While I am watching a series, I’m going to do posts on the seiyuus of Japan containing information about them etc. I thought that I should introduce this since I’ll be busy watching a series anyway and it will take me a while to write a review. The first seiyuu post will be on my absolute favourite, Mamoru Miyano.
Name: Mamoru Miyano
Japanese: 宮野 真守 (Miyano Mamoru)
DoB: June 8 1983
Blood Type: B
Years Active: 2003 – present
Mamoru Miyano is a voice actor, actor and singer from Saitama Prefecture. He is best known for his roles on Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, Soul Eater, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Kotetsu Sangokushi, Steins;Gate, and Uta no☆Prince-sama♪. At the 2007 Seiyuu Awards, he was nominated for two awards for his role as Light Yagami in Death Note and in 2008, he won the “Best Voice Actor” award at the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair. At the 2008 Seiyuu Awards, Mamoru won ‘Best Lead Actor Award’ for his role as Setsuna F. Seiei in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and as Hakugen Rikuson in Kotetsu Sangokushi.
Mamoru began his music career in 2007. He released his debut single, ‘Kuon’ in May on the King Records label. In March 2009, his debut album ‘Break’ was released.
Mamoru married in late 2008. He and his wife have a son together.
Mamoru started his voice acting career in 2002 voicing the character – Riku – in the Japanese version of the PlayStation 2 video game Kingdom Hearts. He then voiced Kiba, the main character of anime series, Wolf’s Rain. He returned as the voice for Riku in the 2004 Game Boy Advance game Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as well as Kingdom Hearts II in 2005, and in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories in 2007.
In 2006, Mamoru voiced Light Yagami for the anime version of the manga Death Note. In 2007, for his role as Light Yagami, he was nominated for two awards at the first Seiyuu Awards: ‘Best Lead Actor Award’ and ‘Best New Actor Awards’. Also in 2007, Mamoru provided the voice of Setsuna F. Seiei, the main character of Mobile Suit Gundam 00. He won his first award, ‘Best Voice Actor’ at the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair for his portrayal of Light Yagami and Setsuna F. Seiei. In 2008, Mamoru returned as Setsuna F. Seiei for the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00. He won his first Seiyuu award for the roles of Setsuna F. Seiei and of Hakugen Rikuson in Kotetsu Sangokushi. He has also voiced Zero from the series Vampire Knight and its sequel Vampire Knight Guilty, as well as Death The Kid in the anime Soul Eater. He also provided the voice of Tamaki Suoh in the anime version of Ouran High School Host Club and Ling Yao from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. In 2009, he voiced Ultraman Zero from the new movie, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie.
Mamoru has also appeared on camera. His first acting job was in 1992 in Tokusou Exceedraft, where he appeared in a flashback as a child in a Yakuza member’s past. In 2003, Miyano joined the cast of The Prince of Tennis Musical playing Tetsu Ishida. He made his film debut in 2006’s The Prince of Tennis.
In 2010, he starred with fashion model/actress Ayumi Uehara and fellow voice actors Tomokazu Sugita, Tomokazu Seki, Rikiya Koyama, Yuka Hirata, Showtaro Morikubo and Yuko Kaida in the film, Wonderful World, directed by Daisuke Namikawa. Later, he reprised his role as Ultraman Zero in the movie, Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial. In 2012, he continues to portray the character Ultraman Zero in the new movie, Ultraman Saga.
On May 28 2007 on the King Records label, Mamoru debuted as a singer with the single ‘Kuon’ which debuted at number 47 on the Oricon charts and was used as the ending theme song for anime series Kotetsu Sangokushi. On June 13 2007, with fellow seiyuu – Romi Park – the duo released a collaboration single titled ‘Fight’ which debuted on Oricon at number 73. On June 4 2008 he released his second single – ‘Discovery’ – which was the intro song for PlayStation 2 video game Fushigi Yugi: Suzaku Ibun. The song debuted at number 24 on the charts.
In August 2007, Mamoru released the character single ‘Soup/Hakosora’, under the name Mamoru Miyano comes across Setsuna F. Seiei; it debuted at number 18. In December he released his third single, ‘…Kimi e’ which also debuted at number 18. On March 11 2009 Mamoru released his debut album – ‘Break’ – which debuted at number 20. On April 11 2009, a month after the release of his album, Mamoru went on his first tour ‘1st Live Tour 2009: Breaking’.
The numbers in brackets are where the singles debuted at on the Oricon charts. If there are none, then the single did not debut on the Oricon at all. This list will be updated often.
2007: ‘Kuon’ (47)
2008: ‘Discovery’ (24), ‘…Kimi e’ (18)
2009: ‘JS’ (24), ‘Refrain’ (22)
2010: ‘Hikari, Hikaru’ (20)
2011: ‘Orpheus’ (10), ‘Dream Fighter’ (15)
2012: ‘Ultra Fly’ (13)
2013: ‘Kanon’ (3)
2006: ‘Make my way’
2008: ‘Soup/Hakosora’ (18), ‘Sore ga Bokura no Michishirube’, ‘Prisoner’
2009: ‘Bara-iro Real Face’ (107), ‘Hoshikuzu☆shall we dance’, ‘Number Ou’, ‘Hikari Sasu Basho e’, ‘Believe☆My Voice’, ‘Infinity’
2011: ‘Nana-juu Okubun Ichi no Kanojo’ (216), ‘Nanairo no Compass’ and ‘My Little Little Girl’ (7)
And as an added extra…did you know that Mamoru can play the guitar, harmonica and the harp? What a talented person! That makes me love him even more now.
I hope these seiyuu posts will help expand your knowledge of them, they’re very talented people indeed! I’m still watching La storia della Arcana Famiglia so I’m letting you guys know that the review will take a while. In the meantime, I’ll probably do another seiyuu post. Here’s a hint…he’s a personal favourite of mine who I refer to as having a godly voice (^^)