Takahiro Sakurai (櫻井 孝宏, Sakurai Takahiro, born June 13, 1974) is a Japanese voice actor, narrator, and radio personality from Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
His well-known roles include heroes such as Cloud Strife in Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, Suzaku Kurugi in Code Geass and X in Mega Man X , as well as villains such as Maximilien Robespierre in Le Chevalier D'Eon, Hiltz in Zoids: Guardian Force, Sasori in Naruto Shippūden, and Rohan Kishibe in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. He voiced the main character Miyuki Kazuya in Ace of Diamond. He is the official Japanese dub voice for Robert Pattinson since Twilight. His range is tenor. He is currently affiliated with INTENTION. Sakurai is the eldest of three siblings born to a family that owned a rice shop. When he was a child, he was impacted by an interview program with a voice actor that he happened to watch on TV, and became interested in the voice acting industry.Sakurai graduated from Okazaki Johsei High School. After graduating from Yoyogi Animation Academy in Nagoya and 81 Acting Institute, he made his official anime debut in 1996 with the TV animation series Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!!. After moving on from the training school, he became a member of 81 Produce under the influence of his admiration for Toshihiko Seki. Even before his official debut, he had already received work in radio dramas and other projects during his time at the training school, but for a while after his debut, there was a period of time when he was unable to find work even after auditioning. In 1999, when he was 25 years old and wondering if he should quit voice acting, he got regular roles in two TV anime in a row, Digimon Adventure and Sensual Phrase, and in the same year, he sang his first character song in his first starring movie, Gate Keepers.
On April 22, 2011, Sakurai won the "Male Character Voice Award" at Famitsu Awards 2010. In 2012, he won the "Overseas Fan's Award" at the 6th Seiyu Awards.In 2013, after a year of discussions with the record company, Sakurai announced on his radio show that he would be singing the character song for Shirokuma Cafe. In April, he announced on the radio show "Cherry Bell Co., Ltd" that he would be leaving 81 Produce, where he had worked since his debut, and going freelance. On July 20, 2014, it was announced on the official website that he became a member of INTENTION, founded by his friend Kenichi Suzumura.On October 25, 2016, Sakurai stepped on the red carpet at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival as John Paul in Genocidal Organ with Yuichi Nakamura as Clavis Shepherd. On October 25, 2018, he attended the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival as Metofies in Godzilla: The Planet Eater with Mamoru Miyano as Haruo.
Sakurai lists people like Ryūsei Nakao, Chō, Ryōtarō Okiayu, Tomokazu Seki, and Minami Takayama as his favorite and respected voice actors, and he had a close relationship with Keiji Fujiwara in his private life. He is good at illustration and once wanted to be an illustrator. In addition to the eyecatching illustrations in Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch, he was also a member of the key drawing staff for the final episode of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, and was credited as a logotype designer for the second season of Active Raid.
In response to a question about what he would have done if he had not become a voice actor, Sakurai answered that he would have taken over his family's rice shop, which might have also been a good idea.