【News of Lunar New Year】Birthday of voice actor Ryō Horikawa!!
February 1th 2022 was not only the Tiger Lunar New Year, but also the birthday of the famous voice actor Ryō Horikawa!
If you are not familiar with the name, don’t worry, surely you are familiar with at least one of his many characters. I list three of Ryō Horikawa’s signature characters, let's check them out!
■3. Andromeda Shun 『Saint Seiya』
Even Though multiple voice actors played the role of Andromeda Shun, Ryō Horikawa was the first one, he studied through the character and developed techniques to sound neutral and soft, but still very manly when he fights!
■2. Hattori Heiji 『Detective Conan, aka Case Closed』
The first person to deduce Conan's true identity, also a good friend and rival. Since Ryō Horikawa is from Osaka, Heiji’s Kansai dialect is smooth and natural. But still able to voice a teenage character in the age of 64? Thats all Ryō Horikawa’s efferts!
■1. Vegeta 『Dragon Ball』
I believe you need no introduction of this one, maybe the most popular villains who turned good in the history of anime. A brutal villain who grows and becomes a great protector of his family and the earth.
Did you know in the early development, Vegeta was supposed to be a one-off villain like Nappa and Raditz?
But because Ryō Horikawa really liked the character, he works hard and presents an evil yet cool villain. His performance caught the hearts of the audience and the author of Dragon Ball Akira Toriyama, who eventually decided to let Vegeta live and started his incredible journey!