SEIYUU DIGEST #32 – Jun Fukushima

 

Jun Fukushima is a name most of you may already know due to some of this seiyuu’s recent roles, however in this SEIYUU DIGEST edition we will uncover all the underlying details regarding Fukushima’s career which although long might not be completely taken into account for the newest fans or perhaps even for those who have been following him for some years now, but are clueless about his start in the industry. In fact, he is another seiyuu whose career began a slightly late, according to the usual standards – meaning that nowadays the majority of seiyuu debut in their early 20s.

Regardless of the path he has taken, the fact that he has finally gained some recognition remains unchanged, and it is in this aspect that we will focus this SEIYUU DIGEST edition. From presenting all the important moments in his career to listing some interesting facts, we will make this month’s edition not only interesting but also engrossing. So without any further ado, let’s get this DIGEST started.

Jun Fukushima

KANJI 福島 潤
BORN September 4, 1976
OCCUPATION seiyuu (voice actor), narrator, radio host, singer, teacher
HEIGHT 171 cm

 Seiyuu career

Late 90s

Having started his career in 1990, Fukushima actually only managed to have his first role 8 years after his debut. Since he has given his first steps in the seiyuu industry he has been working for Arts Vision, the same talent agency of Kousuke Toriumi, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Tomoaki Maeno and Yuichiro Umehara, just to name a few.

Unfortunately, unlike his fellow co-workers he was not lucky enough to gain his popularity since his early days as a seiyuu, as a matter of fact Fukushima started off in the completely opposite situation. Back in the late 90s, when he managed to have his first role, he starred in Yoshimoto Muchikko Monogatari as Yokobaeyoshio and in Trouble Chocolate as Saury, both roles were minor characters nonetheless important for a seiyuu who had to prove his worth in the industry.

2000s

Not long after his first two roles, one would have expected Fukushima to have a popularity rise, however that did not happen. In the span of 10 years he had only 2 roles and in the following years he was merely cast as secondary characters with little to no importance to the main plot. Anime such as Dear Boys in which he played Yuki Nozomi or Fullmetal Alchemist in which he played Leo alongside with a minor role in Inuyasha are some of the roles he had through this period of 7 years.

Although 25 roles in 7 years is not a bad number for a rookie one cannot stress enough the fact that Fukushima debuted in 1990, and after more than 10 years since he first started working in the entertainment business the fact that he only had that amount of roles is somewhat worrying, especially for a seiyuu who, as aforementioned, had desperately been attempting to make his name known to the fans. What is more surprising is that between 2007 and 2012, Fukushima was out of the radar, not making appearances in anime and focusing solely on games. Other titles he’s worked on include Mobile Suit Gundam Gaiden Gaiden Universe and at the end of the flash.

2010s

After what appeared to have been a hiatus of 5 years, the seiyuu made his comeback into the industry with his role in Aquarion Evol as Jin Muso, once again a secondary character, something considerably understandable seeing as Fukushima had not been working for five years and even before that, when he was actually working, his name was not that famous, in fact the tendency was for people to mistake Jun Fukushima for fellow seiyuu Jun Fukuyama which did not work in favor for him at all.

Regardless of what his reasons were for having put a stop to his career, one cannot disregard the fact that this choice definitely had an influence on his comeback, yet 2013 was what one would most likely call his lucky year. He actually managed to be cast in Yowamushi Pedal as Shoukichi Naruko, a funny character with kansai accent, which does in fact make this character even more appealing to the public. In fact, after he was cast for the cycling anime, Fukushima expressed his passion for riding a bicycle himself, which for some fans may have been a surprising fact about him. It is not that often that seiyuu have the same taste as the character they are portraying. Sadly enough, not long after he shared a photo of himself and his bicycle, someone stole it and Fukushima never saw it again.

And he was also cast in Kotoura-san as Yoshihisa Manabe, a comic character. Other roles are in the Duel Master VSR series as Basara AkagiyamaKono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! as Kazuma Satou – both anime in which he clearly made quite alot of those famous ad-libs of his – and in the Super Lovers series as Juzen Kurosaki.

An interesting fact regarding Fukushima is the fact that he is a teacher at an acting school called Nihon Nareshon Engi Kenkyuujo and he also appeared in two TV dramas, namely Damashi Banashi and Death Note (2015) as Ryuk.

In what concerns his job as a seiyuu, Fukushima has also done some work as a narrator in “The gifts of summer gifts of the gifts of Apita Piago 2015”, No Game · No Life TV Animation Commemoration SP Novel Cup ☆ Strongest Gamer Decision Battle and Voice Actor Grand Prix Mobile “Are you OK while eating Fukushima Jun’s oranges?”.

Another unexpected fact about him is the fact that the first time he made an appearance in a Niconico live broadcast, picked the interest of the fans since he was able to act in such a free and relaxed manner that they even considered him to be comedian material.

Radio host

Fukushima, unlike what one would have expected, has only hosted two radio shows, namely “Kotoura-san” ESP Study Group Activity Report and is currently hosting the show from the anime Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!. This is without a doubt one of the departments Fukushima’s fans would enjoy and be pleased to see the seiyuu appear on more frequently.

Music career

Unlike the vast majority of seiyuu, Fukushima has not debuted as a solo or group artist in the music industry though he has sang quite alot of character songs for anime such as Yowamushi Pedal, Kotoura-san, just to name a few.

Facts

Now it is time for some more interesting facts about Fukushima. Did you know that he is a Math genius? As it would appear, throughout his schooling, the seiyuu excelled on Math, acing most of his exams.  On the down side, Fukushima stated that English is not really his forte.

As stated before, Fukushima is a road racing enthusiast and no, it’s not because of Yowamushi Pedal. He could often be found around Shibuya riding his black and red road racer that he cheerished.

And that’s it for this short Digest. All in all, we believe that Fukushima is one of those seiyuu that is underrated in the industry, even though he clearly is talented and has an interesting and somewhat different voice, which is his asset, but people just do not give him the proper attention nor recognition which is indeed a shame seeing as he is full of talent.

We hope you enjoyed this month’s SEIYUU DIGEST and  be on the look out for next month’s.

Author: Nadine Silva

Reviewer and News editor at The Hand That Feeds HQ since 2012. Based in Portugal. Translation graduate. Hobbyist piano player.