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Aren't you the one who really wants to "Let's party"?

Name: Nakai Kazuya ( )
Birthday: November 25, 1967
Birthplace: Hyougo-ku, Kobe, Japan
Blood Type: A
Talent Agency: Aoni Production
Official HP: Page at Aoni Production

Nakai Kazuya is the voice of Hijikata in Gintama, and probably due to the nature of his voice, just so happens to be pretty well known for some rowdy characters (a lot of which also happen to be swordsmen-- Zoro of One Piece, Date Masamune of Sengoku Basara, Mugen of Samurai Champloo). That being said, one could say that Hijikata is right up his alley. Though I personally enjoy Nakai's acting in these roles the most (nothing beats a manly swordsman with Nakai's growl!), he's also done his fair share of softer-sided characters, so he certainly isn't a one trick pony. You can hear two examples of Nakai's role as Hijikata below:

[ ep. 35: mayora 13 ] [ ep. 87: mitsuba ]

He first debuted as a voice actor as Witz Sou in After War Gundam X, which aired in Japan from April 1996 to March 1997. Nakai enjoys driving and archery as his hobbies, and is married with one child. He also apparently enjoys going to Disneyland, but I dunno, who doesn't? Below are some of his notable voice roles cited from wikipedia:

07-Ghost (Katsuragi)
After War Gundam X (Witz Sou)
Asu no Yoichi! (Ryo Washizu)
Battle Programmer Shirase (Akira Shirase)
Black Jack (Gori)
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Keseran Paseran)
D.Gray-man (Gozu)
Death Note (Kanzo Mogi)
Detective Conan (Shun Kotegawa)
Digimon Savers (Gaomon)
Gintama (Hijikata Toshirou)
Grenadier - The Senshi of Smiles (Yajiro Kojima)
Hataraki Man (Fumiya Sugawara)
Hatsukoi Limited (Gengorou Takei)
Hellsing (Jan Valentine)
Immortal Grand Prix (River Marque)
InuYasha (Hoshiyomi)
Jyu Oh Sei (Zagi)
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (Reverend Malchio)
Nodame Cantabile (Kouzou Etoh)
Naruto Shippuden (Furido)
Noein (Karasu, Noein)
One Piece (Roronoa Zoro, Pierre, Jigoroh)
Pokémon (Morio, Shintaro, Naoshi)
Ragnarok the Animation (Iruga)
Samurai Champloo (Mugen)
Scrapped Princess (Gabil, Socom)
Sengoku Basara (Date Masamune)
Trinity Blood (Tres Iqus)
xxxHolic (Shizuka Dômeki)
Yu-Gi-Oh! (First Series) (Shido-sensei)

Blue Submarine No. 6 (Captain of the Shang)
Saint Seiya films and OVAs (Worm Raimi)
xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shizuka Domeki)
Switch OVAs (Keigo Kajiyama)
xxxHolic Shunmuki (Shizuka Domeki)
Dogs: Bullets & Carnage (Melvin Scrooge)
Clover no Kuni no Alice (Gray Ringmarc)
Dynasty Warriors series (Xiahou Dun, Dian Wei)
Ehrgeiz (Najimu)
Everybody's Golf series (Musatsu)
Final Fantasy X (Wakka)
Final Fantasy X-2 (Wakka)
Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami o Tsugu Shojo (Zerugiu)
Kingdom Hearts (Wakka)
Kingdom Hearts II (Rai)
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series (Barry Ho)
Mr. Driller series (Kiru Saku, Kowasu)
Ninety-Nine Nights (Klarrann)
One Piece series (Roronoa Zoro)
Mega Man Zero series (Fighting Fefnir)
Rockman X4 (Frost Walrus, Storm Owl)
Sengoku Basara (Date Masamune)
Shining Wind (Hyoun)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (Shinjiro Aragaki)
Summon Night: Twin Age (Nassau)
Super Robot Wars series (Witz Sou, Jika Arutorito)
Tales of Legendia (Moses Sandor)
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 2nd Kiss (Katsumi Shiba)
Valkyria Chronicles (Zaka)
Will o' Wisp (Will)
Xenosaga Episode III: (Assistant Scott)

Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (Igaroid, Uniga)
Engine Sentai Go-onger (Hiramechimedes, Kokorootomedes)
Kamen Rider Hibiki (Narrator, Eiki)
Ultraman Max (Ultraman Max)

Voice of swordsmen!

And, just as a fun little aside, here are some other things related to Nakai Kazuya that might be of interest to Nakai/Shinsengumi/samurai fans. If you happen to know any other factoids that would set all our Nakai-loving souls on fire, please don't be afraid to let me know!

Gintama is certainly not Nakai's first role as a member of the Shinsengumi: he plays Harada Sanosuke in the dating game, Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi. This game had a live event in 2009 where the voice actors performed/read script in front of an audience while dressed like the historical Shinsengumi. Though unrelated to Gintama, for any fans of Nakai's rendition of Hijikata it's a little like a dream come true!

Nakai Kazuya in the middle, and larger on the right in historical garb.

In episode 184 of Gintama, during the Character Ranking arc, Katsura makes a reference to Nakai's role in Sengoku Basara, in which he plays the character Date Masamune (famous for randomly speaking English, riding his horse like a Harley and for his missing right eye-- something that parallels with Kyuubei of Gintama). Later on in the episode, Otae is fighting against Hijikata and claims that he probably wants to say "Let's Party!" more than anyone else, and Hijikata gets angry at her for breaking the fourth wall.

Katsura's reference to Kyuubei on the left, Date Masamune of Sengoku Basara on the right.

During the 2010 Gintama Matsuri, Nakai and real-life Shinpachi fellow castmate Sakaguchi Daisuke get psyched up before a performance by Otsuu and scream "Necromancer!" for the crowd. You can see the two nerding it up in their respective character's otaku outfits: Shinpachi in his Otsuu uniform and Hijikata in his Tosshi outfit, and even holding his arm like Tosshi does in the anime!

Sakaguchi and Nakai cosplaying to the left, and the real Shinpachi and Tosshi on the right! Crap quality brought to you by Youtube!