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Takahiro Sakurai (櫻井 孝宏, Sakurai Takahiro), was born on June 13, 1974 in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan. Sakurai is a voice actor affiliated with the voice agency 81 Produce and has been active since 1996. He voices Giyu Tomioka in Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer). The roles he plays are mostly of a handsome and charming characters such as Sting from Fairy Tail, Crusty from Log Horizon, Osomatsu Matsuno and of course, Giyu Tomioka.

Some of his best known roles as a voice actor for TV anime is providing the voices for Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass, Tentomon from Digimon, McGillis Fareed from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Rohan Kishibe from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Shougo Makishima from Psycho-Pass and Griffith from Berserk. But he has also done many other voice acting roles for characters from recent famous tv anime’s such Sasori from Naruto Shippuden, Sting Eucliffe in Fairy Tail, Isshiki Satoshi from Shokugeki no Soma, Ai from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Zombieman from One Punch man, Yu Kanada from D.Gray-man, Izuru Kira from Bleach and many more.

Takahiro Sakurai has also done quite a mix of voice roles, doing many live-action dubbing voice roles such as Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga, and also has featured in famous video games such as Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children as Cloud Strife. He has featured in foreign TV animations (dubbing), television dramas and drama CDs as well.


  • Name: Takahiro Sakurai (櫻井 孝宏, Sakurai Takahiro)
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: 13 June, 1870
  • Hometown: Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
  • Active since: 1996
  • Agency: 81 Produce
  • Height: 177cm (5ft 10in)

Giyu Tomioka

Giyu Tomioka from Kimetsu no Yaiba(Demon Slayer) is a powerful swordsman and one of the Demon Slayer Pillars who always has a serious expression on his face with a reserved and cool personality.

Giyu has a strong sense of justice and shows no hesitation with slaughtering Demons, though he did spare the life of Nezuko Kamado because of what he saw in Tanjiro Kamado’s efforts to keep her alive and return her to a human form.

He keeps himself distant from those around him and is very individual with few words and little interaction with people. Despite his aloof and stoic nature, he is shown to be a protective and caring person for the people close to him. In the Kimetsu no Yaiba Demon Slayer manga Chapter 46, we see him put his life on the line to save Tanjiro and Nezuko by vowing to commit seppuku (cutting his own belly) if the latter were ever to eat a human, showing his justice and strict to self personality.

Other Notable Animations Roles

Here is a brief list of some significant roles played by Takahiro Sakurai.

Suzaku Kururugi
Suzaku Kururugi from Code Geass is a tall, slender, young and handsome character with extreme physical powers. In general a calm person, earlier in the series he is a somewhat selfish and entitled character with bratty manner. But later in the series after Suzaku killed his father, his personality significantly changes, having an unwillingness to sacrifice the innocent by not endorsing terrorism or rebellion which is a slightly different view he had from before, and focusing on how the system an be changed for the better. Suzuku holds a strong sense of loyalty and never questions the orders of his superiors.

Rohan Kishibe
Rohan Kishibe from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a passionate and dedicated manga illustrator with great draftsmanship talents for his work. He is always seeking motivation to fuel his work due to his tremendous drawing skills making it an effortless formality. Rohan often looks to new experiences and facts to gain inspiration.

McGillis Fareed
McGillis Fareed from Mobile Suit Gundam is a polite, courteous, and charming character who can be very serious when it comes to work making him look cold-hearted to people who do not know his out of work personality. He is described to be analytical and very fastidious, using the traits to get down to the truth with what his own knowledge.

Shougo Makishima
Shougo Makishima from Psycho-Pass is a criminally asymptomatic individual with a goal to liberate the Japanese society from the Sibyl System which is a law enforcement organization said to be turning its citizens into non-thinking followers. Makishima is a humanist but on the dark side, he loves cruelty and savagery with no qualms about causing people to suffer. He is said to have an uncommon charisma and a true gift for persuasive speech.

Notable Roles

  • Osomatsu-san as Osomatsu Matsuno
  • Digimon Adventure/Digimon Adventure 02/Digimon Adventure tri. as Tentomon
  • Final Fantasy as Cloud Strife
  • Twilight Saga film series as Edward Cullen (dub)
  • Code Geass as Suzaku Kururugi
  • Ace of Diamond as Miyuki Kazuya
  • Naruto Shippūden as Sasori
  • Junjou Romantica as Misaki Takahashi
  • Zatch Bell! as Kiyomaro Takamine
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable as Rohan Kishibe
  • Shokugeki no Soma as Isshiki Satoshi
  • Psycho-Pass as Shogo Makishima
  • Grisaia series as Kazami Yuuji
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans as McGillis Fareed
  • Berserk is Griffith
  • Angels of Death as Daniel "Danny" Dickens
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie as Yuta Sakurai
  • Transformers Animated as Blurr (dub)
  • Mob Psycho 100 as Reigen Arataka
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS as Ai
  • Fairy Tail as Sting Eucliffe
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba as Tomioka Giyuu
  • One Punch Man as Zombieman


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