Kazuya Nakai
Kazuya Nakai
Born: November 25, 1967, Hyōgo-ku, Kobe, Japan
Occupation: Voice actor
Years active: 1995 - present
Spouse: Unknown (currently married)
Website: N/A

Kazuya Nakai (中井 和哉 Nakai Kazuya?) is a Japanese voice actor and narrator from Aoni Productions. His most notable role is Roronoa Zoro in the anime series One Piece, other major voice roles include Toshiro Hijikata from Gintama, Date Masamune from Sengoku Basara, Mugen from Samurai Champloo and Ultraman Max in the Ultra Series. He won a Best Supporting Actor award at the 5th Seiyu Awards in 2011 for his roles in One Piece and Gin Tama.

In the Ultra Series, Kazuya voiced grunts and speaking voice for Ultraman Max in the same name series. However, afterward Max's speaking voice is voiced by various another voice actors, although no longer the voice in for Ultraman Max, his grunts were still kept and reused in some of Max's later appearances.


Other roles

  • After War Gundam X - Voice of Witz Sou
  • Sailor Moon - Voice of Ittou Asanuma
  • Kamen Rider Hibiki - Narrator
  • Engine Sentai Go-Onger - Voice of Land Pollution Vice Minister Hiramechimedes
  • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger - Voices of Igaroid and Gedonian Uniga
  • One Piece - Voice of Roronoa Zoro and Drip/Fake Sanji
  • Gintama - Voice of Toshiro Hijikata
  • Sengoku Basara - Voice of Date Masamune
  • Samurai Champloo - Voice of Mugen
  • Blue Exorcist - Voice of Ryuji Suguro
  • Uchu Sentai Kyuranger - voice of Garu/Ookami Blue

Stock Grunts

This section here refers to Kazuya's grunts being reused per stock footage on other Ultra Series:


  • Kazuya's hobby is driving (having a driver's license). Special skill is surveying, archery. He said, "I lived as it drifts".
  • He is a fan of mangaka Takayuki Yamaguchi and is eager to voice swordsmen characters but is ironically belonephobic (fear of sharp objects).
    • Before voicing his breakout role Zoro (also a swordsman) in ONE PIECE, his wife suggest him to audition Sanji instead. Sanji's voice actor, Hiroaki Hirata is also his best friend in real life, so much so that he gains the nickname "Nakai-kyun".
  • He loves sweets. Especially when he get older, he said that he started to like Japanese sweets rather than Western confectionery, but he says he likes both Super A & G live broadcast of Junichi Suwabe. In a segment of the SBS, a question-and-answer column in which Oda answers questions sent in by his fans, voice actor section, Nakai had said that he likes Kashiwa mochi.
  • In his school days, Jun Fukuyama is his junior from the Aoi Secondary School in Osaka. Interestingly, Kazuya is the voice actor of Ultraman Max and Jun is the current voice actor for Mebius from Ultraman Max's succeeding series.
  • Like Masao Nakasone and Saburo Shinoda, Kazuya also did two different roles in the Ultra Series, one of them is his most known role (Ultraman Max's voice actor) but unlike Masao or Saburo, Kazuya didn't portrayed in physically due to he is a voice actor.


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