The official website for the Kenyu Office agency announced on Friday that voice actress Makiko Nitta passed away suddenly on Thursday from aortic dissection.
President Kenyuu Horiuchi stated in the notice that the agency will provide details about a funeral service at a later date.
Nitta played minor roles in Nodame Cantabile: Paris, Fairy Musketeers, Blue Dragon, Tytania, Chocotto Sister, The Story of Saiunkoku, Our Home's Fox Deity, Blassreiter, and Beelzebub. She also played Mitsue Yoshikawa in Bokurano, Yoshie Suzuki in Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Sister in Kick-Heart, Tamara in Tales of the Abyss, and the bakery woman in Say, "I Love You".
Additionally, she also voiced Maria Theresia in the Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite visual novel. She has also voiced radio commercials, drama CDs, and has worked as a narrator. She also performed in plays and chaired events, and also voiced dub roles for foreign films and series.
Patlabor co-creator Masami Yuuki revealed on Thursday that animator Hiroki Takagi passed away last week on February 2. Yuuki stated that Takagi lost consciousness when he took a bath after being diagnosed with influenza.
Artist and character designer Nobuteru Yuki attended Takagi's funeral. In his post, Yuki said that although Yamato 2202 is only halfway done, the hole that Takagi left was huge, but that everyone in the production will carry on. Yamato 2202 assistant director Makoto Kobayashi also posted earlier this week that the anime will now be a posthumous work for Takagi. Takagi worked with both as animation director of the recent Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi films.
Takagi worked as animator on numerous Ajia-do and Studio Pierrot productions, including Pierrot's magical girl anime Creamy Mami: Long Good-Bye and Magical Star Magical Emi. He also worked as key animator on Project A-Ko, Maison Ikkoku: Kanketsuhen, Akira, Here Is Greenwood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, My Dear Marie, and numerous other anime. He worked as animation director and key animator on Patlabor, and provided the character designs for the Patlabor WXIII film. He also drew character designs for Dominion Tank Police, Majokko Club Yoningumi - A Kuukan Kara no Alien X, and was an animation director for numerous productions, including Kimagure Orange Road, Yu Yu Hakusho The Movie: Poltergeist Report, Saiyuki: Requiem, Bleach, and Big Order, among numerous other anime. He recently worked as a character animation director for Space Battleship Yamato 2199, and is credited as one of the animation director for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi sequel films, though only five films out of the planned seven-part film series were released before his death.
Acclaimed television and voice actor David Ogden Stiers passed away due to bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Oregon on Saturday morning. He was 75.
Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1942. Stiers is best known for his television roles such as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III during his Emmy-nominated 1977-1983 run on the wartime comedy M*A*S*H, and Reverend Gene Purdy on the television version of Stephen King's novel The Dead Zone.
Stiers also enjoyed a prolific voice-acting career, notably as Cogsworth and the narrator in Disney's 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast film, and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in Disney's 2002 animated Lilo & Stitch film. In the English dubs of Studio Ghibli anime films, he voiced Grandpa Piccolo in Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso, Kamaji in Miyazaki's Spirited Away, and the narrator in Isao Takahata's My Neighbors the Yamadas. He also reprised his Cogsworth and Jumba Jookiba roles in Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts games.
Voice actress Yoshie Sugiyama announced in a Sunday blog post that she left her Threetree talent agency and retired from voice acting the day before. She apologized for the sudden notice, and added that she had already decided to retire before 2018 began, but did not actually retire until Saturday due to "various circumstances." In particular, she noted that her birthday (March 25) and the end of the financial year (March 31) are both approaching.
Sugiyama explained that she thought there were no more goals left to keep striving for even with her fans' support. She thanked and apologized to her fans after they supported her from her first event to the last. She noted that she has been involved in the industry since she was in college, so she acknowledged that it would be a lie to say she was not worried about what lies ahead.
Sugiyama made her anime voice-acting debut as Kerry in the chldren's animated series Paboo & Mojies. She is best known as Karen Fujisaki in the two My Wife is the Student Council President television anime series. She also voiced roles in the Tenkū no Craftfleet, Revenant Gate, Kabuto Musume, Advent Girl, and Heroes Placement games.
Singer Hikaru Utada's record label Epic Records Japan confirmed on April 7 that Utada has divorced her husband, an Italian man eight years her junior that she met in London. Utada met the man while he was working as a bartender in a hotel and the two quickly married. Epic Records Japan did not confirm when the divorce took place or the reasons behind the separation.
Utada has kept her personal life under wraps, but she gave birth to her eldest son in July 2015. She then released her newest album Fantôme in September 2016, her first in eight years. Utada then switched music labels last year.
She's working on an image song for the drama Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season) that premieres on April 17.
The 35-year-old Utada was previously married to film director Kazuaki Kiriya, but the pair divorced in 2007.
Update: Corrected timeline of Utada's latest album and switching music labels. Thanks, Kougeru.
The Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Friday that it will host voice actress Hitomi Nabatame. The event will mark the Nabatame's second time in Canada. Nabatame will host a live-recording panel at the event.
Nabatame has voiced roles in such anime as Bleach (Nanao Ise), Oreimo (Saori Makishima), Hayate the Combat Butler (Yukiji Katsura), Two Car (Hatsune Wada), RIN-NE (Rokumon), Shakugan no Shana (Margery Daw), Maria Watches Over Us (Eriko Torii), Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! (Bazett Fraga McRemitz), School Rumble (Mikoto Suou), Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny (Unchou Kan'u), Natsu no Arashi! (Master/Sayaka), Chaos;HEAd (Sena Aoi), Land of the Lustrous (Sphene), and Kokkoku (Sanae Yukawa), among many others.
This year's convention will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from August 3-5.
Interesting article - it's about the popular seiyuu from 30 years ago. I think Megumi Hayashibara had a longer lasting legacy than Akira Kamiya.
The most popular male voice actor was Akira Kamiya. While he may be best known now as the voice of Kogoro Mōri from Detective Conan, at the time he was the voice of Ryo Saeba from City Hunter, Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star, and Kinnikuman. Kamiya's 1989 win was his ninth in the magazine and he'd go on to win again the following year. Other top choices were Kouichi Yamadera (Ranma½ 's Ryōga Hibiki), Toshihiko Seki (Ranma ½ 's Mousse), Toshio Fukukawa (Dragon Ball Z's Piccolo), Tohru Furuya (Gundam's Amuro Ray, Kimagure Orange Road's Kyosuke), Kazuhiko Inoue (Legend of Galactic Heroes' Dusty Attemborough), and Kappei Yamaguchi (Ranma ½'s Ranma Saotome).
The most popular female voice actor was Megumi Hayashibara. Still well-known in her own right, Hayashibara was the voice of Ranma ½'s female Ranma. She went on to voice many iconic anime characters including Minky Momo, Hello Kitty, Lina Inverse, Saber Marionette J's Lime, Macross Plus' Lucy MacMillan, and Pokémon's Musashi (Jessie).
Other top female voice actors included that year were Noriko Hidaka (Ranma ½'s Akane), Rei Sakuma herself, Minami Takayama (Ranma ½'s Nabiki), Miina Tominaga (Patlabor's Noa Izumi), Masako Nozawa (Dragon Ball Z's Goku), Shinobu Adachi (Madō King Granzort's Rabi), Sumi Shimamoto (Maison Ikkoku's Kyoko Otonashi), Mayumi Tanaka (Dragon Ball Z's Krillin), and Kazue Ikura (City Hunter's Kaori Makimura).
If you're a fan of these characters from the spring 2018 anime, the actor has fallen ill
Goro in DARLING in the FRANXX, Siegfried Kircheis in The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Hajime Suzamoto in Tada Never Falls in Love, Seiya Ichijō in Sword Gai: The Animation, Izuru Minezawa in Caligula, and Jay Yoon in Last Hope (Jūshinki Pandora)
Talent management company Arts Vision announced on Thursday that voice actor Yuichiro Umehara has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system. The actor is focusing on treatment and recovery, and will take an indefinite hiatus from work. Arts Vision will announce when Umehara will be able to return to work.
Umehara made his major voice acting debut voicing the character Wakasa in the Orenchi no Furo Jijō anime. He has since voiced roles in such anime as Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (En Yufuin), Aquarion Logos (Hayato Kujo), Snow White with the Red Hair (Mitsuhide Rōen), Young Black Jack (Kuroo Hazama/Black Jack), Amanchu! (Makoto Ninomiya), Tiger Mask W (Tiger the Dark), Girlish Number (Gojō Karasuma), Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (Charioce), Classroom of the Elite (Manabu Horikita), Black Clover (Mars), Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War (Ox), The Idolm@ster SideM's Kyōji Takajō, and Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World (Shizu).
Animator Kunihiro Abe passed away on Wednesday. He was 50. His wife, Misao Abe, and his daughter, Ayumi Abe, both announced his passing on their respective Twitter accounts on Saturday. Ayumi Abe shared the illustration by Kunihiro Abe seen right, and said that his father "could not live except as an animator." She further shared that while her father had disagreeable moments and that she was sometimes envious of him, she knew that he loved to draw.
Abe was known for his mechanical animation, in particular his animation for various projects in Sunrise's Gundam franchise, including Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Gundam Build Fighters, Gundam: Reconguista in G, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. He was also a notable animator in various AIC projects, such as Bubblegum Crisis, Dangaioh, Vampire Princess Miyu, Dragon Century, Megazone 23 Part III, Sol Bianca, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Armitage III, El Hazard - The Magnificent World, and Blue Gender, among numerous other credits.
Fellow animator and director Kou Matsuo recounted an anecdote of Abe animating a scene from the finale of the first Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation film, where Amuro parachutes and is caught by Kamille's Gundam Mk-II. Director Yoshiyuki Tomino requested that Abe make Amuro's swaying in the wind look more dynamic. He said that it was a scene that only animators used to drawing both characters and mecha could draw, and that Tomino later admitted to Matsuo that he had not thought someone could draw swaying like that, and that he had made the request as a bluff.
Animator and director Masami Obari also said that their time working together at AIC on such titles as Fight! Iczer-One, Dangaioh, and Daimaju Gekito Hagane no Oni — with Obari as key animator and Abe as in-between animator — allowed Obari to draw his key animation to the best of his ability.
The official website of talent management agency Aoni Production revealed on Friday that voice actor Unshō Ishizuka passed away on Monday due to esophageal cancer. He was 67 by modern age reckoning, and 68 by traditional Japanese age reckoning.
Aoni Production noted that Ishizuka had been receiving medical care for some time before his death, but it had not proved effective. His close relatives held a private wake and a funeral, and a public farewell ceremony is being planned, with details to come at a later date.
Since his 1984 debut in voice acting as the narrator in Giant Gorg, Ishizuka played a large number of starring roles in anime. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop; Professor Oak, Narrator, and various Pokémon in the Pokémon franchise; Mr. Satan in Dragon Ball Super; and Joseph Joestar in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable. Most recently he has voiced the characters Willibard Joachim von Merkatz in The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Dino Golzine in Banana Fish, Cain Ibrahim Hassan in Last Hope, and the narrator in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. Ishizuka was also active in Japanese dubs of Western films, most notably dubbing roles played by Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne.
Source: Aoni Production, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, Comic Natalie
Actress Mirai Shida welcomed new fans as the co-star in the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film. Shida, who previously appeared in two Ghibli films as the titular character Arrietty and as Kayo Horikoshi in Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, returned to voice acting as Melissa Shields, the quirkless inventor. The 25-year-old Shida announced her marriage on Friday to a man who is not in the entertainment industry, adding that she is not pregnant and will continue with work as planned.
The actress has not yet held a ceremony or reception and the date of both events is still undecided. Shida wrote in her media announcement that husband is a long-time friend. She asked for everyone's continued support as she continues in her career, one she has taken part in since she was six-years-old.
Popular voice actress Mamiko Noto made her own announcements on Thursday, revealing that she is both married and expecting a child. Noto, whose recent roles include Shinji Kazama in Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory and Moriko Morioka in Recovery of an MMO Junkie, made the announcement on her radio program. She timed the announcement to let fans know of her upcoming maternity leave that will start before her child's birth and extend afterwards, but she plans to continue her radio program during that time.
The new poll asks fans to vote for the Japanese voice actor who has put forth the best effort from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. The poll is open to all voice actors regardless of their gender or career, and it will select one winner. Voting opened on August 1, and it will run until September 30. Fans can vote through the Seiyū Awards' official website and Twitter account, on Kadokawa's Web Newtype website, and through Dwango's animelo mix smartphone app.
I didn't know about this. It is unfortunate that this happens. When I heard of kissing on the cheek, I had thought of the French culture. Then I saw the pics of him touching so that is definitely crossing the line there.
sad news for people who enjoyed Kinryuu Arimoto's works
He has passed away
The Daily Sports newspaper reported on Friday that voice actor Kinryuu Arimoto passed away due to esophageal cancer on February 1. He was 77.
Arimoto was born in Tottori prefecture on February 11, 1941, and he attended Waseda University. According to Daily Sports, Arimoto's relatives told the newspaper he had been suffering from esophageal cancer for a year. His close relatives held funeral services for him. A farewell event will be held at a later date.
Arimoto is perhaps best known for his role as Edward Newgate/Whitebeard in the One Piece franchise. He also had roles in anime such as Psycho-Pass (Tomomi Masaoka), Fullmetal Alchemist (Priest Cornello), Baccano! (Szilard Quates), Kite (Akai), Elfen Lied (Chief Kakuzawa), Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor (Richard Guyot), Inazuma Eleven (Seigō Hibiki), Space Brothers (Eddie Jay), Initial D: Final Stage (Ken Kogashiwa), Chivalry of a Failed Knight (Ryōma Kurogane), Chihayafuru (Hajime Wataya), Street Fighter Alpha: Generations (Goutetsu), Future Card Buddyfight Triple D (Azi Dahaka), Macross Zero (Raizou Nakajima), Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (Patrick Zala), and Moonlight Mile (Steve O'Brien), among many others.
Arimoto was also involved in dub work for Western movies and television shows, and was also a stage actor.
Editor's Note: Daily Sports reported that Arimoto passed away at age 78, and Wikipedia also gives his birthday as February 11, 1940, but Arimoto's agency Hirono Keikaku lists his birthday as February 11, 1941, so ANN is using the agency listing and has reported his age of death at 77.
Some happy news for fans of popular voice actors: Yūki Kaji (Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Pipimi in Pop Team Epic) and Ayana Taketatsu (Nino Nakano in The Quintessential Quintuplets, also Pipimi in Pop Team Epic) have gotten married. The couple announced their union in hand-written messages posted to their Twitter feeds:
You don't see a lot of marriages if I'm right in this business
Ayahi Takagaki announced her marriage
Singer and voice actress Ayahi Takagaki announced on her blog on Friday that she tied the knot. Her partner was involved in stage production for her performances. Takagaki said that he is a good cook and someone she wanted to tell, "Make me miso soup every day!" Takagaki is hoping to build a family with her spouse that is "warm and full of affection and laughter."
The announcement was made alongside the release of the 33-year-old singers latest single Lasting Song, the ending theme for the currently airing Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV anime series. Takagaki also voices the character Chris Yukine in the multi-season series.
Voice actress Yumi Hara announced on her blog on Thursday that she recently married. Her husband is an office worker not involved in the entertainment industry.
Hara wrote on her blog that due to her small social circle, her parents and friends were often worried whether the 35-year-old would find the right person. Hara wrote "I'm happy to say I that I got married without issue." She described their relationship as one of mutual support.
"I'll do my best to build the Hara household into a home where the laughter never stops," she said.
Hara plans to continue with her career as a voice actress. Fans know her best as the voice of Albedo in the Overlord anime series and Takane Shijō in The IDOLM@STER franchise. She's also the voice of Lilith Asami in Trinity Seven and will star in next season's Val x Love as Futaba Saotome.
The Nikkan Sports and Sports Hochi websites reported on Friday that animator Kazuko Nakamura (real name: Kazuko Katō) passed away on August 3. She was 86.
Nakamura's family and friends held a private funeral.
Nakamura was a pioneer female animator at a time when the industry was dominated by men. She worked as an animator for Toei Doga (the former name of Toei Animation) on its iconic 1958 feature film Hakujaden/The White Snake. She also worked as an animator for Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Productions on such anime as Astro Boy, Wonder Three, and A Thousand and One Nights. In particular, she worked on the 1967 Princess Knight anime as character designer, art director, and animation director. She was also the animation director and was in charge of art for the Phoenix 2772 - Space Firebird film.
She has also worked on such anime as Cleopatra, Alakazam the Great, The Phoenix: Chapter of Dawn, Marvelous Melmo, Tales of the Street Corner, and Magic Boy, among many others.
Nakamura is regarded as the model for the character Asako Ōsawa (nickname Mako-san) in the currently airing popular NHK television series Natsuzora, which is about the early animation industry. Nakamura's own nickname was Wako-san.