Seiyuu Digest #50 – Toshiki Masuda

Musical actor, stage actor, model, seiyuu, singer, radio personality are just some of things Toshiki Masuda is known for. At 28, it seems like he has only scratched the surface of his talent.

For this special seiyuu digest – that encompasses the months of December 2018 and January 2019 – we take a look at the career of the multi-talented seiyuu, stage actor, singer and model, known for his versatility and professionalism, Toshiki Masuda.

Toshiki Masuda

KANJI: 増田俊樹

BORN: March 8, 1990

OCCUPATION: seiyuu, actor, stage actor, model, singer

HEIGHT: 176cm

Toshiki Masuda was born on March 8, 1990 in Hiroshima, Japan. He’s the oldest of two kids (has a younger brother). Since he was young, he was interested in acting. It was only in high school when he watched Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (2006) that he took interest in anime however it was Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007) that made him want to be a voice actor.

Passionate about acting, he left Hiroshima in 2008 and went to Tokyo to attend Tokyo Announce Gakuin Performing Arts College in the Broadcasting Voice Actor Department. A year later and while still attending classes at Tokyo Announce Gakuin, he got interested in musical acting – influenced by some of his peers and seniors that worked in that field – and decided to audition for the Prince of Tennis musical. He passed the audition and ended up debuting first as a musical actor.

In 2010, and after graduating from Tokyo Announce Gakuin, Masuda joined Space Craft Group in their voice acting department.

Acting

Masuda kicked off his career as an actor, being in both plays and musicals and impressing everyone with his varied skillset. As soon as he was cast in his first musical – Prince Of Tennis – and up until 2012, Masuda was a constant presence on stage with stage play or musicals one after the other with almost no interruptions between different productions. He’s also ventured to the small screen in 2017 being the lead actor in Bokukoe.

Prince of Tennis (2009 – 2010)

Prince of Tennis (2009)

Masuda joined the cast of Prince of Tennis‘ musicals in 2009. He plays the role of Seiichi Yukimura, Rikkai’s captain. Before graduating from this musical, Masuda performed in three musicals from 2009 to 2010 – The Final Match Rikkai First feat. Shitenhoji (July 30 to October 4, 2009), The Final Match Rikkai feat. The Rivals (December 17, 2009 to March 14, 2010) and Dream Live 7th (May 7 – 9 and May 20 – 23, 2010).

Conton Club〜image3〜 (2010)

Conton Club (2010)

Soon after graduating from Prince of Tennis, Masuda joined the cast of the Conton Club〜image3〜. The comedy play, a parody on the 1920’s 1920s, Cotton Club in Harlem, New York known for being a high-class club, home to jazz, gangs, crime and much more, ran from 09/06/2010 to 13/06/2010.

Active Boys Collection (2010)

abc – Akasaka Boys Club (2010)

Two months later, he was casted in abc★赤坂ボーイズキャバレー (abc – Akasaka Boys Club), musical that ran from August, 2010 to September, 2010. He played the role of Junpei Komiyama, one of the host club’s members.

Memo・Real the PARTY! (2011)

Memo・Real the PARTY! (2011)

2011 kicked off with a main role in the musical メモ・リアル the PARTY! (Memo・Real the PARTY!). The musical – that adopted a STOMP style of performance – ran from 08/01/2011 to 23/01/2011. For his role, Masuda learned to tap dance.

Masuda Toshiki – The 20 year old Etude – (2011)

Masuda Toshiki- The 20 year old Etude – (2011)

Two months later and he was once again on stage, this time around for a special stage play. “Masuda Toshiki – The 20 year old Etude –” ran from 04/03/2011 to 06/03/11. The play had its comedic moments but was mostly drama-driven, focused his character’s inner conflicts and how those intertwined with him being a suspect in a crime investigation. The play was later released on DVD.

Memo・Real the THEATRE! (2011)

Memo Real the theatre! (2011)

Masuda returned to reprise his role in the musical Memo・Real the THEATRE!. The musical ran from 18/09/2011 to 02/10/2011 and was as well received as the first installment, Memo・Real the PARTY!.

Reverse Historica (2011)

Reverse Historica (2011)

In 2011, Masuda joined the cast of  the stage play Reverse Historica. The play ran from 23/11/2011 and 27/11/2011 and had a unique take on the historical genre.

Nude Mouse (2012)

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A year later he joined the main cast of Nude Mouse (ヌード・マウス). The play ran from 24/01/2012 to 29/01/2012. After this play ended its run, fans would only get to see Masuda on stage in 2017.

Chikyu Senshi ZEROS (2014)

In 2014, he joined the cast of the live action movie 地球戦士ゼロス (Chikyu Senshi ZEROS), an Ultraman-inspired series. Masuda and fellow seiyuu Tetsuya Kakihara played rival roles for this movie.

Here comes the sun (2016)

Here comes the sun’s characters / Toshi-kun is the second from the right.

He participated in his first ever recitation play in 2016. This recitation ran from 16/04/2016 to 24/04/2016 and counted with VR (virtual-reality) characters instead of the voice actors on stage live reading. Masuda voiced Toshi-kun, however sharing it with Makoto Furukawa (the character was double casted).

Rusted Armors (2017)

After 5 years completely immersed in the seiyuu industry trying to make a name for himself, Masuda finally made his return to stage/musical acting. In 2017, he joined the cast of the musical, 錆色のアーマ (Rusted Armors).

The play was extremely well received, being praised by entertainment media outlets all over Japan. Sharing the spotlight with EXILE’s Taiki Sato, Masuda played Oda Nobunaga.

Due to its popularity, 錆色のアーマ (Rusted Armors) was later released on DVD.

Boku Koe (TV series – 2017)

Toshiki Masuda in Boku Koe (2017)

In 2017, he joined the cast of Boku Koe, project promoted by Abema TV and WOWOW, that featured several seiyuu acting in completely different media. He was announced as the lead actor for this series, being present in all storylines.

Shunsuke Takeuchi & Toshiki Masuda in Boku Koe (2017)

According to Masuda, in an interview given for the behind the scenes portion of the series, he had never acted before in a live action series and was nervous about it. Aside from his lead role, he performed with BELLWETHER, idol unit created just for this series.

Oyasumi Prince (2017)

In 2017, Masuda joined the lineup for “Oyasumi Prince“, mini VR (virtual reality) reading series promoted and produced by NHK Educational TV.

The series kicked off in December 2017, aiming at making hardworking women sleep better. The cast counted with 4 actors, each one of them in unique settings and reading different stories.

Bokukoe 2 (2019)

Toshiki Masuda (as innkeeper) in Bokukoe 2

In 2018, and after the airing of Bokukoe’s spin-off series “Dare-Koe, Bokukoe announced the return of the main series for a 2nd season in 2019. Toshiki Masuda is part of the returning cast.

Rusted Armors (2019)

Toshiki Masuda is going to reprise his role as Oda Nobunaga on Rusted Armors‘ new run, set to start in June 2019.

Seiyuu

2011 – 2014

The beginning

Contrary to what happens to most seiyuu when they debut, Masuda’s debut was with a main role instead of a secondary or random background character.

Ryouga Kamishiro

He debuted as a seiyuu in 2011 voicing Ryouga Kamishiro in Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL. However, as much as his acting might have caught the attention of the viewers at that time the reality was that he didn’t build up on that slight recognition and was nowhere to be found in anime for two years.

Masuda returned to voice acting in 2013 with secondary roles in anime such as Outbreak Company, Kimi no Iru Machi, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru, Juusen Battle Monsuno, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken, Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live and Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san.

Masayoshi Hazama

However, there was one role that put him on the spotlight, Masayoshi Hazama in Samurai Flamenco. This was Masuda‘s first leading role in anime. The series itself strayed a bit away from its original focus – being a parody of the sentai genre – and had an unexpected change of tone midway through the season. Many fans voiced that Samurai Flamenco had its good points – with good nods to 90’s pop culture and its humor – however something felt wrong with the anime’s change of tone. Masuda’s work as Hazama shifted a lot of attention to himself, with people impressed that a musical actor was actually solid as a voice actor. Although not the best series or character in his repertoire, it can be said that it was through Samurai Flamenco that a lot of eyes started following Masuda’s work as a seiyuu.

Chikara Ennoshita

2014 was rather quiet year for him. His biggest role of the year was in the popular sports anime Haikyuu!! as Chikara Ennoshita. Part of the supporting cast, Ennoshita seldom had the spotlight on him however, when he had, he’d show everyone that he’s more than a quiet guy on a team filled with loud and expressive individuals.

Despite not being one of the most popular characters in the series, he’s an important part of Karasuno either cheering, subbing for or tutoring some of the members when they fail their exams. Masuda perfectly grasped the character’s quiet, reserved demeanor and, at times, even added a comedic touch to the character’s reactions to some of the team members.

In the same year he voiced characters in other anime, however those were mostly background/random characters (Noragami, Mahou Sensou, Lady Jewelpet and Choubakuretsu Ijigen Menko Battle: Gigant Shooter Tsukasa).

2015

Slowly build up a name for himself

Kotaro Hayama

Masuda started the year with a supporting role in the 3rd season of the popular sports anime, Kuroko no Basket. He voiced Kotaro Hayama, Rakuzan’s prideful and loud small-forward. His acting fleshed out Hayama’s energetic and competitive demeanor.

Gou Wakabayashi

A couple of months later and he was announced as one of the names to be featured on yet another popular sports anime. Ditching basket for baseball, Masuda joined the cast of Diamond no Ace‘s 2nd Season. He voiced Gou Wakabayashi, pitcher passionate about the game but with hatred of prestigious baseball schools.

Toranosuke Miyamura

Aside from those two supporting roles that were important in specific arcs of each anime series, Masuda raked up two main roles. The first one was as Toranosuke Miyamura in the harem/comedy anime, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. His performance as Miyamura was dubbed by most fans of the series as entertaining and even hilarious at times.

Ryu Zaou

The other role, perhaps one of the most popular roles in his career, is Ryu Zaou in Binan Koukou Chikyuu Boueibu LOVE!. The anime has a unique take on the magical girl anime, parodying it yet still having some depth and its serious moments. The series’ popularity was impressive in Japan, ending up spawning one more season and OVA with the same cast. A spin off series was then released in 2017 however Masuda wasn’t a part of it.

Aside from these roles, he reprised his role as Chikara Ennoshita in the 2nd season of Haikyuu!! and had supporting and/or random characters in anime such as One Punch Man, GATE, Noragami ARAGOTODurarara!!x2 Ten, Future Card Buddy Fight Series and Fuusen Inu Tinny.

2016 – 2017

Breakthrough

2016 was the year in which Masuda started to be a strong presence in the anime industry. He raked up 7 main roles and a couple of interesting supporting roles.

Emilio Langheim

He voiced the main character Emilio Langheim in the original fantasy anime, Endride. The anime suffered from a slow paced, rather uneventful pace and weak plot which easily made it one of the anime to avoid during that season. The anime was bad received and is plagued is low score reviews.

Koi Kisaragi

The music franchise Tsukiuta was greenlit for anime adaptation and premiered in the summer. Masuda reprised his role from the drama and music CDs as Koi Kisaragi, member of Six Gravity and a character that despite looking like a player but is, in fact, the brother type that takes care of everyone as well as is an earnest worker.

Mikado Sekimura

In the exact same season, the first season of B-PROJECT premiered. B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious introduced 3 idol groups – KITAKORE, MooNs and THRIVE – and followed their antics and adventures with some music in the mix. Masuda voiced Mikado Sekimura, MooNs‘ member and resident otaku.

Kashuu Kiyomitsu

In the Fall season the anime adaptation of the popular card collecting game Touken Ranbu premiered. Masuda reprised his role as Kashuu Kiyomitsu, one of anime series’ main characters. Touken Ranbu Hanamaru had a slice of life approach to the franchise focusing on bonding moments between characters and their antics instead of the full focus on history – that is put in the game – or battles – that was later put on Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu.

Eijiro Kirishima

Although far from being a main character this role still deserves a mention. In the Spring 2016 season, Masuda joined the cast of Boku no Hero Academia, shounen anime that turned into a massive success both domestically as well as overseas. He voices Eijiro Kirishima since 2016, having reprised his role in the 2nd (2017) and 3rd (2018) seasons.

Still in the same year he reprised his role as Chikara Ennoshita in the 3rd season of Haikyuu!! and got supporting roles in Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, Battery, Handa-kun, Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu and Rilu Rilu Fairilu.

2017 might have not been as prolific as the past year had been yet Masuda was still impressing with his acting in the few series he was casted in.

Atom Kirihara

First leading role of the year was Atom Kirihara in the music anime, Marginal #4: Kiss kara Tsukuru Big Bang. Atom is a hotblooded, self-centered yet passionate character that is a center piece in the Marginal #4 franchise.

The anime tried to focus on both plot and music but ended up coming short on both departments. Plot was nowhere to be found with the series ending following an episodic formula that failed to deliver anything the drama CDs or game had managed to do. There were mixed reactions among fans. On one side some were disappointed that the anime had taken a slice of life route and didn’t focus on a specific story, on the other there were those that were on cloud nine due to the franchise getting its anime adaptation.

Easily one of the most important roles in that year is his role as Masahiro Setagawa in the shounen ai anime, Hitorijime My Hero. Although Masuda was already making a big name for himself in the BL/shounen ai scene, he had never voiced a character in an anime of the genre, much less a leading one.

Masahiro Setagawa

Setagawa is, at first sight, the model ruffian yet, despite his looks, he’s a changed man after meeting Kousuke Ooshiba, whom he immediately asks to be his apprentice after a certain event occurred. Their relationship blooms into something more than idolatry or friendship throughout the series. The anime suffered from pacing issues and a couple of clichés however fans pointed out that Setagawa-Ooshiba’s relationship was treated respectfully and any issues they had to overcome drove the story forward in an interesting way.

Masuda’s acting as Setagawa was commended by fans of the manga as well as newcomers. It was noticeable the care and attention he had put into grasping the best he could of Setagawa’s personality and his interactions with the other characters.

Other anime he voiced characters in include: Nana Maru San Batsu, Ikemen Sengoku: Toki wo Kakeru ga Koi wa Hajimaranai and Beyblade Burst God.

2018 –

IDOLiSH7, going freelance and finding a new home

Iori Izumi

2018 started with a bang for Masuda. IDOLiSH7‘s anime kicked off in January and was instantly well received by fans of the franchise as well as newcomers. His acting as the sharp tongued yet calm and collected Iori Izumi made him one of the most popular characters in anime during the Winter season.

Yousetsu Mask

During the fall season he joined the cast of Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san, a parody anime that follows the work of the bookstore clerk Honda-san, his co-workers and interactions with clients as well as suppliers. Masuda voices Yousetsu Mask, one of the bookstore’s clerks. Although the character doesn’t have much focus in the short 15 minute episodes, Masuda is voicing a wide variety of random characters for this series from foreigners, to old people, a KADOKAWA’s salesman, between many other characters. His acting, just like the acting of all other seiyuu in the series is good to the point that it enhances the comedic elements in this anime.

He reprised his roles as Kashuu Kiyomitsu in the second season of Touken Ranbu – Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru – and Eijiro Kirishima in Boku no Hero Academia‘s 3rd season and had minor or supporting roles in anime and animated movies such as Darling in the FranXX, Asa da yo! Kaishain, Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari, Midnight Crazy Trail, Inazuma Eleven: Orion no Kokuin, Gakuen Basara, Hataraku Onii-san! no 2!, Gurazeni, Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion The Animation, 1-nichi Gaishutsuroku Hanchou and Hinomaruzumou.

Toshiki Masuda official TOY’S FACTORY profile photo

In August 2018, Masuda announced his departure from Space Craft Group, talent agency that had housed him since his debut as an actor in 2009 (and seiyuu in 2011). At the same time he announced that, from now on, he’d be a freelance seiyuu. Fans worried that the lack of a talent agency backing him up would lead to him gradually disappear from the public eye (common occurrence among seiyuu that turn into freelancers).

However, there was no need for those worries as Masuda only was a freelance seiyuu for 3 months. In November 2018, he announced an affiliation with TOY’S FACTORY, talent agency that is, from now on, in charge of managing his career as a seiyuu, actor and solo artist.

Despite this big change in his career, there were no changes to his work as a seiyuu. He’s already got plenty of anime that he’s voicing characters in 2019. Those include Ensemble Stars!KING OF PRISM -Shiny Seven Stars-Egao no Daika and W’z. An anime adaptation for the smartphone puzzle Stand My Heroes (premiere date still unknown).

Radio

Since his debut as a seiyuu, Masuda has been an active presence when it comes to radio shows. From radio shows stemming from anime or games to seiyuu radio shows, he’s got plenty of credits under his belt. He’s known for his energy and playfulness.

Hosoya Yoshimasa & Masuda Toshiki No Zenryoku Danshi

The first radio show he hosted was 細谷佳正・増田俊樹の全力男子 (Hosoya Yoshimasa & Masuda Toshiki No Zenryoku Danshi). The radio show aired from 2011 to 2013 and the unit Maxboys, consisting on Hosoya and Masuda, stemmed from it.

Before that, he was a regular member of A&G ARTIST ZONE 2h (2010 – 2011).

Toshiki Masuda teamed up with Naozumi Takahashi to MC for Rejet presents: Love Bomber (2013 – 2014), radio show focused on promoting Marginal #4‘s activities and Rejet’s projects. The radio show was live broadcasted using a dummy head mic, which was a first one for both hosts.

2014 proved to be a year in which he raked the most radio work, although most radio shows ended up being short-lived.

Miwaku Tours

He co-hosted the radio show Miwaku Tours with Nobunaga Shimazaki. The show released 1 DVD + DJ CD before it ended its first run in 2014.

Maeno Tomoaki・Masuda Toshiki’s Mission:WM

He also teamed up with Tomoaki Maeno to co-host “Maeno Tomoaki・Masuda Toshiki’s Mission:WM” (2014). The radio show was also short-lived.

Still in the same year, he co-hosted Masuda Toshiki to Ishii Mark’s RADIO MASTER,ON YOUR MARC(S)!, Miwaku Tours (with Mark Ishii) and was a regular in S.S.D.S. Love Ultimate Diagnosis.

Hatano Wataru・Masuda Toshiki’s R-chuuuns!

In November 2014, the radio show Hatano Wataru・Masuda Toshiki’s R-chuuuns! kicked off. The duo were off to a great start showing great chemistry and that, alongside the show’s entertaining format, enabled this show two run for a whole year.

UNDEAD – Ensemble Stars! 〜 Yaan no mamono ni obieru koneko 〜

In 2015, Masuda co-hosted Ensemble Stars! 〜 Yaan no mamono ni obieru koneko 〜 radio. He was joined by his fellow UNDEAD members – Wataru Hatano, Kei Hosogai and Yuki Ono.

スタパレディオ (Staparadio) 2016

A year later, Masuda and Yuto Suzuki started hosting スタパレディオ (Staparadio), radio show that was part of the mixed-media project, Starry Palette. With the game’s announcement in 2016, the duo starting hosting the radio show on HiBiKi Radio Station.

スタパレディオ (Staparadio) 2018

The game suffered production issues and seemed to be shelved in 2016, which led to the end of the radio show in the same year. Two years later, DMM announced that the game had solved its issues and started promoting it nationwide, and the radio show was revived with the Masuda – Suzuki duo hosting it from where they had left it.

B-PROJECT Rekomen*Ambitious with guest Kousuke Toriumi

In the same year, he was one of the hosts of B-PROJECT‘s radio, Rekomen*Ambitious (2016 – 2017). The show kicked off to promote the anime series.

Kuroda Takaya no Kakatte Kon Kai! with Masuda Toshiki

Alongside veteran seiyuu Takaya Kuroda, Masuda co-hosted 黒田崇矢のかかってこんかい!with増田俊樹 (Kuroda Takaya no Kakatte Kon Kai! with Masuda Toshiki). From playing console games to cooking and playing darts, this viewable radio show had a bit of everything. 22 episodes, a public recording event and a year later, the radio show came to an end.

Umitama

Umitama or Ocean Spirit, radio show hosted by Toshiki Masuda and rookie seiyuu Yoshiki Murakami, kicked off. Everything about the show – mascots, themes and even the hosts’ clothing – is ocean inspired. The show airs regularly since 2017 and has had several live radio events (photo above is from the special event at Kamogawa Sea World in 2018 that was later released on DVD).

Hirata Hiroaki・Masuda Toshiki no Koe Sanpo

Another radio show he was a part of in 2017 was Hirata Hiroaki・Masuda Toshiki no Koe Sanpo. The show had a unique take on what a radio show really is, being hosted while walking to locations instead of just inside of a studio. In its essence, Koe Sanpo was a street walking radio show. The radio show ended in the same year.

Other radio shows he’s co-hosted or been a guest include: Hayami Show・Masuda Toshiki’s Anata o iyasu Radio Hakuide sasayaite (2015), Monster Hunter radio (2015 – 2016), Boy Friend(Beta) Kirameki note (2016 – 2017), Touken Ranbu Hanamaru (2016), Endride (2016 – 2017), MARGINAL#4〜Atom to Rui no Rajifo〜 (2017), DEAR BAR+ (2017 -) and WEB RADIO Zoku Hanamaru Tsushin (2018).

In December 2018 a new radio show was announced and Masuda was on its personality lineup. 増田俊樹・古川慎のごりやく☆研究所 (Masuda Toshiki Furukawa Makoto no Gori Yaku ☆ Kenkyujo) teams up fellow TOY’S FACTORY (and former Space Craft Group) talents Toshiki Masuda and Makoto Furukawa for what promises to be an entertaining show to start airing on KBS Osaka Radio on 04/01/2019.

Games

In the same year he debuted as a seiyuu (2011), he was casted in two different games: the otome game BEYOND THE FUTURE – FIX THE TIME ARROWS – (as one of the main romanceable characters, Nate) and the action game Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Duel Terminal.

After that he continuously raked up more roles with each coming year. Some of the most noticeable games he’s voiced characters in are Touken Ranbu, IDOLiSH7Ensemble Stars!Band Yarouze! and Yakuza 4.

Touken Ranbu (2015 -)

Kashuu

In 2015 Masuda joined the cast of Touken Ranbu, a free-to-play collectible card browser video game developed by Nitroplus and DMM Games. He voices one of the most popular characters in the franchise, Kashuu Kiyomitsu, sword wielded by Shinsengumi’s Souji Okita. Kashuu is one of the main characters in the anime adaptations Touken Ranbu Hanamaru and Zoku Touken Ranbu Hanamaru (2017).

IDOLiSH7 (2015 -)

Iori Izumi

Also in 2015, he would join what is now one of the most popular rhythm games and franchises in Japan, IDOLiSH7. The rhythm game slowly build up its popularity due to its gripping story, that gave dimension to each of its characters like no other game of the genre had been able to pull off before. IDOLiSH7 is a story-driven game that mixes a rich, believable story with rhythm and card collecting features to create an addictive and immersive experience for the player. The game currently features 4 units: IDOLiSH7, TRIGGER, Re:vale and ZOOL.

Masuda joined the franchise from the start. He was casted as Iori Izumi, IDOLiSH7‘s lead vocal and one of the “brains” behind the group’s management. Iori is a perfectionist that carries a superior air and a sharp tongue, however that is only to mask a softer side of his. Iori grown to be a fan favorite character within the franchise and is often found ranking high on character popularity polls in Japan.

Ensemble Stars! (2015 -)

Rei Sakuma

In the same year he joined the cast of Ensemble Stars!, an idol grooming game that, unlike IDOLiSH7, doesn’t have any rhythm game features. Ensemble Stars! is a story-driven game that easily shot to popularity with its solid story and rich music released outside of the game. Masuda voices Rei Sakuma, one of the quirkiest characters in the franchise, president of the Light Music Club, and UNDEAD‘s leader. Sakuma is one of the franchise’s most popular characters.

Band Yarouze! (2017 – 2019)

Band Yarouze! started to be distributed on October 12, 2016 after some hiccups that delayed its release, and easily turned into one of the most exciting rhythm games in the industry. The game counted with an attention gripping story that followed the dealings of 4 different rock bands. The game’s band lineup counted with not only the main 4 bands – OSIRISBLASTFairy AprilCure2tron – but also the legends DesTIRARE and the rival bands CrystalCross and Freezing.

Sosuke Maki

Masuda voices the sharp-tongued Sosuke Maki, BLAST‘s leader and guitarist.

Despite the announcements of new bands joining the lineup and a new storyline kicking off in 2018, the reality was that Sony and Aniplex ended up putting Band Yarouze! on a weird “alive-but-not-really” situation. Updates ceased to be delivered to the game, however the game is still playable. Its future is uncertain, especially when there are still plans to release music, merchandise and perhaps another live event.

Yakuza 4 (2019)

Credit: Famitsu gamers

In 2018, it was announced that Toshiki Masuda joined the Yakuza franchise, one of the most popular gaming franchises in Japan. He replaced Hiroki Narimiya as the voice and likeness of Masayoshi Tanimura in the remaster of Yakuza 4.

Tanimura is young mixed Japanese-Thai police officer who somehow endures the prejudices of Japanese society. He then learns that the murder of his father may be related to the corruption in the police force and begins a journey to seek out the truth. Yakuza 4‘s remaster is schedule for release in 2019.

Other games he’s voiced characters in include: Rune Factory 4 (2012), Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal (2013), Granblue Fantasy (2014), Tales of the World: Reve Unitia (2014), OPERAHOUSE (2014), Haikyuu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no keshiki!! (2014), MARGINAL#4 IDOL OF SUPERNOVA (2014), Fate/hollow ataraxia (2014), Ikemen Sengoku (2015), Taisho Alice (2015), POSSESSION MAGENTA (2015), I-Chu (2015), AKIBA’S BEAT (2016), Icchibanketsu -ONLINE- (2016), Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (2016), DYNAMIC CHORD feat.apple-polisher (2016), My Hero Academia Battle For All (2016), Tsukino Paradise/Tsukipara (2017), KING OF PRISM Prism Rush! LIVE (2017), Paranormal Kiss (2017), B-PROJECTIDOLiSH7 Twelve Fantasia! (2018), Stand My Heroes (2017), IDOL FANTASY (2018), Starry Palette (2018), WolfToxic (2018), Fate/Grand Order (2019), between many other game titles.

Dubbing and Narration

This is perhaps one of the entertainment fields in which he’s less commonly found. Masuda has few dubbing credits and only recently started to delve more into this field of work.

Some of his credits include: Hannibal (as C.J. Lincoln), Wayward Pines (as Ben Burke), Girl Meets World (as Brandon), The Thundermans (as Max Thunderman), The Newsroom, Six Flying Dragons (as Moo-hyul), The Giver (as Jonas), Dunkirk (as Alex), Bling Ring (as Mark) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (as Enoch).

Below is a short interview with Toshiki Masuda (as Alex) and Kensho Ono (as Tommy) on Dunkirk’s dub.

When it comes to narration, Masuda is only credited once. Since October 2017 he’s been the narrator for TV TOKYO’s あにレコTV (Anireco TV).

Drama CD

Since his debut as a seiyuu, Masuda has been incredibly active in this field. From Otome to BL drama CDs, he’s got over 60 credits. He’s got plenty of work with Rejet, company with which he’s often been associated to their works since 2014.

He’s voiced a wide array of characters that include tsunderes (i.e Masahiro Setagaya in Hitorijime My Hero), bone-chilling yanderes (i.e Nia in THANATOS NiGHT), passionate individuals (i.e Atom in the Marginal #4 series), calm and collected individuals with a gap (i.e RE-O-DO in Dear Vocalist), between many other characters and unique personalities. He knows how to perfectly grasp the little quirks of each character and his acting is, at all times, believable and attention gripping.

Some of the drama CDs he’s voiced characters in include: given, Hitorijime My Hero, THANATOS NiGHT, Dear Vocalist, MARGINAL#4, Honeymoon vol.20, ACTORS -Drama Edition- [EAST], FRESH KISS 100% 5th Twinkle, FlyME project『DRINK ME』, Tsukiuta, Corpse†Heart, Kuroko no Basuke, COLORFUL5, YES×NO, Ikemen Sengoku, Ensemble Stars!, Shuffle, S+h, Midnight Jiang Shis, Akamatsu to Kuro, Sakura Noise, Kokumitei Star ni Koishite Shimaimashita, between many others.

Music

Toshiki Masuda is, by far, one of the names that most often pops up when you’re checking a music project, especially 2D or 2.5D units. He’s part of a myriad of music projects – from rock bands to pop units.

Solo artist

In November 2018, Masuda joined TOY’S FACTORY, talent agency that houses popular rock acts BUMP OF CHICKEN, Mr. Children, HYUKOH, BABYMETAL and announced both his affiliation with the talent agency – ending his period as a freelance seiyuu – as well as a solo debut for Spring 2019.

Maxboys (2011 – 2013)

The very first unit Masuda was a part of. Maxboys debuted in 2011 and counted with Yoshimasa Hosoya and, at that time, the rookie seiyuu Toshiki Masuda. Both were the radio show hosts of 細谷佳正・増田俊樹の全力男子 (Hosoya Yoshimasa & Masuda Toshiki No Zenryoku Danshi).

The group experimented with pop and rock, making an interesting blend that led to the release of one of their best tracks “Sakura” back in 2012 for their album 大切なうた. Despite the fans’ interest in this group, Maxboys eventually disbanded in 2013 (with the end of the radio show) after releasing a total of 3 singles and a full length album.

Toshiki Masuda @ Orepara 2012

Maxboys were guests on Orepara 2012. This was the duo’s first and last live performance before disbanding.

Six Gravity (2012 -)

Six Gravity are part of Tsukino Production‘s Tsukiuta series. The unit consists of Kousuke Toriumi, Toshiki MasudaYuki Kaji, Tomoaki MaenoYoshimasa Hosoya and KENN. Like most of Tsukino Production‘s units, Six Gravity have released a lot of music as group as well as in cross units.

Between their 6 drama CDs and the unit’s 3 singles and 1 Best Of album, as Koi Kisaragi he even got the opportunity to release 3 solo singles and two collaboration/cross unit singles. The group was on hiatus from 2017 to late 2018, however Tsukipro announced the franchise’s return in November 2018.

The franchise will return with a solo CD series and its anime adaptation was renewed for a second season (date to be determined).

Marginal #4 (2013 -)

Toshiki Masuda, Yuto Suzuki (leader), Takahashi Naozumi and KENN teamed up as Marginal #4 in 2013. The unit made a thunderous debut with 100万回の愛革命, single that lived up to all the hype surrounding it at that time. The unit had an addictive pop-rock sound that easily impressed. Marginal #4 rose in popularity with singles such as “LOVE★SAVIOR” (2013), “Masquerade” (2013), “CHU CHU LUV♥SCANDAL” (2014) and Red Hot Saga (2014), setting itself as one of the most exciting 2.5D units in Japan.

The unit ended up performing live for the first time on Rejet Fes 2013, performance that wasn’t released on DVD and still remains a unique experience for those that got to attend Marginal #4’s stage debut.

Marginal #4’s first live performance – 2013 / Credit: Animate TV

However that status didn’t last longer and later in 2014 the group started to struggle with their identity and sound. Marginal #4 faced a major slum between 2014 and 2016 with all new singles released during that period being complete disasters – Bingo!!!! (2014) and UFO (2015) -, plagued with overcrowded compositions, lacking vocal performances and a weird overall feel that something was missing from the unit’s original exciting yet alluring sound.

In 2016, with the releases of YO-HO! and IV aile, Marginal #4 started to show signs of trying to overcome those struggles. However the group still lacked consistency, something they were only able to regain with Choooose me (2017).

Marginal #4 @ Pythagoras Production Big Bang Fes 2018

Since their debut, Marginal #4 have released 2 best ofs, 11 singles, 1 solo series, shuffle units releases and performed live more than a handful of times, the most recent being the headlined show Marginal#4: Kiss kara Tsukuru Big BangPresents Pythagoras Production LIVE “Big Bang Fes”.

Masuda might have started as an inexperienced singer, especially when in comparison with his peers, all already had solo career endeavors. Although he was the group’s weak vocal link, every time he performed live you could feel his passion and determination to improve.

Gradually, he improved his singing, working on his consistency and range. By 2016, he had already overcome his group peers with his husky vocals, smooth mid-tones, emotional high notes and R&B-imbued ad-libs. By the time “GiVeMe” was released (2018), it was clear that he has grown to be Marginal #4‘s most reliable vocal.

Over the Rainbow (2013 -)

Over the Rainbow – Toshiki Masuda, Tetsuya Kakihara and Tomoaki Maeno – Cool Voice Vol.22 (2017)

Still in 2013, Masuda was casted in the anime Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live, thus joining the unit that formed within the franchise, Over The Rainbow.

Over The Rainbow consist on Tetsuya Kakihara, Tomoaki Maeno and Toshiki Masuda. The group never released albums, only a couple of songs that were inserted in the anime series (i.e Athletic Core, Flavor, pride and 虹色CROWN).

The group made their first live performance at KING OF PRISM Over The Rainbow SPECIAL THANKS PARTY in 2016.

MooNs (2015 -)

Masuda joined the cast of B-PROJECT in 2015. He’s a member of MooNs, unit consisting of Yuto UemuraShowtaro MorikuboToshiki Masuda, Tetsuya Kakihara and Genki Okawa.

Although within MooNs he’s far from being the main vocal, he’s still shown plenty of his vocal prowess since the release of SUMMER MERMAID, being an essential member that is as powerful in dance-pop songs as he is in ballads.

So far the group has released 4 singles – Glory Upper (2015), Brand New Star (2016), SUMMER MERMAID (2017) and GO AROUND (2018) – and were featured on B-Project‘s album “S Kyuu Paradise“.

B-PROJECT Summer Live 2018 – Eternal Pacific – (MooNS are in the front row)

MooNs have performed live twice: B-PROJECT Kodou Ambitious BRILLIANT PARTY (2016) and B-PROJECT Summer Live 2018 – Eternal Pacific –.

UNDEAD (2014 -)

In 2014, he joined the cast of Ensemble Stars! to voice Rei Sakuma, UNDEAD‘s leader. The group counts with  Wataru HatanoYuki Ono and Kei Hosogai and is known for their passionate and dark rock sound as well as their insane popularity within the franchise.

The quartet has released 3 singles so far – Vol.1 “UNDEAD” (released in 2015), Vol.1 “UNDEAD” 2 (released in 2016) and Vol.6 “UNDEAD” 3 (released in 2017) – and a full length album “Ensemble Stars! Album Series UNDEAD” (released in August 2018). The album claimed #1 on Oricon Daily and jumped to #3 on Oricon Weekly (over 48.000 copies sold in one week), showing the group’s popularity and sales power.

UNDEAD are going to perform live for the first time in 2019.

DRINK ME (2015 -)

An unique project in the seiyuu industry kicked off in 2015. In a market filled with 2D idols, EXIT TUNES wanted to impress. FlyMe Project brought visual-kei to center stage, introducing two bands with distinct takes on the visual-kei genre: MEDICODE (hardrock/heavy metal/screamo) and DRINK ME (pop/rock/alternative/ska). The project enlisted the help of popular producers, bands and musicians (DIAURA’s Kei, A9’s Hiroto, LM.C’s Aiji, Nighmare’s Sakito, Matenrou Opera) from the visual-kei scene.

DRINK ME consist on Daiki Yamashita (vocals), Toshiki Masuda, Yoshimasa Hosoya and Yuki Kaji. Masuda, Hosoya and Kaji only participate in the drama parts within this project. The band has released two singles since their debut: DRINK ME (2015) and The New World (2017).

I♥B (2015 -)

Still in 2015, Masuda joined the cast of the smartphone rhythm game, I-Chu. Alongside Natsuki Hanae, Naoya Nakanishi, Junya Enoki and Yuichiro Umehara, he is a part of the idol unit I♥B.

Since their debut the group has released 7 singles: Fly Fly!Dear My Precious FriendMy destinyMirai FantasistaShinkai MermaidWe are I★CHU! – I♥B ver. and Let’s Go.

IDOLiSH7 (2015 -)

The 7 member group consisting of Toshiki MasudaTsubasa YonagaKENNAtsushi AbeTakuya EguchiKensho Ono and Yusuke Shirai debuted in 2015, part of the rhythm game of the same name. The game was an instant hit due to its well done blend between a rhythm game and its story components. This wasn’t like other idol games out there, focusing on delivering a rich story alongside high quality music, ending up attracting a lot of people to this game with that formula.

Toshiki Masuda voices Iori Izumi, sharp tongued lead vocal in IDOLiSH7 (also Mitsuki Izumi’s younger brother) and, in a way, like a second manager to the group.

Since their debut, IDOLiSH7 have released several singles as a unit, cross units, special sub-units and solo tracks, all of them well received by their fans. Back in 2016, IDOLiSH7‘s first ever full-length album “I7” set a record among seiyuu/2.5D units. It was the first ever album to score a #2 on Oricon Weekly in the album category. The album had an impressive number of sales, sweeping the charts when most people doubted they would be able to pull off anything like that at that time.

That feat showed the franchise’s popularity when it was only promoting itself through the game and music (no live events nor anime adaptation plans at that time). Their record was later broken by none other than TRIGGER, rival unit also from this franchise.

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IDOLiSH7 performed live for the first time at IDOLiSH7 ROAD TO INFINITY, live event held at 07/07/2018 and 08/07/2018 at MetLife Arena. Masuda’s energy and professionalism on stage impressed a lot that attended the franchise’s first live.

However, Masuda had already performed live as Fly Away (Riku and Iori’s sub-unit) at IDOLiSH7 Fan Thanksgiving vol.3 “Kimi to motto motto, ai o kataranaito!” held in May 2018.

Fly Away @  IDOLiSH7 Fan Thanksgiving vol.3 “Kimi to motto motto, ai o kataranaito!”

Vocally, Toshiki Masuda has stood out since day 1. Be with group songs, sub-units (Fly Away), shuffle units or solo, his performances bring a unique flair, bathed in sweet vibrato and showcasing an impressive vocal control (almost on par with Atsushi Abe’s).

Iori Izumi kicked off IDOLiSH7‘s solo series 12 SONGS GIFT with the release of the ballad “One dream” in January 2018. This ballad perfectly captures the character’s personality and issues and, with Masuda’s performance, is easily one of the best songs from the solo series.

Dear Vocalist: RE-O-DO (2016 -)

In 2016 Masuda was announced as the face of Dear Vocalist, drama + music CD series created by Rejet.

He voices RE-O-DO, LUMIERE’s vocalist known for his dedication to both his work and girlfriend. With music composed by R.O.N, RE-O-DO’s songs range from aggressive to uptempo and upbeat, all within the rock genre. RE-O-DO’s songs have a unique touch (much alike all other Dear Vocalist’s vocals) that easily tells his songs apart from others’. Heavy riffs and catchy chord progressions are the greeting card, at the same time clean vocals and the lack of use of electronica (with his Xtreme entry being an exception) for the most part make him one of the rock purists (the others being Judah and (2)you) in the franchise.

Toshiki Masuda @ CR69Fes.2018「Dead or Alive」

So far Masuda has performed for 4 singles – all part of the respective 4 drama CDs released up until now – and 1 Best of album.

Toshiki Masuda @ CR69Fes.2018「Dead or Alive」

Masuda performed live for the first time as RE-O-DO on CR69Fes.2018「Dead or Alive」, Dear Vocalist‘s first ever live show held at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo on 30/09/2018. For this live he performed the songs EGOIST?Rain&Pain and I am a Loser.

Wonder Corona! (2016)

Rejet/Pythagoras Production announced their first shuffle units back in 2016. Wonder Corona! were the first unit to debut back in April, 2016. The lineup was one of the strongest yet one of the oddest in the middle of the shuffle series. Alongside Okawa were Toshiki Masuda (Marginal #4) and Shouta Aoi (Unicorn Jr.). This group had everything to be a good one but no one really knew if their contrasting tones would work together. Okawa was still improving his vocals, Masuda had completely changed his singing style – much due to his musical theatre experience -, Aoi was an intimidating, complete performer, but interesting enough, every single one of them were known for being versatile multitaskers in their own respective groups.

Wonder Corona! released two singles, “Viva La Chu” and “Samajera“.

The group showed consistency, “Viva La Chu” was a strong release, one of the best from the first wave of releases from the shuffle series, “Samajera“, although a bit odd at times, was one of the best releases, this time from the second wave.

Masuda‘s growth started to make him stand out from the rest of the group. By changing and improving his singing technique, he started to showcase that he be more than a reliable singer.

Epicurean (2016)

Rejet created the project Forbidden Star in 2016. Several units were announced to be part of this project – now dropped – including Epicurean, group that counted with Yuto Suzuki, Toshiki Masuda, Nobunaga Shimazaki and Takuya Eguchi. Epicurean had music produced by R.O.N.

The group released two singles Check it Love! (2016) and Dream on Stage! (2016).

BLAST (2017 – 2019)

2017 welcomed an ambitious rock rhythm game, Band Yarouze!. The franchise introduced 4 main bands: OSIRIS, BLAST, Fairy April and Cure2tron.

BLAST‘s lineup counts with Youji Ikuta (vocals), Daiki Yamashita, Haruki Ishiya and Toshiki Masuda. The band has a youthful yet aggressive punk-rock/punk-pop sound that easily sets apart from all other music within the franchise.

Since their debut, BLAST released a couple of insert songs for the game – that were later released in Duel Gig albums – and performed live twice. Since for the Duel Gig live shows only the vocalists for OSIRIS and BLAST attended, Masuda never took part in any of the franchise’s live shows.

Aside from the group songs, Masuda performed solo (as Sosuke Maki) on “heartbeat“, song later released on DUEL GIG EXTRA, Best Of album released in November 2018.

BELLWETHER (2017)

From Left to Right: Koutaro Nishiyama, Tasuku Hatanaka, Toshiki Masuda, Shunsuke Takeuchi and Chiharu Sawashiro

In 2017, alongside Shunsuke TakeuchiKoutaro NishiyamaTasuku Hatanaka and Chiharu SawashiroTakeuchi performed as BELLWETHER, special unit created especifically for Boku Koe‘s musical segment. The songs were a bit “different” in comparison with the typical idol songs – BELLWETHER‘s were more on the parody side -, with themes ranging from bad puns to nipples. The unit served its purposed within the show and isn’t active anymore.

BRAVE HEARTS (2018 -)

SQUARE ENIX announced in March, 2018 that the company was going to launch their first ever idol game “IDOL FANTASY“.

Toshiki Masuda was announced as part of BRAVE HEARTS, unit consisting of Makoto Furukawa, Kentaro Kumagai, Yusuke Shirai, Arthur Lounsbery, Ayumu Murase.

The group performs pop/rock music.

Rush! (2018?)

The five piece group Rush! consists on Kento Hama (leader), Yuto UemuraMakoto FurukawaToshiki Masuda and Yusuke Kobayashi. Their songs were marketed as being powerful and having underlying battle vibe. Although the group was announced in February 2018, they haven’t released any music.

stirRhythm (2018 -)

stirRhythm is the main unit in Starry Palette, mixed media project developed by DMM GAMES. The project was announced early in 2017 but due to technical issues production was halted, only to be, months later, announced that production had resumed and the project was still alive. Starry Palette plans to have music releases, a smartphone game, live performances, radio show (Toshiki Masuda and Yuto Suzuki are the hosts), manga, novels, among other things.

stirRhythm consist on Toshiki Masuda, Yuto Suzuki, Junya Enoki, Shouta Aoi, Keisuke Komoto, Subaru Kimura, Sho Kiriake, Ihara Shin, Yuki Ono.

The group has 15 in-game songs, with some of those having been previously released as bonus content for Dengeki Girls among other otome magazines in Japan.

ECCENTRIC FIVE (2018 -)

ECCENTRIC FIVE is a group comprised of Ensemble Stars!’s most eccentric characters voiced by Toshiki Masuda (Sakuma), Koutaro Nishiyama (Shinkai), Takuya Eguchi (Sakasaki), Hiroki Takahashi (Itsuki), Kenji Nojima (Sakasaki).

The group released their first song “Eccentric Party Night!!” part of Switch’s “Ensemble Stars! Album Series Switch” released on 24/10/2018.

RGB-Trinity (2019)

In November 2018, Masuda was announced as part of RGB-Trinity, Kira-tune’s new unit set to debut in 2019. RGB-Trinity consist of Toshiki Masuda, Yuma Uchida and Yusuke Kobayashi.

Variety

Since his debut as a seiyuu, Masuda has been featured in quite a few seiyuu variety shows or events. From the Maxboys TV’s diary episodes to Animemashite, Banpresto or even Rejet Fes, he always brings his variety skills to the spotlight leading to a whole lot of hilarious moments as well as a fair share of candid moments. As a host his professionalism shows, being able to conduct events without much issues – even if the cast is trying to make fun of him or seem uncontrollable. As a guest he typically starts off calm and collected and easily puts the hosts in tears with his antics. Here’s some of his best variety appearances.

Maxboys TV (2012)

Toshiki Masuda hosting Maxboys TV (episode 2 – 2012)

In 2012, UNIVERSAL MUSIC Japan kicked off Maxboys TV, a series of short episodes into their career. Some of the videos included behind the scenes footage of some of their album/single photoshoots between other things.

A total of seven episodes were released from 2012 to 2013. Episodes can be found on UNIVERSAL MUSIC Japan’s official youtube channel – HERE.

Banpresto (2013 & 2017 – guest)

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Toshiki Masuda has been twice on Banpresto (2013 and 2017), variety show hosted by Kenichi Suzumura and Ryota Osaka. His appearance in 2013 was the first time as a seiyuu that he appeared on a variety show. Given how he was still a new face in the seiyuu industry, that episode ended up being rather quiet – that is in comparison with his hilarious second appearance on the show.

Toshiki Masuda @ Banpresto (2017)

Masuda returned in 2017 to promote Tsukiuta‘s goods and ended up playfully giving up on his presenting job multiple times due to Suzumura’s constant directions on how to act as Koi Kisaragi (Six Gravity). After multiple tries, staff’s unique reactions (or lack of) and Suzumura’s teasing, Masuda threw his script on the floor in protest.

This is easily one of his best variety appearances, filled with crazy antics and hilarious banter. Also known as the origin to Masuda’s iconic “My pride is more valuable than money!” rant.

Animemashite (2014)

Toshiki Masuda and Soma Saito @ Animemashite 2014

In 2014, Masuda co-hosted TV Tokyo’s Animemashite, show focused on the anime and seiyuu scenes, with fellow seiyuu Soma Saito.

The recording was split into two, with a part of each episode focusing on each seiyuu, their likes, ambitions and what was the catalyst for them to enter the business. The show’s concept allowed the seiyuu to interview each other and then interview other guests – that went there to promote their shows and/or music releases.

Tokimeki Recipe (2014)

Toshiki Masuda joined Tetsuya Kakihara for Tokimeki Recipe’s DVD. Tokimeki Recipe was a variety show in which two seiyuu would be paired up and work together to cook several dishes with available ingredients. Between cooking, game corners to earn ingredients or hints and challenges, the duo was busy yet the vibe throughout the shooting was welcoming and entertaining.

Masuda has said a couple of times that he loves cooking and this show was perfect to show his fans just how great his skills and knowledge are.

Jinro Battle ~ Jinro VS tantei ~ (2015)

In 2015, Masuda participated on Marine Entertainment’s popular Jinro Battle variety show. On Jinro Battle ~ Jinro VS tantei ~ (人狼バトル~人狼VS探偵~) he tried his best to beat the game however, much to his disappointment, ended up being eliminated twice.

The cast included Shouta Aoi, Tetsuya Kakihara, Hiro Shimono, Kenichi Suzumura, Kousuke Toriumi, Kenji Nojima, Hirofumi Nojima, Ayumu Murase and Hiroki Takahashi.

Diamond no Ace All Star game II (2016)

In 2016 Masuda attended Diamond no Ace’s outdoor event, Diamond no Ace All Star game II. He ended up winning the tournament as part of the “rivals” team B (Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Kensho Ono, Kenichi Suzumura and Soma Saito). His unique entrance and self introduction pose still are in the memory of many fans.

IDOLiSH7 Kimi to Aidolish naito! (2016)

IDOLiSH7 released their first album “i7” in 2016. To celebrate its release all members attended the special broadcast IDOLiSH7 キミと愛ドリッシュないと!(IDOLiSH7 Kimi to Aidolish naito!).

Throughout the broadcast he was constantly being picked on by Yusuke Shirai leading to hilarious banter between them. Adding to that were his priceless reactions – i.e furiously protecting Iori’s cardboard standup from Shirai’s attacks.

Famitsu Gamers (2017)

Famitsu Gamers DX (ファミ通ゲーマーズDX), game show hosted by Kenichi Suzumura and Tomoaki Maeno, sure has had its hilarious episodes however, there’s this one memorable episode. Toshiki Masuda guested on the show in 2017 and chaos ensued.

The fiery and competitive performances in Super Bomberman R and Mario Bros game led a whole lot of laughter not only from the hosts, guest, staff as well as the viewers.

Masuda Toshiki to Hatanaka Tasuku no TSK (2018 -)

Toshiki Masuda and Tasuku Hatanaka teamed up to co-host 増田俊樹と畠中祐のTSK (Masuda Toshiki to Hatanaka Tasuku no TSK), variety show that has the duo doing what they want. Episodes focus on various activities – making a table, purchasing a used kotatsu, selling old things at a recycle shop, buying presents for each other – all with a really low budget to spend.

There are episodes that focus on a particular seiyuu and others on the duo. When working together, Masuda teases Hatanaka at any given opportunity but when alone, he often becomes everyone’s laughing topic – i.e the paper plane episode.

The show airs on Nico Nico but recaps or digests are released monthly on TSK GEKKO’s official youtube channel.

Sokuboku (2018)

Nishiyama Koutaro’s Sokuboku guests: Toshiki Masuda and Daiki Yamashita

In 2018, he  guested on Koutaro Nishiyama’s variety show, Sokuboku. Alongside Daiki Yamashita – also a guest – and Nishiyama, Masuda played tennis.

IDOLiSH7 Fan Thanksgiving vol.3 “Kimi to motto motto, ai o kataranaito!” (2018)

Toshiki Masuda IDOLiSH7 Fan Thanksgiving vol.3 “Kimi to motto motto, ai o kataranaito!”’s MC

Masuda participated in two out of the three IDOLiSH7 fan meetings held in 2018. He was the MC for the 3rd fan meeting – IDOLiSH7 Fan Thanksgiving vol.3 “Kimi to motto motto, ai o kataranaito!” – that counted with the presence of Yusuke Shirai, Atsushi Abe, Kensho Ono and Soma Saito.

Aside from his mc skills in the talk corner and acting in the live skit, Masuda performed live as part of the sub-unit, Fly Away.

Kensho Ono no Ononomi (2018)

In October 2018, Masuda guested, alongside fellow seiyuu Atsushi Abe, on Kensho Ono‘s beer-powered talk show, “Kensho Ono no Ononomi“.

Modeling

Although it is something he no longer does, Masuda used to do modelling early on in his career. Perhaps the best known modeling gig of his was for Stylebook 2012 Spring & Summer feat. Naoki Yoshida.

After debuting as a seiyuu he’s been using his modeling skills for each and every photoshoot he’s a part of.

Photobook galore

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When it comes to photobooks, Masuda is one of the most active seiyuu. So far he has released three photobooks: Clear Mind (2009) – released before debuting as as seiyuu -, Kisekai Kareshi (2011) and another STORY (2018). All of those have completely different concepts, perfectly encompassing specific periods in his career.

Facts

Wide gap between looks and personality

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Perhaps this doesn’t fall in the “Fact” category as it is wildly known among his fans that Masuda is, in fact, rather unique. His looks are a complete opposite of his personality or, at least, rather unexpected. He doesn’t care if his image is in any way tarnished due to his actions that often lead to hilarious moments. Each and every event he’s a part of will have him doing or saying something funny. Energetic and eccentric at times, he puts smiles on everyone’s face.

Passionate about cooking

When Masuda mentioned that one of his hobbies is cooking, he wasn’t kidding. His passion for cooking led Lettuce Club to invite Masuda to write a corner for their magazine.

In 2017 he kicked off the serialization corner “Masuda Toshiki no kimi ni kikaseru STORY” for Lettuce Club, showcasing his passion for cooking through the preparation of several recipes and writing comments on those.

Math over English

Masuda once mentioned on 細谷佳正・増田俊樹の全力男子 (Hosoya Yoshimasa & Masuda Toshiki No Zenryoku Danshi) that he’s really good in math, the same can’t be said in English which prompted Hosoya Yoshimasa to question his sense of what was truly useful to him. Masuda playfully replied that English is not something he needs when he works in Japan and doesn’t intend to go overseas.

Plays guitar and piano

Fabulous Party 2017 presented by TOSHIKI MASUDA

During his Maxboys days, he showed in a couple of instances his guitar playing skills. Later on, he showcased his piano playing skills at Fabulous Party 2017 presented by TOSHIKI MASUDA. He mentioned at that time that he had practiced hard – he previously didn’t know how to play piano – in order to be able to perform two songs at the event.

Completely focused on his work to the point that… the police was called to intervene

Toshiki Masuda @ TIFF 2017

In 2017 at Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), Masuda mentioned that one time he was practicing a script for an anime series that included shouts and yells.

A neighbor of his found the noises he was making rather annoying and called the police on Masuda.

Masuda mentioned that initially he didn’t understand why would his next door neighbors change so often. That’s when he realized that it was because he was rehearsing lines for anime series at home. He mentioned that doesn’t happen anymore as he now practices his lines elsewhere.

“My Master”

Show Hayami and Toshiki Masuda in 2013

Masuda has mentioned several times after making his debut as a seiyuu that he was a student of Show Hayami‘s. The veteran seiyuu and legend in the industry taught him a thing or two about being a seiyuu.

Hayami took him under his wing rather early on in his seiyuu career, giving him experience in radio – S.S.D.S. Love Ultimate Diagnosis (2014) – as well as event hosting experience by having him join several of his S.S.D.S. events. Masuda highly respects Hayami, even calling him his “Master“.

High respect for Yoshimasa Hosoya

Toshiki Masuda and Hosoya Yoshimasa in 2012

Masuda holds Yoshimasa Hosoya dear as not only a fellow Hiroshima native, but also because it was Hosoya who initially guided him in the seiyuu industry when everything was a new to him.

Hosoya took him under his wing, showing the ropes to the young Masuda and thus their friendship took off. Since then, they’ve crossed paths multiple times in anime, games and events. Masuda often expresses his admiration for him.

The unique friendship with Yuto Suzuki

Toshiki Masuda and Yuto Suzuki in 2015

Now, this one of Masuda‘s best known friendships in the seiyuu industry. Toshiki Masuda (born in 1990) and Yuto Suzuki (born in 1989) got to know each other in 2013 when both were casted as members of Marginal #4. They clicked fast and soon after, stories of their antics and their overall entertaining friendship came to light – with either Suzuki or Masuda spilling the beans on it.

Yuto Suzuki has a unique habit of giving everyone nicknames, even to veteran seiyuu (he just adds the nickname + san and it seems that everyone finds it cute in a way, best example is Kenjiro Tsuda that he calls “Tsudaken-san”). Masuda didn’t escape his habit however because he’s younger than Yuto, he didn’t get any honorifics. That was the birth of the nickname “MasuToshi”.

Masuda even went on his personal twitter in 2013 (account that was closed in August 2018 when he left Space Craft) to complain about Yuto Suzuki’s barrage of personal messages while at work and even outside of it. He went on to publicly question him on twitter “What are you? My girlfriend?“.

Marginal #4 5th anniversary broadcast (2018)

As much as he complains about Suzuki, the two are known as close friends and constantly tease each other when on the same broadcasts – with Masuda usually making fun of Suzuki’s catchphrase “Gyosu” and Suzuki calling him MasuToshi as well as dissing each other whenever possible.

Close friends with Koutaro Nishiyama, Yusuke Shirai and Genki Okawa

His friendship with Koutaro Nishiyama and Yusuke Shirai started to be noticed by fans in the Binan Kouko‘s early days. The trio was part of the main cast and quickly hit it off when hosting the same variety show connected to the anime series.

Their chemistry instantly shows when they are together and any show that features him with any of the two will certainly have a lot of teasing and fun going on.

Toshiki Masuda and Genki Okawa (2010)

On the other hand Masuda‘s friendship with Genki Okawa dates back to the Prince Of Tennis musical in 2009. Both were casted on the same team and even after they both graduated from the play, they’ve often found themselves working on the same stage plays. When both debuted as seiyuu, they found themselves also participating in the same projects – both are members of MooNs (B-PROJECT) and Pythagoras Production (Masuda joined Marginal #4 whereas Okawa joined Lagrange Point).

Other seiyuu he’s friends with include Kensho Ono, Shouta Aoi, Tasuku Hatanaka, Soma Saito, Wataru Hatano, Yuichiro Umehara, Daiki Yamashita, Takuya Eguchi, KENN, Naozumi Takahashi, between many others. Due to his welcoming and warm personality, it’s no wonder he’s friends with a lot of seiyuu as well as stage actors.

With this we wrap up another Seiyuu Digest. A reminder that this is a special January – December digest so next month there’s no Seiyuu Digest release. This corner resumes in February 2019.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check past Seiyuu Digests (some of those recently updated) – HERE.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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