It’ll be 2021 this Friday, so I wanna put the limelight on these people who played their part in the
Legendary roles, contributions, memorable
Let’s get to it.
Anime Actors & Authors Who Died In 2020:
1. Kumiko Okae
Back in May 2020, Kumiko Okae was announced dead because of the coronavirus. Or Covid-19. The death happened in April 2020.
She was 63 years old!
The roles Kumiko played in the
- Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
- The Cat Returns.
- Attack No. 1.
- Ten Made Todoke.
Back in 2019 she went through surgery for breast cancer. But from 2020 her health started to get worse as a result.
COVID-19 then came along, worsened her condition, and in the end, contributed to her death.
2. Keiji Fujiwara
Keiji Fujiwara was a Japanese voice actor who started a talent and production company in 2006. His death was due to Cancer in April 2020.
He’s known for his role in the
Other roles he took part in:
- Blue Exorcist.
- Eureka Seven.
- Kingdom Hearts.
Hunter x Hunter.
- Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency.
- Mobile Suit Gundam.
- Rurouni Kenshin.
- School Rumble.
- Initial D.
Shakugan No Shana.
And the never ending list of other
He was even the dubbing voice actor for Tonky Stark in Iron Man!
He’s had so many roles in the
3. Kirby Morrow
Kirby Morrow was a Canadian voice actor in the
This man like many others made part of my childhood with his feature in the Ocean DUB of
Other roles Kirby Murrow took part in:
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
- Project Arms.
Dragon Ball Z. Inuyasha. Death Note.
- Hikaru No Go.
- Tokyo Underground.
- Star Ocean EX.
And many more
4. George Akiyama
The cause of death is unknown.
He’s the kind of guy who’d tackle controversial topics and wasn’t afraid to try the things most are afraid of.
I relate to that.
Here’s some of the work George Akiyama is known for:
- Bara no Sakamichi.
- Patman X.
- Lovelin Monroe.
- Pink No Curtain.
- Kaijin Gonzui.
- The Moon.
- Ikinasai Kiki.
- Hakuai no Hito.
Most of his work spans from 1967 to 2005!
5. William Dufris
William Dufris was an American
His career actually started here in the UK, London in particular, taking part in BBC Radio Plays.
That pushed him to start his own audio company. And eventually being in the USA.
X, a Shoujo
His catalog of work is varied and isn’t just specifically
6. Yoshisada Sakaguchi
Yoshisada Sakaguchi was a Japanese
The roles he’s took part in:
- Alexander Senki.
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood.
And a f*ck load of other TV shows outside of the
Yoshisada Sakaguchi’s body of work is also varied.
7. Hisashi Katsuta
Hisashi Katsuta died at the age of 92 years old on the 21st February 2020. An insanely long life.
He’s known for his classic role in the
Other roles Hisashi Katsuta played in:
- Kimba The White Lion.
- Marine Boy.
- Cats Eye.
- Donchuck Monogatari.
- LUPIN III.
- Musashi No Ken.
And many classic, old school
8. Kazuhiko Kishino
Kazuhiko Kishino died at the age of 86 on February 22nd, 2020.
He played an iconic role in the
Other roles Kazuhiko Kishino played in:
- Gun X Sword
- After War Gundam X.
- Mobile Suit V Gundam.
- Future GPX Cyber Formula.
- Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn.
- Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin.
- PaRappa The Rapper.
- Nintama Rantarou.
- Burst Angel.
- Full Metal Panic!
- Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl.
- Record of Lodoss War.
- Code Geass.
- Waka kusa Monogatari.
As Kazuhiko’s age suggests, he’s been in dozens of
And that’s it.
These are the
Some due to COVID 19, others because of other conditions like Cancer. And some natural deaths.
In any case, R.I.P!