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PostPosted: June 11th, 2011, 3:43 pm 
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Utena Voice Actress Tomoko Kawakami Passes Away
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posted on 2011-06-10 04:50 EDT
Lead actress of Hikaru no Go, Sugar, Air had been hospitalized since 2008

The agency Production baobab announced on Friday that voice actress Tomoko Kawakami passed away on Thursday, June 9 at 4:45 p.m. after a long bout with illness. She was 41.

Kawakami was the lead voice actress in La fillette révolutionaire Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena), Hikaru no Go, Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy, Air, and many other anime titles. She had made her debut in 1994 with the anime Metal Fighter Miku, and her roles included Fuyuki Hinata in Keroro Gunsō (Sgt. Frog) and Miu Furinji in KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple.

Kawakami had been hospitalized since August of 2008 for an unspecified illness and had undergone surgery at the time. As a result of her illness, she had to relinquish roles such as Kaoru in the video adaptation of Yamane's Ikoku Irokoi Romantan boys-love comedy manga.

Thank you to dormcat for the news tip.

Update: The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported that Kawakami had been undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2011, 5:09 pm 
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^ I'm completely shocked. R.I.P. Kawakami-san, hope you're in a better place. :(


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PostPosted: June 29th, 2011, 11:17 am 
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At least there is no whitewashing on this project, so far...

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Rurouni Kenshin Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2012 (Updated)
posted on 2011-06-27 16:25 EDT
Kamen Rider Den-O's Takeru Satoh to star with Ryōmaden director Keishi Ōtomo

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22-year-old actor Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck, Ryōmaden) will star in a live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin samurai manga next year. Keishi Ōtomo will direct Satoh on this new film, just as he did in last year's NHK historical television series Ryōmaden. Warner Brothers Pictures Japan is producing with its president William Ireton, while Studio Swan (Paradise Kiss) is in charge of the actual film production.

The Sankei Sports newspaper adds that the staff aims to release the film internationally and eventually make a series. This will be the first live-action adaptation of the manga.

Producer Shinzō Matsuhashi commented, "Satoh has the looks and stature to be a proper Kenshin." Watsuki added that when this project was just starting, he and his wife were discussing who should play Kenshin, and decided that Satoh topped the list.

Satoh himself said that he was a huge fan of the original manga when he was in elementary school and when the manga was still running. "It was the manga that everyone in my generation knew." He added that he and his friends would play around by pretending to sword-fight. Satoh began intensive training in sword-fighting earlier this month, and filming will begin in July.

Nobuhiro Watsuki's original 1994-1999 manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and the resulting 28 compiled books volumes have 50 million copies in print. The manga inspired a television anime series that is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Viz Media published the manga in North America, and Media Blasters' AnimeWorks label released the television anime.

ADV Films released two later original video anime projects and a film on DVD, and Aniplex is releasing these three titles on Blu-ray Disc this year. in April, Shueisha announced that a new Rurouni Kenshin anime project has been green-lit.

Update: More background information added.

Sources: Sankei Sports, animeanime.biz, Comic Natalie, Gigazine


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 Post subject: Re: Anime News
PostPosted: September 25th, 2011, 9:55 pm 
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It's been about a year in a half since I was last visited here and now I come back just to see this?!?

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Utena Voice Actress Tomoko Kawakami Passes Away
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Man, that really sucks. Even though I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to seiyuu knowledge, but I do like Utena a lot and hearing this news is really saddening. And the fact that she's only 41 years old when she passed away shows that death is never fair. :(

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