Seiyuu Digest #53 – Yuma Uchida

Yuma Uchida has quickly climbed the ladder in the seiyuu industry. He’s one of the most versatile talents from the 90’s born generation of seiyuu. We take a look at his exciting career with this Seiyuu Digest.

Yuma Uchida

KANJI: 内田雄馬

BORN: September 21, 1992

OCCUPATION: seiyuu, singer, actor, radio personality

HEIGHT: 163cm

Yuma Uchida was born on September 21, 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. He’s Maaya Uchida’s younger brother. Due to the influence of his family’s passion of playing games – especially Sakurai Taisen -, Uchida became interested in voice acting when he was 13 years old however, and he mentioned it in 2015 on Animemashite, when he watched anime series he noticed that all “ikemen” characters were tall and had good voices and that didn’t fit with him so he gave up on the idea.

When he was in high school and started thinking about what he was going to do in the future, he decided to give voice acting another chance thus graduating from high school and then enrolling at Japan Narration Acting Institute.

Seiyuu

2012 – 2014

The early days

Yuma Uchida debuted as a seiyuu in 2012 with a minor role in Holy Knight. At the time he got that role, Uchida was still attending voice acting classes, only graduating and joining the talent agency I’m enterprise a year later.

Yuma Kousaka

His got his first main role in the mecha anime Gundam Build Fighters Try as Yuma Kousaka. The series aired from 2014 to 2015 and later spanned other adaptations in which Uchida reprised his role – Gundam Build Fighters Try: Island Wars (2016) and Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue (2017).

From 2013 to 2014, he was part of several anime projects. He voiced characters in anime such as Aikatsu! (2013), Makai Ouji (2013), Love Lab (2013), Strike the Blood (2013), M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane (2014), Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (2014), selector infected WIXOSS (2014), Sword Art Online II (2014), Terra Formars (2014), JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders (2014), between many others.

2015 – 2017

Making a name for himself

This period of time was pivotal for Uchida to set himself apart from other young seiyuu in the industry. He showcased his versatility with a variety of roles in mecha, sci-fi, action, sports, comedy, romance anime. Out of those it’s the main roles as Nagisa Kiryu in Classroom☆Crisis (2015), Kasumi Chigusa in Qualidea Code (2016), Hayate Immelmann in Macross Δ (2016), Kazuomi Oga in ReLIFE (2016), Yu Suzuno in KING OF PRISM (2016 – 2017), Kaoru Sakuraba in The iDOLM@STER SideM (2017) and the secondary role as Eiji Otori in Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions (2015) and Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star (2016) that stand out.

Nagisa Kiryu

In Classroom☆Crisis, Uchida voiced the professional and proper Nagisa Kiryu. The character however had more to it than just its professional side, something that most fans of the series ended up enjoying.

Hayate Immelmann

On a contrasting note is Uchida‘s role as Hayate Immelmann in Macross Δ. Although the anime is named by fans of the Macross franchise as one of the worst anime adaptations, that didn’t stop Uchida from showcasing his talent when voicing the brash and carefree Hayate.

Kasumi Chigusa

Kasumi Chigusa in Qualidea Code is yet another role that feels different from most roles played by Uchida between 2015 and 2017. Chigusa isn’t exactly good at expressing himself and is more on the stoic side.

Kazuomi Oga

Not a necessarily different type of character but with a nuanced approach is his role as Kazuomi Oga in the comedy and romance anime, ReLIFE. Oga is, despite the stereotypical “prince” and “good at sports” looks, just a smart student that has top grades and is often chosen as class rep. Uchida perfectly captured the character’s essence, delivering a complete performance that brought to life Oga’s upbeat personality alongside his naivety when it came to love, as well as his passion to help his friends.

Eiji Otori

Uchida joined the cast of the hit shoujo/music franchise  Uta no☆Prince-sama♪. He was casted as Eiji Otori, HE★VENS‘ member and brother of their leader Eiichi Otori.

The character appeared in two seasons Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions (2015) and Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star (2016) and in those two fans got to know more about the shy and hardworking Eiji. Although there is little focus on his character, Uchida starred in one of the franchise’s most iconic moments with his the jaw dropping performance of “Mighty Aura” (featuring Tokiya Ichinose – voiced by Mamoru Miyano).

Yu Suzuno

In 2016, Uchida he voiced Yu Suzuno in KING OF PRISM. While this role didn’t necessarily bring anything new to his repertoire – he’d previously voiced tsundere, easily angered characters in the past, it was still an interesting performance for the couple of OVA’s the series spawned from 2016 to 2017.

Kaoru Sakuraba

2017 was a big year. The iDOLM@STER SideM premiered and with it came a massive boost in Uchida’s popularity that went beyond the fans of the franchise. In both the game and the anime series he voices Kaoru Sakuraba, former doctor turned idol that has a complicated personality – stoic demeanor, tsundere, perfectionist, condescending and  comes off as rude towards some 315 Production idols. However, the character ends up growing, making those prickly points of his character tone down while opening up to his fellow DRAMATIC STARS members and fully embrace his life as an idol. Uchida’s performance stood out, especially after having perfectly captured Sakuraba’s personality, making the character’s dramatic, deep story-driven arc shine as well as the little comedic parts in the anime all the more enjoyable.

Between 2015 and 2017, Uchida also had secondary or minor roles in anime such as Kekkai Sensen (2015 – 2017), Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (2015 – 2016), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015- 2016), Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season (2015), Diamond no Ace: Second Season (2015), Starmyu (2015 – 2017), Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki (2015), Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On (2016), GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation (2017), Yowamushi Pedal (2015 – 2017), Kyoukai no Rinne (2017), between many more.

2018 –

The big break

2018 was one of the most consistent years in Uchida’s career, scoring a total of 22 roles in anime – between new adaptations and reprisals. Among those 22 roles, Uchida had several main roles and a couple of secondary characters that made viewers care for them.

Seiichiro Minamoto

The year kicked off for Uchida in the anime adaptation of Sanrio Danshi. The slice-of-life anime counted with a cast filled with popular seiyuu – that included Takuya Eguchi, Soma Saito, Jun Osuka, Makoto Furukawa and more – and a simple storyline about friendships and how it’s okay to have certain interests that most people would deem not acceptable. Uchida voiced the serious and capable Seiichiro Minamoto.

Yaichi Kuzuryuu

He voiced Yaichi Kuzuryuu in Ryuuou no Oshigoto!, shogi/comedy anime that had mixed reviews due to its tone, the way certain characters interacted with Kuzuryuu as well as the story – or lack of it – when it came to touch upon the shogi theme.

Iori Kitahara

The comedy anime Grand Blue was an instant hit during 2018’s Summer season. The anime followed the antics of Iori Kitahara, voiced by Yuma Uchida, and the adventures or misadventures of college life. Many praised the anime for its comedic tone or how the series portrayed college life exactly like how it is: a transition to working society that is still filled with a lot of crazy in between.

Ginshi Shirazu

Another role that stood out was Ginshi Shirazu in Tokyo Ghoul:re. Despite the initial hype surrounding the anime adaptation of the popular Tokyo Ghoul spin-of, the series ended up plagued by a confusing, rushed plot much due to how badly adapted the source material was. Regardless, Uchida voiced Shirazu and was one of the series’ highlights, even if the character didn’t end up being present for the whole run.

Late 2018 would introduce to anime fans what is Yuma Uchida’s best performance to date.

He was casted in the popular action/crime/drama anime BANANA FISH as the protagonist Ash Lynx. Uchida was wildly praised after the stunning, emotion-filled performance in the series. After this role, Uchida’s took an interesting turn and his popularity soared.

Other anime he voiced characters in include: Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (2018), Mahoutsukai no Yome (2018), Pop Team Epic (2018), Grancrest Senki (2018), Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2 (2018), Juushinki Pandora (20108), Caligula (2018), Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (2018), Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (2018), Golden Kamuy (2018),  Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (2018), between many others.

Still in the same year, Uchida reprised his role as Kaoru Sakuraba in the chibi anime The iDOLM@STER SideM: Wake Atte Mini!.

Riding on the popularity given by the success of BANANA FISH, Uchida kicked off 2019 with the right foot. Several game franchises he’s voicing characters in were greenlit for anime adaptations in 2019, he joined the main cast of a remake of a popular anime as well as new, original projects.

Kono Oto Tomare! key visual – Takezou Kurata (left), Chika Kudou (center) and Satowa Houzuki (right)

He joined the cast of Kono Oto Tomare!, anime adaptation of the popular action/romance/drama manga of the same name. Uchida voices the series’ protagonist, Chika Kudou. The series is planned for two seasons.

KING OF PRISM -Shiny Seven Stars- was greenlit for anime adaptation after two popular movies and several OVAs. He’ll reprise his role as Yu Suzuno. Ensemble Stars! was greenlit for anime adaptation in 2018 and only in 2019 it was confirmed that the anime is going to air in the 2019 Summer Season. He voices Jun Sazanami, member of the duo, Eve and the quartet Eden.

The remake of the popular romance anime Fruits Basket was announced as well. Uchida is going to voice Kyou Soma, character that was voiced in the original version by Tomokazu Seki.

Koushuu Okumura

He’s going to reprise his roles as Koushuu Okumura in Diamond no Ace: Act II (premiere in the 2019 Fall season) and Eiji Otori in the movieUta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Kingdom (premiere in June 2019).

Adding to the roles so far announced in 2019 is his role as Fried Shrimp in the short anime Kyou mo Tsuno ga Aru.

2019 is looking like a great year for the talented seiyuu.

Awards

In 2017, Uchida won the Best Rookie seiyuu award at the 11th Seiyuu Awards due to his work as Hayate Immelmann in Macross DeltaHe shared the award with Yusuke Kobayashi and Setsuo Ito.

At the 13th Seiyuu Awards in 2019, Uchida won the Best Lead Actor Award for his work as Ash in BANANA FISH.

Acting

Darekoe (2018)

In 2018, Uchida made his debut as an actor in the Bokukoe spin-off series, Darekoe. He got to showcase his singing, dancing and acting skills as a member of GENMEPER, the focal point of this 5 episode spin-off.

GENMEPER consist of Kensho OnoYuma UchidaShunichi TokiAnri Katsu (was in the original Bokukoe series) and Kento Hama. The group performed the theme song for this spin-off titled 幻滅交響曲“いい歌じゃねぇ” (Symphony of Disillusionment​​ “It’s not a good song”).

The series kept the members’ identities a secret right until the end of the season.

GENMEPER joined the cast of Bokukoe‘s 2nd season, joining the extended and luxurious lineup for this series.

Bokukoe 2 (2019)

Bokukoe premiered its 2nd season in January 2019. Uchida joined the cast not only as a member of GENMEPER but also as an actor for the series’ main skit この宿屋に泊まりに来たあいつがこの村を救ってくれるんじゃねぇ?(Kono yadoya ni tomari ni kita aitsu ga kono mura o sukutte kurerun ja ne?).

He also participated alongside Showtaro Morikubo in the skit 龍馬、セカイ系を語る (Ryoma, Sekai-kei o Kataru). Yuma Uchida acted as Mutsu Munemitsu.

Radio

Uchida made his debut in radio in 2014. He was an assistant from 2014 to 2015 in the radio show Keikai Sensen Wazana o sakende kara naguru radio!. The radio show stemmed from the anime series Keikai Sensen in which he voiced Sonic.

Beloved Memories Radio hosts in 2015

A couple of months later in 2015, Uchida teamed up with Atsushi Tamaru and the duo started co-hosting the long lived radio show, BELOVED MEMORIES.

BELOVED MEMORIES is a radio show in which Uchida and Tamaru become special sommeliers who fill in any void in the hearts of the listeners or those dear to them, in order to free them from stress and/or unsatisfactory days replacing it with wonderful memories. Despite the fancy description, the show often lands in risqué territory with a whole lot of funny stories in the mix. With over 140 episodes broadcasted, the show has already released seven DJCDs. This show was the catalyst for the the creation of their unit of the same name.

IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night! (2015 – 2016)

IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night! (2016) / Credit: Shugo Nakamura official twitter account

Alongside fellow DRAMATIC STARS‘ members Shugo Nakamura and Taku Yashiro, Uchida hosted the radio show “IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night!” from 2015 to 2016. The show focused on promoting SideM’s units and their music releases but it was also a place for a lot of fun conversations and crazy shenanigans. Starting in 2016, each group from the SideM franchise has hosted the show for a whole month. DRAMATIC STARS returned to the show as hosts in 2017.

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Uchida Yuma no Change You Mind

Still in 2015, Uchida hosted his own radio show for MAN TWO MONTH RADIO. MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Uchida Yuma no Change You Mind aired from 07/08/2015 to 25/09/2015 for a total of 8 episodes. This radio show had two corners: Yuma no jiyuu jikan in which he talked in depth about one topic and Shinsei · Uchida Yuma!!, corner in which he challenged himself in different fields to acquire new qualifications. This was Uchida’s first experience as a solo radio personality.

Uchida Yuma Kimi no hanashi o yakasete (2017)

Uchida’s flagship radio show is Uchida Yuma Kimi no hanashi o yakasete. The show aired its first episode in 2017 and has been going strong up until now.

In 2018 he was paired up with veteran seiyuu and HE★VENS‘ leader, Hikaru Midorikawa, to host the radio show HE★VENS RADIO〜Go to heaven〜.

Other radio shows Uchida has guested and/or hosted include: Macross D Gorigori radio shicharukanne! (2016), Uchida Yuma no 5-kai de owarimasu! (2017), IshikawaYuma no YU-KAI na taiketsu (2018), between others.

Dubbing/Narration

Although not the field of work in which is most prolific, Uchida still has several credits under his belt in this department, including foreign movies and series as well as to tokusatsu series.

Some of his credits include Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle (2013), ANNIE (2014), Paper Towns (2015), THE FLASH (2015), Game of Thrones (2016), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), Kamen Rider Ghost (2016), Dessau Dancers (2017), Tomb Raider (2018), between many others.

Uchida is best known in narration for his job in Daisuke Ono and Hiro Shimono‘s “Ono Shimono no Doko Demo Quest” (2018). Between 2015 and 2017 he did narration for TV Tokyo’s show, Animusu.

Drama CDs

Another field of work in which he’s seldom found is drama CDs. He made his debut in this field in 2014 and since then, he’s done punctual drama CDs.

Some of the drama CDs he’s voiced characters in include: Sekai no Owari no Encore (2015), THE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE series (2015), Hantsu x Trash (2015), Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (2015), Himesama Tanuki no Koizanyou (2016), Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (2017) and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2017).

Since 2016, Uchida has been active in the BL CD industry. He’s got credits in Color Recipe (2016), Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. 3 and 4 (2016 – 2017), Hitorijime My Hero (2016), Caste Heaven (2016), Kazoku ni Narou yo (2017), Jackass! (2017), Kurayami ni Strobe (2018), I HATE (2019), Sore demo boku no mono ni naru (2019), between many others.

Games

Games have been a passion of Uchida’s but also one of the fields in which he’s the most active since his debut. Although fans will primarily find him in otome and rhythm games, Uchida has a varied repertoire that involves voicing characters in RPGs and action games.

He’s known for playing roles of characters that are calm and collected, most of those realists that often butt heads with other characters. Some of his most popular roles include: Kaoru Sakuraba in THE IDOLM@STER SideM franchise, Makoto Kurusu in Band Yarouze!, Jun Sazanami in Ensemble Stars!, Futami Akabane in I-Chu and Takaomi Shishimaru in DREAM!ing.

THE IDOLM@STER SideM (2014 -)

Kaoru Sakuraba

Perhaps the character that started Uchida’s trend of voicing cool type, realist characters is Kaoru Sakuraba in THE IDOLM@STER SideM franchise. Sakuraba is a former doctor part of DRAMATIC STARS but his ideals often clash with their members’. Calm, collected yet passionate and caring, Sakuraba easily stole the hearts of many fans of the franchise.

I-Chu (2015 -)

Futami Akabane

In 2015, Uchida joined the cast of the rhythm game I-Chu. He voices Futami Akabane, Lancelot‘s member. Akabane is laidback and happy-go-lucky but slacks a lot, being a source of frustration for both his group and the producer. He’s one of the most popular characters in the I-CHU franchise.

Band Yarouze! (2016 – 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. The game stop being distributed in March 2019.

Makoto Kurusu

Makoto Kurusu in Band Yarouze! is often compared to Sakuraba however it’s not because it’s the same seiyuu voicing it. Both characters not only look alike but also have similar personality traits, the fact that Uchida voices both is just a bonus.

Makoto Kurusu is Osiris‘ passionate bassist and medicine student. He’s known for being a realist as well as calm and collected although with a gap. If caught off guard, members will find that he is easily flustered, goofy and clumsy.

Ensemble Stars! (2018 -)

Jun Sazanami

Uchida joined the cast of the popular smartphone game Ensemble Stars! in 2018. He voices calm and distant Jun Sazanami, member of the duo, Eve and the quartet Eden.

DREAM!ing (2018)

In 2018, Uchida joined the cast of DREAM!ing, smartphone that features music as one of its selling points.

The game counts with a fantastic cast that includes Natsuki Hanae, Makoto Furukawa, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Shouta Aoi, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Yuma Uchida, Shunichi Toki, Toshinari Fukamachi, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Tetsuya Kakihara, Yusuke Kobayashi, Tasuku Hatanaka, Yoshiki Nakajima, Shunsuke Takeuchi, Naru Hamano, Yuto Suzuki and Tomohiro Yamaguchi.

Takaomi Shishimaru

Uchida voices Takaomi Shishimaru, character that has an overall bad attitude and arrogance – much due to his high IQ – but he has a different side to him. He’s often found butting heads with Senri Nito (voiced by Natsuki Hanae) over the smallest of things.

Other games he’s voiced characters in include: Tears to Tiara II (2013), BLADE RUSH (2014), Quiz RPG: The World of Mystic Wiz (2015), Grand Kingdom (2015), SWEET CLOWN (2015), Granblue Fantasy (2015), 100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams (2015), Caligula (2016), Sanrio Danshi (2016), Stand My Heroes! (2016), Toraware no Palm (2016), Magical Days the Brats’ Parade (2016), Great Detective Pikachu (2016), Super Bomberman R (2017), KING OF PRISM Prism Rush! LIVE (2017), Cendrillon phalikA (2018), Digimon Rearise (2018), Kaikan Phrase CLIMAX -NEXT GENERATION- (2019), between many others.

Music

Yuma Uchida has, since early on in his career, been active when it comes to music. Everything started with THE IDOLM@STER SideM’s DRAMATIC STARS but he has long taken the leap towards a solo career.

He’s known for his energy and passion each and every time he sets foot on stage. Each performance is his best performance and his enthusiasm is enthralling to the audience. Due to his vocal quality, singing style and dancing skills, he’s often compared to Mamoru Miyano.

Solo

NEW WORLD promotional photo 2018

Uchida made his solo debut in 2018 under KING RECORD (Mamoru Miyano, Shouta Aoi, Soichiro Hoshi, etc) with the single NEW WORLD. Impressing everyone with his versatility and stunning vocals, Uchida scored his first top #10 on Oricon Weekly Chart, making his debut a success.

The quality and variety of music genres explored in the single all contributed for this single to make such an impact from the get-go.

Before Dawn promotional photo 2018

Soon after he released his 2nd single, Before Dawn. Unfortunately, the fans’ response to it was wildly different from the first single.

Before Dawn had weak sales in comparison with his debut release and was, at the same time, a released that paled in comparison with the quality and variety found in NEW WORLD. Even with the mesmerizing R&B tune, Stardust, in its lineup, the single didn’t manage to make a big impact.

Yuma Uchida @KING SUPER LIVE 2018

He made his stage debut as a solo artist at KING SUPER LIVE in 2018.

DRAMATIC STARS (2014 – )

DRAMATIC STARS

The very first group that Uchida joined was DRAMATIC STARS. Part of the male version of the insanely popular franchise THE IDOLM@STER, DRAMATIC STARS were announced as SideM‘s flagship group.

The lineup for DRAMATIC STARS includes Shugo Nakamura (leader) and Taku Yashiro. The trio is known for their energetic live performances and addictive on-record performances. Their music is, in the most part, upbeat, uptempo and thoroughly fun to listen to. Uchida is the group’s energy booster while on stage. He’s extremely upbeat and is always performing with a smile on his face, showing his comfort and passion for singing and dancing.

@ SideM 3rd Live

@ SideM 3rd Live

@ SideM 3rd Live

Up until now, the trio has released two singles, THE IDOLM@STER Sidem ST@RTING LINE-02 DRAMATIC STARS (2015) and THE IDOLM@STER SideM ANIMATION PROJECT 07「ARRIVE TO STAR」(2017). Aside from these singles, DRAMATIC STARS have participated in several cross unit and solo song projects within the franchise.

The trio has participated so far in three IDOLMASTER SideM stages: 1st STAGE 〜ST@RTING!〜 (2016), 2nd STAGE 〜ORIGIN@L STARS〜 (2017) and 3rd STAGE 〜GLORIOUS ST@GE!〜 (2018).

They also participated in the fan meeting tour “GREETING TOUR 2017 ~BEYOND THE DREAM~” in 2017 and  THE IDOLM@STER SideM’s Five-St@r Party!! in 2018.

Beloved Memories (2015 – )

Alongside Atsushi Tamaru, Uchida is part of Beloved Memories, group that stems from their radio show of the same name. The duo has a flashy pop-rock sound, something fans can easily spot on any of their songs released so far. They’ve released 3 albums: BELOVED MEMORIES MUSIC FLAVORS〜SEASIDE LIVE FES 2015〜BELOVED MEMORIES MUSIC HOURS〜SEASIDE LIVE FES 2016〜 and BELOVED MEMORIES SEASIDE LIVE FES 2017〜RAINBOW〜. Those albums were made available exclusively at the venues of SEASIDE LIVE FES, as well as on the radio show’s official online store.

The duo has already performed live numerous times on SEASIDE LIVE FES 2015, 2016 and 2017. They held their first live show “BELOVED MEMORIES 1st MEMORIES~Pleasure~” in 2017. On stage, their performances are energetic and passionate, resonating perfectly with their sound.

Lancelot (2015 -)

Alongside Tomoaki Maeno and Yusuke ShiraiYuma Uchida is part of Lancelot. This trio debuted in 2015, part of the I-Chu franchise. Uchida‘s versatility, technique and R&B flair are a perfect fit with Lancelot‘s well known mature, jazzy music. In the few songs the unit has released, his performances always shone.

HE★VENS (2015 -)

Although HE★VENS were originally introduced to fans of the Uta no Prince-sama franchise in 2013, Uchida only joined the group’s lineup – that extended from a core 3 member group to a 7 member group – back in 2015.

Heavens Gate” was all the rave in 2013, being even more popular than the songs sang by HE★VENS that year. The powerful sound and consistency in the vocals proved to be a winner combination. When 4 new members joined the group that song was reworked thus leading to one of the most imposing songs in the franchise.

HE★VENS are known for their trademark powerful and dramatic sound, with “Fumetsu no Inferno” being the best example of what this group is able to do if they are completely in sync.

HE★VENLY PARADE” might have been a bit of a lackluster due to weird pairings as well as overcrowded vocal sections, but for a group that hadn’t had enough songs out, it was hard to figure out a balance and where each vocal tone best would fit well. The group managed to improve time after time, always raising the bar with exciting and grandiose performances.

HEAVEN SKY, single released in 2017, took the group back to their quality theatrical and powerful sound also bringing to the table vast improvements on the vocal end.

In the same year, HE★VENS made their stage debut at Uta no☆Prince-sama Maji LoveLive 6th Stage and completely stole the spotlight to them with passionate performances and impressive chemistry and teamwork.

Mighty Aura performance @ Utapri 6th stage

If it wasn’t enough that the recorded version was impressive, Uchida further impressed his fans as well as fans of the Utapri franchise with a stellar live performance of “Mighty Aura” alongside Mamoru Miyano.

Osiris (2015 – 2019)

In 2016, Uchida joined the cast of the ambitious, rock-oriented rhythm game, Band Yarouze!. He voiced Makoto Kurusu, Osiris‘ bassist. Since the band’s formation up until 2019, Osiris released 6 digital singles, two Duel Gig Albums and 4 individual singles (the songs were later included in DUEL GIG EXTRA, best of album released in 2018).

Uchida performed and impressed with his take on “Wolf“, Kurusu‘s character song.

With Band Yarouze!‘s end of distribution, the group disbanded.

Black Verry (2016)

Rejet created the project Forbidden Star in 2016. Several units were announced to be part of this project – now dropped – including Black Verry, group consisting of Kenji NojimaYuma UchidaKoutaro Nishiyama and Toshiyuki Toyonaga.

The group released two singles before disbanding: Yushi Kajitsu (2016) and MISTAKE Wah NOISY (2017).

Among all units part of the Forbidden Star franchise, Black Verry were considered the most powerful and consistent unit, making great use of the enormous talent as well as carefully crafted pop-rock instrumentals.

Judgement (2017 – 2018)

In 2017, Rejet announced the launch of their first ever idol game “Star Revo“. Yuma Uchida was announced as part of the four piece unit, Judgement, alongside Junta TerashimaYusuke Shirai and Koutaro Nishiyama.

With the end of distribution for Star Revo, Judgement got to give a last gift to their fans with the release of the popular “One love” in the special Best Of, THE BEST「STAR REVOLUTION」Vol. 2.

Eden / Eve (2018 – )

Adam (2 members on the left) + Eve (2 members on the right) = Eden

Yuma Uchida joined the Ensemble Stars! franchise in 2018. He’s simultaneously part of the two men unit Eve, alongside Natsuki Hanae, and is part of Eden, unit that includes Junichi Suwabe + Ryota Osaka (part of Adam) and Natsuki Hanae.

GENMEPER (2018 -)

GENMEPER

GENMEPER consist of Kensho OnoYuma UchidaShunichi TokiAnri Katsu and Kento Hama. The group performed the theme song for Darekoe, Bokukoe spin-off series. The song is titled 幻滅交響曲“いい歌じゃねぇ” (Symphony of Disillusionment​​ “It’s not a good song”).

DREAM!ing (2018 -)

Uchida joined the DREAM!ing franchise in 2018. He performed alongside the game’s main cast in the franchise’s first single, “TAKE A DREAM!!”.

He’s also going to perform on BLACK OUT/HAPPY ENTERTAINER Yume Live CD Kuro Ryo VS Shiro Ryo, single scheduled to be released in March 2019.

Catharsistage! (2018 – )

In 2018, Yuma Uchida joined the cast of DMM games’ new mixed media project, Catharsistage!. He’s the leader of jolly-doggy, group that consists of Yoshiki Nakajima, Yuma Uchida, Shouta Aoi, Yuki Ono and Kousuke Toriumi.

RGB-Trinity (2019)

In November 2018, Uchida 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. They debuted with 星屑インビテーション (Hoshikuzu Invention).

Variety

Uchida’s bright and fun personality make his appearances in variety shows always enjoyable. When he’s hosting, he shows professionalism as well as a warm, welcoming vibe that puts guests at ease. Here’s some of his most important or career defining appearances in variety.

IDOLMASTER SideM Ryu Atte! (2015 – 2016)

Although Uchida has been part of several variety shows, it is his hosting in IDOLMASTER SideM Ryu Atte! that is best known among his fans. For a whole year, DRAMATIC STARS were the resident hosts of this variety show created to promote SideM’s activities – game, music releases, merch, etc.

Animemashite (2015)

In 2015, Uchida co-hosted TV Tokyo’s Animemashite, show focused on the anime and seiyuu scenes, with fellow seiyuu Yuto Suzuki. This was one of the very first variety shows in which fans, outside a specific fandom, were watching him in action. Uchida showed his presentation skills

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.

Matsuoka to Uchida no GanganGA channel (2015 -)

Also in the same year, Uchida started co-hosting Matsuoka to Uchida no GanganGA channel (松岡と内田のガンガンGAちゃんねる) with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka. The show counts with several corners – free talk, guest interview, games -, each of those showcasing the duo’s presentation skills as well as the comfort in front of the cameras.

GanganGA channel has several hosts, each pair with its show so, since 2015, the Matsuoka – Uchida duo has only hosted few episodes.

Pictuiz (2017)

In 2017, Uchida teamed up with Takuya Eguchi to host the internet variety show, 空想写真問題ピクチャイズ (Kusou Sashin Mandai Pictuiz).

Pictuiz was, in its essence, a talk and quiz variety show that would base each episode on a set of pictures previously selected by viewers. The show aired every week from July 2017 to September 2017. In the end, it spawned a total of 12 episodes.

Uchida kyodai ga Game yaru dake. Ryaku shite uchi dake. (2017)

The Uchida siblings, Maaya and Yuma, kicked off their own variety show in 2017. The siblings hosted 内田姉弟がゲームやるだけ。略してうちだけ。(Uchida kyodai ga Game yaru dake. Ryaku shite uchi dake.), variety show in which both played recent and analog games as if they were at the Uchida household. The siblings showed their competitive spirit and passion for games with the several entries they played at this variety show.

The show ended up having only two episodes in 2017.

Banpresto (2018)

In May 2018, Yuma Uchida guested on Banpresto, variety show hosted by Kenichi Suzumura and Ryota Osaka, in 2018. He showcased his passion for imitations, “jacket play”, promoted Tokyo Ghoul:re’s merchandise and went all out in the variety corners.

CMs

Uchida surprised everyone in 2018 by featuring on Mitsubishi Motors’ air-conditioner commercial. The commercial also featured the veteran seiyuu Jun Fukuyama and had a comedic, short drama-like twist to it.

Facts

There’s never enough water

While everyone has 1 bottle of water, Yuma has 3.

Well know among his fans is Yuma Uchida‘s constant intake of water. Regardless of events, radio shows or the sort, Uchida is always drinking water, something that even some of his fellow seiyuu have pointed out or made fun of.

Passionate gamer

Uchida has mentioned countless times that he loves to game – and so do all his family members – thus, when he was younger, he wasn’t the type to go outside and play baseball with friends or do outdoor activities. He preferred to stay at home playing games all day.

Best friends with Kaito Ishikawa

Photo from Yuma Yakiuchi (2017)

Yuma Uchida has often mentioned that he’s best friends with fellow seiyuu Kaito Ishikawa. Both like to hang out outside of work, having visited each others’ family homes, travel together from time to time and even in work situations they find themselves guesting on each other’s radio or variety shows or have characters in the same anime.

They have one of the most popular friendships in the seiyuu industry.

Part of the famous Nikukai group

The Nikukai members

Yuma Uchida is part of the famous Nikukai group alongside Yoshiki NakajimaKaito Ishikawa, Soma Saito, Taku Yashiro, Yuichiro Umehara and Tasuku Hatanaka. This group is not only about eating together and, according to some of the members, the group members like to hang out outside of work and do all kinds of activities together.

With this we wrap up another Seiyuu Digest. In the meantime, don’t forget to check past Seiyuu Digests (some of those recently updated) – HERE.

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2 responses to “Seiyuu Digest #53 – Yuma Uchida

  1. Hello! I’m so happy there’s finally a yuuma seiyuu digest!! Also just to let you know, yuuma’s radio is called ‘kimi no hanashi o yakasete’ not ‘boku no hanashi o yakasete’!! Looking forward to supporting him more in the future 💙 たそ最高!!

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