I am always looking for cool Kinnikuman stories to share on Nama Niku, and need to really thank my friend and fellow Yudekkii, Taka, for hooking me up with this one!
Taka hit the recent AX (Anime Expo) and was lucky enough to meet up with some actual Japanese Seiyuu (Japanese voice actors) that worked on Kinnikuman Nisei.
Morikawa-san signing Taka's Nisei poster
Check out Taka's own words that he wrote up for me on the event:
"Anime Expo is the largest anime & manga convention in North America. And every year they bring in Manga Creators, Musical Guests, Anime Directors, and Seiyuu’s from Japan to be the Guest of Honor’s. 2011 was no exception.
This year AX brought in three Seiyuu’s, Miyuki Sawashiro, Toshiyuki Morikawa & Toshio Furukawa. For Kinnikuman or Kinnikuman Nisei fan’s I should say, the latter two had a hand in the Kinnikuman Nisei anime series. Morikawa-san was the true original voice of Terry the Kid. And Furukawa-san voiced Kinnikuman.
Furukawa Toshio Autograph ~ Voice behind Kinniku Suguru
Each GOH has a panel where they talked about their current and or past projects with a Q&A thrown in where some would ask the seiyuu if they could say a line from one of the characters they had voiced. With Furukawa-san, he had talked about his experiences in the business. And one of the cool parts of his panel was that he showed pictures of his huge anime figure collection. And his figure collection only consisted of characters he had voiced. So Kinnikuman was in his collection. Along with like Piccolo from the anime Dragonball and Shin from Hokuto no Ken, just to name a few.
Morikawa Toshiyuki Autograph
After the panels, there is an autograph sessions for the GOH. I was lucky enough to get an autograph from Morikawa-san and Furukawa-san over the AX weekend. As you can see, both signed a Kinnikuman Nisei related item from my collection. I do look forward to seeing who AX will be bringing in for 2012."