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Seiyuu Yuuko Mizutani Dies at 51

by arsonal
May 19, 1:34 AM | 52 Comments
Talent management agency Aoni Production announced on Thursday that seiyuu Yuuko Mizutani has died from breast cancer on Tuesday, May 17, at the age of 51.

The announcement was also posted on the official website of Chibi Maruko-chan, in which Mizutani voiced the title character's older sister Sakiko Sakura. She has voiced Sakiko since the first series began airing in 1990. Fuji Television released a statement that Mizutani has already completed recordings for the episodes scheduled for May 22 and 29, and the selection of a replacement will be announced at a later date.

Mizutani debuted as a seiyuu in 1985, voicing an unnamed announcer character in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, later also playing the role of Sarah Zabiarov. Her first lead role came the following year in Machine Robo: Chronos no Dai Gyakushuu. In 1987, Mizutani gained prominence as a seiyuu with her role as Apple Akai Koudan Zillion.

Following her role in Chibi Maruko-chan, Mizutani was also selected as the Japanese voice of Disney's Minnie Mouse character in 1991 and has continued to play that role to date. She is also well-known as a the voice of Pinoko in numerous iterations of the Black Jack anime. Mizutani joined Aoni Production in 2012, having left Production Baobab a year earlier.

Mizutani was married to director Mizuho Nishikubo, whom she met during the production of Akai Koudan Zillion.

Source: Gigazine, Oricon Style

20 of 52 Comments Recent Comments

Say what?! Yuuko died? the voice of Sora and Pinoko? well, rest in peace and we'll never forget you.

Oct 15, 12:54 PM by Kurt_Irving

:( sad to hear when good actors/voice actors die at sutch a young age she will be missed RIP

Jun 9, 3:20 AM by An9el

What am I fighting for?

May 20, 5:42 PM by QuattroVaginas

I've been avoiding death posts because I hate it, and I'm sick of this year.

I was legitimately devastated yesterday that I cried that morning. It doesn't make any sense. Basically, Mizutani was one of the main heroine C.Vs in anime, dubbing, and games (next to Miyamura, Yajima, Hayashibara if she's not MC; or today, it's Sato Rina, Kugimiya, Aoi Yuki, etc).

I'm gonna have to do something for her....

(now today, we lost Alan Young)

May 20, 4:42 PM by shakeyourpup45

51 is not an age people should pass away.
Rest in peace and fuck cancer.

May 20, 10:56 AM by TrashDax

RIP, sad news to hear ;_;

May 20, 10:56 AM by Stark700

May she rest in peace..

May 20, 8:39 AM by Elanin

May she rest in peace.

May 20, 8:33 AM by RedTie

Rest in peace

I'm so sad :(

May 20, 8:31 AM by Ray_Light

Btw, not saying that look is important, but at her age to look so beautiful and have such a sweet smile...

May 20, 7:53 AM by Psajdak

Rest in peace :'(
This sucks man.

May 20, 4:34 AM by Tengai

Much, much too young...

May she rest in peace wherever she is now.

May 20, 4:32 AM by Rachmaninow

Wow, she died pretty young. :/ May she rest in peace. :<

Fuck Cancer.

May 20, 3:08 AM by Touma

Rest in peace.

I may not be familiar with her roles other than in Digimon but losing a seiyuu is never nice. They blissen many peoples childhood and lives with their memorable voices. When an extract of one of those sweet memories is changed by the sorrowful present, you feel like a part of you is being taken away.

My condolences and love also goes to the family at this time of grief. x

May 20, 2:03 AM by Shai

RIP and my condolences to her family and loved ones.
Excellen, Mihoshi, Sora, Apple (I loved Zillion on the SMS); She voiced a lot of great characters.

May 19, 11:13 PM by Sainijon

She's dead!?

Never has an acchonburike been more appropriate than now, goodbye to one of the best cutesy voices in the industry, she will be greatly missed.

May 19, 8:40 PM by Jerkhov

RIP. Done in by breast cancer, such a shame.

May 19, 8:30 PM by bobzanny

Rest in Peace ;(

Anime industry is surely affects the health stability of the people who are involve in making anime series, specially those seiyuus that have irregular schedules :/

May 19, 5:03 PM by HunterKhim

RIP ­čśô ............

May 19, 4:25 PM by GREAT2070

Sora from Digimon? That sucks. Cancer is horrible. :(


May 19, 3:38 PM by malvarez1

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