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Kanemaru Junichi

Jun'ichi Kanemaru (born 27 October 1962) is the Japanese seiyū/voice actor of Sonic the Hedgehog and Neo Metal Sonic. He is Sonic's most famous and longest-lasting voice actor for the games and in the anime series, Sonic X in Japan. He is not only a voice actor, but a singer as well. Some of his most popular songs are "Suddenly" and "Shall We Walk Together." Jun'ichi was an English teacher in Japan, which is why Sonic says English lines frequently in the Japanese versions of Sonic X and the games.

Notable filmography

  • Andrew in The Bush Baby
  • Asai in Sailor Moon
  • Bū in Mushiking: King of the Beetles
  • Chinpei Hatsuyama in Tsuide ni Tonchinkan
  • DJ Jack in Sailor Stars
  • English teacher in Earth Maiden Arjuna
  • Fulgor in Insektors
  • Ginta Suō in Marmalade Boy
  • Harley in Pokémon Advanced Generation
  • Hayato Kazami in Future GPX Cyber Formula
  • Kōno in Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
  • Master in Case Closed
  • Okada in I Can Hear the Sea
  • Okometsubu Fujiyama (Fūmin) in Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoiyo! Masaru-san
  • Prince Zabūn in Mahōjin Guru Guru
  • Raizō Fuwa in Nintama Rantarou
  • Ryo Akiyama in Digimon Tamers
  • Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic X, since Sonic Adventure and reprises in Sonic Boom
  • Shūichi Shirato in Hell Teacher Nūbē
  • Swiper the Fox in Dora the Explorer
  • Taisuke in O~i! Ryoma
  • Yorikane, Waseda in High School! Kimengumi
  • Zazu in Magic Knight Rayearth


Kanemaru is also an accomplished singer. In 1993, Kanemaru made an album called "Inspired Colors". Songs on the album were in both the English and Japanese languages.

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