Chikao Otsuka was a voice actor who should be so much familiar and unforgettable to a person in my generation as he voiced a great number of characters especially in anime products we watched when we were kids.
While we enjoyed watching animation shows from the United States back then as home-made TV shows were not so many as in later years yet, “Dick Dastardly” in “Wacky Races” and “Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines” was voiced by him, and his acting made the character (“Black Maou” meaning “Black Devil King” in the Japanese version of the show) so popular in Japan.
Otsuka was also an actor who appeared with his face shown in “Ultra Q,” “Ultraman” and “Kaiju Booska.”
In Booska, he played a school teacher named Oniyama while the teacher appeared in Booska Episode 41 talked about in my yesterday’s entry.
He played a man who got his shoes cleaned by Itachi in Ultra Q Episode 10, one of the crew on a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat that was attacked by Ragon in Ultraman Episode 4 and a rest house manager in Ultraman Episode 21 who was troubled by unusual events caused by Kemlar.
In addition to his voice-acting in which he voiced many foreign actors including Charles Bronson as an actor regularly voiced by him, Otsuka should be best known in Japan as the voice actor for Nezumi Otoko (Mouseman) in the anime “Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro.”
His son, Akio Otsuka, also plays an active role as a voice actor while he played, say, Black Jack in the anime series with his attractively deep voice.