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Jun 10, 2011 1:22 AM

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According to Production BaoBab, seiyu Kawakami Tomoko passed away on June 9th. She was 41 years old. She had been struggling against ovary cancer since 2008.

Director Ikuhara Kunihiko posted on his twitter that he contacted Kawakami on March 14th. She told him that she wanted to play in his new anime Mawaru Penguindrum.

Director Sato Junichi said Kawakami recorded the drama CD of Aria in September 2009. She recorded the voice alone because she was taking anti-cancer drugs and her doctor forbade her to be in crowds. The producers waited for five months until Kawakami's condition got stable. Sato said she was one of the irreplaceable seiyu.

Sources: Production Baobab, Oricon News, Ikuhara's tweet, Sato's tweet
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Jun 10, 2011 1:25 AM

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Been crying over the last 1.5 hours or so.

Such a young talent...

Makes even more reason to get the Right Stuf Utena box sets.
 
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Jun 10, 2011 1:25 AM

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You mean Athena's Singer... and now her voice actor? ;;

Still quite young too... She will be missed...
 
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Jun 10, 2011 1:26 AM

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Oh shi-
I've watched some of her roles and they're pretty well known and very good.
Damn it. A big loss for anime.
Was it mentioned what was her illness?

Requiescat in Pace.
 
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Jun 10, 2011 1:30 AM

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One of Anime's most versatile seiyuu. I loved everyone of her roles. Most notably Athena, Misuzu, and Utena. She will be truly missed. RIP Kawakami Tomoko.
 
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Jun 10, 2011 1:37 AM

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Jun 10, 2011 1:37 AM

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Awwwh. I have a terrible memory for names, but looking at her roles, she was in at least half a dozen shows I watched. I can actually remember her voice as Athena in Aria. =/
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Jun 10, 2011 1:42 AM

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Rest in Peace Kawakami Tomoko
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Jun 10, 2011 1:42 AM

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We will miss your Utena, Kawakami-sama
Rest in Peace :(
 
Jun 10, 2011 1:42 AM

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Rest in peace, your work will forever be preserved in anime. :)
 
Jun 10, 2011 1:57 AM

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She will be certainly missed. Rest in peace.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:05 AM

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rest in peace.



~Nyaaa~


 
Jun 10, 2011 2:08 AM

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Oh no ;_; She was such a great seiyuu, I can't believe this....
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:09 AM

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RIP. Sad news is sad..
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:09 AM

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Very sad, she was only 40 ;_; My thoughts are with her family.

She did so much in the industry, so a short overview of her vast talents.
She voiced Soi Fan in Bleach.
The main girl in Air and another girl in Aria... my bro is going to be so depressed tomorrow.
Rosette from Chrno Crusade, amazing performance.
Hikaru from Hikaru no Go, that adds a lot of meaning to that series, I never realized she did this one too.

A great loss.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:11 AM

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She was an amazing seiyuu.

RIP.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:11 AM

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With Revolitionary Girl Utena being one of my all time favorite series, this is a horrible piece of news.

Very sad day, I will always love her work.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:11 AM

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Kawakami Tomoko-san. Rest In Peace.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:12 AM

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Damn...*sheds manly tears*.

Really hoped she would make it...Farewell, Kawakami-san~
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:14 AM

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Hate seeing young people die before their time.

hi
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:15 AM

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RIP

Can't imagine another VA voicing SoiFon.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:24 AM

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R.I.P
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:26 AM

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RIP... T_T

Her voice was god-tier.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:27 AM

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Athena...
Ii tenki desu ne...
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:32 AM

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*reads topic title*

Hm, name doesn't ring any bells. Let's check her roles to see who she is.

*checks her roles*

Oh god no! You have to be kidding me? She was great as Athena, Amber and many other characters. Especially as Misuzu. If I decide to ever rewatch Air again, that'll be even more reason to bawl my eyes out (as if there wasn't enough of that already).

Really sad news indeed.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:35 AM

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shadowsword said:
RIP

Can't imagine another VA voicing SoiFon.


Yes

 
Jun 10, 2011 2:38 AM

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RIP, my thoughts go out to the family as well.
Someone update my list, damn it...so lazy...
 
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Sorry to hear this. I really liked her acting as Athena and Soi Fon.
And slowly, you come to realize... It's all as it should be...
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:45 AM

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another Seiyu gone
Sad so sad also thats another Singer Gone before there Time

ZARD , Honda Michigo, Ozaki Yutaka ,hide'Ochida Daisuke Jan"Nanjubes"Senba"

just to name a few
my 11 main things i rate on

1 Impact on Impact on industry both the anime and Original Manga had
2 TV Ratings in Japan [ Gross for movies Unit sales for OVAs 3 Manga Ka of the Sourcework
4 how loyal the anime stayed to its source how well the compare to other big name in its genre
5 Seiyuu casting [ how many i know by voice i use the royal I here ]
6 Impact on General Pop Culture in Japan and the West 7 Impact on Otaku Culture in Japan and the West
8 Music[ Instrumentation]
9 merchandise sales
10 art style 11 Studio who produced the anime[ and what thay have done for the industry]





 
Jun 10, 2011 2:48 AM

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Damn !! Rest in peace . Air , Chrno Crusade , Clannad and Revolutionary Girl Utena will always be perfect with your voice !!
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:51 AM

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rest in peace. :( thank you for your amazing performance as mori ai.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:53 AM

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May she rest in peace.
 
Jun 10, 2011 2:54 AM

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This means I will never hear Fuyuki from Keroro Gunsou again.
Not that it is the most important thing, but she did her job brilliantly.

Rest in peace. :(
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Jun 10, 2011 2:55 AM

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She was still quite young. :< RIP! You were awesome as Utena.
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:08 AM

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Mizuzu and Sayuri. =[
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:17 AM

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Wtf Athena dies?
Even when I was in crowd, I was always alone
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:18 AM

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still have a long way to go, and now.

RIP.
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:20 AM
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Oh, she's from Baobab...

R.I.P
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Jun 10, 2011 3:22 AM

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Rest in peace.

 
Jun 10, 2011 3:26 AM

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What a sad day for the industry. RIP T_T
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:30 AM

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T________T RIP were great seiyuu
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:35 AM

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This is just so sad!
May you rest in peace Kawakami-San.
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:36 AM

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Someone's death is always sad news.
Requiescat in pace.
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:54 AM

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Divinitus.
Hvil i fred.
Mr. Wonsworth, you may NOT eat my scones!
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:54 AM

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When I think about her performance in 'that' scene in Chrno Crusade's last episode in relation to this news I feel even sadder about this ;__;

RIP
 
Jun 10, 2011 3:55 AM

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Kawakami Tomoko will be missed, she was such a wonderful seiyuu, my thoughts are with her and your family and friends. I will love her always as Misuzu Kamio and Sayuri Kurata, rest in peace.
 
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The Girl from the Illusionary World and Sayuri.....R.I.P T_T
"What has two arms, two legs, and is alive? Not your favorite character thats for sure!"
 
Jun 10, 2011 4:00 AM

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so farewell to such voices as

youko from tactics
utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena
merril from rune soldier
fuyuki from sgt frog
miu from History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Mariko from elfen lied
Chiriko from Fushigi Yuugi
Rosette from Chrno Crusade
Girl from the Illusionary World from clannad
soi fon from bleach
sugar from A Little Snow Fairy Sugar
& Misuzu Kamio from air "...Goal."

she will be missed.
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R.I.P

she was a great VA
Her voice as Misuzu was awesome

T.T
 
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Utena, Clannad, Bleach, Air and so much more.

RIP.

 
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