This is a sad news for seiyuu fans and anime fans alike. Tomoko Kawakami, one of the best veteran seiyuus around passed away recently at age 40, battling ovarian cancer. She is best remembered for her roles as the cute fairy Sugar in A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, Soi Fon of Bleach, Rosette Christopher in Chrno Crusade, Hikaru Shindo in Hikaru on Go, Merrill in Rune Soldier Louie, Chiriko in Fushigi Yugi and arguably the role she is known best for, Utena Tenjo in Revolutionary Girl Utena
Tomoko Kwakami is arguably one of the best female seiyuus out there, able to voice a wide variety of characters such as young boys(Hikaru Shindo, Chiriko), teen girls(Rosette Christopher, Utena Tenjo) and comedy characters(Merrill). As a fan of hers, this was just too soon, and she’s only 40.
Let’s remember Tomoko Kawakami-san by watching some of her memorable roles in action.
Chiriko(Kawakami) of Fushigi Yugi
Soi Fon(Kawakami) talking to Urahara Kisuke about the Bounts (Bleach)
This is perhaps one of the most memorable scenes in the Adolescence of Utena where Utena(Kawakami) transforms into a car (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
Thank you, Kaawakami Tomoko-san for sharing your talents with us and voicing some of the very memorable characters in anime.