Takeshi Tsuruno
Takeshi Tsuruno
Born: May 26, 1975
Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture
Occupation: Actor
Voice Actor
Years active: 1994 - Present
Spouse: Miki Endō (2003 - present)
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Takeshi Tsuruno (つるの 剛士 Tsuruno Takeshi?) is a Japanese actor, voice actor and musician, originally from Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, and Fukuoka Prefecture. Takeshi Tsuruno is also his real name, though written in the kanji 靏野 剛士 instead. He is known for his roles as Shin Asuka/Ultraman Dyna in Ultraman Dyna (series), and as the leader of the musical units Shuchishin and Aladdin. As a member of Shuchishin and Aladdin, he appears regularly on the variety show Quiz! Hexagon II and his band's singles have appeared high on the Oricon Charts. Later he appeared again in Ultraman Saga the movie 2012.

Personal Life

Takeshi Tsuruno is married to his former stylist, Miki Endō (遠藤 美紀 Endō Miki) in 2003. The couple have five children: a son named Eito (詠斗, March 27, 2004 (age 10) and three daughters named Uta (うた, January 6, 2006 (age 9), Oto (おと, July 15, 2007 (age 7), and Iro (いろ, November 6, 2009 (age 5) and his latest son was born on June 6, 2016.

He named his albums after his daughters, and after recording his first album and before the birth of his third daughter he mused naming an album after his son such that it was called Tsuruno Mugendai (つるの∞(無限大).

Takeshi's hobbies are guitar, trumpet, fishing and bike.

Ultraman Dyna

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Asuka in Ultraman Dyna

He made his first appearance in the Ultraman franchise in "Ultraman Dyna" from 1997-1998. His role in this series is as Shin Asuka (Ultraman Dyna's human host) a somewhat funny sport and his known motto "Never Give Up". His partner on the series is Risa Saito as Ryo Yumimura.


Stock Grunts

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


  • Takeshi Tsuruno is a fan of Ultraman 80, he had watched the series in his childhood and was once mistaken that said Ultraman would appear in Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers "Ultraman 80 will also come out" before Hiroshi Nagano, Daigo Madoka's actor and Ultraman Tiga's voice actor at that time, corrected him.
    • Because of that, many fans believe that the grunts Dyna made when flies away after battles "Shuah", voiced by Takeshi, is inspiration in Ultraman 80's grunt.
  • The original concept behind Shin Asuka is to have him as a baseball player but this was less focused due to Takeshi having intermediate experience as a baseball player.
  • The reason why his title name "Tsuruno" was made into Hiragana was because "I can not write it because I use a difficult character to write in kanji, because it is troublesome", "What is called" kiri no " It was because it was a lot." His real name is sometimes written as "Tsuruno". His uncle has an illustrator Hisao Tsuruno. He professs to be a Christian with Antonio's baptism name.
  • "The reason why I aimed to enter the entertainment industry was" I liked TV and I loved being conspicuous ", and Takeshi was a big fan of Horichiemi and Nyan child club. Besides, "There was a classmate on television as a child", " I thought about how to turn on a child I liked ", Takeshi says.
  • When Takeshi was auditioned for "Dyna", director Kazuya Konaka said to the goodness and brightness of Takeshi who felt "I do this" by just reading one line of words "This is a strong impact I thought, "Why do you want a guy?", It remained in the impression.
  • Takeshi is a toy collector in his real life and had mentioned to be a fan of Saint Seiya and the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundan anime. He also kept their toys but unfortunately some of them broke after he lend it to his eldest son for playing. In spite of that, he had also planned for buying replacements for the aforementioned sets.


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