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Voice Actress Yuuko Gotou Goes on Hiatus Due to Autoimmune Disease

by ap19
May 19, 2012 3:10 AM | 77 Comments
According to the VA studio axl-one, VA Yuuko Gotou, known primarily for characters such as Mikuru Asahina (Suzumiya Haruhi) and Hiro (Hidamari x Sketch), has received another doctor stop, and will be going on hiatus again for intensive treatment for an autoimmune disease occurring in her heart, lung and vessels. The expected length of the hospitalization will be at least for two and a half months. She had a similar disease when she was in the junior high school and once was told by a doctor that she wouldn't be able to go to high school.

A previous announcement on May 7, 2010 was made regarding her hiatus for a throat surgery, which she recovered from on June 3, 2010.

There has been a rising concern about the productions of Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb and Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II, but no official announcement has been made.

The VA studio states that they will make further discussions with the doctor and announce her recovery as soon as possible.

Sources: axl-one, Gotou's official blog

Story by evilchris

20 of 77 Comments Recent Comments

I will wish for her steadfast recovery.

Jul 7, 2012 2:14 PM by Toarujisuru

Todays news say that it looks like she can leave hospital in August. Good to hear that she is recovering from her disease.

Jun 28, 2012 2:21 PM by Shaoran-Li

Lets pray for her health guys.. I still want her to be Hiro..

Jun 20, 2012 1:47 AM by yu3

Hope she can fully recovered

May 20, 2012 4:19 PM by SilentTruth

I hope she gets well soon.

May 20, 2012 10:30 AM by Stark700

Oh no. Please don't die. Please get better soon I don't want another voice actress to leave the world.

May 20, 2012 9:10 AM by Setsuna200

worst news ever.. she voiced so many awesome characters..
god bless her

May 20, 2012 8:27 AM by donutsu

I hope she gets better.

May 20, 2012 6:00 AM by Valky

this is me when i heard the news.

I sure hope she gets well soon. :(

May 20, 2012 5:39 AM by Cirris

She's one of my favorite seiyuu, I hope she recovers soon.

May 20, 2012 4:02 AM by SurferDude

Sae will be sad, if this causes Hidamari to get cancelled/delayed...

May 20, 2012 3:44 AM by Nidhoeggr

Ugh, autoimmune disease is one of the worst diseases you can have. Although a lot of people have it, it becomes really damn dangerous if it affects certain organs heavily.

But, heart? Lung? Ouch. It's hard to say it like this, but.. you can't heal that disease. You can hope to get a therapy working which reduces the effectiveness of the immune system. But that's obviously problematic in itself.

In one way it would be better to replace her roles in upcoming anime. On the other hand.. even though you have that sickness you still have to live. And work. It's so complicated. But depending on how bad the illness is by now.. well, I don't want to jinx it.

May 20, 2012 2:25 AM by Kiru_im_Ufo

I hope it's nothing serious...

May 20, 2012 1:37 AM by icycoldpepsi

I'll pray for her recovery !! >_<

May 20, 2012 12:50 AM by MyAmy

seyrine said:
Where's Dr House when you need him! How she gets well soon.

Ironically, I think it's lupus.

May 19, 2012 10:28 PM by MadDogV2

Autoimmune diseases are scary since it's a leading cause of death for females so I wish her well.

May 19, 2012 10:12 PM by Yukariki

Hope she gets well soon :)

May 19, 2012 9:43 PM by Kyo_Kagami

please get better soon

May 19, 2012 9:38 PM by kaena

God damn that sucks, hope she gets well soon

May 19, 2012 9:35 PM by foot_licker

Where's Dr House when you need him! How she gets well soon.

May 19, 2012 8:12 PM by seyrine

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