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Anime Song Singer Murata Ayumi Retires; VA Ichikawa Osamu Passes Away

by dtshyk
Jan 9, 2009 4:58 AM | 18 Comments
Murata Ayumi announced that she had retired from the voice actress and the singer business by the end of 2008 and will concentrate on curing her illness.

List of her songs
Lamune ED song
Memories Off 3.5 - Omoide no Kanata e ED song
Happiness! OP song
Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo ED song
Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho ED song
Kappa no Kaikata Theme song
Macademi WAsshoi! ED song
PS2 Game "PRISM ARK -AWAKE-" OP & ED songs

Source: Murata Ayumi Official Blog

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Voice Actor Ichikawa Osamu Passes Away
Ichikawa Osamu passed away on January 2nd.

List of Ichikawa's roles
Prince Sharkin ("Yuusha Raideen")
Prince Heinel ("Voltes V")
Great General Garuda, Warchimedes ("Combattler V")
Golg Boddole Zer ("Macross")
Norris Packard ("Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team")
Shiranui Mamoru ("Dokaben")

Source: Yomiuri Online

18 Comments Recent Comments

Murata Ayumi <3

I love her ending song for Umisho so much. Best of health for her illness and rest in peace Ichikawa.

Jan 11, 2009 11:04 AM by chibuki

Not really familiar with Ichikawa, but the fact of the matter is still sad...

Jan 10, 2009 3:36 PM by Ramen

I don't know you, but R.I.P Ichikawa.
@Murata-san: Get well soon! :3

Jan 10, 2009 11:35 AM by De-JaY

Talked about him in my blog. Online buddy told me about him; he's known for playing beautiful characters and maintained that voice even at 70 :]

R.I.P. I've known you little. Heinel is great.

Jan 10, 2009 11:14 AM by shakeyourpup45

Xenzio said:
Ryuukishi said:
Umisho ED singer retired? DD:

And Voice actress passed away? The beggining of the year in anime is not going so well...
The new beginning of Hajime no Ippo componsates for that.
I'm not sure if I got this right, but I don't think it's appropriate to let a person's death plus the mental illness of another person in the same business, and the start of the second season of a very popular anime cancel each other out.

Very sad news indeed. R.I.P. Ichikawa; hope Murata gets better soon.

Jan 10, 2009 10:29 AM by cyruz

R.I.P Ichikawa.
I hope Murata gets over her illness.
Very sad news.

Jan 10, 2009 10:22 AM by LolitaDecay

Ryuukishi said:
Umisho ED singer retired? DD:

And Voice actress passed away? The beggining of the year in anime is not going so well...


The new beginning of Hajime no Ippo componsates for that.

Jan 10, 2009 7:40 AM by Ilyaoh

Umisho ED singer retired? DD:

And Voice actress passed away? The beggining of the year in anime is not going so well...

Jan 10, 2009 1:30 AM by underMebius

I hope Murata gets better. Ichikawa-sama, rest in peace.

Jan 9, 2009 5:56 PM by OverChasm

Kira01 said:
Sad news is sad..


^

Jan 9, 2009 4:41 PM by Robque

How sad. But hopefully Murata Ayumi will get better.

Jan 9, 2009 3:54 PM by ladyxzeus

Sad new is sad =(
R.I.P. Ichikawa

Jan 9, 2009 12:32 PM by ntHai

Xeranthemum said:
Sohei said:
Xeranthemum said:
Rest in peace Ichikawa Osamu
u__u
she isn't dead..


Veteran voice actor Osamu Ichikawa passed away due to a heart attack in his Tokyo home on January 2. He was 72.

From animenewnetwork


According to this, yeah he is.


sorry, misinterpreted.
i thought you were talking about Ayumi for some reason.

Jan 9, 2009 12:27 PM by Sohei

2 bad news in 1 post.....that's not good.

Jan 9, 2009 11:23 AM by iTom

Sad news is sad..

Jan 9, 2009 10:41 AM by Kira01

Now I feel bad that i havent really liked any of those songs sung by Murata :P

Sorry about Ichikawa too

Jan 9, 2009 7:23 AM by Icy-nee-san

wow sad news, RIP.

Jan 9, 2009 7:14 AM by aniverse

Rest in peace Ichikawa Osamu
u__u

Jan 9, 2009 6:46 AM by xera