Seiyuu Digest #3 – Mamoru Miyano

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This month the spotlight goes to multi-talented seiyuu, actor as well as singer and definitely one of the best of the moment, Mamoru Miyano.

Having done so much in almost every department of the entertainment industry, Mamoru Miyano started from voicing small characters in games to have a huge list of characters he has played and most of them are very famous, not forgetting his career as a singer that also started off as a small project and now has turned out to be something so grand. With his “sound” and vocal work that gets even better in a live concert and is improving every day, we just cannot overlook his talent in almost every department. Now let’s talk about Mamoru in more detail.

MIYANO MAMORU

KANJI 宮野真守
BORN June 8, 1983
OCCUPATION seiyuu (voice actor), actor, singer
HEIGHT 182 cm

 Seiyuu

The beginning

 Born in Saitama, the famous seiyuu started to build up his legacy at the age of nineteen. While it is completely acceptable to believe Mamoru began his career at a normal age, others have into account that the seiyuu had ventured in the entertainment industry since he was 9 years old, alongside Kimura Ryohei and Miyo Irino, this trio worked in the same talent management agency from this early age. In fact, the young seiyuu had began to lay out his career when he was still in middle school. Mamoru went to an audition for a drama “I’m Caitlyn”, later on Mamo ventured to the game industry with his role in Kingdom of Hearts as Kiba.

2000s

The rise to stardom

With the beginning of his career, the attention slowly started to be focused on Mamoru and for a rising star this phenomenon is nothing more than the number one reaction he needed, especially in the seiyuu industry where one has to be different and unique  so as to thrive since otherwise someone else will overtake him.

His first role in anime in 2003 was in Wolf’s Rain as Kiba, a wolf who is the sole survivor of his pack after it was slaughtered. Despite his tragic past, this character aspires to find “Paradise”, a place whose coordenates reveal to be virtually impossible to know. From this point onward, the seiyuu has managed to get at least one main role each season and with that in mind another role Mamoru played was Naoto Ooizumi in Love♥Love?, a seventeen year old character which is a script writter for child Tv shows.

While experimenting different genres of anime, Mamo was cast in Soukyuu no Fafner: Right of Left – Single Program as Ryou Masaoka, the school council president and pilot of a Titan-model Fafner, and overall his is very caring a friendly character, something the seiyuu had not done yet.

2006 was surely the marking point in Mamoru’s career as a seiyuu. In that year not only did he get cast as Tamaki Suou in Ouran Highschool Host Club, which is essentially a goofball character showing a strong presence of narcissistic tendencies as well as some emotional strikes and much to ones surprise is unexpectedly dedicated to his host activities. With Suou we got a hint of Mamoru’s talent in comedy, in fact it is almost impossible not to laugh with some scenes where he is interacting with Haruhi Fujioka played by Maya Sakamoto. There is one scene in particular in which Fujioka is trying to describe the type of person Suou is and after pondering which word described hum best she says he’s obnoxious rendering him completely depressed.

Although there a numerous reasons to justify Mamoru’s popularity, it is unforgivable to forget his role in the famous psychological, thriller and mystery anime Death Note as Light Yagami, a genius third year high school student which is a proponent of justice in an inordinate manner, which then translates into him having psychopathic tendencies to achieve his ideals. Not only did this role attract all the attention to Mamoru for his terrific performance as Yagami but also for his disturbing laughter, a trademark for the anti hero character he played. In fact his performance was so high quality that he won the award of Best Leading Seiyuu. Later on, the seiyuu was awards with for Best Actor in supporting role alongside fellow seiyuu Kimura Ryohei.

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With an award under the belt, Mamoru then proceded his rise to stardom with roles such as Zero and Ichiru Kiryuu in the vampire anime Vampire Knight, Death the Kid in Soul Eater – a character obsessed with perfection and symmetry – Shou Fuwa in Skip Beat!, Kaji Aoi in Kiniiro no Corda Secondo Passo, just to name a few of his main roles.

2010s

Mamo boom

With 2010 starting, Mamo’s popularity had a huge boost, partially due to the fact that he had won the award of Best Leading Seiyuu, but also due to his versatility as a seiyuu. It is easy to reach a consensus when it comes down to his Mamoru’s repertoire in the anime department. From 2010 onward, the seiyuu had already become one of those seiyuu who are featured in a vast number of anime each season, so if we think about it from another perspective it is almost certain than we’ll listen to Mamoru’s characters all year long.

If we take a look at the numbers, Mamoru had a total of 22 main character roles up until the 2010’s, needless to say the seiyuu has long surpassed this record. In fact, nowadays it is more commoon to listen to the seiyuu every season than the opposite.

While giving off a similar aura to Kiba in Wolf’s rain, the seiyuu was cast in Betrayal Knows My Name as Shuusei Usui and was also cast in the popular anime Durarara!! as Kida Masaomi, one of the several well-known roles the seiyuu has played.

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Along with his other roles, Mamoru is most certainly known for the Tokiya Ichinose in the popular music anime Uta no prince-sama. The cool, stoic type is one type of character that surprsingly enough is a good match with Mamoru, in fact this anime not only enabled him to make the fans once again be reminded of Mamoru’s talent but it also provided the seiyuu with a chance to give a launch to his solo career as a musician with the opening theme in the first season of the series titled Orpheus.

However, the seiyuu’s ability to draw in people does not stop with Ichinose, his character in the Steins;Gate series as Rintarou Okabe a mad scientist with a peculiar personality also became the subject of many people for his acting. A slightly different character from the previous ones is Taichi Mashima from Chihayafuru, the karuta anime in which the seiyuu’s co-stars were Yoshimasa Hosoya and Ai Kayano, just to name a few.

Showing once again that Mamoru is a well-rounded seiyuu, his role in the anime Inu x Boku SS as Zange Natsume proved once again that Mamoru knows how to deliver a comic and playful performance without disappointing. Other roles the seiyuu has done are as Saruhiko Fushimi in the anime K, and in Karneval as Yogi, a character who likes cute things such as nyanperona, a mascot, and has a mysterious past.

Reaching 2012, came the FREE! fever and with it Mamoru made use of the fame and popularity the anime received and managed to get a rise in popularity. While the seiyuu had been cast as Rin Matsuoka in the swimming anime, the hype around FREE! just doubled due to the fact that the cast being a luxury one featuring Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tsubasa Yonaga and Daisuke Hirakawa. In fact, with the anime series a seiyuu unit was created with those members named STYLE FIVE, but we will get to it a little later.

In 2014 it was announced that Mamoru would be Joker in the new anime season of Black Butler called Black Butler: Book of Circus. The seiyuu’s character was your typical comical and playful one, however what strook us as different was the fact that the character was supposed to have an accent and instead Mamoru created what fellow seiyuu Ono Daisuke called “Mamo ben”. In the same year, the seiyuu played the role of a creepy and rather psychopath character in the famous anime series Tokyo Ghoul as Shu Tsukiyama or the Gourmet.

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Other roles Mamoru has played Osamu Dazai in Bungou Stray Dogs, a character that is constantly in the search of ways to commit suicide given the thought that each and every time he attempts suicide his efforts are in vain and he ends up failing, and Jean- Jacques Leroy in the popular ice skating anime Yuri on Ice!!, a overly confident athlete representing Canada.

Aside from the work he has done in the anime industry, Mamoru has also dubbed numerous movies such as Charlie and Chocolate Factory as Willie Wonka, White Fang as Jack Conroy, the Harry Potter series as Percy Weasly and MacGyver as MacGyver, just to name a few.

Musical actor

 Well let’s be honest here, if we search for his roles we get overwhelmed because the list just doesn’t end as well as by the different categories of anime that he was part of, from psychological to romance, we have a little of everything showing that Mamoru is an all-rounder in this department but don’t think that his talent stops here because if you do you’re mistaken. Not only does he perform exceptionally well when it comes to the seiyuu world but he also participates in stage plays like in 2003 he played the character Tetsu Ishida in “The Prince of Tennis Musical” alongside with fellow seiyuu Yuki Fujiwara, he even had a part in the Beautiful World- movie that was realized by Daisuke Namikawa (also a seiyuu).

Even so he also did stand-up comedy paring up with fellow seiyuu Takagi Shun -their group was called Smily Spiky- so this all added up can explain a little more, to the more clueless or recent fans, as to why he has a such “at ease” composure when in public events or interviews, and also a funny fact about Mamoru, he’s known for being one of the seiyuu that has more friends in the industry, he is indeed a social butterfly. Not to long ago Mamoru was playing Prince Izmir in Emblem of the Royal Family.

Music

One of a kind

Mamoru  had his debut as a singer in 2007 with Kuon which had a track that was featured as the ending theme in the anime Kotetsu Sangokushi. This was his first contact with the R&B genre. The single got on the Oricon charts at 47th place, but he didn’t stop there, and in the same year he released a character song from famous anime Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood with Paku Romi (fellow seiyuu) titled Fight!, but it wasn’t that well received by the fans and in fact it was rated as number 73 on Oricon charts. After this two releases, Mamoru released his next singles in 2008 titled Kimi he… and Discovery that had a little bit higher classification on the charts also and once again with a R&B genre, that if I do say so myself suits his music very much.

In 2007 with his singles Dream Fighter and Orpheus Mamo-chan bended over the pop/pop- rock genre which was a very pleasant surprise that granted him the 10th and 15th places on the charts making a huge impact given the thought that he was always in the top 20 until that moment. In 2012 he started to experiment with a more danceable genre, especially in his single Ultra Fly but also in 2014 with New Order, both singles had songs arranged by STY and Jin Nakamura; Canon was a different story because its songs were composed and arranged by Elements Garden known by their fast piano and more melodic songs, in this case still showing a little of rock elements, but also by the fans of Uta no Prince-sama, anime in which Mamo starred. 

Since his debut until now, Mamo-chan has released a total of 16 singles being its last one titled The Birth and a total of 6 albums being its last one The Love achieving 6th place on the charts. It was precisely after he released his 1st album that he also had his first tour confirmed. Currently he has started to write more the lyrics of his tracks and still is working with STY and Jin Nakamura that helped him create his addictive sound that everyone who listens to it will get hooked on. His voice is so angel-like that it’s a bliss to listen to his tracks and when he starts using his vibrato it’s like you’re on cloud-nine, also he’s capable of singing with falsettos making one stunned with his singing ability. In 2014, Mamoru won the award for Best Musical Performer.

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Of course if we talk about his solo career we cannot forget his repertoire of being in famous units like STRISH that was created because of famous anime Uta no Prince-sama as mentioned before but now it has turned into something so big or another example is Style Five that is also composed by the members of the anime FREE!.

To start off we cannot forget to mention the reason why it was created and truth be told its was only because of the anime Uta no Prince-sama in which STRISH members are the seiyuu of the main characters of the anime.

The other seiyuu unit that Mamoru is a part of is Style Five, that once again was only created with the purpose of promoting the anime FREE! in which the members are also voicing the main characters. Not to forget to mention that this seiyuu units usually have famous seiyuu , but in this case and also with the previous one I refered to, they’re all known which in someway gives more impact to this units.

Mamoru has shown the fans that he can be very versatile and be good in every department, with his music hitting in genres like R&B, pop, pop/rock, a more danceable genre or even a jazzy and loungey genre that we can find in his most recent releases. With all the things I’ve said about him I think it’s very easy to say that he is a diamond in the rough that has been polishing himself to improve and create the best work for the fans every single day.

Currently Mamoru has been promoting himself more in other countries such as Taiwan in an attempt to expand his fans base.

Mamoru Miyano

                       PROFILE
MEMBERS Mamoru Miyano
FOUNDED IN  Tokyo, Japan
LABEL King Records
DEBUT 2007
GENRE R&B, Pop, Pop-Rock, Dance, Jazz, Loungey
Date Title Oricon Charts
1st 11/03/2009 BREAK #20
2nd 04/08/2010 WONDER
3rd 18/04/2012 FANTASISTA #4
4th 18/09/2013 PASSAGE #6
5th 16/09/2015 FRONTIER #3
6th 02/08/2017 THE LOVE #6
 
  RELEASE DATE SINGLE TITLE ORICON CHARTS
  23/05/2007 Kuon #47
1st 04/06/2008 Discovery #24
2nd 03/12/2008 …君へ #18
3rd 29/07/2009 J☆S #22
4th 21/10/2009 REFRAIN #24
5th 08/12/2010 Hikari Hikaru #20
6th 13/07/2011 Orpheus #10
7th 16/11/2011 Dream Fighter #15
8th 14/11/2012 Ultra Fly #13
9th 10/04/2013 Canon #3
10th 09/02/2014 New Order #12
11th 12/11/2014 Break it! #12
12th 15/04/2015 シャイン #3
13th 27/01/2016 HOW CLOSE YOU ARE #7
14th 11/05/2016 SHOUT! #12
15th 12/10/2016 テンペスト #5
16th The Birth #9

Curiosities

Social butterfly

It is no surprise that Mamoru is considered to be a social butterfly if you take into account the fact that he is always bright and cheerful.

Yuki Kaji and Mamoru Miyano in 2016

Not only that but he has a approachable aura which makes him one of the seiyuu who has the most friends in the industry.

Idol status

It may not seem like it but from the past few years, it has become more noticeable but Mamoru has turned into a real life idol. He started off his career as your usual seiyuu but with his most recent album The Love, Mamoru has been promoting in every platform possible like your typical idol.

So here’s this month’s Seiyuu Digest, hope you enjoyed it and look forward to next month’s.For more information regarding Mamoru’s career visit the official website.

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