer〜 Portable (2010)
- SD Gundam G GENERATION (2011 – 2012)
- TOKYO Yamamote BOYS HONEY MILK (2011)
- NOISE―voice of snow― (2011)
- SNOW BOUND LAND (2013)
- Solomon’s Ring (2013)
- ROOT∞REXX (2015)
- AKIBA’S BEAT (2016)
- Side Kicks! (2017)
- Touken Ranbu (2017 -)
- IDOLiSH7 Twelve Fantasia! (2018)
- SHOW BY ROCK!! (2018)
between many more.
While Tsubasa Yonaga has focused most of his career on voice acting and singing, he has also lent his talents to several live reading plays and has also taken small steps in live acting.
In 2017, was announced as a cast member for Bokukoe, the wacky TV series featuring an all-out seiyuu cast. However, contrary to most of the cast members, he was cast for a voice-only role.
Tsubasa Yonaga had his first go at live acting in 2021 through the seiyuu-led movie, K4 Company.
He was one of the guest seiyuu in the cast starred by K4 Company’s members on K4 Company THE MOVIE. This was the very first time he acted in a movie.
When it comes to live reading, Tsubasa Yonaga is quite active.
His first reading play gig was in 2008 in 嵐になるまで待って (Arashi ni naru made matte).
He has also participated in 舞姫事件－鴎外輪舞曲－ (Maihime jiken – Ougai rondo –) which was held at Kinokuniya Theatre TAKASHIMAYA from 10/04/2018 to 15/04/2018.
The live reading play counted with a star-studded cast that included Shugo Nakamura, Soma Saito, Makoto Furukawa, Taku Yashiro, Kaito Ishikawa, and Taishi Murata.
He was also a regular cast member for Kiramune’s Reading Live events that were held from 2013 until 2021.
Some of those reading plays included not only the talents signed at Kiramune – Trignal, SparQlew, UNCLE BOMB, Hiroshi Kamiya, and Daisuke Namikawa but also guests from outside the music label.
Narration / Dubbing
Since his debut, Tsubasa Yonaga has worked in dubbing for foreign movies and TV shows.
Some of his credits include:
- Sound of Music
- The Prince & The Paper
- WITHOUT A TRACE
- The Sopranos 6
- CSI: New York
- CSI: Miami
- Queen Seondeok
- Vacation with Derek
- Cold Case
- Ghost Whisperer
When it comes to narration, Yonaga doesn’t have as many credits, still, fans can find his narration in TV shows by TV Tokyo, Fuji TV NEXT, Nihon TV, and NHK BS1.
When it comes to drama CDs, Tsubasa Yonaga has extensive work in otome and BL drama CDs. Due to his higher voice tone, Yonaga finds himself often voicing youthful and delicate characters.
Still, there are times in which he surprises by voicing characters that have more depth to them than just a unique, androgynous voice.
Some of his credits in drama CDs include:
- In Straight fact
- CRUZ ZERO
- Quad Cross
- Starry☆Sky 〜in Summer〜
- SNOW BOUND LAND
- Dear Girl〜Stories〜
- NOBU series
- VitaminZ series
- VELVET UNDERWORLD
- Free! series
- LOVE★DON!!★QUIXOTE Vol.3
- Real Rode series
- Ma no kusabi series
- Waruikotoshitai series
- LOVE × EXERCISE vol.3
- Lost Omen
between many more.
When it comes to the music industry, fans will be delighted to know that he is not part of the cast of one widely popular 2D franchise but of two: Utapri and IDOLiSH7.
However, besides those two franchises, Yonaga has not ventured much into the 2D music industry, with his only remaining credits so far attributed to voicing characters either in projects that were short-lived or in bands in which only 1 seiyuu sings.
As far as his personal activities in the music industry go, he is a member of Trignal since 2012, group with which he has shown a lot of growth.
The group has been on a hiatus since 2018 due to his struggles with dysphonia and then subsequent solo activities by Takuya Eguchi.
When it comes to Tsubasa Yonaga’s singing skills I dare say that he has a unique brassy high tone. It may not be pleasing to some people but that uniqueness brings a different dimension on the vocal end to the groups he performs with.
Prior to being diagnosed with dysphonia, Yonaga had solid control over his vocals and was starting to show more and more of his higher range in beautiful ballad performances.
Below you will find all the biggest groups he has joined since he joined the seiyuu industry:
TRIGNAL (2012 -)
Easily one of the most iconic seiyuu units of all time, Trignal made its debut in the music industry in 2012 after being working under that name since 2011 for their radio show.
The group made its debut at Kiramune Music Festival 2012 with “Honey Ready Go!!!“, song that would, eventually, be included in the trio’s 1st album “of the same name”PARTY“.
Their debut appeared as a breath of fresh air – at that time -, bringing a bubbly style of pop music to the spotlight however, there were several issues going on when it came to the quality of their performances. This was something that, initially stood out.
All 3 lacked experience as singers and their chemistry was nowhere to be found in their performances.
Individually, Ryohei Kimura was the one that lacked the most experience as a singer and he did struggle to deliver solid performances when the group first started (something that makes Trignal’s early CDs quite the unique listen).
However, the growth that Ryohei Kimura underwent in the 6 years the group actively released music before going on a hiatus in 2018 is something quite impressive.
Tsubasa Yonaga also started out lacking a bit of control over his vocals but as time passed, he turned into a ridiculously reliable high tenor that can impress in ballads as well as being extremely cute in bubbly pop tunes.
Actually, the growth that Trignal underwent in those 6 years was more than enough to take them from a “cute, bubbly seiyuu unit” to the “best seiyuu unit” of the past decade in no time.
After making their debut with “PARTY“, the group geared up to release their 1st single “SUMMER MAGIC” in 2013.
Changes would change completely in tone for Trignal with the release of “so funny“.
The album was a vast improvement over the work the group had done before while slowly taking their image and overall vibes towards mature territory.
Fans found, for the first time, solo tracks by all members, showing 3 completely different sides that, together, were starting to “click”, showing the potential to become great.
The 180 degrees turn for the group, completely ditching their bubbly vibe until then with the release of the stellar mini-album “One Step Forward” in 2015.
“MISSION” is the obvious hit tune on this CD but every single track in it showed the growth the group underwent. Takuya Eguchi developed rapping skills – adding to his solid singing -, Tsubasa Yonaga showed a lot of control over his vocals and Ryohei Kimura was like night and day in comparison to previous releases.
He was harmonizing, leading the way with confidence, and showing the potential that his raspy tenor voice has.
2016 arrived and with it came another CD by Trignal.
“Plus” was not only a natural transition for the group but also a strong continuation of their never-ending improvements. Their sound matured further and their chemistry was on full display, leading to solid, engaging performances by all members.
Still in the same year, the group released “Update A Day“. The CD was solid yet not particularly remarkable. But it was noticeable that the group was continuously improving on the vocal end.
To wrap up its activities for the year, Trignal held its first live show Trignal LIVE TOUR 2016 “SECRET GARAGE”.
2017 was slightly different for Trignal.
The group teamed up with fellow Kiramune artist, Nobuhiko Okamoto, to form the impromptu seiyuu unit, Nobunagal.
Back in 2017, TRIGNAL and Nobuhiko Okamoto collaborated on “Hikari o/TIC TAC ANNIVERSARY” and with the release, they adopted the name “Nobunagal” as a sign of the conjoint release.
This collaboration caught everyone by surprise. Not only did Nobuhiko Okamoto showcase impressive skills in the lyrics of “Hikari o”, but Trignal rose up to the challenge and delivered outstanding performances.
Such was the popularity of this special seiyuu unit that they decided to hold a joint live show.
Later on, Kiramune released a live DVD titled “Okamoto Nobuhiko ×Trignal JOINT LIVE 2017 “Nobunagal”.
The live shows gathered thousands of fans to watch the unique live performances – solo and as Nobunagal – that Trignal and Nobuhiko Okamoto had to offer.
To wrap up the year in style, Trignal released “Back to Basic“.
From rock to pop and even disco music, fans are presented with a complete release that has on vocal duty a mature group that, at that time was upping their game in that department.
Even with its flaws, “Back to Basic” ends up being a fresh, uncharacteristic, and unique release.
And in 2018 the group’s best album to date was released.
“tricolore” shows Trignal’s growth in the best way possible: by allowing its members to pen their own songs and choose which instrumentals they’d perform.
Despite Trignal being a chemistry-filled group with its distinctive color, its members are incredibly different and approach music in completely different ways, something that showed in all solo tracks.
This was the epitome of Trignal’s growth as a group. The technicality in the performances, the unique lyrics by all members, the emotions even down to the whole mature concept.
Trignal was at its finest in “tricolore” (which is a big reason why fans are so eager to see the group making a comeback).
Wrapping up 2018, Trignal held the live tour Trignal Live Tour 2018 “Jack in The BOX”.
Soon after, the group announced a special live show to celebrate its 5th anniversary. Trignal 5th Anniversary Live “SMILE PARTY” would end up being the start of the group’s hiatus.
This live show ended up being broadcast on MTV Japan – which was the first time for a seiyuu unit.
At the time of writing this Seiyuu Digest, Trignal is on a hiatus since 2018 having only made a special brief live appearance in 2022 during a Kiramune fan meeting event.
HE★VENS (2013 -)
2013 was the year when HE★VENS, seiyuu unit originally consisting of Hikaru Midorikawa, Daisuke Ono, and Tsubasa Yonaga officially debuted.
The unit soon suffered changes adding 4 more members but as a leader, things didn’t change that much for Yonaga.
The fact that the unit originated from Uta no Prince Sama, added a bit of pressure on Yonaga, that was trying out his luck as part of 2D music groups – but he showed his composure and quality by adapting himself pretty fast to this new way of performing as a character.
“Heavens Gate” was all the rave in 2013, being even more popular than the songs featured in the Uta no Prince-sama franchise.
The powerful sound and consistency in the vocals proved to be a winning combination. In 2015, the group was revamped and four more members joined the group. The sound changed a bit but nothing that drastic, keeping the essence at its core.
If anything, with time HE★VENS has shown that they can perform on equal footing with STARISH, sometimes even being superior.
The fact that this group added Daiki Yamashita, Yuma Uchida, Ryohei Kimura, and Hidenori Takahashi, all skilled and powerful singers, only added up to HE★VENS‘ trademark powerful and dramatic sound.
“Fumetsu no Inferno” was the best example of what this group is able to do if they are completely in sync.
“HE★VENLY PARADE” might have been a bit lackluster due to weird pairings as well as overcrowded vocal sections, but for a group that has little to no music together, it’s hard to figure out a balance and where each vocal tone best fits.
Ono adds a lot of power and drama to their performances, being one of the few members performing in the baritone range.
From day 1, Daisuke Ono has been one of the most complete singers within this project something that, pairing up with his dancing skills in a live setting, makes him the most complete member (the all-rounder).
HEAVEN SKY, single released in 2017, took the group back to their quality theatrical and powerful sound also bringing to the table vast improvements on the vocal end.
In 2019, HE★VENS released the single “Ai wo Sasageyo ~the secret Shangri-la~“. The song was featured in Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE Kingdom.
In 2020, the group joined everyone in the Utapri franchise to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special single release.
“Genesis HE★VENS” arrived with a stylish and edgier sound that brought forward the group’s intense pop sound and vocal harmonies.
Still in the same year, HE☆VENS showered their fans with more music releasing a dual album under the title “Paradise Lost”.
“Paradise Lost～Fall on me～” featured Hikaru Midorikawa, Ryohei Kimura and Hidenori Takahashi on vocals.
At the same time “Paradise Lost～Beside you～” featured Daisuke Ono, Tsubasa Yonaga, Yuma Uchida and Daiki Yamashita on vocals.
The group was back in 2021 with “One Day“, album featuring solo songs by all members as well as a new group track of the same name.
As 2022 arrived, HE☆VENS released “HE★VENS LOVE AFFAIR”, drama + music CD.
This CD had romance at its core, with individual editions including one-on-one drama tracks and a solo versions of 3 new songs.
Style Five (2013 -)
One of the most popular units Tsubasa Yonaga joined was Style Five.
The group stemmed from the anime series FREE! and it featured its main cast – Nobunaga Shimazaki, Mamoru Miyano, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Tsubasa Yonaga, and Daisuke Hirakawa – on the vocal end.
The group was created mainly with the purpose of promoting the anime FREE! (which was a hit back in 2013).
The unit released Splash Free, Future Fish, Rising Free, FREE-STYLE SPIRIT, and Gold Evolution.
IDOLiSH7 (2015 -)
The 7 member group consisting of Toshiki Masuda, Tsubasa Yonaga, KENN, Atsushi Abe, Takuya Eguchi, Kensho Ono, and Yusuke Shirai debuted in 2015, part of the rhythm game of the same name.
The game was an instant hit due to its well-done blend between a rhythm game and its story components.
This wasn’t like other idol games out there, focusing on delivering a rich story alongside high-quality music, ending up attracting a lot of people to this game with that formula.
Tsubasa Yonaga voices Mitsuki Izumi, an energetic and passionate individual that excels at variety.
Since their debut, IDOLiSH7 has released several singles as a unit, cross units, special sub-units, and solo tracks, all of them well-received by their fans. Back in 2016, IDOLiSH7‘s first-ever full-length album “I7” set a record among seiyuu/2.5D units.
It was the first-ever album to score #2 on Oricon Weekly in the album category.
The album had an impressive number of sales, sweeping the charts when most people doubted they would be able to pull off anything like that at that time.
That feat showed the franchise’s popularity when it was only promoting itself through the game and music (no live events nor anime adaptation plans at that time).
Their record was later broken by none other than TRIGGER, a rival/friend unit also from this franchise.
IDOLiSH7 performed live for the first time at IDOLiSH7 ROAD TO INFINITY, live show event held on 07/07/2018 and 08/07/2018 at MetLife Arena.
Yonaga has been the spark for IDOLiSH7 when it comes to live shows. He brings so much passion, positively influencing the rest of the members.
Vocally, Yonaga has been doing a lot – even with his limitations due to dysphonia -, when it comes to group songs, he brings a lot of energy, solid mid-tones, and a confident high range ready to harmonize with the top singers within the group.
In 2018, Mitsuki Izumi released a digital single part of IDOLiSH7‘s solo series 12 SONGS GIFT.
“12 Songs Gift” was a series of solo songs that started being released in January 2018. A total of 12 singles, one for each member of IDOLiSH7, TRIGGER and Re:vale, were released throughout the year. The solo songs releases coincide with the character’s birthdays.
As Mitsuki Izumi, Tsubasa Yonaga performed “Mikazuki no Veil”.
When I reviewed the song, I said:
“Mikazuki no Veil” follows the same formula as the previous 12 Songs Gift series releases, however it excels in all departments, and all with a discreet performance. The song is simple, sweet and the vocal performance is delicate but straight to the point. A feel-good song with the makings of a ballad set to brighten up these last cold Winter days.
This was a solid entry that showed that, although Yonaga was starting to struggle with his vocal cords – something fans were yet not aware of – he had vastly improved his singing skills.
After the group had released several singles both for the anime adaptation as well as the game, it was announced in 2021 that IDOLiSH7 was going to release its 2nd full-length album.
Excitement was through the room among fans of the franchise.
“Opus” was released in January 2022 and blew everyone away with the group’s growth.
IDOLiSH7 pushed the envelope with “Opus”, a close to a perfect sophomore album that highlights the growth and struggles the group has gone through and their passions and determination for the future.
Going through this album, especially as a fan of the project, you’ll have a lot of nostalgia going on as songs like “Sakura Message” and “Party Time Together” start playing and feel incredibly proud of their growth in songs like “NAGISA Night Temperature” and “Boys & Girls”.
There are emotional moments in “Hatsukoi Rhythm” and the new minimalistic acoustic R&B tune “Everything is up to us”.
These and the other songs – most fan-favorites – make this album shine in IDOLiSH7’s repertoire and show everyone just how much the group has grown while hitting at even more growth and a mature vibe for their music in future releases.
When “Opus” wraps up you have, indeed, the group’s best album to date.
One that illustrates the growth IDOLiSH7 has gone through in the last couple of years, looking fondly to those memories while with an optimistic outlook for the future.
A couple of weeks later, IDOLiSH7 held its first-ever one-man live show.
IDOLiSH7 LIVE BEYOND “Op.7” was held at Saitama Super Arena (as well as livestreamed in over 15 countries around the world) on January 22 and 23, 2022.
As part of the celebrations of the 7th anniversary of the IDOLiSH7 franchise, it was announced a special cast event to take place in August 2022 as well as the release of group songs to celebrate their debuts.
At the same time, and following the 5th season of the story in the game, IDOLiSH7 released “Mallow Blue“.
“Mallow Blue” – the single – brought that nostalgia from the group’s debut days yet at the same time showcases just how much the group has grown.
At the same time, “Because Now!!” has that vibe of a song perfect to wrap up a show, welcoming all fans to sing along to it. Its constant changes in music genres may throw some listeners off – which was the case on my hand – but it will be a song perfect for a live performance due to its bubbly tone, energy, and chants.
Far from the group’s best release – and a bit overshadowed if in comparison to “Opus” – “Mallow Blue” is still a single well worth checking out.
The group performed the opening theme “WONDER LiGHT” for the 2nd cour of IDOLiSH7 Third Beat which premiered in 2022.
Soon after, and to celebrate the franchise’s 7th anniversary, IDOLiSH7 released “HELLO CALLiNG“.
The group throws it out of the park with a beautiful ethereal anniversary song in “HELLO CALLiNG”.
Long-time fans will love to find the group’s debut bubbly sound in the jolly piano melody and tropical synth lead in the verses however those that are falling in love with the group’s recent maturity will also love this track. The sound is ethereal, the soundscapes are far and wide and relaxing.
The vocals are soothing and warm. “HELLO CALLiNG” capitalizes on that sound but what makes this song a step further are the vocals. IDOLiSH7 has been on a good spell not only for its sound but for the growth that all members went through in the last couple of years.
All have improved individually and better yet, it seems that Tsubasa Yonaga’s road to recovery is bearing fruit as his singing – now without triple vocal tracks (a trick to boost power and sound levels to the vocals) helping him out – is now packing more power and is sounding more controlled than in recent years.
So you have IDOLiSH7 almost at 100% strength on the vocal end and yet the group is sounding insanely well in comparison to when they were. This attests to individual growth and having songs better tailored to the vocals within the group.
As it is “HELLO CALLiNG” is a beautiful anniversary song that looks at the future with a beaming smile on the face while treasuring the past and present.
Still part of the 7th anniversary celebrations, IDOLiSH7 joined TRIGGER, Re:vale, and ZOOL for the release of “CROSSOVER ROTATION“, the first-ever ensemble song in the franchise that features all 4 groups.
Upbeat and uptempo – the latter depending on the group performing the song -, this crossover tune brings a fancy synth lead that is common to all versions, giving a slight retro touch to this song as a whole.
Neatly wrapping up the 7th anniversary celebrations, the franchise held IDOLiSH7 7th Anniversary Event “ONLY ONCE, ONLY 7TH.”.
The event featured variety and talk parts, live skits, and performances by some of the members in attendance.
Later in 2022, the IDOLiSH7 franchise announced the release of a new CD titled “IDOLiSH7 Compilation Album “BLACK or WHITE 2022″.
The CD includes new songs by all groups in the franchise, songs to be used in their battle to win BLACK or WHITE. As part of this face-off, IDOLiSH7 performs the new song “TOMORROW EViDENCE“.
To kick off the year, the IDOLiSH7 franchise announced the release of IDOLiSH7 LIVE 4bit BEYOND THE PERiOD, their 1st movie.
This is not going to be story-driven but an animated live show type of movie featuring performances by all groups.
The movie is set to hit theatres in Japan on May 20, 2023.
Kenpro Live (2017 -)
In 2017, Tsubasa participated in the recording of KENPROROCK 2017‘s theme song “VOICE FOR YELL“. A music video was later released on Ken Production’s YouTube channel.
KENPROROCK is a music festival counting only on Ken Production’s talents, some of its talents include Kisho Taniyama (GRANRODEO), Mitsuki Saiga, Atsushi Abe, Tsubasa Yonaga, Yuu Hayashi (SCREEN mode), Takuya Sato, Tasuku Hatanaka, Katsuyuki Konishi (Seki to Konishi) and more. It is held annually.
6carats (2018 – 2020)
6carats consisted of Junya Enoki (MAISY), Takuya Sato (Prid’s), Takuma Nagatsuka (Hot-Blood), Haruki Ishiya (Re:Fly), Makoto Furukawa (Eme☆Kare) and Tsubasa Yonaga (drop), cast members in the smartphone game “On Air!”.
The group released its debut single “Now on air!” in 2018, not releasing more music before disbanding in 2020 with the game’s end of the distribution.
Fantôme Iris (2019 -)
Fantôme Iris consists of Arthur Lounsbery (on vocals), Wada Masaya, Jun Fukuyama, Tsubasa Yonaga, and Taiyo Ayukawa.
Yonaga only participates in the drama parts as part of the band.
Tsubasa Yonaga released his first photobook – Briller Strade – in 2020.
This photobook includes photos taken at a turning point in Yonaga’s life, long interviews, conversations with friends, fellow co-workers, and more.
As far as variety and talk show appearances go, Tsubasa Yonaga has quite the repertoire.
Depending on the shows and on the guests, Yonaga may be more or less cheeky but overall you can expect him to naturally funny without stealing the spotlight to himself.
As a host he tends to take great care of guests and co-hosts that may be feeling a bit nervous or are not really comfortable in front of the camera.
As a guest all hell can break loose if he is paired with a chaotic seiyuu.
Below are some of the most interesting appearances in variety shows so far:
One of Yonaga‘s first ever variety show appearances was on Tsurege back in 2010.
Alongside his junior, fellow Ken Production talent and close friend Takuya Sato, both hang out, drank and ate, all while sharing stories and playing retro games.
Tokimeki Recipe (2011)
The duo was back in 2011 for an entry in the cooking/variety show, Tokimeki Recipe.
During this show, Yonaga noticed that young Takuya Sato was not comfortable in front of the camera and as such, he made his loosen a bit and have fun by taking the pressure away from him in clever ways.
The duo had to participate in a series of games and challenges to gain ingredients with which they then had to cook a certain dish.
Both showcased their chemistry – result of years of training together as well as overlapping anime appearances (Cardfight Vanguard at that time).
Real Treasure Hunt at German Village in Tokyo (2015)
Tsubasa Yonaga teamed up with friend and fellow seiyuu Yuki Kaji in the Real Treasure Hunt at German Village in Tokyo variety event.
The event counted as well with Takuya Eguchi, Yuki Ono, Hirofumi Nojima, Kenji Nojima, Soma Saito and Wataru Hatano.
The Yonaga – Kaji duo showed their wits and quickly thinking, solving most of the riddles and challenges in no time while showcasing an heartwarming chemistry between them.
I won’t be spoiling you this event but if you watch it, you’ll be surprised with which is the group winning it and how they achieved it.
IDOLiSH7 Kimi to Aidolish naito! (2016)
IDOLiSH7 released their first album “i7” in 2016.
To celebrate its release all members attended the special broadcast IDOLiSH7 キミと愛ドリッシュないと！(IDOLiSH7 Kimi to Aidolish naito!).
Throughout the broadcast, IDOLiSH7’s members introduced their characters, talked about the game’s story up until then and their favorite moments as well as had to deal with Yusuke Shirai and Toshiki Masuda’s hilarious shenanigans.
Morikawa Toshiyuki happy-bo-lucky Spin Off (2018)
Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix 3 (2019)
In 2019, Atsushi Abe, Tsubasa Yonaga, Takuya Sato and Kento Hama (all represented by Ken Production) teamed up for the 3rd installment of the variety show Seiyuu Bowling Grandprix.
This is a unique bowling tournament that counts with punishments, skill challenges, and free talk corners.
Tsubasa Yonaga no Seiyuu Baton in the house (2022 -)
Since 2022, Tsubasa Yonaga is the host for the YouTube talk show Tsubasa Yonaga no Seiyuu Baton in the house.
The talk show is hosted on Takalaka’s official YouTube channel. Takalaka is the name of the clothing and accessories brand launched by Takuya Eguchi in collaboration with Ryohei Kimura and Tsubasa Yonaga.
In Tsubasa Yonaga no Seiyuu Baton in the house, seiyuu close to Yonaga are invited to talk about their careers, random stuff, eat and drink, all unscripted.
Kimura Ryohei’s Kimuraism III (2022)
Still in the same year, Yonaga joined fellow seiyuu KENN on Ryohei Kimura’s lifestyle show Kimura Ryohei’s Kimuraism.
For this volume, alongside Kimura, the guests are going to explore “adult hobbies” such as Kimono dressing, Ikebana, and Cocktails. To top it all off, the 3 seiyuu are going to take photos perfect for Instagram.
Close friends with Abe Atsushi and Takuya Sato
While attending Tokyo Announcement Academy, Yonaga became friends with Abe Atsushi and Takuya Sato.
The three of them would end up joining KEN PRODUCTION after passing its entrance audition and since then have been guesting on each other’s shows, often working together and hanging out outside of work.
However, within this trio, it is wildly known that Takuya Sato and Tsubasa Yonaga are extremely close, with Yonaga having guided Sato in his first years as a voice actor and making sure he always feels comfortable in any events both are.
Sinc their debuts as voice actors, they have worked on the same anime (Cardfight Vanguard and IDOLiSH7), continue to be represented by the same talent agency (Ken Production), and have hosted a variety of shows together.
Takuya Sato has mentioned that Tsubasa Yonaga is his precious senior in the industry, someone that is there for him – always with advice or word of support.
Since he was a child, Tsubasa Yonaga has loved singing, often going to karaoke to sing his favorite songs.
He would eventually end up cast in two of the biggest 2D music franchises of all time – Uta no Prince Sama and IDOLiSH7 – in which he got to showcase his singing skills and grow as a performer.
He was… a cheerleader in high school
During his high school days, he was part of the cheerleading squad, supporting his school’s team during the summer Koshien games (Japanese High School Baseball Championship).
Incredibly passionate about the characters he loves
This arrives as no surprise if you follow Tsubasa Yonaga on social media.
Whenever there is a live event or a cast event for an anime series he is a part of, he always changes his hair color, paints his nails, and even goes to the littlest detail to make sure he celebrates the characters he loves while delighting his fans with those gestures.
With this, THTFHQ wraps up another Seiyuu Digest. In the meantime, don’t forget to check past Seiyuu Digests (some of those recently updated) – HERE.