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'Dragon Ball' Composer Shunsuke Kikuchi Dies at 89

'Dragon Ball' Composer Shunsuke Kikuchi Dies at 89

Doraemon (1979) and Dragon Ball composer Shunsuke Kikuchi died of aspiration pneumonia on April 24. He was 89 years old. Kikuchi was born on November 1, 1931, in Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture. His prolific career composing music for film, television, and anime began with the film Hachininme no Teki (The Eighth Enemy) in 1961 and spanned nearly six decades. He was a recipient of the Japanese Academy Film Prize for "Excellence in Music" in 1983 for the films Yuukai Houdou (To Trap a Kidnapper)...
'Beck', 'Paradise Kiss' Director Osamu Kobayashi Dies at 57

'Beck', 'Paradise Kiss' Director Osamu Kobayashi Dies at 57

Director Osamu Kobayashi died on Saturday after a two-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 57 years old. Kobayashi's death was revealed through a post on his Twitter reading, "I left for heaven. I have been fighting kidney cancer for two years but unfortunately I am exhausted. I regret that there were still things that I would have liked to do and works that I would have liked to make. Surely I will be reborn again and produce great works. Adios from the eternal 23 year old." Kobayashi was bor...

Apr 18, 3:20 PM by Mako995 26 Comments

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Animator Yasuo Ootsuka Dies at 89

Animator Yasuo Ootsuka Dies at 89

Yasuo Ootsuka (right) with Hayao Miyazaki Animator Yasuo Ootsuka died on Monday, March 15. He was 89 years old. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed the news on the same day at the 2021 Tokyo Anime Award Festival. Ootsuka was born on July 11, 1931, in Shimane Prefecture, Japan, and joined Toei Animation in 1956. His early contributions included animation for Hakujaden (The Great White Snake) and Wanpaku Ouji no Orochi Taiji (Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon), the latter of which he coll...
Animator Minako Shiba Dies

Animator Minako Shiba Dies

Studio Pierrot revealed on Tuesday that animator and character designer Minako Shiba has died. The studio did not disclose the date or cause of death. Shiba was born on February 15, 1971, in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. She was a fan of video games and aimed to work in the industry but turned to animation, joining J.C.Staff after graduating from Gakkou Houjin Chiyoda Gakuen's animation department. Shiba joined Studio C-Zoo alongside Yukiko Ban and Tatsuya Oka in 2009. Her credits in the anime ind...
Seiyuu Haruka Terui Announces Marriage

Seiyuu Haruka Terui Announces Marriage

Seiyuu Haruka Terui announced her marriage to professional Go player Tomoya Hirata on her official blog on Wednesday. "I first met Hirata-san last August during an interview. When I'm with him, he gives me a gentle feeling. So much so, that as I spent more time with this soft and warm-hearted person, the feeling of 'I want to live my life with this person' became stronger and stronger," she said. Terui thanked her fans for their support and vows to continue working harder. Terui is also an avid...

Mar 3, 10:05 PM by Aiimee 12 Comments

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Actor Shuuichirou Moriyama Dies at 86

Actor Shuuichirou Moriyama Dies at 86

Actor Shuuichirou Moriyama, best known for his role as the titular character in Hayao Miyazaki's Kurenai no Buta (Porco Rosso), died of pneumonia while hospitalized on Monday, February 8. He was 86 years old. His health began deteriorating last year but suddenly took a turn for the worse on the day of his death. Moriyama was born as Hiroo Ootsuka on July 26, 1934, in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, and grew up in the nearby city of Inuyama. He worked extensively as an actor and voice actor—particular...
Voice Actress Nao Tamura Announces Marriage

Voice Actress Nao Tamura Announces Marriage

Voice actress Nao Tamura announced on Wednesday on her official Twitter that she is now married. The voice actress noted that she will continue her career while building a family at the same time. Previously affiliated with Early Wing and now with Tokyo Haiyuu Seikatsu Kyoudou Kumiai (abbreviated as Haikyou) since 2016, Tamura's notable role is voicing Chika Amatori from World Trigger. Her other roles include Emiru Aisaki from Hug tto! precure, and Ayuko Uehara from Aiura. Tamura is reprising he...

Dec 30, 2020 1:44 PM by DatRandomDude 7 Comments

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Voice Actress Hikari Yono Dies

Voice Actress Hikari Yono Dies

Voice actress Hikari Yono died of an undisclosed illness on November 15. She was 46 years old. Her family revealed her death through Twitter on Friday, stating that she lived her life loving voice work, and thanking those who supported her. Yono was a graduate of Nihon University College of Art. Her roles in anime included Samui in Naruto: Shippuuden, Kaolinite in Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal Season III, and Yoshino Uehara in Gantz. She also worked as a television narrator and voice actre...

Nov 21, 2020 5:53 PM by ImperfectBlue 23 Comments

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Mangaka Izumi Matsumoto Dies at 61

Mangaka Izumi Matsumoto Dies at 61

On Tuesday, Wave Studio announced on Izumi Matsumoto's blog that the mangaka passed away on October 6. He was 61 years old. Matsumoto suffered from cerebrospinal fluid disease, stemming from a car accident when he was three years old. The disease forced him to stop working due to heavy headache, neck, and back pain. He suffered from general malaise due to the disease over the last few years. However, Matsumoto desired to return to work and continued to fight the illness, but was also worried due...

Oct 12, 2020 7:02 PM by DatRandomDude 40 Comments

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Singer T.M.Revolution Announces Marriage

Singer T.M.Revolution Announces Marriage

The multitalented Takanori Nishikawa, also known as T.M.Revolution, announced his recent marriage to a woman outside the entertainment industry via his Twitter on Saturday. Nishikawa stated that he will continue to work hard publicly and privately, and expressed gratitude to his fans for their unwavering guidance and encouragement. His career as T.M.Revolution began in 1996, as did his career in anisong. His third single of that year, "HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~," was used as an ending theme for...

Aug 31, 2020 6:58 PM by ImperfectBlue 23 Comments

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Voice Actress Ari Ozawa and Musician Hige Driver Announce Marriage

Voice Actress Ari Ozawa and Musician Hige Driver Announce Marriage

Voice actress Ari Ozawa and chiptune musician Hige Driver announced their marriage on Friday. Hige Driver released his statement through Twitter and Ozawa posted on her Ameba blog. Ozawa's joint Twitter account with voice actress Maria Naganawa tweeted a congratulations message shortly after, presumably from Naganawa. The announcements—released on Ozawa's 28th birthday—were full of affection. Hige Driver is charmed by Ozawa's carefree, "sunflower-like" smile, and Ozawa wants to continue running...
Voice Actress Chika Anzai Announces Marriage

Voice Actress Chika Anzai Announces Marriage

Voice actress Chika Anzai announced her marriage to a man outside of the entertainment industry on her Instagram on Sunday. Anzai states that she and her husband plan to devote themselves to each other and to all their supporters. She also thanks her fans for their continued support and pledges to continue to share positivity with everyone. Anzai joined the Avex Artist Academy at the age of 15 and later became affiliated with Avex Pictures. She made her voice acting debut in 2009 as Nagisa Mikog...

Aug 1, 2020 10:38 AM by Aiimee 22 Comments

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Singer Masayoshi Ooishi Announces Marriage

Singer Masayoshi Ooishi Announces Marriage

Singer Masayoshi Ooishi announced his marriage to a woman outside the entertainment industry via Twitter on Thursday. Ooishi disclosed that while this is a private matter, he wanted to announce the marriage and asked for continued support from his fans. He also expressed that he wishes to continue to work hard on his music and entertainment career. Ooishi debuted under the stage name Vo.Gt in the rock/jazz band Sound Schedule in 2001, which then disbanded in 2006. He went solo in 2008 and has si...

Jul 31, 2020 7:32 PM by Aiimee 3 Comments

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Seiyuu Kana Hanazawa and Kensho Ono Announce Marriage

Seiyuu Kana Hanazawa and Kensho Ono Announce Marriage

Seiyuu Kana Hanazawa and Kensho Ono announced their marriage on their respective Twitter accounts on Wednesday. "Hanazawa has an earnest attitude toward work, is always cheerful, and makes me happy when we're together," Ono wrote. "She possesses a lot of quality I don't, and is someone I respect." "Ono is a person who can make life more enjoyable at all times. I tend to worry easily, and he gently encourages me," Hanazawa wrote in her message. Hanazawa began her voice acting career in 2003 with...

Jul 7, 2020 10:14 PM by Vindstot 90 Comments

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Voice Actress and Singer Nana Mizuki Announces Marriage

Voice Actress and Singer Nana Mizuki Announces Marriage

Voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki announced her marriage on her official blog on Tuesday. On her blog, Mizuki apologized for the personal report, disclosing that her husband is someone she met and worked alongside in the music industry for a long time. She further expressed that she cherishes her everyday life and hopes everyone would continue to support her as she gives her voice and music everything she's got. Mizuki debuted as a voice actor in 1998 as Chisato Kadokura in the game Noël: La...
Animator Tatsufumi Itou Dies at 55

Animator Tatsufumi Itou Dies at 55

Animator and director Tatsufumi Itou's wife Mariko Itou announced on Twitter on Monday that her husband died of a brainstem hemorrhage. He was 55 years old when he died on May 23. Mrs. Itou wrestled with his death for some time, but said she is calm enough now to share the news. She signed off by thanking friends of the family and everyone who has supported them. Itou—formerly Tatsufumi Tamakawa—began his career as an animator and animation director in the late 1980s with Shounan Bakusouzoku. He...

Jul 1, 2020 3:36 PM by ImperfectBlue 13 Comments

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Voice Actress Haruna Ikezawa Announces Marriage

Voice Actress Haruna Ikezawa Announces Marriage

Voice actress Haruna Ikezawa announced her marriage on her official Twitter account on Wednesday. In a statement, Ikezawa wrote that her husband was Japanese and explained that she thought about announcing it earlier, but had a difficult time because he was unable to return to Japan due to COVID-19. She also added that she has not changed much personally, and intends to spend her time reading, eating, travelling, and writing. Ikezawa concluded by thanking her fans for their continued support. Ik...

Jul 1, 2020 2:49 PM by Vindstot 2 Comments

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Seiyuu Mark Ishii Returns from Hiatus, Changes Agency

Seiyuu Mark Ishii Returns from Hiatus, Changes Agency

The official Twitter account for Mark Ishii announced on Wednesday that he is returning to voice acting. Ishii took a leave of absence after being diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder last December. Ishii will resume his voice acting career with talent agency Aksent. Following a discussion with Ishii, Just Production ended its contract with the voice actor on December 27 last year. Ishii said in a statement on Twitter that he has recovered both physically and mentally, and is pleased to resume wor...

Jul 1, 2020 1:29 PM by Vindstot 0 Comment

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Voice Actress Megumi Takamoto Announces Marriage

Voice Actress Megumi Takamoto Announces Marriage

Voice actress Megumi Takamoto revealed her marriage through Twitter on Monday. Although the marriage occurred in February, she said she is now ready to share the news publicly and will continue to put her heart into her voice acting. Takamoto made her debut as Momoko Ichihara in Love Get Chu in 2006, and is perhaps best known for her role as Winry "Win" Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and later entries in the series. She also voiced a young Sinbad in Magi: Sinbad no Bouken and was c...

Jun 30, 2020 8:32 PM by ImperfectBlue 4 Comments

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Voice Actress Yui Makino Announces Marriage

Voice Actress Yui Makino Announces Marriage

Musician and voice actress Yui Makino announced her marriage to singer and actor Yutarou Miura on her official website, Instagram, and Twitter on Friday. Regarding the marriage, she admitted that while she finds the thought of being a wife "unreal," she wants to do her best in building a happy family. She wishes she could thank each of her fans individually for their years of support ahead of her 15th anniversary as an artist this August. Makino began playing piano at the age of 4, and debuted...

Jun 12, 2020 10:00 PM by ImperfectBlue 21 Comments

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