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Actress and Seiyuu Etsuko Ichihara Dies

by tsubasalover
Jan 13, 3:27 AM | 11 Comments
Various media announced on Sunday that actress Etsuko Ichihara died in a hospital in Tokyo from heart failure. She was 82 years old.

Born in Chiba Prefecture, Ichihara joined the Haiyuza Theater in 1957 and showed excellency in acting on stage and in films. Her acting continued after leaving the Haiyuza Theater in 1971, and she expanded her acting to various TV series. In 1990, she received Best Supportive Female Role in the 13th Annual Japan Academy Prize for the film Kuroi Ame.

As a seiyuu, she was one of the narrators in the Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi series from 1975 to 1995—a total of 20 years. She narrated the Ashita no Kibou: Kanashimi yo Arigatou - Takae Tsuneo Monogatari movie and voiced Hilda in Taiyou no Ouji: Horus no Daibouken, Hitoha Miyamizu in Kimi no Na wa., and Obaa-chan in Miyori no Mori.

Ichihara was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalomyelitis two years ago and went down a road of treatment in order to return to work. According to her agency, Wonder Production, she returned to the hospital due to a caecum. She was well and left the hospital but returned to the hospital again due to her physical condition worsening again. After a long treatment, she died on Sunday afternoon.

Source: NHK News

11 Comments Recent Comments

Great, just great, now both narrators for Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi are dead.

Well at least she's with Fujio Tokita now.

Feb 1, 12:52 PM by eze_tielve

Wouldn't let me post with only 4 characters but I'll try again: Who?

Jan 14, 12:38 PM by UsagiAddict

"Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family."

Jan 14, 4:31 AM by Skana

I never heard of her before but RIP.

Jan 13, 5:33 PM by zrdb

God is passing judgement on the industry this year.

Jan 13, 1:44 PM by VyseLegendaire

Rest in Peace.

82-years-old is a great age to have lived to.

Jan 13, 7:57 AM by changelog

Looks like she was in well over 100 films.

Jan 13, 4:36 AM by Ddos_Dragon

Rest in peace, Hilda.

Jan 13, 4:29 AM by Psajdak

Happy trails to you, rest in peace

Jan 13, 4:29 AM by Mikochi_

Otsukaresama deshita!

Jan 13, 3:54 AM by hinachan03

RIP at least she live a long life

Jan 13, 3:30 AM by deg

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