Ryōichi Tanaka (田中亮一, born on 26 January 1947) is a Japanese voice actor who was affiliated with Aoni Production[1] and provided voices for the Japanese narration of Thomas & Friendsbetween the first and seventh series.

He is best known for voicing Devilman and Cancer Deathmask from "Saint Seiya" and Cobra Commander from the original "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers" cartoons.


  • Duncan (Seasons 4 - 7)
  • Slate Trucks (Snow)
  • Bulstrode
  • Byron
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth (Season 3)
  • Cyril the Fogman (Season 6)
  • Thomas' driver (Thomas' Train, Thomas and the Trucks and Thomas and the Breakdown Train)
  • Edward's driver (Edward and Gordon)
  • Henry's driver (The Sad Story of Henry and Fish)
  • Gordon's driver (Edward and Gordon, Edward, Gordon and Henry, Thomas the Jet Engine, Edward the Very Useful Engine, Best Dressed Engine and Gordon and Spencer )
  • James' driver (Thomas and the Breakdown Train, James and the Coaches and Make Someone Happy)
  • Donald's driver (Twin Trouble)
  • Sir Handel's fireman (A Bad Day for Sir Handel)
  • Father (You Can't Win)
  • The Crovan's Gate Policeman
  • The Foreman
  • The Crosby Stationmaster (Busy Going Backwards)
  • A Workman (Snow)
  • Some Passengers (Bulldog)
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad Mechanic (A Wonderful American Journey with Thomas and Connie)
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