Fun Fact Fridays: Tsukishima

Posted by Christina on December 3rd, 2011

 

Shukuro Tsukishima, new resident Bleach baddie.

Shukuro Tsukishima, new resident Bleach baddie.

If you’re following the Bleach anime, you may have been introduced to the new baddie Shukuro Tsukishima this past week! Reading the manga, I thought he was pretty bad-ass for a villain, and I was glad that the anime did not disappoint! He actually got even a bit more awesome, as the voice they cast for him was none other than award-winning seiyuu Daisuke Ono! Best known for his roles as Sebastian Michaelis in Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler (which won him the “Best Actor in a Leading Role” award in 2010′s 4th Seiyuu Awards), Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!! and Itsuki Koizumi in the Haruhi Suzumiya saga, this prolific voice actor has a wide-range of cool characters, who are often sleek and suave, if not a little dark. This makes him a perfect fit for the quiet-but-deadly Shukuro Tsukishima.

But did you know this isn’t Ono-san’s first role going by the name of Tsukishima?

Izayoi Tsukishima, resident monja-maker of the Miracle Train.

Izayoi Tsukishima, resident monja-maker of the Miracle Train.

A little-known-outside-Japan anime series came out in 2009 called Miracle☆Train ~Ōedo-sen e Yōkoso~ (“~Welcome to the Oedo Line~”). The series is short at only 12 episodes long, and the plot is that when a troubled girl attempts to get on the Oedo Line subway, she enters the alternate-dimension’s “Miracle Train,” where the attractive male physical-embodiments of each train major station exist to solve the girl’s problems. Absurd, I know, but with a stellar seiyuu cast and a well-drawn male character lineup, it serves it’s purpose of essentially being an otome-game (dating sim targeted at female players) come to anime form. In this silly little anime, Daisuke Ono voices the role of the mild-mannered, monja-making Izayoi Tsukishima, the physical embodiment of the Tsukishima Station.

Monja Street in Tsukishima

Monja Street in Tsukishima

Tsukishima is actually an island in Tokyo made by landfill, which was completed in 1894. The name, written 月島 literally means “Moon Island,” but it’s said that it was originally written with the kanji 築島, which reads “Constructed Island.” The characterization of Tsukishima in Miracle☆Train is always making monja (or monjayaki), a dish of batter mixed with various ingredients like vegetables (similar to okonimiyaki) which is prepared on a flat-top grill, served runny and is eaten directly off of the grill with a flat, spatula-like utensil. He’s doing this because Tsukishima is known for its many monja-serving restaurants, and the dish is said to have originated there!

Daisuke Ono, Voice of the Tsukishimas.

Daisuke Ono, Voice of the Tsukishimas.

Now don’t you feel enlightened? Shukuro Tsukishima seems a little less intimidating when you picture him sitting and making monja, doesn’t he?

...Tsukishima doesn't like waiting for monja...

...Tsukishima doesn't like waiting for monja...

4 Responses
  1. I just found that out about Ono-san too. XD Voicing two Tsukishimas is pretty damn awesome.

    I wrote about the BLEACH Tsukishima character at: http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/13921888107/shukuro-tsukishima-bleach

    Tsukishima is just another interesting character that Kubo has created. That ability he has is just freaky. :D

  2. Christina says:

    Thanks for the comment! I read your article but couldn’t figure out how to comment or anything… I just joined tumblr just yesterday, actually, and don’t quite have the hang of it yet ^^; I am following you there now though so it will be easier for me to keep up with your posts!(LadyStarstorm is my username over there)

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the subtext of Tsukishima’s ability… Book of the End definitely gives new meaning to the phrase “mindf***” and I think this makes him even more dangerous (and even more terrifying) than Aizen.

    Ono-san voicing him is just a fantastic elaboration to his character; He has that, suave deceptive, I-know-everything-muahaha tone of voice that really hits home with Tsukishima. Such a stark contrast to his other Tsukishima role, though… I wonder if even Ono-san noticed that? XD

  3. Oh, I have DISQUS up for commenting. Was the widget not loading on your end?

    Tsukishima’s more terrifying than Aizen mentally, just not physically.

    I’m actually wondering about whether Ono-san will voice a future character in Gintama that purposely made fun of Tsukishima and his power.

  4. Christina says:

    Hmm, no it’s not but I AM on my work computer, which isn’t very good, so that may be the issue. :P

    That would be interesting, for sure. I’ve never seen Gintama, and don’t really know what it’s about at all (thought the art I’ve seen looks nice). Does it parody things like that often?

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