Sad news for Wally Burr, for those who grew up with Transformers, GI Joe
Voice actor and director Wally Burr passed away on July 9, after a 16-month struggle with a series of strokes. He was 93. His close family and friends are planning a memorial gathering in fall. His family and friends have posted several tributes on his website.
Burr was the voice director for such cartoons as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, Inspector Gadget, Dino Riders, Captain Caveman, Dynomutt the Dog Wonder, and Spider-Man. He also voiced some roles, including Kremzeek in Transformers, as well as stepping in as the voice for Jazz, Ratchet, Seaspray, and Thundercracker in individual episodes when their respective voice actors were not available.
In anime, he was the voice director for Streamline's dub of Akira, and also voiced a minor character in the film. He also voiced a minor character in Streamline's dub of Crying Freeman, and also voiced Raoh in Streamline's dub of the Fist of the North Star anime film.
Burr served in the United States Army during the Second World War. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on June 4, 1942, two days after his 18th birthday. He served as a tank commander during the war, including during the D-Day Normandy landings.
For fans of Yuka Terasaki, wish her joy as she now has a bundle of joy
Voice actress Yuka Terasaki announced on her blog on Friday that she gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 3078 gram (6.8lbs). The blog's update came on a special date: August 4 is also Terasaki's own birthday.
The 34-year-old voice actress asked her fans to wait for her as she will definitely return to work some day. She has since been discharged from the hospital and is getting accustomed to her new life as a family of three. She wrote that she has a lot of uncertainties when it comes to parenting, but she's found her life to be bombarded with laughter and excitement. She thanked everyone for their continued concern and support.
Actor Haruo Nakajima, best known for playing the title monster in early Godzilla films, passed away due to pneumonia on Monday. He was 88. His family will hold a funeral service.
Nakajima began his career as an actor and stuntman for war movies and samurai films, including Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. He wore the suit to play Godzilla in the original 1954 Godzilla film, and went on to reprise the role in eleven more films: Godzilla Rides Again, King Kong vs Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of the Astro-Monster, Godzilla vs the Sea Monster, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs Hedorah, and Godzilla vs. Gigan. He also played other giant monsters, including Rodan and King Kong.
1972's Godzilla vs. Gigan was Nakajima's final film as Godzilla. He went on to tour fan conventions, and published an autobiography in Japanese in 2010.
Voice actress and singer Azumi Asakura announced on her blog on Friday that she married a company employee. She thanked everyone for their continued support and wrote that she will continue to do her best.
Asakura is perhaps best known as the voice of Yukiho Hagiwara in the The IDOLM@STER video game and anime series. She also voiced Mirei Saegusa in this season's anime 18if, Kumin Tsuyuri in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, and Asia Argento in High School DxD BorN.
Asakura took over the roll of Yukiho from Yurina Hase (previously known as Yurika Ochiai) after the former voice actress received multiple death threats in 2009. Asakura herself was the victim of stalking in 2014.
Sad news, Nobuyuki Furuta has passed away on August 29
Voice actor Nobuyuki Furuta passed away at 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29 at a Kawasaki City hospital due to a ruptured aneurysm in his bronchial arteries. He was 59. His agency Kenyu Office made the announcement on Wednesday. His wife will lead the funeral services on September 3 at a Tokyo temple.
Furuta was born in Kanagawa Prefecture. He is best known for voicing the telepathic police officer Matt Parkman in the Japanese dub of the American live-action television series Heroes. He also voiced Sid Muhrer in Ginga Hyōryū Vifam and Sakyou in Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files.
We have happy news. Wish Madoka Yonezawa good wishes for her future as she announced she has married and expecting a child soon
Voice actress Madoka Yonezawa made an extra special birthday announcement on her blog on Wednesday. The 35-year-old K-ON! and Fate/Grand Order: First Order star wrote that she married a long-time boyfriend last year and the two are now expecting their first child. Her husband is an average company employee.
Voice actress Reiko Seno (real name Reiko Tamaki) passed away on August 8. She was 84.
Seno's best known anime role was the title character of the Spoon Oba-san television series, which ran from 1983 to 1984. She also lent her voice to minor roles in other anime, including Himitsu no Akko-chan, Panda! Go, Panda!, Eden of the East: Paradise Lost, and True Tears.
As a voiceover artist, she provided the Japanese dub for Lucille Ball in the I Love Lucy television series. She also acted on stage as part of the Theatre Echo troupe.
Risa Taneda is recovering from her medical treatment
Voice actress Risa Taneda's agency Office Ozawa announced in August that Taneda was gradually returning to voice acting work after receiving medical treatment on her throat. Tanedo issued her first personal message to fans since the start of her return on her Rhodanthe* unit's official website on Friday.
Taneda said in the message that her recovery was harder and took longer than she expected. She also said, "Honestly, being able to return now feels like a miracle to me." She added that everyone's support, kind words, and letters helped her to recover.
Taneda said that she feels like she is starting over from scratch, and she will do her best at her own pace while considering her throat and physical condition. She said she already has a few projects she is working on and asked fans for their continued support.
Taneda went on hiatus last year in August to receive medical treatment. In some roles during Taneda's hiatus, she was replaced by different voice actresses. Rie Takahashi replaced her in the role of Mash Kyrielite in Fate/Grand Order, including in the Fate/Grand Order: First Order anime. Nana Mizuki replaced her in the role of Kisaki Kondō in the WWW.WORKING anime. Hisako Kanemoto replaced her in the role of Erina Nakiri for the Jump Special Anime Festa event anime of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, as well as the Shokugeki no Soma: Tōtsuki Jūkketsu OVA and the third season.
Aki Toyosaki, known for voicing Momo Belia Deviluke of To Love Ru, has married
Aki Toyosaki also got bit by the marriage bug this year. The 31-year-old To Love Ru: Darkness voice actress announced on her program "Toyosaki Aki no Okaeri Radio" and blog on Thursday that she entered the family registry that day. Her husband is not a celebrity or voice actor.
Toyosaki offered her thanks to everyone that has continued to support her over the years. She intends to continue both her voice acting and singing career.
Romi Park announced she will start her own business and work independently after leaving her agency, Enkikaku, which she had worked for 22 years
Voice actress Romi Park announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she is leaving her agency Enkikaku after 22 years. She opened a new personal website titled LAL in order to work independently.
Park commented, "While I am nervous about being able to embark on a new journey at this age, I am excited." She also noted that she is happy to have this chance.
Park's many voice roles include Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric, Naruto's Temari, Turn A Gundam's Loran Cehack, and Digimon Adventure 02's Ken. More recently, she has voiced Hanji in Attack on Titan, Ragyo Kiryuin in Kill la Kill, and Seimei in Garo: Crimson Moon. She won the best leading actress award for her performance of Nana Osaki in NANA at the first ever Seiyuu Awards in 2007.
Sad news, Chris Ayres has been diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and needs double lung transplant
Non-profit corporation Anime Twin Cities Inc. launched a fundraising campaign for the medical expenses of voice actor Chris Ayres, who has been diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), on Wednesday. The fundraiser seeks to raise US$25,000, primarily to assist in medical procedures and care. Ayres requires a double lung transplant to survive, along with two additional surgeries. Due to his hospitalization, Ayres has not been able to work since March.
Ayres is best known for voicing the character Frieza in the Dragon Ball Z series, and has also voiced characters in Gantz, Tamako Market, Phi-Brain - Puzzle of God, Gintama, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Sengoku Basara, Initial D, and Tears to Tiara. He has also served as ADR director and scriptwriter for numerous English dubs.
Unfortunately it has been confirmed that legendary seiyu Hiromi Tsuru has suddenly passed away. On November 16th at roughly 7:30 PM a car was seen immobile with the hazard lights blinking. When authorities arrived to the scene they found Tsuru unconscious at the driving wheel, still with her seat belt on. She was quickly rushed to the hospital but shortly after it was confirmed that she had not made it. There was no evidence of some sort of accident that took place in the car, the vehicle itself was also not damaged. Authorities have said the cause of death was linked to health issues, however autopsy results have not been completed yet. Tsuru got her start at 18 years old voice acting in the anime series The Story of Perrine. Her most beloved and by far most famous role came in 1987 when she was selected to voice the Dragon Ball character Bulma. She went on to voice Bulma for every single other Dragon Ball anime series, film, and wherever else the character appeared in. Besides Bulma Tsuru also provided the voice for various other Dragon Ball characters including Baby Trunks, West Supreme Kai, and Bra. Tsuru’s other iconic roles include Ukyo Kuonji and Kaori Daikoku from Ranma 1/2, Naomi Hunter from the Metal Gear series, Meryl Strife from Trigun, and Reiko Mikami from Ghost Sweeper Mikami. Tsuru was only 57 years old.
I was a bit late. As with deaths of important people in the industry, there are eulogies and tributes and various reactions on social media and outlets in the industry from fans, voice actors/actresses, and more
Staff of Dragon Ball Super
They said, "We can't really find words. Ms. Tsuru conveyed a lot of courage and kindness. Thank you very much. We pray with all our hearts for your happiness in the next world."
Yusuke Murata (One Punch Man manga artist)
Monica Rial (FUNimation dub voice actress of Bulma)
Hiroki Yasumoto (seiyuu)
"I have no words. The voice that touched me since was small..."
Akemi Takada (Kimagure Orange Road, Urusei Yatsura character designer)
Takada said that she is sad she will no longer be able to meet "that 'Madoka.'" She described Tsuru's voice as strong and kind. She added that she met Tsuru at a DVD box launch party and did not have many opportunities to meet her after that.
Voice actress Kaori Shimizu revealed on her official blog on Wednesday that she has entered the family register. Shimizu said that her husband is an ordinary person who has "absolutely no relationship" to the voice-acting industry.
She said she is not yet used to being married. She thanked all her fans and staff for their support and said she plans to redouble her voice-acting efforts in the future.
Shimizu's anime roles include Serial Experiments Lain's Lain Iwakura, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying's Miki-san, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's' Signum, Lucky Star's Hiyori Tamura, School Rumble's Akira Takano, and Stratos 4's Shizuha Doi.
I wish the best of luck to this young actress, Yurika Endō, since she has resigned due to how overwhelming her career has become
The talent agency Swallow announced on Sunday that voice actress Yurika Endō will retire from professional voice-acting, singing, and all similar entertainment work at the end of next May.
In her own statement on Swallow's website, Endō apologized for the sudden announcement. She explained that as the conditions changed over the course of her dream-like yet demanding five-year career, her health grew worse. She felt that she could not commit "120%" of her energy as she wanted, and after discussing the issue with many people numerous times, she decided on retiring to move forward with her life.
Swallow added that Endō's staff is looking into holding a solo live concert around the end of May.
Endō played such roles as Aina Mikage in Z/X Ignition, Tanako Kujirai in Magimoji Rurumo, Asuna Kangoshi in Comical Psychosomatic Medicine, Windom/Reika Shiragane in Kaiju Girls, Nozomi "Zomi" Momijidani in Angel's 3Piece, and Lisa Imai in BanG Dream! She also sang in most of these anime, including Z/X Ignition, Magimoji Rurumo, Kaiju Girls, and Angel's 3Piece, as well as Ace of Diamond and The Severing Crime Edge. She was part of the singing groups DŌP (with other Ace of Diamond voice actresses and members of the unit AŌP) and YURI*KARI (with Karin Takahashi).
Fans and staff pay their respects for Hiromi Tsuru at her memorial. The actress passed away suddenly last year to aortic dissection.
Masako Nozawa, Goku's voice actress, gave a sad speech
"The seven Dragon Balls are here and are said to be able to do anything, right? But it was useless this time, I'm sorry," she said. "I still don't know what happened, and I wish I could have asked her 'what's wrong?' But it seems Hiromi, without bothering anyone, has gone on to a world where we can't follow. But, there are many friends there. I don't want to say this but, Hiromi, please watch over our world. Goodbye."
Ryusei Nakao, Frieza's voice actor, shared his words:
"Although it will be hard, I will keep trying my best. Please keep watching the show." He then continued in the voice of his character Baikinman, although his voice cracked while saying, "Dokin-chan! Bye bye king!"