Some of anime voice actor Koichi Yamadera’s most memorable roles are characters who aren’t exactly lucky in love. As Ranma 1/2’s Ryoga Hibiki, he spends pretty much the entire series pining after a girl who only sees him as a friend (or a pet), and he’s got an even more tragic love life as Cowboy Bebop’s Spike Spiegel, a man eternally haunted by the memory of the lover he left behind when he broke away from a life in organized crime.
Yamadera himself, on the other hand, has a much more active love life, and this week announced that he’s gotten married.
You might be thinking that Okada, a former idol singer and current media personality (or “talent,” to use the Japanese show biz term) looks surprisingly young for the spouse of someone who’s been an anime voice actor since the mid-1980s, and there is indeed a large age gap between them. Okada, who was born in the U.S., is 28 years old, while Yamadera is 59, and will be turning 60 on Thursday.
▼ Okada was a member of idol unit Ciao Bella Cinquetti (also known as The Possivo) from 2004 to 2018.
The couple became acquainted while co-hosting The Bay Line, a talk radio program for Chiba Prefecture’s bayfm, where their stint lasted from 2015 until March of last year. “After we both graduating from hosting the show,” says Yamadera, “I realized how important she’d become to me, and we started dating.” …continue reading