The Ehime Shimbun newspaper reported on Saturday that manga creator Ichirō Tominaga passed away of old age on May 5. He was 96.
Tominaga was born in Kyoto in 1925, and he moved to Tokyo in 1951 and started work as a manga creator. He was most well known for his Chinkoro Nee-chan (pictured at right) and Sekkachi Neeya manga. He was also a recurring guest on the Owarai Manga Dōjō television program, where he would often face off in competitions against fellow manga creator Yoshiji Suzuki.
Tominaga won a Japan Cartoonists Association Award in 1986. He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon honor from the Japanese government in 1992. In 1998, he received the with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette honor.
Urusei Yatsura, Cutey Honey Song Lyricist Akira Itō Passes Away
Akira Itō, the lyricist for many popular commercial jingles and the first opening theme song for the Urusei Yatsura anime as well as other anime classics, passed away on May 15 at a Yokohama hospital due to acute renal failure. He was 80. His immediate family held a private service.
Itō was born in Chiba prefecture. He began writing lyrics for commercials and plotted out television programs at Jōdan Kōbō (Joke Studio) — a creator collective overseen by writer and composer Toriro Miki (Tetsujin 28-go, New Jungle Emperor, Go Ahead Leo!) — before going independent. His commercial jingle "Hitachi no Ki" (Hitachi Tree) for the electronics maker Hitachi became well-known throughout Japan. His other familiar compositions include the songs "Isojin" (Iodine) for Meiji Iodine, "Kinoko no Yama" (Mushroom Mountain) for Meiji's chocolate biscuits of the same name, "Kappa Ebisen" for Calbee's shrimp-flavored snacks, and "Seiun" for Nippon Kodo's incense sticks. He also collaborated on the jingle for Mitsuya Cider with Eiichi Ōtaki.
Itō is arguably best known outside commercial jingles for penning the lyrics for the first opening theme song "Lum no Love Song" (Lum's Love Song) for the Urusei Yatsura anime. He also wrote theme songs for Tetsujin 28-go (Gigantor), Cutey Honey, Muteki Robo Trider G7, Barefoot Gen 2, Mashin Hero Wataru, Nanako SOS, Stop! Hibari-kun, and more popular anime.
Congrats to Yui Ishikawa on her marriage which was on her birthday
Voice actress Yui Ishikawa announced on her Twitter account on Sunday that she has gotten married to a person outside the entertainment industry. The announcement coincides with her birthday.
Ishikawa vowed to keep doing her best as a person and as a voice actress, and thanked her fans for their support.
Ishikawa's anime roles include Attack on Titan's Mikasa Ackerman, Violet Evergarden's Violet Everegarden, Smile Down the Runway's Honoka Tsumura, and Kemono Friends 2's Kyururu. She has also performed theme songs for anime such as Attack on Titan: Junior High, Heroic Age, and Girlish Number.
The talent agency Three Tree announced on Friday that voice actress Haruka passed away on May 30. She was 33. She had been under medical treatment for an unspecified ailment. Her family held a private service.
Nagashima was born on September 21, 1987 in Yamagata prefecture. She played Kaori Tanaka in Shiki, and she starred as Tamaki Shiokawa in Sparrow's Hotel. Her other roles include Sakura Isuzugawa in Idol Incidents and Yōko and Yume in Kimi ni Todoke - From Me to You.
Staff in: Sparrow's Hotel (TV) : Theme Song Performance (OP)
Cast in: Gintama (TV) as Student B (ep 188) Idol Incidents (TV) as Sakura Isuzugawa (ep 4) Kimi ni Todoke - From Me to You (TV) as Youko; Yume (5 episodes) Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season (TV) as Youko (ep 12); Yume (eps 0, 4) Shiki (TV) as Kaori Tanaka Sparrow's Hotel (TV) as Tamaki Shiokawa
Actor Nelson Aspen reported on Friday that television actress and voice actress Philece Sampler passed away due to a heart attack. She was 67.
In anime, Sampler is best known for voicing Mimi Tachikawa in almost every Digimon production from the first Digimon Adventure television anime in 1999 to the Digimon Adventure tri. films from 2015 to 2018. She also played Cody Hida and Koromon in several Digimon projects.
Her numerous other roles include Hiyori Tamura in Lucky Star, Rokuta Kamado in Demon Slayer, adult Toph Beifong in the American animated series The Legend of Korra, and Taokaka in the BlazBlue video games. To soap opera aficionados, she was Renee DiMera on Days of Our Lives and Donna Love Hudson on Another World.
Voice Actress Hibiku Yamamura Diagnosed With COVID-19
The Haikyo talent agency announced on Wednesday that voice actress Hibiku Yamamura has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Yamamura had taken a PCR test because she noticed something was wrong with her sense of smell on Saturday. She tested positive on Tuesday, and her sense of smell is her only symptom.
The agency is taking measures to help Yamamura recover and prioritize the safety of others with input from the government and medical professionals, such as contact tracing.
Yamamura is the voice of Asuramaru in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Kirara Amanogawa/Cure Twinkle in Go! Princess Precure, Azami Mochizuki in Sakura Wars the Animation, and Luluna in Kiratto Pri☆Chan. She voiced Haruna in Arpeggio of Blue Steel and also performed theme songs with Mai Fuchigami and Manami Numakura as the trio Trident.
Voice Actor Hiroyuki Yoshino Diagnosed With COVID-19
Voice actor Hiroyuki Yoshino's talent agency Sigma Seven announced on Tuesday that Yoshino has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Yoshino voluntarily took a PCR test on Monday after he had come into close contact with another individual with COVID-19.
He is receiving treatment at his home with the help of the health center and specialists. The agency will determine close contacts to Yoshino and handle the situation accordingly, aiming to prevent further infection and spread.
Yoshino's roles include Present Mic in My Hero Academia, Meow in Space Dandy, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, and Allelujah Haptism in Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
A lot of seiyuus have been contracting COVID-19 recently.
We have one actor who passed away due to complications.
Actor Sonny Chiba Passes Away Due to Pneumonia Caused by COVID-19 (Updated)
Actor and martial artist Sonny Chiba passed away at a hospital in Kimitsu City in Chiba prefecture on Thursday at 5:26 p.m. due to pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He was 82.
Chiba's agency reported on Thursday that he had gone to the hospital on August 8 because his pneumonia from COVID-19 had worsened. He was on supplemental oxygen, but he was unable to recover before his death.
Chiba is survived by his children: actress Juri Manase, actor Mackenyu, and actor Gordon Maeda.
Chiba was born under the name Sadaho Maeda on January 22, 1939 in Fukuoka. He moved to Kimitsu at the age of four. He took on the stage name Shinichi Chiba, and later the name Sonny Chiba for international audiences.
Chiba starred as the title lead in the manga-to-film adaptation Golgo 13: The Kowloon Assignment as well as in cameos in Battle Royale II: Requiem, Kill Bill, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He gained popularity in Japan through the 1968 TBS television series Key Hunter and the Fuji TV series Shadow Warriors. He is best known worldwide for playing historical icons such as Hanzō Hattori and Jūbei Yagyū as well as fighting masters in over a hundred films. Chiba starred as Takuma Tsurugi in The Street Fighter film. He was also cast in a stage play of the Resident Evil (Biohazard) video game series.
The following voice actors confirmed over Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday that they have tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19):
Takehiro Urao (The Idolm@ster SideM's Daigo Kabuto) developed a fever early Monday morning, took a PCR test, received the positive test result, and has since been undergoing treatment and followup observations Takeru Kikuchi (The Idolm@ster SideM's Yūsuke Aoi) developed a fever, received the positive PCR test result on Tuesday, and has since been undergoing treatment and followup observations Shōya Chiba (The Idolm@ster SideM's Hayato Akiyama) developed a fever and took a PCR test on Wednesday, received the positive test result, and has since been recuperating at home Toshinari Fukamachi (The Idolm@ster SideM's Genbu Kurono) took a PCR test on Tuesday after a possible close contact with COVID-19, developed a fever on Wednesday, received the positive test result on Thursday, and has since been recuperating at home Chisa Suganuma (The IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors' Mamimi Tanaka) developed a fever and took a PCR test on Wednesday, received the positive test result on Thursday, and has since been recuperating at home Shōhei Komatsu (Show By Rock!! Stars!!' Hacchin) developed a fever and took a PCR test on Tuesday, received the positive test result on Wednesday, and has since been recuperating at home Kento Hama (A3!'s Tachi Nanao) took a PCR test on Tuesday after a possible close contact with COVID-19, received the positive test result on Wednesday, and has since been recuperating at home
Another cast member of The Idolm@ster SideM, Yuko Sanpei, received a positive COVID-19 test result on Wednesday. Yoshiki Nakajima (The Idolm@ster SideM's Jiro Yamashita) received a positive COVID-19 test result on July 22.
Voice Actor Hiro Shimono Reveals He Has Been Married For Over 10 Years
Voice actor Hiro Shimono revealed that he has been married for over 10 years in an interview with the Shujo Prime tabloid published on Sunday. He has two children; the second was born this summer.
Shimono said that when he first got married, he did not think of himself as "a person in the spotlight," and mentioned that voice actors attract a lot more attention nowadays compared to 10 years ago. However, the matter of publicizing his marriage was still something that he worried about. In the end, he decided that his marriage and children had no relation to the characters he played, so he chose not to announce it.
Nevertheless, Shimono said he feels apologetic towards the fans who may be surprised at never being told the news. He expressed his hopes that fans will continue to support him professionally, along with the characters that he plays.
On Tuesday, Shimono updated his blog to affirm that Shujo Prime's report is true. He confirmed once again that he is married, and apologized to his fans for causing any worries or disturbances due to the abrupt nature of the announcement.
Shimono's numerous voice roles include Zenitsu Agatsuma in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Nobimaru in Kemono Jihen, Nagayoshi Onagawa in Backflip!!, and Dabi in My Hero Academia.
Voice actress Ayumi Takeo announced on her Instagram account on Friday that she has retired from voice acting and left her talent agency Sigma Seven as of the end of last month.
Takeo began voice acting in 2011, but made her major role debut voicing the character Yun Ijima in the 2016 New Game! anime. She also voiced the character Mayū Kanenashi in Scorching Ping Pong Girls, as well as a number of extra roles in various other anime.
Ultra Q/Ultraman Director Toshihiro Iijima Passes Away
TBS announced on Monday that director, producer, and screenwriter Toshihiro Iijima passed away due to aspiration pneumonia on October 17 at 8:59 p.m. JST at a hospital in Yokohama. He was 89.
A funeral service was held for close relatives. He is survived by his wife Hiroko.
Iijima was born on September 3, 1932 in Tokyo. After graduating the Faculty of Letters at Keio University, he was hired at Radio Tokyo (now known as TBS) in 1957.
He was a writer and director in the 1966 Ultra Q series (including the first aired episode) and the original 1966 Ultraman series (including the first produced episode). He worked on Ultraseven, Return of Ultraman, and other entries in the franchise, (He often wrote under a pen name.) He was also a producer and director for the Kinyо̄bi no Tsumatachi e franchise which premiered in 1983. He reached the retirement age for TBS in 1992, but continued working after. He kept writing and directing in the Ultraman franchise as recently as the 2001 film Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact and the 2005-2006 series Ultraman Max.
Agency Arlene Thornton & Associates announced on Instagram on Tuesday that prolific voice actor Jack Angel passed away. He was 90.
Angel was born in 1930, and he graduated from San Francisco State University. He worked for 10 years as a promo announcer for NBC and as a disc jockey for 18 years. He has also worked as a news anchor, weatherman, director, TV and movie actor, writer, and stage performer.
Angel was a voice actor for more than 50 years, acting in works for Lucas Arts, Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros., Marvel, and more. He appeared in such films as G.I. Joe: The Movie, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Balto, A Bug's Life, The Iron Giant, Monsters, Inc. Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, and Lilo & Stitch, among many others.
He also voiced roles in many animated series, including The Smurfs, Super Friends, Ducktales, Jem, Spider-Man, Hey Arnold!, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Ben10, Darkwing Duck, and more.
In anime, Angel voiced the roles of King Zarkon and Cossack in the Voltron television series. He also voiced many characters in the Transformers franchise such as Ultra Magnus, Omega Supreme, Astrotrain, Smokescreen, Ramjet, and more. He also voiced roles in such anime as Porco Rosso and Spirited Away.
Angel published the How to Succeed in Voice-Overs: Without Ever Losing book (pictured at right) in 2012.
In video games he reprised the role of King Zarkon for Voltron: Defender of the Universe, and also voiced Cid Sophiar in Final Fantasy XV. He also had roles in Ratchet & Clank, Killer7, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.
Voice actress Krystal LaPorte reported on Tuesday that voice actor Chris Ayres passed away on October 18. He was 56.
In November 2017, non-profit corporation Anime Twin Cities Inc. launched a fundraising campaign for Ayres' medical expenses. Ayres had been diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The fundraiser sought to raise US$25,000, primarily to assist in medical procedures and care. The fundraising stated at the time that Ayres required a double lung transplant to survive, along with two additional surgeries.
Ayres then reported in November 2019 that he received a lung transplant a month earlier, after having been on a transplant list for almost two years. The Oni-Con convention set up another fundraising campaign for Ayres in July 2020 for his continued medication and treatment, including unexpected follow-up surgeries.
Ayres was born in Richmond in 1965, and he started acting professionally at six years old. As an actor he appeared on both Broadway and Off-Broadway. He previously stated he got into anime thanks to his younger brother, fellow voice actor Greg Ayres.
Chris Ayres is best known for voicing the character Frieza in the Dragon Ball Z series (and Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Super: Broly), and has voiced characters in Gantz, Tamako Market, Phi-Brain - Puzzle of God, Gintama: The Movie, 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.
Ayres was a mainstay at many U.S. anime conventions, hosting panels such as mock combat for cosplay. He also served as fight director for stage plays, and taught stage combat panels at middle schools, high schools, and colleges.
Shimajirō Voice Actress Saori Sugimoto Passes Away at 58
Talent management agency Aoni Production announced on Friday that voice actress Saori Sugimoto passed away on October 21 due to congestive heart failure associated with anorexia. She was 58. Her family held a private funeral on Thursday.
Sugimoto is best known for voicing the character Ramurin Makiba in the Shimajirō children's anime franchise, a role she has voiced since the beginning of the 1993 anime Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirou. She was also the second voice actress to voice the character Kisanta Yamamura in the Nintama Rantaro anime, taking over the role from Tomiko Suzuki. In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, she voiced the character Catherine Bloom.
The Theater Echo theater troupe announced on Monday that voice actress Yoshiko Ohta passed away on October 29 due to heart failure. She was 89.
Ohta was born in April 1932 in Hyogo prefecture. She joined the Theater Echo troupe in 1963, and worked as an actress as well as a voice actress.
Ohta performed major roles in many anime, including Akko in Himitsu no Akko-chan, Sapphire in Princess Knight, Leo in Kimba the White Lion, Akira Asagumo in Big X, and Gan-chan in Yatterman. Other roles include Baby Panda and Baby Tiger in Panda! Go, Panda!, Nobi Nobita in the 1973 Doraemon, the first Sewashi in the 1979 Doraemon, Kyōko Otowa in Aim For The Best!, Jim in Jim Button, Don in Ryu, the Cave Boy, and many more.
She has also provided dub voices for several Disney films, including Mary in Peter Pan and Vixey in The Fox and the Hound.
Ohta received the Tokyo Anime Award Festival's (TAAF) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Go Nagai Draws Manga About His, Osamu Tezuka's Trip to San Diego in 1980
This year's 22nd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Wednesday that Go Nagai (Devilman) and his Dynamic Pro studio will draw a manga about a business trip to San Diego that he and manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy) took in 1980. The magazine will publish the manga titled Go to Travel: Tezuka-sensei to no America Tabi on November 25 with 18 pages.
Nagai debuted as a manga artist in 1967 with Meakashi Polikichi and went on to create many classic and genre-defining works, including Cutie Honey, Devilman, Mazinger Z, and Harenchi Gakuen. In recent years, he has continued to pen new spinoffs, such as his ongoing Devilman Saga manga. He has also serialized the autobiographical Gekiman! manga about the creation of his various notable titles.
Tezuka was a prolific manga artist who drew numerous influential works, including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo, Black Jack, Princess Knight, Dororo, and Phoenix among many others. These works would go on to inspire following generations in manga storytelling and art, which would earn him the moniker "The God of Manga." Equally significant is his founding of the Mushi Production studio, where he would helm the production of anime adaptations of much of his manga, and other original productions. Perhaps most significant of these was Astro Boy, based on Tezuka's manga, which became Japan's first half-hour animated series. The show pioneered animation techniques and production methods that gave rise to the earliest aesthetics and styles of television anime.
Former mecha and effects illustrator, designer, and animator Katsuyuki Tamura revealed on Twitter on Monday that director and animator Kinji Yoshimoto passed away on November 5. Yoshimoto was 55.
Art designers Hiroyuki Ōyama and Toshinari Tanaka, and director and storyboard artistYoshikazu Miyao all expressed their condolences on Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Yoshimoto wrote the original Plastic Little manga with Satoshi Urushihara, and directed and storyboarded the OVA adaptation.
Yoshimoto also directed such anime as: Genshiken 2, I couldn't become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job., Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors, Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin, Queen's Blade: Grimoire, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Seven Mortal Sins, Legend of Lemnear, Kekko Kamen, End of Summer, Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest, and Another Lady Innocent, among others.
Yoshimoto also oversaw the series scripts for such anime as Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest, Seven Mortal Sins, Queen's Blade: Grimoire, and Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin anime. Yoshimoto was also a key animator, storyboard artist, and character designer, working on anime such as La Blue Girl, Bubblegum Crisis, Crying Freeman, Dirty Pair, Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise, Megazone 23, and many more.
Yoshimoto was also the animation director for the Growlanser video game.
In March last year, voice actress Minako Kotobuki traveled to the United Kingdom for a year-long study trip. During the latter part of her stay, she traveled to France, and in early November, she finally returned to Japan, around six months later than originally planned.Mercifully, she reported in an interview with Anime! Anime! that she experienced minimal difficulties traveling from France to Japan. She said that, after finishing a 10-day quarantine period in Japan, she has been enjoying the mundane aspects of Japanese life, such as convenience store food and vending machines.Kotobuki studied language and drama in the U.K. During her stay, she continued her work as a voice actress and started a YouTube channel where she talks about her observations about English culture. She also visited the locations of the K-ON! movie and briefly appeared as a correspondent for the NHK BS Premium television program Itoshii Paris (Dearest Paris).Kotobuki's anime roles include Sound! Euphonium's Asuka Tanaka, K-ON!'s Tsumugi Kotobuki, Tiger & Bunny's Karina Lyle, Glitter Force Doki Doki's Rikka Hishikawa, Fairy gone's Sweety, Berserk's Rickert, Aikatsu!'s Mizuki Kanzaki, Bloom Into You's Tōko Nanami, and A Certain Scientific Railgun's Mitsuko Kongō.The voice actress has performed many anime theme songs as part of Sphere, a four-member voice actress and idol group. The group has performed songs for anime including Bakuman. 3, Zakuro, Natsu-iro Kiseki, Squid Girl Season 2, Hatsukoi Limited, and Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow.
Exiled From Paradise Novelist Masayoshi Yasugi Passes Away
A resident of Himeji city in Hyogo prefecture called Japan's emergency telephone hotline at about 7:20 a.m. on Sunday to report a body at a neighboring home. A police officer from Himeji's Shikama Police Station rushed to the scene and discovered author Masayoshi Yasugi had died in a shed. He was 49. The police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide.
According to the police, Yasugi lived by himself. He reportedly told his younger brother this past summer that he hardly had any work due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Yasugi won the fifth Nihon SF Shinjin-Shō (New Japanese Science Fiction Writer Prize) from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan with his novel Yume-Miru Neko wa, Uchū ni Nemuru (The Dreaming Cat Sleeps in Space) in 2003. He wrote the novelization of the anime film Expelled from Paradise in 2014.
anga publisher Futabasha announced on Monday that manga creator Mitsutoshi Furuya passed away on December 8 due to cancer. He was 85 years old.
His family held a private funeral service, but are also planning a memorial at a later date.
Furuya ended his Gūtara Mama (Slacker Mom) manga in September 2020. The manga launched in 1975 and had a 45-year run in The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's Sunday supplement paper Nichiyō Club. The manga inspired a live-action television series adaptation in 1983.
Furuya's Dame Oyaji manga inspired a television anime adaptation in 1974.
Furuya's Bar Lemon Heart manga ran in Futabasha's Manga Action magazine from 1985 until his death.
Dragon Ball Z Narrator, Voice Actor Jouji Yanami Passes Away
Aoni Production announced on Tuesday that voice actor Jouji Yanami passed away on December 3 at 10:59 p.m. JST. A funeral was held for family members. Aoni Production expressed gratitude for Yanami's kindness. He was 90.
Yanami was born on August 31, 1931. He was part of RKB Mainichi Broadcasting and Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society before joining Aoni Production
Yanami played both King Kai (North Kaiō/Kaiō-sama) and the Narrator in the Dragon Ball television anime series, the Dragon Ball Z television anime series and films, and in the Dragon Ball GT series as well as in Dragon Ball Super. He has also played Dr. Briefs and Babidi in the franchise.
Yanami went through medical treatment in 2015. Toei Animation replaced Yanami's roles in Dragon Ball Super during that time.
Yanami also voiced Ittan Momen in Gegege no Kitarō, Totosai in Inuyasha, Boyakkii in Yatterman, Chūta Ban in Kyojin no Hoshi, Gennai in Digimon, Gan Fall in One Piece, and Professor Gennosuke Yumi in Mazinger Z.
Voice Actress Asami Tano Marries Actor Ryō Kitamura
Voice actress Asami Tano, best known for playing Saki Nikaidō in Zombie Land Saga, Ninny Spangcole in Burn The Witch, and Akane Hino/Cure Sunny in Glitter Force (Smile Pretty Cure!), announced on her Twitter account on Monday that she has gotten married to the live-action and stage actor Ryō Kitamura.
In a handwritten message, she thanked her fans and vowed that she and her spouse will continue to apply themselves diligently to their work for as long as their limited human life spans can allow them to.
Tano was born in 1987, and was raised in the Hyogo Prefecture. Besides her roles in Zombie Land Saga, Burn The Witch, and Precure, she is also known for voicing Sarah Kazuno in Love Live! Sunshine!! and Chiharu de Lucia in The Pilot's Love Song.
Kitamura is known for playing Anji in the Tsumasaki no Uchū live-action film and Yagen Tōshirō in the Touken Ranbu live-action film and stage plays. He also has some anime voice acting roles, including Arashi Narukami in Ensemble Stars! and Saizou Kirigakure in Sengoku Night Blood.
Actress and singer Sayaka Kanda was discovered lying on the 14th floor patio of a hotel in Sapporo at about 12:55 p.m. on Saturday. According to The Yomiuri Shimbun paper's source, she was taken unconscious to a hospital, and pronounced dead there at 9:40 p.m. She was 35. The Hokkaido Prefectural Police are investigating the matter.
Kanda was born on October 1, 1986 in Tokyo as the daughter of actor Masaki Kanda and singer Seiko Matsuda. She made her professional entertainment debut by appearing in a commercial in 2001. She then released the single "ever since" under her mononym Sayaka in 2002, and made her stage debut in the production Into the Woods in 2003.
Kanda dubbed Anna into Japanese in the 2014 Disney animated film Frozen, and continued the role in the followup projects and the Kingdom Hearts III game. In recent years, she has starred in stage musicals such as Dance of the Vampires, 1789: Les Amants de la Bastille, and Legally Blonde.
In anime, Kanda starred as Shioji in Air Bound, Miharu Mashiki in Convenience Store Boy Friends, Mana Nagase in Idoly Pride, Teresa in Star Blazers 2202, and Yuna in Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Part 2.
Kanda also sang songs as the vocalist of the TRUSTRICK duo in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc, My Love Story!!, Shōnen Maid,and Unlimited Fafnir, as well as in Star Blazers 2202 and Sword Art Online under her own name.
Kanda announced her marriage with her Danganronpa stage play co-star Mitsu Murata in April 2017. They announced their divorce in 2019.
Kanda was set to continue her starring role in the stage musical My Fairy Lady on Saturday in Sapporo. (The production's ticket seller reported on Saturday that Manato Asaka, who shared the headlining Eliza role with Kanda, would replace Kanda for that day's noon performance due to Kanda's poor health.) Kanda would have then starred as Maetel in Galaxy Express 999 the Musical next April.
Voice Actress Manami Numakura Announces Birth of 1st Child
Voice actress and singer Manami Numakura announced on her Twitter account on Monday that she has successfully given birth to her first child, a healthy baby boy. She reported that her body has been recovering without any issues thanks to the kind considerations of her agency and the people around her, and that she will be gradually resuming work in the future.
The 33-year-old voice actress is best known as the voice of Hibiki Ganaha from The IDOLM@STER and Yurika Toudou from Aikatsu! She also voiced Akita Oga from Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation. She announced her marriage to fellow voice actor Ryota Ohsaka in October 2019 and announced the end of her solo singing career in November the same year.
Voice actors Satomi Satou and Takuma Terashima announced on their respective blogs on Thursday that they have welcomed their first child. Satou reported that her body is recovering well, and that she is currently resuming work. Both actors vowed that they will continue to work hard at their careers while building a happy family life.
Satou and Terashima announced their marriage in 2017. They have voiced roles in some of the same anime, including Fairy Tail and Hell Girl: Three Vessels. Satou voiced Mizuki Shibata in The irregular at magic high school, while Terashima voiced Leonhart Saijo in the series. Satou also voiced Karin Fukazawa in In Search of the Lost Future, while Terashima voiced Sō Akiyama.
Satou's major roles in anime include K-ON!'s Ritsu Tainaka, Fairy Tail's Wendy, K's Kukuri Yukizome, Oreimo's Manami Tamura, Assassination Classroom's Yukiko Kanzaki, and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya's Mimi Katsura. Terashima's major roles include The IDOLM@STER's Tōma Amagase, Utano☆Princesama Revolutions' Otoya Ittoki, PriPara's Usagi, Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts' Toshimitsu Kubo, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes' Stone Riber, and Log Horizon's Shiroe.
Earlier this week, voice actors Maaya Sakamoto and Kenichi Suzumura also announced that they are expecting their first child next year. In her blog post, Satou remarked that she has been hearing happy reports this year from various directions, and expressed her blessing to all recent and expecting mothers.
Singer, Voice Actress Shoko Nakagawa Hospitalized for Anaphylaxis
Voice actress and singer Shoko Nakagawa revealed on Twitter on Saturday that she is currently hospitalized after her throat started swelling and her whole body became itchy. She stated she was told she is suffering from anaphylaxis, along with a decline in liver function. Nakagawa added she is slowly healing.
Nakagawa (also known as "Shokotan") is best known as a singer, performing the theme song for such anime as Gurren Lagann, Star Blazers 2199, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Punch Line, and numerous Pokémon films. She has also guest-starred in numerous Pokémon installments.
In October, police arrested a man in his 20s for threatening Nakagawa.
Voice Actress Runa Narumi Retires from Entertainment Industry
The Stardust Promotion talent agency announced on Wednesday that voice actress Runa Narumi is retiring from the entertainment industry as of December 31.
Narumi voices the character Yuika Mitsumine in the The Idolm@ster Shiny Colors franchise, and the official website for the franchise announced on Wednesday that the franchise will replace her voice in the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment will announce a new voice actress in around February 2022 and will replace her voice in the game starting around April 2022.
Narumi had taken a hiatus from entertainment activities starting on October 15 due to her poor health. The website for the SoundOrion unit then announced a few days later that Narumi would no longer be part of the unit, stating that her activities had become "difficult." The unit's first album was also canceled "due to various reasons" and events related to the album's release were also canceled.
Narumi also voiced the role of Aoi Nekogahora in Rebirth, the television anime adaptation of Bushiroad's Rebirth for you trading card game. She also had minor roles in the Chidori RSC and Interspecies Reviewers anime.
Golden Girls' Betty White, Who Also Had Role in Ponyo, Passes Away at 99
Entertainment news source Variety reported on Friday that Emmy award-winning actress Betty White passed away. She was 99.
White was born on January 17, 1922 in Illinois, and she worked in stage theater and radio before debuting as a TV actress. Her most famous roles include Rose on The Golden Girls and Sue-Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She won five total Emmy Awards, two for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and three for The Golden Girls.
She also had many stints on game shows and as a frequent guest on late-night talkshows. She was the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live when she did so in 2010. She appeared in films, commercials, and television shows late into her life, although her work slowed down as she reached her late 90s.
She had guest or small roles in several animated works such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Wild Thornberrys, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Toy Story 4.
In anime, she voiced the role of Noriko in the Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea film. She was also well known as a lover of animals, and she also wrote several books.
Earlier this week, White was featured on the cover of People magazine, as she was nearing her 100th birthday. Fathom Events will still host a screening of the Betty White: A Celebration documentary film in theaters on January 17 as planned "in hopes [the] film will provide a way for all who loved her to celebrate her life—and experience what made her such a national treasure."
Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Toshiya Ueda passed away on February 8. He was 88.
Ueda's family held a funeral that was limited to relatives only per his family's wishes.
Ueda was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido on February 24, 1933, and he listed in his special skills that he could speak English. His major roles in anime include Tomio "Grandpa Tommy" Tamura in Prince Mackaroo, Vilk in The Promised Neverland, Georges Lazare in Vampire Wars, the Warden and Zhang Shangui in Riki-Oh: Tōkatsu Jigoku, Ran Ōtei in Akai Hayate, Kakugen Yokoyama in Kennel Tokorozawa, and Noriaki Watanabe in Midoriyama Kōkō Kōshien-hen. He had minor roles in such anime as Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, City Hunter, Dirty Pair, Lupin III: Part II, Master Keaton, Golgo 13, the 1995 Bonobono, and Gatchaman, among many others. He also voiced the role of Nefertari Cobra in one episode of One Piece.
He voiced the role of Owl in iterations of Winnie the Pooh, including in the Kingdom Hearts II game. He also voiced the Japanese dub role of Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
He would also provide voiceover work for programs on NHK and TBS, and he played the Japanese dub role of Itzhak Stern in the live-action Schindler's List film. He also provided dubover for American actor Dana Elcar.
Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actress Saki Nitta passed away on February 6 of meningioma (a tumor in the primary central nervous system). She was 31.
Nitta's family held a funeral that was limited to relatives only per her family's wishes.
Nitta was born in Hokkaido. Her hobbies were collecting plastic food models and creating balloon art.
In anime, she voiced background characters and minor roles in such anime as Pokémon: Black and White, Yowamushi Pedal, RIN-NE, Kiznaiver, Pop Team Epic, Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, and Space Patrol Luluco. She also voiced such roles as Pakuri in Kill la Kill, Bridget Faye and Cache Dop in D.Gray-man Hallow, and young Shunsuke Imaizumi in Yowamushi Pedal.
Nitta also voiced Japanese dub roles in foreign animated films, such as Coco and Zootopia. She also had roles in animated shows such as Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor. She also starred in Japanese dubs of foreign live-action films, such as the titular Louis in the The 9th Life of Louis Drax film.
The Twitter account for veteran animator Manabu Ōhashi announced on Tuesday that he passed away on February 12. He was 73.
Ōhashi (aka: Mao Lamdo) debuted as an animator for Toei Doga (the former name of Toei Animation) in 1964 at age 15 with the Shōnen Ninja Kaze no Fujimaru anime. He has drawn for numerous other anime projects since, and was particularly well known for the distinctiveness of his cloud drawings. Perhaps his best known directorial work is the "Cloud" short for the 1987 Robot Carnival anime anthology project.
Ōhashi left Toei Doga in 1968, and worked on various other projects for Tatsunoko Production and Mushi Production. He was part of the exodus of animators from Mushi Production that eventually founded Madhouse in 1972. He also served as an art and animation lecturer. His most recent animation work was in 2019 for the 130th episode of the NHK series Natsuzora, which portrays the early Japanese animation industry.
The French television program toco toco streamed an English-subtitled video interview with Ōhashi in 2015.
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