Shigeru Chiba (千葉 繁 Chiba Shigeru), born Masaharu Maeda (前田 正治 Maeda Masaharu), is a Japanese actor and voice actor notable for voicing the character Yoshihiro Kira in the TV Anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, specifically its third season, Diamond is Unbreakable.
Chiba is known for his other roles as Pilaf in Dragon Ball, Raditz and Garlic Jr. in Dragon Ball Z, Kazuma Kuwabara in Yu Yu Hakusho, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, the narrator of Fist of the North Star, Satoshi in Urusei Yatsura, Rei Ichido in High School! Kimengumi, Chidaruma in Dorohedoro, Kefka Palazzo in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Kanenori Wakita in Detective Conan, and Jogo in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Shigechi Chiba was born in 1954 in Kikuchi, Kumamoto prefecture. After graduating from junior high school, he moved to Tokyo from Kumamoto for group employment and started working at a factory. While spending hard days studying while working, he passed the audition of the Fuji theater company Fuji and became an actor. DUring his youth, Chiba used his physical abilities to participate in works such as the film series Nikkatsu Roman Porno as an actor, but also as a stuntman. He also appeared in TV dramas even after transferring to the Togei theater company.
Shigeru Chiba started his career as a voice actor in the 1976 anime series "Dokaben", and gradually shifted his career into becoming a voice actor. In the 1984 animated adaptation of "Fist of the North Star" he appeared as a villain and was in charge of the narration. In 1985, he played the main character of the anime for the first time in "High School! Bizarre Gumi", and in the same year he gathered young voice actors and started the Burstman theater company, although it disbanded later. In 1989, he experienced for the first time the work of a sound director in the OVA "Gosenzo-sama Mansai!" directed by Mamoru Oshii. Since then he's also worked as a sound director. He is focusing on training younger generations of voice actors, and served as the director of the C & O Actors Studio, an actor training center. Howeved, he still sometimes accepts to act. He starred in the movie The Red Spectacles, a Mamoru Oshii movie.
After working for the Fuji theater company, the Togei theater company, and Production M3, Shigeru Chiba affiliated himself with 81 Produce.
On January 9, 2017, he was selected as the 20th place in the 200 popular voice actors seriously selected! Voice actor general election! 3 hours long broadcast on TV Asahi.