The voice behind a famed Naruto character and more are in the booth!
Shortly after the Tower of God anime adaptation was announced as a Crunchyroll Original, the folks behind it came through with the first staff and cast reveals. We already covered the former, so it's time to turn our attention toward the voice talent that will be bringing SIU's WEBTOON series to life.
The main characters revealed so far include Bam, Rachel, and Headon, offering up an impressive mix of veterans and those with lighter, but nonetheless impressive, résumés. Let's start off with the character voice actor Taichi Ichikawa describes as "a pure and honest boy."
Bam - Taichi Ichikawa
Ichikawa's comments were first shared along with the initial cast announcement. He went on to say Bam is "single-mindedly devoted to Rachel" and grows from his powerless state as the tower throws more tests at him and his friends help him out along the way.
Taichi Ichikawa has grown from a supporting cast member to lead voice talent over the past few years. He played Kengo Nakata in a handful of HINAMATSURI episodes in 2018, and voiced Hagel in a few eps of If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord in 2019. More prominent roles came into play around the same time, including Kurogo Kurusu in Kabukibu!, Hayato Urabe in MAJOR 2nd, and Seiji Maki in the anime adaptation of Nio Nakatani's yuri manga Bloom into You.
Like Ichikawa, we're excited to watch Bam's journey and listen to his own corresponding growth as the series progresses.
Rachel - Saori Hayami
Actress/singer Saori Hayami has an absolutely stacked list of credits to her name, including a ton of major roles in series ranging from Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Ryū Lyon) to One-Punch Man (Hellish Blizzard), My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Yukino Yukinoshita), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Shinobu Kochō) and Oreimo (Ayase Aragaki), among many others. Chances are, you've heard Hayami's voice in something, and she's even taken home some tangible accolades for her work.
In 2016, Hayami won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 10th Annual Seiyū Awards along with Shizuka Itou. You'll also find her in plenty of games, voicing a couple iterations of Rider in Fate/Grand Order as well as Leia Rolando in Tales of Xillia, Emma Millstein in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel series, and more.
In her Tower of God comments she said she wants the audience to "pay close attention to Rachel's actions."
Headon - Hochu Otsuka
That brings us to the tried and true veteran of the bunch, Hochu Otsuka, who has been an anime industry staple for decades. If you're into the vintage stuff, maybe you know him as the voice of Yazan Gable in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, or Akira Sendou in Slam Dunk. More recently, you may have heard Otsuka voicing First Lieutenant Tsurumi in Golden Kamuy, Abuto in Gintama, and Sakonji Urokodaki in Demon Slayer.
Many of you will be most familiar with Hochu Otsuka's role in shaping and training a certain young orange-clad ninja. Otsuka's voice left an indelible impression on countless fans of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden—and even recently in certain episodes of BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS—as the pervy sage himself, Jiraiya. That fact alone makes us excited about how Otsuka will approach the mysterious Headon.
When Otsuka commented on his Tower of God role, he said he loves character types like Headon. He's had a lot of fun playing him so far, and we're looking forward to unraveling this enigmatic character alongside him.
Which cast members are you most excited about for Tower of God? Let us know, and be sure to check out our previous post about the anime's staff while we gear up for the show's April 1 premiere.