Yoshimasa Hosoya’s illustrious voice acting career has stretched over 15 years. He has starred in many of the most popular anime series during that time span, performing roles both as side characters and main protagonists.
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In one of his most recent vocal acting roles, Yoshimasa returns as the mysterious boxer Joe in Megalobox 2: Nomad. Yoshimasa’s gritty performance as the grizzled fighter is one of his best to date, but some of his most popular and compelling characters in anime are well worth watching.
10 Naruto Shippuden – Kigiri/Hamura Otsutsuki
One of Yoshimasa’s first roles featured him as Kigiri, a shinobi from Otogakure, and a member of Team Guren in Naruto: Shippuden. As a member of the squad, Kigiri uses smokescreens and his Multiple Smoke Clone technique to attack the members of the sealing team before he is eventually killed by the rampaging Three-Tails.
Almost 7 years later, Yoshimasa returned to the franchise as Hamura Otsutsuki, the son of Kaguya Otsutsuki and the fraternal twin of Hagoromo Otsutsuki. His performance may be short-lived, but it is certainly memorable, as he brings to life a character who serves an important role in the mythology of the shinobi world.
9 Kuroko’s Basketball – Junpei Hyuga
Considered one of the best sports anime of the past few years, Kuroko’s Basketball tells the story of Tetsuya Kuroko as he and the rest of the Seirin High basketball team face off against some of the best basketball players in Japan, the Generation of Miracles. In the anime, Yoshimasa voices Junpei Hyuga, Seirin’s brash team captain.
Junpei can be rude at times, but he is also a clutch player. With his Barrier Jumper skill, he helps carry the team to its victory of Tōō Academy in the opening match of the Winer Cup. Yoshimasa perfectly captures Junpei’s intensity as a captain while also highlighting his passion for basketball that makes him one of the best characters in Kuroko’s Basketball.
8 Akame Ga Kill – Wave
In the cult classic Akame ga Kill, Yoshimasa voices Wave, one of the members of the Jaegers who serve under General Esdeath. The wielder of the Imperial Arms known as Grand Chariot, Wave is an honest and naive soldier who grapples with his dueling responsibilities as a Jaeger and his desire to protect the citizens of the Empire.
Despite his role as a Jaeger, Wave does not blindly follow Esdeath’s orders and even helps Tatsumi take down the Emperor’s Imperial Arms Shikoutazer and save the capital city from destruction. With his performance, Yoshimasa captures Wave’s humor and sincere nature, which makes him all the more likable.
7 Attack On Titan – Reiner Braun
One of Yoshimasa’s most well-known roles features him as Reiner Braun, the wielder of the Armored Titan in Attack on Titan. Reiner is a fan-favorite character, as he is a complex individual whose shifting allegiances and acts of violence cause him intense emotional distress.
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At the start of the series, Reiner is a trusted and passionate member of the Scouts, and through Yoshimasa’s voice, he exudes strength and confidence. Later, once he betrays his former comrades and returns to Marley, Reiner experiences deep inner turmoil as he struggles to justify his actions and come to grip with his role as a Warrior. Yoshimasa’s performance makes Reiner’s emotions feel completely real and horrifying, further enhancing the believability of his character.
6 Haikyuu!! – Azumane Asahi
Since the release of Haikyuu!!, volleyball has never been cooler and it’s easy to see why. With fast-paced action and memorable characters, Haikyuu!! follows the Karasuno High School men’s volleyball team members as they attempt to become the best team in Japan.
Yoshimasa is the voice of third-year ace and wing spiker Azumane Asahi, also known as the Revived Ace. Despite his massive frame status as Karasuno’s ace, Azumane is rather quiet and struggles with feelings of insecurity. Through his performance, Yoshimasa makes Asahi into one of the best characters in Haikyuu!! who slowly grows into his power and position.
5 One Punch Man – Iaian
Few anime have made as big of a cultural impact in recent memory as One Punch Man has. The first season in particular is praised for its animation, humor, and characters, as the story follows the hero Saitama as he uses his overwhelming power to defeat a host of colorful villains.
In the anime, Yoshimasa voices Iaian, an A-Class ranked member of the Hero Association and a disciple of the professional hero, Atomic Samurai. Iaian is quick-tempered and headstrong, and Yoshimasu’s performance highlights his passion. While he may not be a central character in the anime, his brief battle against Melzargard was memorable.
4 My Hero Academia – Fumikage Tokoyami
The story of My Hero Academia follows Izuku Midoriya, also known as Deku, a young boy who inherits the Quirk One For All from the world’s greatest hero, All Might. Together with his classmates from U.A. High School’s Class 1-A, Deku must fight against a legion of supervillains including the dreaded All For One and his terrifying apprentice, Tomura Shigaraki.
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Yoshimasa is the voice of Fumikage Tokoymai in My Hero Academia, a classmate of Deku’s who also goes by the name Jet-Black Hero: Tsukuyomi. Fumikage is quite reserved and serious, which suits his Dark Shadow Quirk that allows him to control his own shadow. In the anime, Yoshimasa brings out Fumikage’s dark nature while also highlighting his noble and valiant qualities.
3 Dorohedoro – Shin
Netflix’s underrated anime Dorohedoro tells the story of Caiman, an amnesiac with the head of a reptile, as he attempts to find the person who stole his head. Over the course of the story, Caiman and his friends make enemies with the crime boss En as they cut a bloody path through the Hole, a squalid ghetto, and the realm of sorcerers.
In Dorohedoro, Yoshimasa provides the voice for Shin, one of En’s top cleaners. Despite his easy-going personality, Shin is a ruthless killer and cares for little outside of his job and his partner Noi. Yoshimasa’s voice is perfect for the laidback hitman and adds to the show’s zany atmosphere.
2 Mob Psycho 100 – Tenga Onigawara/Yusuke Sakurai
In the series Mob Psycho 1oo, Yoshimasa voices Tenga Onigawara, a schoolmate of the protagonist named Mob, and an unofficial member of the Body Improvement Club. At the start of the series, Tenga is your typical juvenile delinquent, but upon getting beaten up by Teruki Hanazawa and witnessing the psychic fight between Teruki and Mob, he sets out to find his own path.
In addition to voicing Tenga, Yoshimasa also provides the voice for Yusuke Sakurai, one of the members of the evil esper organization known as Claw. Both Yusuke and Tenga begin as villains but become heroes through their association with Mob. Yoshimasa makes both Tenga and Yusuke feel human, creating endearing characters that are a little rough around the edges.
1 Grimgar Of Fantasy And Ash – Haruhiro
Yoshimasa rarely voices the role of the lead characters in an anime, but he does just that in the dark fantasy series Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. He provides the voice for Haruhiro, a young boy who wakes up one day to find he has been transported to a fantasy world. Together with several of his fellow arrivees, he joins a party of adventurers but soon finds that monster hunting is no easy task.
Haruhiro is slightly awkward, but very thoughtful, and while he starts out rather shy he becomes more confident after he becomes the leader of the party. Yoshimasa expertly emotes Haruhiro’s feelings as he struggles with the loss of his party members and feelings of inadequacy. Overall, his performance in combination with the show’s excellent writing makes Haruhiro one of the most realistic and relatable fantasy protagonists of recent memory.
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