Tesshō Genda

Tesshō Genda
Native name 玄田 哲章
Born Mitsuo Yokoi
(1948-05-20) May 20, 1948
Okayama Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1972-present

Tesshō Genda (玄田 哲章 Genda Tesshō, born May 20, 1948 in Okayama Prefecture) is a Japanese voice actor.[1] He is employed by the talent management firm 81 Produce.[1] When he debuted, he used his real name, Mitsuo Yokoi (横居 光雄 Yokoi Mitsuo).[1] as artist name. Because he had experience with ballet, he was known by the nickname "Pirouette Genda."[2] Along with such well-known voice actors such as Akio Ōtsuka, Shigeru Chiba and Kōichi Yamadera, Genda is one of Japan's most prolific voice actors, with 234 roles credited to his name as of September 25, 2007.

Among his other credits, he has performed the roles of Masami Iwaki (Dokaben), Suppaman (Dr. Slump), Gō Reietsu (High School! Kimengumi), Optimus Prime (A.K.A. Convoy) (The Transformers), Umibouzu (City Hunter), Ichimi Araiwa (Cooking Papa), and Action Kamen (Crayon Shin-chan) and is the current Japanese voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh media.

Like his Canadian counterpart Peter Cullen, Tesshō reprised the role of Optimus Prime (Convoy) in the Japanese dub of the 2007 Transformers movie. He is best known as the Japanese voice of Batman in numerous animated television series and animated films. Like his American counterpart Kevin Conroy, Tesshō also reprised the role of Batman in the Japanese dub of Batman: Gotham Knight. He also voices Kratos in the Japanese versions of the God of War video game series.

In February 2010, he received a Merit Awards from the 4th Seiyu Awards.[3]

In addition to the names above, Genda's name is sometimes romanized in credits as Tessyou Genda, Tetsuaki Genda, and Tetsusyo Genda, though the latter two spellings/romanizations of his name are incorrect.


The roles below are listed in chronological order, with the show title in italics followed by the dates of the series and the characters' names in parentheses.




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Original video animation (OVA)


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Video games

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Dubbing roles







CD drama




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Doi, Hitoshi. "Genda Tessho (玄田 哲章)". Seiyuu Database. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  2. 羊の糸紡ぎ うぇるかむ、可愛いもの。 (in Japanese). 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  3. "Some of the 4th Annual Seiyū Award Winners Revealed". Anime News Network. February 16, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  4. "『サイボーグ 009』". Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  5. 1 2 3 Tesshô Genda at the Internet Movie Database
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 玄田哲章 (in Japanese). 81 Produce. Archived from the original on 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  7. Scott, A. O. "Tessho Genda - Filmography - Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  8. 1 2 "CinemaScape/玄田哲章" (in Japanese). CinemaScape. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  9. http://www.siliconera.com/2015/01/22/outstanding-japanese-voice-cast-hired-xenoblade-chronicles-x-says-producer
  10. "巨大ヤプール&超獣バキシム襲来!ギンガ&ビクトリーとのウルトラタッグバトル!" (in Japanese). blog.m-78.jp. 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-12.

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