Hidekatsu Shibata (柴田 秀勝 Shibata Hidekatsu, born March 25, 1937) is a veteran Japanese voice actor from Asakusa, Tokyo who is affiliated with Aoni Production. He was a classmate of former prime minister Yasuo Fukuda at Azabu High School.

With over 50 years in the voice acting industry, he is one of the oldest active voice actors in Japan, a feat shared with voice actors like Takeshi Aono and Kenji Utsumi prior to their deaths.

He is most known for his roles as Baron Ashura in Mazinger Z, Kenzo Kabuto in Great Mazinger, Count Mecha in Galaxy Express 999, General Shadow in Kamen Rider Stronger, Monkey D. Dragon in One Piece, Hiruzen Sarutobi in Naruto, Führer King Bradley in Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Igneel and the narrator in Fairy Tail.

He is also married to voice actress Akiko Sekine.

Dub Actors

Actor No. of Titles Country
Michael Forest 3 Flag United States
Ed Blaylock 2 Flag United States
Bob Magruder 2 Flag United States
Jim White 2 Flag United States
Sean Barrett 1 Flag United Kingdom
Gregg Berger 1 Flag United States
Kevin Brennan 1 Flag United Kingdom
Don Brown 1 Flag Canada
Bob Carter 1 Flag United States
Paul Dobson 1 Flag Canada
Richard Epcar 1 Flag United States
Dan Green 1 Flag United States
Cliff Harrington 1 Flag Japan
Jeremy Inman 1 Flag United States
Bill Kestin 1 Flag United States
Don Knode 1 Flag Japan
Steve Kramer 1 Flag United States
Jeff Manning 1 Flag Japan
Bryan Massey 1 Flag United States
John H. Mayer 1 Flag United States
Robert McCollum 1 Flag United States
Michael McConnohie 1 Flag United States
Ted Pfister 1 Flag United States
Simon Prescott 1 Flag United States
David Logan Rankin 1 Flag United States
Mike Reynolds 1 Flag United States
Roger Rhodes 1 Flag Canada
William Roberts 1 Flag United Kingdom
Christopher Sabat 1 Flag United States
William Saylor 1 Flag United States
Greg Starr 1 Flag Japan
Sonny Strait 1 Flag United States
John Swasey 1 Flag United States
Noah Umholtz 1 Flag Canada
Daniel Woren 1 Flag United States
Tom Wyner 1 Flag United States
Brian Zimmerman 1 Flag Singapore


Year Character Title Dub Voice Dub Country
1971 Cat Sailor A Animal Treasure Island ¿? United States
1972-1974 Baron Ashura
Mazinger Z William Saylor United States
Gregg Berger United States
1972 One-Eye Three Musketeers in Boots ¿? Canada
1975 King of the Mermen Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid ¿? Canada
1977-1978 Daisaku Kuruma Arrow Emblem: Hawk of the Grand Prix John H. Mayer United States
1978 Agent Gordon Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo Don Knode Tokyo, Japan
Michael Forest United States
William Roberts United Kingdom
Michael McConnohie United States
1979 Count Mecha Galaxy Express 999 Paul Dobson Canada
1980 Satan Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned Richard Epcar United States
1980 Mr. March Little Women Daniel Woren United States
1980-1981 Geidel Space Battleship Yamato III ¿? United States
1980-1981 General Kuroda X-Bomber Kevin Brennan United Kingdom
1981 C6248 Adieu Galaxy Express 999 Don Brown Canada
1981-1982 Narrator Dogtanian & the Three Muskehounds Tom Wyner United States
1982 Black Suited Commander Arcadia of My Youth Jeff Manning Tokyo, Japan
1984 Admiral Haines Lensman Mike Reynolds United States
Michael Forest
United States
1985 Kōzunosuke Oguri The Dagger of Kamui Greg Starr Tokyo, Japan
1986-1989 King Chappa Dragon Ball Sonny Strait United States
Roger Rhodes Canada
1986 Zeed Fist of the North Star: The Movie Michael Forest United States
1988-1989 Chancellor Dominion Tank Police Sean Barrett United Kingdom
1989-1992 Richard Guyot The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor Bill Kestin United States
1991 Edgar Ys III: Wanderers from Ys Cliff Harrington Tokyo, Japan
1996-1997 Syn Shenron Dragon Ball GT Noah Umholtz Canada
Bob Carter United States
Omega Shenron Noah Umholtz Canada
Christopher Sabat United States
Monkey D. Dragon One Piece Brian Zimmerman Singapore
Dan Green United States
Bryan Massey United States
Calgara Robert McCollum
2000 Lorenzo Vitello Sin: The Movie Ted Pfister United States
2001-2002 Chin Tao Shaman King ¿? United States
2002-2007 Hiruzen Sarutobi Naruto Steve Kramer United States
2003-2004 Führer King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist Ed Blaylock United States
2004-2005 Kawara Heitaro Samurai Champloo Simon Prescott United States
2005-2006 The Spider (ep. 26) Hell Girl John Swasey United States
2006-2010 Professor Kodama
(ep. 149)
Pokémon Diamond & Pearl David Logan Rankin United States
Igneel Fairy Tail Bob Magruder
(eps. 48-173)
United States
Jim White
(eps. 257-present)
Narrator Bob Magruder
(eps. 1-175)
Jim White
(eps. 177-present)
2009-2010 Führer King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Ed Blaylock United States
2010 Big Brown Eye
(ep. 1A)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Jeremy Inman United States