Image of Isamu Tanonaka

Isamu Tanonaka

was a Japanese voice actor from Taitō, Tokyo. He was best known for voicing Medama Oyaji in nearly every adaptation of Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō made during his lifetime. During his life he had been attached to Gekidan Tōgei and then Theatre Echo; he was attached to Aoni Production at the time of his death. He had a naturally deep voice but became famous for voicing characters with a high pitched voice. In addition to GeGeGe no Kitarō, he also had prominent roles in Tensai Bakabon (as the first voice of Honkan-san), Mazinger Z (as Mucha), Paul's Miraculous Adventure (as Doppe), Magical Princess Minky Momo (as Sindbook), Akuma-kun (as Youaltepuztli), Dr. Slump & Arale-chan (as Gara and Akira Toriyama), Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken (as Brass), and the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series (as Igor).

Read bio at tmdb | Read bio at Wikipedia
Jul 19, 1932 In Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Cackling Kitarou 1968-01-03
Latest Project:
Movie Persona 3 the Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth 2016-01-23
Known For
Poster of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
Poster of Cackling Kitarou
Poster of Dr. Slump
Poster of Tomorrow's Joe
Movie Persona 3 the Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth Igor 2016-01-23
Movie Persona 3 the Movie: #3 Falling Down Igor 2015-04-04
Movie Persona 3 the Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream Igor 2014-06-07
Series Persona 4 The Golden Animation Igor 2014-07-11
Movie Persona 3 the Movie: #1 Spring of Birth Igor 2013-11-23
Series Graveyard Kitaro Medama Oyaji (voice) 2008-01-10
Movie Spooky Kitaro: Japan Explodes!! Medama Oyaji (voice) 2008-12-20
Series Cackling Kitarou Medama Oyaji 2007-04-01
Series Fushigiboshi no Futagohime Omendo 2005-04-02
Series Ninja Scroll: The Series Unknown 2003-04-14
Movie Slayers Premium Shishou 2001-12-22
Movie Gegege no Kitarou: Kitarou's Ghost Train Medama-oyaji 1999-03-20
Movie The File of Young Kindaichi: Deep Blue Massacre Kisuke Akamori (voice) 1999-08-21
Movie Spooky Kitaro: Ghost Nighter Medama-oyaji (voice) 1997-03-08
Movie Spooky Kitaro: Yokai Express! The Phantom Train Medama Oyaji (voice) 1997-07-12
Series Cackling Kitarou Medama Oyaji 1996-01-07
Movie Spooky Kitaro: The Great Sea Beast Kitarou's Father (voice) 1996-07-06
Series Chouriki Sentai Ohranger Bara-Baby 1995-03-03
Movie Ursa Minor Blue Tongari 1993-05-21
Series Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Gramps Brass 1991-10-17
Movie Dominion Tank Police The Doctor (voice) 1988-05-27
Movie Great Planet Evil-Destroyer Dangaio shoulder buffoon 1987-09-28
Movie ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 激突!!異次元妖怪の大反乱 Unknown 1986-12-20
Movie Spooky Kitaro: The Great Yokai War Medama Oyaji (voice) 1986-03-15
Series Cackling Kitarou Medama-oyaji 1985-10-12
Movie Spooky Kitaro Medama Oyaji (voice) 1985-12-21
Movie Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Treasure of Nanaba Castle Gala (voice) 1984-12-22
Movie Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo, Great Round-the-World Race Gara / Toriyama 1983-03-13
Movie Dr. Slump: "Hoyoyo!" Space Adventure Gala (voice) 1982-07-10
Movie Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hello! Wonder Island Gala (voice) 1981-07-18
Series Dr. Slump Gala (voice) 1981-04-08
Movie Botchan Nodaiko (voice) 1980-06-13
Series ほえろブンブン Big (voice) 1980-10-09
Movie Spooky Kitaro: The All Seeing Eye Unknown 1980-07-12
Series Witch Girl Tickle Ago 1978-03-06
Movie Puss 'n Boots Travels Around the World Cat Assassin B (voice) 1976-03-20
Series Paul's Miraculous Adventure Doppe 1976-10-03
Series Steel Jeeg Ootone 1975-10-05
Movie Mazinger Z vs The Great Dark General Dr. Nossori/Mucha 1974-07-25
Movie Mazinger Z vs. Devilman Mucha 1973-07-18
Series Mazinger Z Mucha 1972-12-03
Movie Animal Treasure Island Cat Sailor C (voice) 1971-03-20
Movie Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Police Chief (voice) 1971-07-18
Series アパッチ野球軍 Monkey(story12-26) 1971-10-06
Series Cackling Kitarou Medama-oyaji 1971-10-07
Series Tomorrow's Joe Miss Oyama 1970-04-01
Movie Flying Phantom Ship 1969-07-20
Series The Genie Family Papa 1969-10-05
Series Cackling Kitarou Medama Oyaji (voice) 1968-01-03
Movie Spooky Kitaro Le père de Kitarou (Voix) 1968-07-21