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Shocker Leader's Voice Actor Goro Naya Passes Away at 83


At 83 years old, veteran voice actor Goro Naya passed away on March 5 at 3:00 a.m. due to chronic respiratory failure. He is known to tokusatsu fans as the voice behind the Shocker Leader in the original Kamen Rider Series.

Not only that, he is also the first generation voice of Inspector Zenigata in the long-running Lupin III anime franchise (later replaced by Kouichi Yamadera in later installments), and the voice of Captain Juzo Okita of the original Space Battleship Yamato anime series.

Naya's management, Theatre Echo, made the announcement of his passing on Monday, leaving behind his wife, voice actress Kachiko Hino. Born in Hokkaido, and he dropped out of Ritsumeikan University to enter the Tōdō acting troupe, he made his debut as an actor in 1950s, and later became a dubbing actor for overseas films, as the voices of Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, and John Wayne.

Sources: Sports Nippon, Yomiuri via Anime News Network

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15 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    R.I.P
    *Shocker pose* Wii!


  2. Narutaki Says:

    This is all Decade's fault
    ONORE DECAAAAAADE!


  3. Anonymous Says:

    Rest in Peace, Goro.


  4. NeoD Says:

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Naya.

    I'll remember your voice as the Shocker's Leader in Let's Go Kamen Riders.


  5. My prayers for his family.


  6. Anonymous Says:

    R.I.P. :(


  7. Anonymous Says:

    That's sad.


  8. Anonymous Says:

    Well that's sad.



  9. Anonymous Says:

    May you rest in peace, Naya-san.
    *Shocker pose* Wiii!!!!


  10. Anonymous Says:

    R.I.P


  11. Anonymous Says:

    R.I.P. Mr. Naya.


  12. Anonymous Says:

    Naya also made several actings in various Tokusatsu series in 70's,such as Doctor Saturn,main villain in Kagestar(1976),the human form of one monster in Ninja Captor(1977)and an cameo aparance in Daitetsujin 17(1978)

    He was an great seiyuu and actor,and I very sad about this notice

    R.I.P,Goro-sama


  13. Anonymous Says:

    Shocker Greeed: SHOOOOOOCKEEEEEEERRRR!!!


  14. Angelofchaotix Says:

    Who will catch Lupin now? Rest in Peace. Thanks for all your awesome work.


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