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Seiyuu Kazunari Tanaka Dies

by tsubasalover
Oct 10, 2016 11:02 PM | 55 Comments
Aoni Production has announced that seiyuu Kazunari Tanaka died on October 10, 2016 from a brainstem hemorrhage. He was 49 years old.

Tanaka's first main role was Katsuya Kimura from the Jigoku Sensei Nube series. Tanaka also voiced the main protagonist Hachimaki in Planetes. In addition, he voiced minor characters in popular series such as Minori Kishimoto in Slam Dunk, Abirama Redder in Bleach, Ken Kato in Gintama, and more. His most recent role was Keishin Ukai in the third season of the anime adaptation of Haikyuu!!. He was also the vocalist and guitarist of the band Doutonburi Divers.

Source: Ota☆Suke

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nanyatimz said:
WHAT THE HELL?! How can this be?!
Studio should've spliced his old voice clips to fit into the last two episodes rather than using another VA! It breaks my heart! Ukai-kantoku is Tanaka Kazunari!
I'm sure Hisao tried his best but he wasn't even close to Tanaka in episode 9. Really sad watching that episode.

Dec 5, 2016 4:15 AM by hpulley

WHAT THE HELL?! How can this be?!
Studio should've spliced his old voice clips to fit into the last two episodes rather than using another VA! It breaks my heart! Ukai-kantoku is Tanaka Kazunari!

Dec 5, 2016 2:12 AM by nanyatimz

I just found out he passed this makes my heart heavy. He was a great voice actor especially in haikyuu one of my favorite animes R.I.P. Coach Ukai

Dec 4, 2016 8:01 AM by Raiiken_Hopkins

I know him as DB Kado. May his soul rest in peace.

Nov 28, 2016 11:19 AM by Haneken2086

I only knew of him recently as Coach Ukai. His work there was marveleous and he'd make even better series if it weren't for his condition. I'm very sorry. He will be missed.

Nov 27, 2016 7:36 AM by CoolBro

It was just announced that Hisao Egawa will be voicing Keishin Ukai starting episodd 9 of Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou.
http://www.j-haikyu.com/anime/news.html?id=126

Nov 14, 2016 2:38 AM by tsubasalover

That sucks. RIP. :C

Oct 17, 2016 8:08 PM by Klonoa

So many deaths this year....RIP

Oct 12, 2016 2:03 PM by malvarez1

Too many people on the anime industry die on band these days and it worries me.

Oct 12, 2016 9:48 AM by Karl_Marx_Sensei

Rest in peace Kazunari-san we really love your voice!!
Haikyuu and Detective Conan will never be the same without you!!

Oct 12, 2016 9:32 AM by MrBouBou

R.I.P. :'(
You will be missed.

Oct 12, 2016 4:32 AM by KawaiiMarie

Kazunari Tanaka, thanks for everything that you've contributed your voice to. ; ^ ;

Rest in peace.

Oct 11, 2016 10:27 PM by xSitax

Thank you for all your hard work tanaka.... RIP... you've brought a smile to my face so many times. He was so young...... thank you for everything coach....

Oct 11, 2016 7:30 PM by horimiyah

Well that is definitely unfortunate. I wish I knew why there was hemorrhaging.
Sadly I've never really watch much of his work either. There really isn't much that interests me either =/.

Oct 11, 2016 7:30 PM by Hibbington

This is so sad to hear. I really liked his voice as Coach Ukai :( Rest in peace

Oct 11, 2016 6:54 PM by sinpaixo

I'm out of words :(( R.I.P

Oct 11, 2016 5:57 PM by Nou-Tan

R.I.P.



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Oct 11, 2016 5:01 PM by peach

RIP. Dying at only 49 :-(

Oct 11, 2016 5:01 PM by ino0987

Sad times. I really liked his role as Hachimaki. :sob: I hope he rests in peace!

Oct 11, 2016 2:04 PM by swordhermit

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