Norio Wakamoto
Norio Wakamoto
Born (1945-10-18) October 18, 1945 (age 73)
Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi,
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Voice Actor, Narrator
Years Active 1972-present

Norio Wakamoto (若本 規夫 Wakamoto Norio, born October 18, 1945) is a Japanese voice actor and budō expert affiliated with the Sigma Seven Talent Agency. He was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and was raised in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. He graduated from Waseda University. He was the original Japanese voice for Captain Custer in X-Bomber.

After graduation from Waseda University, Wakamoto initially found employment as a police officer assigned to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Anti-Riot Squad division before becoming a voice actor.

The quality of Wakamoto's voice is known for uniting astringency and sharpness, usually leading him to villain roles in dubbing work and games. Examples include Oskar von Reuenthal in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Johnny in the Guilty Gear series, Barbatos Goetia in Tales of Destiny 2, Charles zi Britannia in Code Geass, Black Shadow in F-Zero GP Legend, Xemnas in the Kingdom Hearts series, Oda Nobunaga in Sengoku Basara, Cell in Dragon Ball Z, Dracula in the Castlevania series, M. Bison (Vega in the Japanese releases) in the Street Fighter series, Igniz and Omega Rugal in The King of Fighters series and many others. On adult animation titles and dating sims he goes by the alias "Hiruma Kyounosuke".

He holds the rank of 3-dan in both Shorinji Kempo and Kendo.


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