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  is a seiyū, or voice actor who was born in Okayama Prefecturemarker, Japanmarker on May 20, 1948. He is employed by the talent management firm 81 Produce. When he debuted, he used his real name,  . Because he had experience with ballet, he was known by the nickname "Pirouette Genda."

Along with such well-known seiyū such as Akio Ohtsuka, Shigeru Chiba and Kōichi Yamadera, Genda is one of Japan's most prolific voice actors, with 234 roles credited to his name as of September 25, 2007.

Among his other credits, he has performed the roles of Masami Iwaki (Dokaben), Suppaman (Dr. Slump and Arale-chan), Gō Reietsu (High School! Kimengumi), Optimus Prime (A.K.A. Convoy) (The Transformers), Umibouzu (City Hunter), Ichimi Araiwa (Cooking Papa), and Action Kamen (Crayon Shin-chan) and is the current Japanese voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh media.

Like his Canadianmarker counterpart Peter Cullen, Tesshō reprised the role of Optimus Prime (Convoy) in the Japanese dub of the 2007 Transformers movie.

In addition to the names above, Genda's name is sometimes romanized in credits as Tessyou Genda, Tetsuaki Genda, and Tetsusyo Genda, though the later two spellings/romanizations of his name are incorrect.


The roles below are listed in chronological order, with the show title in italics followed by the dates of the series and the characters' names in parentheses.


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OVA anime

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The roles below are listed in alphabetical order, with the show title in italics and the (character(s) name in parentheses).


Japanese voice-over



CD drama



Dubbing foreign voices

In Japan, it is common for one seiyū to always do the voice-over dubbing for an individual actor in any movie that is localized for Japan. Genda has done this for two actors:

Other foreign actor voice-over roles

The name of the original actor is listed first, followed by the character and name of the movie or TV show. Listed alphabetically by original actor last name.

Unknown voices

These are films for which Genda did voice-over work, but for which it is not known which characters he voiced.


Other voices

The roles below are listed in alphabetical order, with the show title in italics and the (character(s) name in parentheses). Sources:

External links


  1. Tesshô GENDA - Anime News Network

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