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Voice Actress Tomomi Mineuchi Announces Retirement

Nov 20, 12:47 PM
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Tomomi Mineuchi announced on Sunday on the I'm Enterprise agency website that she's retiring on December 31. She did not specify the reason for her retirement in her final statement but mentioned that she will work with gratitude until the end.

Mineuchi made her major debut in 2018 as Eiko Tokura in the Slow Start TV anime. Her other roles includes Ilulu in Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S), UMP45 in Dolls' Frontline and the Girls' Frontline game, Koi Yoshinaga in Slow Loop, and Hanabi Ichijou in the Scarlet Nexus game and the television anime adaptation.

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Nov 20, 12:58 PM
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I liked her roles as Ilulu in Kobayashi Maid-o Dragon S and Yoshinaga-chan in Slow Loop, so it's sad that she'll be retiring but I wish her all the best in her future endeavors nonetheless.
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Nov 20, 1:26 PM
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What a shame, she is really great and I like some of her roles. I'm so sad
Nov 20, 1:35 PM
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What a shame, she is really great and I like some of her roles. I'm so sad


When a young VA retires, they've either achieved everything they wanted to or they just don't see the future. Or they got married, but that's a separate conversation.
Nov 20, 1:51 PM
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she's quite young! Both in years and in career. and so sudden!

...welp, I hope Mica is able to find a suitable replacement for UMP45's role, especially as Exilium is coming out soon
Nov 20, 2:06 PM
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I love her voice as Ilulu and especially as Koi from Slow Loop.

I wish her luck to whatever she is now putting her life towards now.
Nov 20, 2:07 PM
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Ohhh, really young. Liked her roles so Im kinda sad but she probably has her reasons as to why
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Nov 20, 2:48 PM
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Happy retirement and hopefully her future is good in whatever she does

I loved her Ilulu
Nov 20, 4:44 PM
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Yeah yeah, see you next year lol
Nov 20, 5:16 PM

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It's either she's getting married, she doesn't get enough roles, or she's transitioning to doing AV. She's "too young" for the first two, so...
Nov 20, 7:07 PM

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honestly retiring after 5 years of work is such a mood.





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Nov 20, 7:57 PM
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Very sad, her role in absolutely nothing memorable will be greatly missed. Truly a loss for the anime industry.

BTW isn't she supposed to do VA for Itou Junji: Maniac? Which is supposed to premier in 2023. Am I missing something?
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Very sad news indeed. She's just new and I really liked her calm but cute voice as Ilulu and Koi. Wishing all the best for her.
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Well, good luck for her, she must have a very good reason to retire.



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Very sad, her role in absolutely nothing memorable will be greatly missed. Truly a loss for the anime industry.

BTW isn't she supposed to do VA for Itou Junji: Maniac? Which is supposed to premier in 2023. Am I missing something?


she still has until December 31 and the Itou Junji anime is a Netflix anime, which comes out all at once, so she'll easily be able to do her part before it comes out in mid January, if its not already done.
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DatRandomDude said:
Anti-Username said:
Very sad, her role in absolutely nothing memorable will be greatly missed. Truly a loss for the anime industry.

BTW isn't she supposed to do VA for Itou Junji: Maniac? Which is supposed to premier in 2023. Am I missing something?


she still has until December 31 and the Itou Junji anime is a Netflix anime, which comes out all at once, so she'll easily be able to do her part before it comes out in mid January, if its not already done.


Alright, but from a logistical standpoint would it benefit Studio Deen to hire a potential liability?, also wouldn't her paycheck be reduced, in light of retiring?
Nov 21, 1:23 AM

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I respect her decision of stepping down from this industry, she might thinking this is the end of my journey
Well i just wish her good luck in her new life
Nov 21, 2:45 AM

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I really hope the retirement isn't for anything bad.
I'll miss her Ilulu, I was hoping to hear her again in that role, but I guess she'll have to be recast if we get any more Maid Dragon.
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It's either she's getting married, she doesn't get enough roles, or she's transitioning to doing AV. She's "too young" for the first two, so...
Is this like an actual thing that happened in the past? Automatically assuming she's going to do porn would be kind of weird otherwise.
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El-Melloi said:
Tonyic said:
It's either she's getting married, she doesn't get enough roles, or she's transitioning to doing AV. She's "too young" for the first two, so...
Is this like an actual thing that happened in the past? Automatically assuming she's going to do porn would be kind of weird otherwise.


Erm, no. It happened to a bunch of former idols but not to seiyuus. Unless you consider working on eroge as such.

As for this case, most probably she just got some health issues. Pretty common thing.
Nov 21, 8:58 AM

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Liked her role as Ilulu, wonder why she quit so early.
Nov 21, 9:34 AM
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I’ll miss her as Ilulu-chan but happy retirement to her! โค๏ธ
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Sad, was a very big fan of hers after hearing her role as Kamome in Summer Pockets, which may become an Anime and need her role replaced. Seemed her career stalled for a year at times but she got some prolific roles and nontheless seemed very promising. I wonder if difficulty in getting roles played a part, all the gaps in employment too? Maybe something was going on during the gaps.

I thought she was a rising star among the new generation of female seiyuu, along with Konomi Kohara, Rie Takahashi, Akari Kito, Tomori Kusunoki, Kaede Hondo, Miyu Tomita, Marika Kouno, Maria Naganawa and likely others Im forgetting, I really thought she would become one of the regular seiyuus I would see being casted for the next decade or so.

Very surprising, I wonder why no reason given and why a date was posted. Retirement announcements among seiyuu, seem to come when they are completely removed from the limelight, usually years after their last meaningful role. Mineuchi-san is young and had many recent juicy roles, so really quite perplexing. I really wanted to hear her Eiko/Kamome voice more, not a big fan of the Ilulu/Koi one. Hope she will reconsider.
Nov 21, 11:20 AM

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Tomomi Mineuchi, you did a great job as Ilulu and some others.

Once a rising star in a now heavily saturated female Seiyuu selection, it's sad seeing her leave this early and young, but full gratitude for what she has done.

You will be missed, and thank you.
Nov 22, 9:21 AM

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My first thought is illness so I'm hoping this isn't the case. May she not regret this decision and enjoy her life away from VA!
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there can't be a good reason for why you'd retire so early. or maybe there is. i guess we'll just have to live with the reason being permanently obscured

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