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Genshin Impact Who is Takanori Nishikawa Voice Actor of Arataki Itto

November 12, 2021

miHoYo held on November 12 the Genshin Impact 2.3 stream, most notably revealing Takanori Nishikawa is the Japanese voice actor (seiyuu) of new playable character Arataki Itto.

You definitely already heard the voice of Takanori Nishikawa if you’re an anime fan, even if you haven’t heard the name before. Perhaps T.M. Revolution, his stage name, rings a bell instead. Takanori Nishikawa is a legendary music artist and one of the most popular singers from Japan.

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Who is Takanori Nishikawa voicing Arataki Itto in Genshin Impact?

Most anime fans outside Japan learnt of Takanori Nishikawa with the release of Gundam Seed in 2002, where he handled several theme songs. Including first OP theme song Invoke, and insert theme song Meteor, played during Kira’s iconic comeback scene while piloting the Freedom Gundam for the first time.

Nishikawa is in fact a huge Gundam fan and a huge otaku in general, as shown by his participation on the Final Fantasy NHK poll. Nishikawa also voiced side characters in Gundam Seed but he’s a singer first and seiyuu second.

Arataki Itto from Genshin Impact will be one of the very rare characters in anime and games voiced by Takanori Nishikawa. Another recent role he did is Làng Wū Yáo in Thunderbolt Fantasy. The series is written by Gen Urobuchi (Phantom of Inferno, Saya no Uta, Madoka Magica) so you should definitely try it out.

Takanori Nishikawa was born on September 19, 1970 (51 years old) in Yasu, Shiga in Japan. Nishikawa officially started his career back in 1996 and has been incredibly popular since. In particular, his single White Breath in October 1997 topped the charts, and sold over a million copies.

Later on, Takanori Nishikawa also handled theme songs for the Sengoku Basara series by Capcom, D-Gray Man and Soul Eater. You’ve definitely already heard his voice if you’ve been watching anime for a few years.

T.M. Revolution teased Itto on Twitter

Interestingly, right after the Arataki Itto voice reveal, Nishikawa tweeted “Did you notice I was teasing it?”. During his Best Hits 2021 concert on November 11, Nishikawa wore belts on his chest, similarly to Itto.

Nishikawa also jokingly mentioned “Itto’s Vision isn’t Anemo, but I’m still super happy to voice him”. This is a joke regarding how T.M. Revolution is often seen dancing against the winds and storms in his music videos. Especially in the video for iconic song Hot Limit, which I detailed further below.

In fact, seeing miHoYo doesn’t do auditions and designs characters with their seiyuu in mind (Tomoaki Maeno / Zhongli confirmed so) it’s very likely Arataki Itto’s character design was a reference to TMR and Hot Limit in the first place.

Takanori Nishikawa is also an experienced producer

Chiyomaru Shikura, the creator of popular series Steins;Gate, and Takanori Nishikawa aka T.M. Revolution have been working together for years now on B-Project. It’s a male idol franchise by Mages started in 2015, and produced by Nishikawa. B.Project already got a rhythm game, multiple anime and stage play adaptations, and tons of CD releases. A B-Project Nintendo Switch game is also in development.

Right now, I’d personally say the most popular seiyuu in Genshin Impact is Kenjiro Tsuda, nicknamed Tsudaken by fans, who voices Dainsleif. However, with the addition of Takanori Nishikawa to the cast, the balance has tipped and he’s definitely the biggest name in the game now. And shows miHoYo really plans to make Genshin Impact into the ultimate anime otaku gacha JRPG.

I bet miHoYo will definitely end up adding a Hot Limit inspired Skin / costume for Arataki Itto. Hot Limit is one of the most popular songs from Nishikawa, most notably because of the flamboyant bondage-like costume he wore during its music video. While Hot Limit released in 1998, the costume became a meme in the early 2010s, appearing in several anime or used as a costume for figures.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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