Tetsuya Kakihara

Tetsuya Kakihara
Native name 柿原 徹也
Born (1982-12-24) December 24, 1982
Düsseldorf, West Germany
Other names Kakkii
カッキー (nickname)
Occupation Voice actor, singer
Years active 2002–present
Agent Zynchro
Notable work
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Website ameblo.jp/tetsuya-kakihara/

Musical career

Genres J-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present

Tetsuya Kakihara (柿原 徹也 Kakihara Tetsuya, born December 24, 1982 in Düsseldorf, West Germany) is a German-Japanese voice actor and singer. Previously affiliated with 81 Produce, he became a freelancer as of June 2013.[1] He set up his own agency, Zynchro, in July 2014.

Since 2010, Kakihara has been affiliated with Kiramune, a music label by Bandai Visual and Lantis, where he debuted as a singer with his first mini album, Still on Journey. His first single, "String of Pain", released on February 6, 2013, is the ending theme song to the anime Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East in which he also voices the main role of Shino Inuzuka.[2] He has released four mini albums, and three singles. His third single, "咲いちゃいな (Saichaina)", was released on April 15, 2015.[3]

Kakihara is well known for voicing roles as young boys with a fiery personality, like Natsu from the anime Fairy Tail. In games and drama CDs, he plays teenagers/mature roles, in which he employs his soft, sweet, and mysterious voice, in Otome games like Shin from the PSP game series Amnesia. Like other Japanese male voice actors, he is also active in Yaoi-themed Drama CDs and anime, and usually plays the uke part, like Akihito from Finder Series, a work of popular boys love manga artist Ayano Yamane.

Voice acting career and awards

Before wanting to become a voice actor, Kakihara had always longed to live in Japan. He was fascinated by its entertainment culture; he thought Japan had funny TV shows, and he has loved to read manga and watch anime since he was little. So with that in mind, he set off toward his goal to become a voice actor.[4]

In 2001, at the age of 18, Kakihara went to the Amusement Media Academy (a vocational school for voice actors and artists) to study voice acting. At first, it was not a smooth road for him to get in, as the school was surprised he actually came all the way from Germany after receiving a prompt email from him 3 days prior. Kakihara sincerely requested the school to accept his application, and when they officially accepted him, he found temporarily housing at a friend's house.[5]

While he attended voice acting courses, worked part-time jobs, and also improved his Japanese through part-time school,[6] he debuted as a professional voice actor in 2003.[7]

In 2007, at the First Seiyu Awards ceremony in Japan, he received the 'Best Male Newcomer/Rookie' award for his nominated role of Yutaka Mikoto in Princess Princess.[8]




Original video animation (OVA)


Video games

Drama CDs



BL Drama CDs


Tetsuya Kakihara is active in the following online anime-related radio programs.




Discography (as a singer)

Kakihara released his debut mini-album, Still on Journey, on November 24, 2010, which is produced by Kiramune Project. His second mini-album, Continuous was released on February 15, 2012, third mini-album, Call Me, was released on March 13, 2013, and fourth mini-album. "ダンディギ・ダン (Dandigi dan)", was released on July 30, 2014. His first single (on the Kiramune label) is called "String of pain", released on February 6, 2013. It is the ending theme song for anime Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East in which he also voices the main role of Shino Inuzuka.

He also attended the following live music performances:

– Track list of Kakihara's Songs (in order of performance)*: 1. my life my time 2. Electric Monster 3. Endless Journey
– Track list of Kakihara's Songs (in order of performance)*: 1.adrenaline 2.Good Luck 3.Chaos Breaker 4.Labyrinth 5.Bible of Heart 6.Hikari 7.thank you & smile 8.Continue


Date releasedTitle & track listingUPC/product code
2013/2/6String of Pain
1. String of Pain
2. 運命の引力
3. String of Pain (off vocal)
4. 運命の引力 (off vocal)
2. U R my Sunshine!
3. ラプソディー (Rhapsody)
DVD version: includes PV of "Generations", and trailers
LACM-34128 (Deluxe)
LACM-14128 (Normal)
2015/4/15[36]咲いちゃいな (Saichaina)
1. 咲いちゃいな (Saichaina)
2. world in bloom
3. Othello
DVD version (Deluxe Edition)
1. 咲いちゃいな (Saichaina) (Music Clip)

LACM-34317 (Deluxe Edition)
LACM-14317 (Regular Edition)

Mini albums

Date releasedTitle & track listingUPC/product code
2010/11/24still on Journey
1. my life my time
2. adrenaline
3. Electric Monster
4. Number One
5. thank you & smile
6. Endless Journey
Normal Version: 6 tracks
Deluxe Version: 6 tracks + DVD (My Life My Time (Music Clip), making of 'still on Journey', and trailer) DVD Length: 24 minutes
LACA-35077 (Deluxe)
LACA-15077 (Normal)
1. Chaos Breaker
2. Good Luck
3. Labyrinth
4. Bible of Heart
5. Hikari
6. Continue
Normal Version: 6 tracks
Deluxe Version: 6 tracks + DVD (Chaos Breaker (Music Clip), making of 'Chaos Breaker', and trailer)
LACA-35182 (Deluxe)
LACA-15182 (Normal)
2013/03/13Call Me
1. Call My Name
2. Hands up
3. Eternal screaming
4. 運命の引力
5. ocean flying
6. Cheers!!
Normal Version: 6 tracks
Deluxe Version: 6 tracks + DVD (Call My Name (Music CLip), digest of "Versus" live – Kakihara edition, and trailer)
LACA-35277 (Deluxe)
LACA-15277 (Normal)
2014/7/30[37]ダンディギ・ダン (Dandigi dan)
1. ダンディギ (Dandhigi)
2. カモンx3 (Come On x3)
3. Supernova 
4. inside wall 
5. 君の声に (Kimi no koe ni) 
Normal Edition: 6 tracks (CD Only)
Deluxe/Limited Edition: 6 tracks (CD + DVD)
DVD Content:
1. ダンディギ (MUSIC CLIP)
2. digest of “TETSUYA KAKIHARA First Live 'GENERATIONS"”
LACA-35426 (Deluxe Edition)

LACA-15426 (Regular Edition)

Anime character music CDs/song listing

Listing of anime character songs that have been released on CD as singles or as a track on anime character album(s). Song names in double quotes.

Anime conventions

DVD/live events as an idol artist

Magazines / idol visual books


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  2. "Tetsuya Kakihara's first single "String of pain"., release on February 6, 2013". Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  3. "Kakihara Tetsuya's 3rd single "Saichaina", release on April 15, 2015". Kiramune. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
  4. "【Style of the PRINCE】第2回ゲスト:柿原 徹也さん Vol.1". Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  5. "【Style of the PRINCE】第2回ゲスト:柿原 徹也さん Vol.1 – pg 3". Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  6. "【Style of the PRINCE】第2回ゲスト:柿原 徹也さん Vol.2". Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  7. "アミューズメントメディア総合学院 AMUSEMENT MEDIA Academy Official Website". Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  8. "第1回「声優アワード」新人賞". Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  9. "Battle Spirits Brave – Anime Cast". Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  10. "Saint Seiya Omega – Anime Cast". Toei Animation. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  11. "(Anime) Smile PreCure! – Brian Taylor (ep 36): Speaks in English". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  12. "AMNESIA – Anime Cast". Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  13. "Hakkenden: Tōhō Hakken Ibun – Anime Cast". Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  14. "Anime of Girls' Mobile Game Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie Previewed in Video". Anime News Network. September 20, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  15. "PSP 'Akiba's Trip Plus' Character – Yuu Abeno(CV Kakihara Tetsuya)". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  16. "Code:Realize ~Sousei no Himegimi~ Japanese Official Website". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  17. "PSP 'Corspe Party: Hysteric Birthday 2U' Character – Sakutarō Morishige". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  18. "PSP 'Exorcism of Maria: La Campanella' Character – Klaus". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  19. "ロストディメンション公式サイト - LOST DIMENSION OFFICIAL SITE –". Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  20. ""Tales of Hearts R" for PS Vita". Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  21. ""Zero no Kiseki: Evolution" for(PS Vita)". Falcom. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  22. Sal Romano. "More returning characters join Sen no Kiseki II". Gematsu. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  23. "PSP 'Wand of Fortune 2 FD' Character – Lagi El Nagil". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  24. "Drama CD "ラノベ王子☆聖也"". Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  25. "Drama CD "Amnesia: 〜AMNESIA OF THE DEAD〜" Character – Shin (CV Kakihara Tetsuya)". Otomate. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  26. "Drama CD "Love Root Zero" Series – Character – Kuroe Kazuya (CV Kakihara Tetsuya)". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  27. "Drama CD "Renai Banchou 2" Sweet Sweet Birthday!!!" Character – The Little Devil Banchou (CV Kakihara Tetsuya)". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  28. "Drama CD "Wand of Fortune" Series – Character – Lagi El Nagil (CV Tetsuya Kakihara)". Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  29. "Brave 10 on the radio @ HiBiKi". hibiki-radio.jp/. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  30. "Fairy Tail – Web Radio @ HiBiKi". hibiki-radio.jp/. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  31. "Disney's 'I'm in the Band' – Tetsuya Kakihara's interview". 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  32. "DVD "Kiramune Live Music Festival 2012"". Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  33. "DVD & Blu-ray "Kiramune Live Music Festival 2013"". Retrieved 2012-07-20.
  34. "Joint Live 'Versus'". Kiramune. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  35. "<柿原徹也/Kiramune Presents TETSUYA KAKIHARA First Live GENERATIONS>". Kiramune. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  36. http://kiramune.jp/artist/kakihara/disco.html#MUSICCLIP
  37. http://kiramune.jp/artist/kakihara/disco.html
  38. "CD "FAIRY TAIL (TV Anime) Character Song Album 2: Kizuna Daro!!"(Kakihara Tetsuya as Natsu)". Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  39. "PlayStation®Vita 専用ゲームソフト『 ROOT∞REXX』主題歌 & 挿入歌ミニアルバム". Kiramune (LACA-15474). Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  40. ""Sengoku Paradise Kiwami" Vol.2 Anime DVD 'Special Opening Theme Song CD-DVD Box Set'". Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  41. "Tsukiuta. Character Song Album: August – Haduki You". Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  42. "Otakon 2012 (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) – Voice Actor Guest: Tetsuya Kakihara". Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  43. "Brave 10 on the radio DVD (Kakihara Tetsuya & Tomoyuki Morikawa)". Mobacon. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  44. "DVD: Tetsuya Kakihara to Tomoki Ono ga, Tottemo Tanoshin jai mashita! (柿原徹也と小野友樹が、とっても楽しんじゃいました!)". Mobacon. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  45. "'Sengoku Paradise Kiwami' DVD – special content – Daisuke Namikawa and Tetsuya Kakihara's Sekigahara Chin Douchuu". Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  46. "Kiramune Music Festival Official Pamphlet: Tetsuya Kakihara". Kiramune. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  47. "Kiramune Special Book Tetsuya Kakihara". Kiramune. Retrieved 2012-05-12.

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