Kazuya Nakai

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Kazuya Nakai (中井 和哉, Nakai Kazuya) is a Japanese voice actor and narrator. He is credited for his roles as young Jonathan Joestar in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood PS2 game and Illuso in Eyes of Heaven.

Nakai is well known for a wide variety of roles in other works, including Roronoa Zoro in One Piece, Toshiro Hijikata in Gintama, Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Masamune Date in Sengoku Basara, Dian Wei in Dynasty Warriors, Zapp Renfro in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Ryuji Suguro in Blue Exorcist, Shinjiro Aragaki in Persona 3, Wakka in Final Fantasy X, Gaomon in Digimon Savers, Angoramon in Digimon Ghost Game, Shigure Rangetsu in Tales of Berseria, and Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima.


Kazuya Nakai was born on November 25,[1] 1967.[3] He always wanted to be a voice actor, but thought there was no way he could become one. After turning 25, he thought he shouldn't give up without trying anything, so he started working as a civil servant. On the weekends when he didn't have work, he went to Aoni Juku Osaka School, which is Aoni Production's private voice acting school.[7] He graduated from their 11th batch of students.[1]

Nakai made his debut in 1995 playing a minor role as Sai in episode 33 of the Gulliver Boy anime. After his debut, he voiced Witz Sou in After War Gundam X in 1996.[8] When he read One Piece, Nakai really wanted to play Roronoa Zoro and passed his audition in 1999.[7] Since then, Zoro remains as his biggest and longest-lasting role.

Nakai is now primarily known for voicing swordsmen and samurai characters in various different anime and video games, but wants to try voicing different kinds of characters that he has never done before.[8]

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Roles

Title Media Year
Phantom Blood (PS2 Game) Video Game 2006
Title Media Year
Eyes of Heaven Video Game 2015


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Kazuya Nakai Profile", Aoni Production.
  2. "中井和哉|アニメキャラ・プロフィール・出演情報・最新情報まとめ", animate Times, November 24, 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nikkei Entertainment! Anime Special Voice Actor Bible". Nikkei BP (September 4, 2013). Page 108. ISBN 978-4-8222-7576-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "中井 和哉のプロフィール", VIP Times.
  5. Kazuya Nakai (November 25, 2019), "Zoro's Three Sword Worry Slicing", ONE PIECE.com.
  6. "Zoro's Voice Actor Kazuya Nakai's SBS!". ONE PIECE Volume 53 (March 4, 2009). Shueisha. Page 188. ISBN 978-4-08-874640-1.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Kazuya Nakai (September 2015), "<特別企画> 対談 心のふるさと 青二塾", Aoni Juku Osaka School.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "[Interview] Kazuya Nakai". Spaceship Vol. 156. Hobby Japan (April 2017). Pages 64-65. ISBN 978-4- 7986-1434-2.

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