Baltimore, MD (June 30 2010) – Veteran actor, seiyu, and sound director Yuji Mitsuya will appear at Otakon 2010. Active in the industry since the 1970s through the present day, Mitsuya has acted in scores of anime, and has directed the original Japanese dubs of more than a dozen shows.
Old-school U.S. fans may know him as Ranma 1/2’s Doctor Tofu or as Saint Seiya’s Virgo Shaka, or even as Hyouma Aoi in the classic Combattler V, but Japanese fans know him from countless childrens’ shows, including the veritable Anpanman (in which he voices Katsudonman). He’s also voiced Marg in Rokushin Gattai God Mars, and Hyota Arakome in Star Blazers: The Comet Empire. More recently, he voiced Irabu Ichirou in the award-winning Kuchu Buranko.
One of his most famous dubbing roles was Marty McFly from the Back to the Future movies, but he’s also provided a number of voices for various Disney dubs, including Dr Finkelstein (Nightmare Before Christmas), Timon (Lion King), and Pleakley (Lilo & Stitch, Stitch!), reprising those roles for the the Kingdom Hearts video games. Mitsuya’s talent and skill extends beyond the recording studios to include extensive involvement with the theatre. In addition to performing, he has directed musicals such as Akazukin Cha Cha, and scripted several notable musical adaptations of anime/manga titles, including both Saint Seiya and Prince of Tennis. His work directing other seiyu and supervising sound is extensive and includes 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised In Our Early Days, Suzuka, and the long-running Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
Otakon 2010 will be held July 30 – August 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.