The iconic Norio Wakamoto is one of Japan’s most famous seiyuu, as his voice is so distinctive that you would identify that he is voicing a certain character as soon as that character speaks. As the voice acting legend celebrates his 71st birthday this month, he has appeared to voice several new videos, including one as the narrator in a video featuring Japanese folk legend, Momotaro. which is a Super Kamishibai (a type of picture show/paper theater popular before and shortly after World War II) rendition of the story.
Wakamoto is joined by Hikari Midorikawa, Daisuke Ono and idol/tarento Akina Minami on the voices. Vocaloid notable40mP provides the music the music. And, importantly, art is from the late, great, yokai manga legend Shigeru Mizuki.
Norio Wakamoto is also known for voicing over-the-top leaders like Charles Vi Britannia in Code Geass and Oda Nobunaga in Sengoku basara, and in his birthday month, Norio Wakamoto reads a fan’s selection of the Top 5 quotes by another infamous wold leader, Vladimir Putin.
Well, he certainly fits the part! Happy birthday Norio Wakamoto!