Seiyuu Digest #62 – Shoya Chiba

For many, Shoya Chiba is an unknown name. After a rocky career start, trying to break through from a child seiyuu and actor into a full-fledged seiyuu, Chiba has been slowly building his repertoire however, there is more to him than meets the eye.

Shoya Chiba

KANJI: 千葉翔也

BORN: August 29, 1995

OCCUPATION: seiyuu, singer, songwriter, actor, radio personality

HEIGHT: 165cm

Shoya Chiba was born on August 29, 1995 in Tokyo, Japan. He was signed with Sanno Production before moving to Sigma 7e in 2014.

Seiyuu

2004 – 2011

A troubled debut

Shoya Chiba made his debut as a seiyuu in 2004 with leading role as Coburoux in the kids anime, Curry no Kuni no Coburoux. However, after this role Chiba was nowhere to be found in the anime industry until resurfacing in 2011.

After a 7 years away from working in regular anime series, Chiba was back. His comeback role was in Happy Seven: The TV Manga (2011).

However, it seemed the Chiba was on and off of the seiyuu industry without leaving much notable work for people to remember him by. After the 7 year hiatus from 2004 to 2011, another hiatus followed, from 2011 until 2015.

2015 –

A new beginning

2015 was a turning year in Shoya Chiba’s career as a seiyuu. He was to return for the 2nd time to the seiyuu industry and this time around more determined than ever to make everything work well.

During this year he had secondary roles in Owari no Seraph and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, Koufuku Graffiti.

Kazuma Bobata

The most notable role Chiba got in this year was as Johzenji High’s carefree middle blocker, Kazuma Bobata in Haikyuu!! Second Season.

2016 kicked in and with it, Chiba was raking up more roles in anime. He voiced Kenji Gion, protagonist in the sports anime, ALL OUT!!.

Kenji Gion

Kenji Gion is a passionate and confident character although with a height complex that often makes his short temper out. Due to his short height, Gion often was not chosen to be a part of sports teams until he decides to join his school’s rugby team and show everyone that he is as capable a player as taller and more gifted ones. This role provided to be a great intro for the amazing year 2017 would end up being.

Although with few roles in 2017, Chiba was able to have all of those as main roles.

Koutaro Azumi

He voiced Koutaro Azumi in the original romance anime, Tsuki ga Kirei. The anime was praised by how well developed the characters had been as well as how different and more natural this series felt – no forced drama, the main characters living and interacting with their family outside of school and how that helps character development. It is a hidden gem in 2017 and Shoya Chiba managed to deliver what was his best performance at that time.

Kiyotaka Ayanokouji

Following that role was Kiyotaka Ayanokouji in the slice-of-life anime, Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e. The series itself was initially well received but due to the producers straying out from the original light novel story, it was met with boycot by fans in Japan as well as ending up getting mixed reviews overseas. For many, it was Ayanokouji and Shoya Chiba’s performance that kept the series going, making for an entertaining watch.

To wrap up the year was a main role in the anime adaptation of the IDOLM@STER SideM franchise, The iDOLM@STER SideM.

Hayato Akiyama

Shoya Chiba reprised his role from the smartphone games as Hayato Akiyama, HighXJoker‘s energetic leader and guitarist.

2018 welcomed a wide variety of roles with various degrees of importance. The most notable ones include Su Rin Sing in BANANA FISH and Yuto Aoi in Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara.

Su Rin Sing

Su Rin Sing is easily Shoya Chiba’s most popular role. The character is part of BANANA FISH, 2018’s hit action/drama anime. Su Rin Sing is a cunning gang member, taking over the role of uniting forces for the gang war that unfolded mid-way through the series. Chiba’s performance brought to life the young yet ruthless and intelligent Sing, making the character one of the most dear to fans of BANANA FISH.

Yuito Aoi

Still in the same season, Chiba was casted as Yuito Aoi in Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara. The romance/drama/magic anime was one of the hidden gems of that year, with a storyline and character development that were satisfactory to the wide majority of viewers. Aoi is a rather quiet character with rare bouts of emotion pouring out however, as the series progresses, Chiba’s performance as Aoi begins to tackle certain events and emotions stood out to the viewers.

Fudo Akane in B-PROJECT Zeccho Emotion

Although Chiba has been voicing Fudo Akane since 2017, it was only 2019 that fans of the idol and KiLLER KiNG leader. B-PROJECT’s 2nd season – B-PROJECT Zeccho Emotion – premiered in January 2019 and it brought once again a slice-of-life, episodic take on each of the franchise’s groups.

Enthusiastic and polite, Akane is one of the fans’ favorite characters in the franchise.

Tahomaru

Still in the same year, Shoya Chiba joined the main cast of the action/supernatural anime, Dororo. He voiced one of the heirs of Daigo Kagemitsu. Although not a character that demanded a dramatic change of voice tone, it is noticeable in Tahomaru his rank and status among the people, with Chiba capturing perfectly that and, throughout the series, showcase a broader spectrum of emotions on an otherwise cold character.

2020 kicked off with a leading role comedy/supernatural anime, Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun. He voices Kou Minamoto.

Other anime he’s voiced characters in include Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou (2009), Colorful (2010), Idol Memories (2016), Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (2016), Monster Strike (2016), Mitsuboshi Colors (2018), Hataraku Saibou (2018), Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki (2018), JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze (2018), Hoshiai no Sora (2019), Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (2019) and Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise (2019).

Acting

Shoya Chiba made his debut as an actor in 2004 in the TBS drama, Daisan no Jikou.

Shoya Chiba in Daisan no Jikou (2004)

Daisan no Jikou spanned several TV drama series, all inspired in the a series of police novels of the same name written by Hideo Yokoyama.

Minor roles in TV drama series Okasan, motto ikitakatta!〜 Iryo misu, wagako ubawa rete 〜 (2004), Tantei jimusho 5 2nd season (2007) and Shinu n janai!〜 Jitsuroku dorama Miyamoto keibu ga nokoshita mono 〜 (2008) followed.

In 2019, Shoya Chiba was casted as one of the main characters in Kiramune + WOWOW’s original supernatural/mystery drama series, Super Tuner. The drama featured his fellow SparQlew members as well as some veterans from Kiramune, through a series of paranormal cases.

Stage/Reading plays

Koro reading play (2019)

Chiba’s first work in a reading play was for Honto wa abunai Mozart (2018), he then set out to work in reading plays such as Koro (2019), Bungo, soshite satsujinki (2019) and Genji monogatari 〜 okuyukashiki koi no hate 〜 (2019).

Genji monogatari 〜 okuyukashiki koi no hate 〜 (2019)

In 2019 he joined the cast of the reading play, FRANKENSTEIN. He is set to act this year alongside Daisuke Ono, Wataru Hatano, Takuya Sato, Daisuke Hirakawa and Kenta Miyake.

Radio

Since 2016, Shoya Chiba is active as radio personality. He has been a guest to several radio shows closely connected to the anime series he has voiced characters in but also has had the opportunity to host his own radio show and other group radio shows. He is a man of few words but whenever he pitches in, it is always a witty and comedic remark.

IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night! (2016)

Alongside DRAMATIC STARS’ members Shugo Nakamura, Yuma Uchida and Tasuku Hatanaka, Chiba was a guest on the radio show IDOLMASTER SideM Radio 315Night! in 2017. As per usual with this radio show, it was entertaining and filled with a great, warm vibe, fun corners and a lot of crazy shenanigans.

Kiramune Presents Our Music Park (2017-)

Kiramune Presents Our Music Park is hosted by SparQlew‘s members and it was the first platform from which fans would end up getting to meet the group.

SparQlew consist on Yuto UemuraShun HorieShoya Chiba, Yuuya Hozumi and Takuto Yoshinaga. The episodes air twice a month. The radio show follows the group’s growth as artists.

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Chiba Shoya no Romantic Millefeuille (2017)

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Chiba Shoya no Romantic Millefeuille (2017)

In 2017, Shoya Chiba had the opportunity to host, for a whole month, his own radio show. MAN TWO MONTH RADIO 千葉翔也のロマンチックミルフィーユ (MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Chiba Shoya no Romantic Millefeuille) featured Chiba’s shenanigans while trying to tackle his dislike for house chores.

Showhuku Showrai (2017 -)

In 2017, Shoya Chiba and fellow seiyuu Sho Nogami teamed up for a radio show. Showhuku Showrai is currently Shoya Chiba’s longest running radio show.

Chiba Shoya To Be Night (2019)

In 2019, he started hosting his own radio show, 千葉翔也のトゥー・ビー・ナイト (Chiba Shoya To Be Night).

Other radio shows he has been a part of include 8P Radio (2018) and Unisong! Generation (2018).

Games

Shoya Chiba has a consistent repertoire when it comes to lending his voice to in-game characters. His first role in games was as  Boku in Boku no natsu yasumi 3 – kitaguni-hen – chisana boku no okusabara (2007). Since then he has lent his voice to characters in a wide variety of genres but still with a major focus in the female demographic.

Here are some of the most notable roles in games:

Hayato Akiyama in THE IDOLM@STER SideM (2015 -) and SideM LIVE ON ST@GE! (2017 -)

Hayato Akiyama

In 2017, Shoya Chiba joined the cast of the popular idol franchise, THE IDOLM@STER SideM. The game, of the same name, was released in 2017 and mixed elements of music, story (incredibly toned down) and idol nurturing/farming.

Hayato Akiyama is HighXJoker‘s leader and guitarist, an energetic youth with a creative mind and charisma that pulls other characters in.

Fudo Akane in B-PROJECT (2017 -)

KiLLER KiNG only joined B-PROJECT‘s smartphone rhythm game of the same name in 2017. Chiba voices Fudo Akane, KiLLER KiNG’s passionate leader.

Hibiki Nanahoshi in Op8♪ (2018 – 2019)

Hibiki Nanahoshi in Op8♪

SHINE★彡 is a unit part of Op8♪ , idol raising smartphone game that launched in 2018 on iOS and Android. Shoya Chiba voiced Hibiki Nanahoshi, leader of SHINE★彡, group that included Shohei Komatsu, Junta Terashima, Kentaro Kumagai, Kento Ito and Yusuke Nagano.

The game stopped distribution in September 2019.

Shiro Ukima in On Air!/Hoseki Gaoka (2018 -)

Shiro Ukima

In 2018, Chiba joined Coly’s On Air!. He voices Shiro Ukima in the ambitious voice actor raising game.

Other games he’s voiced characters in include: Comepuri (2016), Grand Summoners (2016), Star Revo (2017), Crank In (2017), LibraryCross∞ (2018), Grimms Notes (2018), Namu Amida Butsu! Rendai Utena (2019), Engage souls (2020) and more.

Dubbing

Chiba has been active in dubbing since 2014. He got experience dubbing foreign movies, TV series and even animation.

Some of those credits include: Night Museum (as Nick Daily for the 3 movies in the franchise), World Trade Center, Maze Runner, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Snow Buddies, The Hate U Give, TITANS (as Jason Todd), Lost Child (as Lucian), Kronk’s New Groove, Lethal Weapon Season 2 and The Ant Bully (as Lucas Nickle).

Drama CDs

If we take into account that Chiba only started to be active in almost all seiyuu related fields back in 2014, it is no surprise that he has few drama CD credits under his belt.

He’s voiced characters on B-PROJECT‘s KING OF CASTE series (2018), THE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE volumes 3 and 4, Uta no Prince-sama Theater Shining Pirates of the Frontier (2015), Uta no Prince-sama Theater Shining Every Buddy! (2015), Uta no Prince-sama Theater Shining Polaris (2016), Watashi no Concierge Part.1 Kaede (2019) and more.

Music

Music is one of the fields in which Shoya Chiba is the most active.

Since 2015 he has joined various music/idol related projects, and even his own seiyuu unit projects. Although not all projects have experienced the same level of success, truth is that Chiba always made sure to showcase his talents on the vocal end as well as a composer and musician. Chiba is known for his versatile vocals – best tailored to pop-rock music -, having a soothing yet powerful singing tone. He plays guitar and likes to compose music, something that easily put him one step ahead of other seiyuu in the industry with no prior knowledge or experience in playing/performing music.

On a live setting, Chiba overflows with energy and often tries to engage with the public or band/group mates. He is not afraid of doing fanservice for the sake of delivering an exciting performance.

Below are some of the most successful and or interesting music projects he is a part of.

HighXJoker (2015 -)

HighxJoker

In 2015, Chiba joined the cast of THE IDOLM@STER‘s male version, IDOLM@STER SideM. He was casted as Hayato Akiyama, leader and guitarist for HighXJoker. Yusuke Shirai, Sho Nogami, Takuma Nagatsuka and Hiroshi Watanabe complete the lineup for this unit.

THE IDOLM@STER SideM 3rdLIVE TOUR ~GLORIOUS ST@GE!~ LIVE Side MAKUHARI

The band’s lively and upbeat pop-rock sound is addictive. Since their debut, HighxJoker have released multiple singles, collaborations and cross units CDs. Chiba is the heart of this band, leading the way on the vocal end.

THE IDOLM@STER SideM 3rdLIVE TOUR ~GLORIOUS ST@GE!~ LIVE Blu-ray Side SENDAI DAY1
THE IDOLM@STER SideM 3rdLIVE TOUR ~GLORIOUS ST@GE!~ LIVE Blu-ray Side SENDAI DAY1

Up until now the quintet has released two singles, THE IDOLM@STER Sidem ST@RTING LINE-06 S.E.M (2015) and The IDOLM@STER SideM ANIMATION PROJECT 03「From Teacher To Future!」(2017). Aside from these singles, HighXJoker have participated in several cross unit and solo song projects within the franchise.

The quintet has participated so far in four IDOLMASTER SideM stages: 1st STAGE 〜ST@RTING!〜 (2016), 2nd STAGE 〜ORIGIN@L STARS〜 (2017), 3rd STAGE 〜GLORIOUS ST@GE!〜 (2018) and THE IDOLM@STER SideM 4th LIVE STAGE 〜TRE@SURE GATE〜.

KiLLER KiNG (2016 -)

In 2016, Chiba joined the cast of B-PROJECT. He was introduced as KiLLER KiNG‘s leader, Fudo Akane.

KiLLER KiNG, consist of Shoya Chiba, Koutaro Nishiyama, Taku Yashiro and Takuya Eguchi. Since their debut, the group has released 4 singles – Kira Kira Smile (2016),  Hungry Wolf (2016), Break it down (2017) and Jyubyo Mirai (2019) – and 1 mini-album – Phantom of Love (2018).

KiLLER KiNG at  B-PROJECT Kodou Ambitious BRILLIANT PARTY 2016

KiLLER KiNG have performed live thrice: B-PROJECT Kodou Ambitious BRILLIANT PARTY (2016), B-PROJECT Summer Live 2018 – Eternal Pacific – and THRIVE’s first live tour (2019).

8P (2016 -)

Mixed media project, 8P kicked off in 2016, leading to a creation of a radio show, a variety series that has spanned several DVDs and even music, when the group decided to start releasing their own music.

8P consist on Tasuku Hatanaka, Sho Nogami, Taku Yashiro, Junya Enoki, Arthur Lounsbery, Atsushi Kousaka, Takeaki Masuyama and Shoya Chiba.

In 2018 the group released the album, CV, featuring subunit songs.

In 2019, 8P kicked off a solo series, with each member composing and or writing lyrics for a song of theirs. Shoya Chiba composed and performed the song Kissing heart for his solo entry.

Later in the same year, 8P released the full-length album, Happy Glitter, featuring the solo tracks as well as a new group song.

 

Luna Lore (2017 – 2018)

In 2017, Shoya Chiba joined the cast of the ambitious idol project, Star Revo. He joined Luna Lore, pop outfit consisting of Yoji Ikuta, Shoya Chiba and Yoshitaka Yamaya.

The group never got to release their CDs but contributed with songs for the several Best Off albums that wrapped up the franchise as distribution of the game was announced back in 2018.

The song, Ikenai Himitsu was instantly a favorite among fans.

SparQlew (2018 -)

SparQlew consists of Yuto UemuraShun HorieShoya Chiba, Yuuya Hozumi and Takuto Yoshinaga. The group made their debut under Kiramune in 2018 with the single ハジマリノソラ (Hajimari no Sora). The group made their first performance at Kiramune Music Festival 2018.

Bring it on!, the group’s first full-length album released in 2019, achieved #1 on iTunes’ chart.

Aside from their successful album, the group released the upbeat single, Shori no Uta (2019).

Kashicomi (2018 -)

In 2018, Showhuku Showrai’s radio hosts, Sho Nogami and Shoya Chiba, decided to join forces and debut as a duo.

Since then, the duo released Chance! (2018), Am (2019) and us (2019). The don an upbeat pop-rock sound.

Op8♪ (2018 -)

Alongside the other in-game leaders, Shoya Chiba performed キラメキHeartBeat! (Kirameki HeartBeat!).

The song was featured as the game’s opening theme. Unfortunately, the game ceased distribution in 2019.

Variety

Real Treasure Hunt (2017)

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In 2017, Shoya Chiba participated on Marine Entertainment’s variety show, Real Treasure Hunt.

The cast of Real Treasure Hunt “Challenge From Fuma” in Odawara included Yoshiki Nakajima, Yuto Adachi, Yuichiro Umehara, Daiki Yamashita, Yusuke Shirai, Junya Enoki, Makoto Furukawa, Taishi Murata, Daiki Kobayashi, Yoshiki Nakajima and Hiroki Yasumoto (narrator).

He was paired up with fellow actor and singer, Yuto Adachi in a quest to find the treasure.

Although off to a great start, the duo easily got lost doing everything but finding the treasure, which led to funny shenanigans. When things got serious, it was Chiba that pulled the duo with his quick wits, solving tricking riddles.

Santaku (2017)

Chiba was invited to Santaku, variety show hosted by Takuya Eguchi and Taku Yashiro. He guested alongside Yoshiki Nakajima on the show’s 4th episode. From the various “taku nickname” attempts, to a furious game of Super Bomberman R, there was no shortage of fun moments.

Steal Treasure Run!! (2019)

Marine Entertainment’s treasure hunt variety returned in 2019 under a new format, with a different lineup and dynamic.

Shoya Chiba participated in Steal Treasure Run!! along fellow Marine Supernova members: Kouhei Amasaki, Taichi Ichikawa, Takeru Kikuchi, Tatsuya Tokutake, Takuma Nagatsuka, Sho Nogami, Daiki Hamano and Taku Yashiro.

Futsal Seiyuu (2019)

Shoya Chiba joined the cast for Marine Entertainment’s newest variety show, Futsal Seiyuu. Shoya Chiba joined Yoshitaka Yamaya, Taichi Ichikawa, Reona Irie, Takeru Kikuchi, Kodai Sakai, Yusuke Shirai, Yusuke Nagano, Daiki Hamano, Shugo Nakamura, Toshinari Fukamachi and Takuya Masumoto for a wide variety of futsal-themed mini-games.

MARINE SUPERNOVA 2018 and 2019

As part of Kashicomi, Shoya Chiba has participated on Marine Entertainment’s annual variety + live performances event, MARINE SUPERNOVA.

Facts

Chitakun

In 2017, Shoya Chiba was, alongside Yoshiki Nakajima, a guest on Takuya Eguchi and Taku Yashiro’s Santaku.

As it is rule for the show, the guest has to have a “Taku” name and, given that Shiba Shoya is not a name with the sound “taku” anywhere, the hosts and guests had to create one from the ground up for Chiba.

Turns out Taku Yashiro, half jokingly came up with the name Chitakun (mixing Chiba with kun), however, it sounded like a play with words for cheetah, prompting everyone to laugh much to Chiba’s demise.

Not a fan of house chores

MAN TWO MONTH RADIO Chiba Shoya no Romantic Millefeuille

For his MAN TWO MONTH RADIO show in 2017, Chiba created a corner to tackle housework, something he has mentioned several times that he is not fond of. Trying to change himself, Chiba tackled ironing, cooking, sewing, peeling fruits and whole lot of tasks, leading to funny situations on studio.

Singer-songwriter

Shoya Chiba is known for singing but he also plays guitar and composes songs. Although he still has gotten many chances to showcase his talents, he is slowly showing his skills be it during live performances and recording songs for group releases.

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.

Author: Vanessa Silva (midorin)

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Metalhead. Gamer. Based in Cascais, Portugal. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to start writing about male seiyuu music.

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