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Seiyuu Tomo Sakurai Retires

by tsubasalover
Sep 3, 2016 8:20 AM | 30 Comments
Seiyuu and singer Tomo Sakurai has announced, via her official blog, that she will retire from her voice acting career.

Sakurai debuted as a seiyuu and an anisong singer with her first role as Tomo Sakurai from Cream Lemon: Lemon Angel in 1987, in addition to singing the insert songs for the series. She has also sang the third ending theme for Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, "Datta Ichido no Kiseki."

Throughout her seiyuu career, she has also voiced Mylene Flare Jenius from Macross 7, Meimi Haneoka from Kaitou Saint Tail, Misao Makimachi from Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan, Azusa Miura from iDOLMSTER Xenoglossia, and more.

Source: Official site

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I hope she will be happy in her new life. And I hope she will come back for voicing whenever she can, her voice as Hinowa was very nice.

Sep 5, 2016 8:46 AM by Haneken2086

I hope whe will be good in her new life

Sep 5, 2016 2:51 AM by Riri31

Goodbye, Hinowa.

You made a great arc like Yoshiwara into an unforgettable one.

Let the sun shine bright upon all of us.

Sep 4, 2016 8:14 PM by SilverDio

AllenVonStein said:
probably she is tired of all that hentai voice acting or maybe she is gonna get married


she looks young , another marriage may fail .

At least she's getting married and retiring from something she found passion for, unlike you man.
this comment was too good to pass up

Sep 4, 2016 10:32 AM by Bowie

It's sad to see her and so many of her fellow seiyuu leave recently, but all the best to whatever she does after this :D

Sep 4, 2016 10:06 AM by swordhermit

faizdanyal said:
Anybody knows what was her last Seiyuu role in an Anime? I don't know if I can recognize her voice now.

If you won't count Gitama's Hinowa, she played minor role in one episode of Ushio to Tora and Mumei's mother in Koutetsujo no Kabaneri.
And she voiced Alicia in Granblue Fantasy game.

Sep 4, 2016 8:39 AM by AntonKutovoi

Good luck to her, I hope she finds her passion.

Sep 4, 2016 8:15 AM by OurLittleHome

AllenVonStein said:
probably she is tired of all that hentai voice acting or maybe she is gonna get married


she looks young , another marriage may fail .
There's literally 3 anime labeled as ecchi in her entire repertoire here on MAL. Cut the crap plx.

Sep 4, 2016 8:07 AM by razor39999

Anybody knows what was her last Seiyuu role in an Anime? I don't know if I can recognize her voice now.

Sep 4, 2016 6:03 AM by faizdanyal

Klad said:
Shes quite young to retire though.. wish her all the best
She'll be 45 years old in a week. How many 45 year old female Japanese seiyuu do you see getting regular roles in anime???? Not many, just a few really senior members of the Endless 17 club like Kikuko Inoue. Tomo has had a long career for what she does.

Sep 4, 2016 6:00 AM by hpulley

Shes quite young to retire though.. wish her all the best

Sep 4, 2016 4:28 AM by Klad

May you have a happy retirement.

Sep 4, 2016 4:24 AM by Magito

Well, have a nice retirement.

Sep 3, 2016 1:47 PM by AL19

AllenVonStein said:
@Raina- i am not obsessed or something and that's not a negative comment .

let's be real , marriage may fail .


It has nothing to do with marriage though. She is retiring because, according to her, she's having trouble voicing characters these days.

Sep 3, 2016 12:51 PM by AntonKutovoi

Illyricus said:
Man, so many negative news about seiyuus lately :(
Hope she will be happy in her retirement.

Yeah, but that's just the impression we get since MAL started to actively post people-related news. Voice actors have always been comin' and leavin'!
I wish her happiness as well~

Sep 3, 2016 11:16 AM by Mishukax

shanimebib said:
Does this mean her role as Hinowa in Aizome Kaori-hen her final role?

All the best to her for whatever reason to put down the mic.


I wonder who will voice her if the final arc gets animated.

Sep 3, 2016 11:15 AM by kaguraa_

@Raina- i am not obsessed or something and that's not a negative comment .

let's be real , marriage may fail .

Sep 3, 2016 9:56 AM by AllenVonStein

AllenVonStein said:


she looks young , another marriage may fail .
lmao why are you so obsessed with commenting this same negative comment to every news that has someone young looking. plus fyi she's 45.

Sep 3, 2016 9:54 AM by Raina-

DateYutaka said:
Hoppy said:
It's beginning? Noooooooo!!!!!!

We just don't have enough talent to replace the legendary talent that are leaving the industry right now and the industry is becoming saturated too to make things worse.


i full agree with you there
Lol what?Go check the seiyuu cast of Sansha Sanyou,each and every one of them are new amazing VAs...Dont be overdramatic, there will always be someone good enough to replace them unless its one of the best ones like sawashiro miyuki,nakata jouji,etc...

Sep 3, 2016 9:39 AM by LoneWizzy

VyseLegendaire said:
Another one bites de dust.
Well, to be perfectly honest, she wasn't really active for years anyway, having maybe two or three roles per year, which is nothing.

Sep 3, 2016 9:30 AM by Psantajdak

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