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Olympic Gold Medalist Turns Voice Actor

by Zirgo
Sep 21, 2009 1:26 AM | 30 Comments
Well, not exactly a full time thing, Kitajima Kousuke who won gold medals for the Men's 100m and 200m Breaststroke at both the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics, will be voicing the original character "Pirate Kitajima" of the "Fishman pirates" in the new One Piece movie, One Piece Film Strong World!.

He comments about the character he's voicing saying, "I don't know, he's got a way nicer body than me and looks cool." He even jokes saying, "I think he'd swim faster than me... I mean, he's a fish after all". Kitajima's favorite character is Zoro adding, "He's very much like me, in the part where he's able to 'crawl' his way back up even if he loses."

The movie is due out December 12th

Source

Image of Kitajima and his character.

Story by Xenzio

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Cheddarchet said:
Bluesnow said:
"You just won the Olympics! What are you going to do now!!!"
"Voice an anime Pirate of course!"


Makes perfect sense, I'd say. :)

Sep 23, 2009 6:35 AM by Kyo_Kagami

the character looks weird XD

Sep 22, 2009 5:04 PM by Kurini

Looks like he'll be owning the badass XD

Sep 22, 2009 2:52 AM by Sylpheed

Oh, that guys. Yeah I remember seeing him on TV. His breaststroke is great stuff.

Sep 22, 2009 12:38 AM by kevo

Maora said:
it's like the character was created for him


lol tru dat

Sep 21, 2009 9:15 PM by Nikoli

wow
skills xD

@Konataku nice avatar 0.o

Sep 21, 2009 7:28 PM by xnekomatax

Fai said:
Metroid_Ex said:
how can those legs support that character 0_0


Don't apply logic to this anime/manga.

The author is way too idioticcreative for that to happen.

Seriously, OP is, I don't know, new dbz? Lots of popularity and zero of quality.


Lol
I guess that there's time when you speak the truth and other time when you utterly fail at it.
I don't like One piece much but I can say that the quality is there (for the manga at the very least).

Sep 21, 2009 7:12 PM by Shangetsu

seishi-sama said:
Now, they should ask Arakawa Shizuka to voice somebody, then I'll be sold.

Anyway, I hope that it will be a fun experience for the guy. :)


qft

Sep 21, 2009 5:55 PM by saka

lol

Sep 21, 2009 5:37 PM by Itachi-san

it's like the character was created for him

Sep 21, 2009 4:39 PM by Maora

Anitnelav said:
Congrats to him. (y)

Hayate_Sama said:
kyon91 said:
One Piece...


...is great


Word.


Nah

Sep 21, 2009 1:42 PM by Ahepwmfnw701ja

Bluesnow said:
"You just won the Olympics! What are you going to do now!!!"
"Voice an anime Pirate of course!"


Makes perfect sense, I'd say. :)

Sep 21, 2009 1:29 PM by Cheddarchet

Kitajima Kosuke, the guy is pretty cool..

Its a good thing!^^

Sep 21, 2009 12:40 PM by Kira01

That's really interesting.. and especially for an anime that's this popular. I'm anticipating the movie then :3

Sep 21, 2009 11:19 AM by Konataku

Fai said:
Metroid_Ex said:
how can those legs support that character 0_0


Don't apply logic to this anime/manga.

The author is way too idioticcreative for that to happen.

Seriously, OP is, I don't know, new dbz? Lots of popularity and zero of quality.


Lol... I seriously laughed at that.. One Piece is one of the anime's that is indeed as you say, popular, but the quality of the series (as a whole) is fucking amazing.

Sep 21, 2009 11:07 AM by Ilyaoh

Fai said:
Metroid_Ex said:
how can those legs support that character 0_0


Don't apply logic to this anime/manga.

The author is way too idioticcreative for that to happen.

Seriously, OP is, I don't know, new dbz? Lots of popularity and zero of quality.

What are you talking about?OP is great

Sep 21, 2009 9:08 AM by Hamel

Lucky him~ Just won gold medals and now got a job? (even though a short one)

I wish I was a voice actor =p

Sep 21, 2009 8:34 AM by MaroonedRainbow

good luck for him ^^

Sep 21, 2009 7:18 AM by makio-kun

Kitajima ! <33 Even if I don't like One Piece, I will watch the movie just for him ! ^^

Sep 21, 2009 6:56 AM by Mashima

Metroid_Ex said:
how can those legs support that character 0_0


Don't apply logic to this anime/manga.

The author is way too idioticcreative for that to happen.

Seriously, OP is, I don't know, new dbz? Lots of popularity and zero of quality.

Sep 21, 2009 6:55 AM by Fai

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