Bask in his furry, muscular glory.
Akio Otsuka a prolific Japanese voice actor best-known overseas for his role as Solid Snake in Konami’s Metal Gear Solid series of video games. In anime, some might know him as Black Jack in the titular franchise, Shunsui in Bleach, Batou in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, or Rider in Fate/Zero. In real life, the voice actor gives off an aura of a seasoned veteran.
And now, you can see the cool actor as a koala in Mausu Dōbutsuen, a series of anime shorts that turns the voice actors and actresses of the agency Mausu Promotion into animals.
In his very own episode, the handsome koala Akio Otsuka is being doted on by voice actresses Hiromi Igarashi (The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls’ Anzu, Kiitaro’s yokai picture diary‘s Kiitarō) and Marika Kōno (Seiyu’s Life!‘s Rin, Scorching Ping Pong Girls‘ Hanabi) He tries to show off to the girls, but ends up tripping, much to his embarrassment.
In voice actress Yūki Takada (New Game!‘s Aoba)’s episode, the muscular koala tries to console the frilled-neck lizard after she gets her tail cut off, but ends up completely being taken advantage of by her.
And just when you think Otsuka’s caught a break in Toru Okawa (Detective Pikachu’s titular character)’s episode, he and the bear end up fighting over who gets money that was dropped on the ground. To make things worse, Okawa ends up framing the poor actor for stealing the money from voice actress Sawako Hata (AKB0048’s Suzuko), who had just happened to drop it.
While the characters Otsuka play may be tough and badass, koala Otsuka seems to be a bit of a softy–so soft that I honestly wouldn’t mind a koala Otsuka plushie at this point.
These anime shorts are being released twice a month by Mausu Promotion with animation by Pollyanna Graphics as PR for its Mausu Shop, where fans can buy goods related to their favorite voice talents and of course, merchandise featuring the animal versions of the voice actors. The shorts premiere at the shop and then are put on YouTube soon after. You can watch all the episodes currently released of Mausu Dōbutsuen on the agency’s YouTube channel.