No!!! ; Seiyuu Yuuko Mizutani !!! ; Why did she have to die??
Talent management agency Aoni Production announced on Thursday that Seiyuu Yuuko Mizutani has died from breast cancer on Tuesday, May 17, at the age of 51.
The announcement was also posted on the official website of Chibi Maruko-chan, in which Mizutani voiced the title character’s older sister Sakiko Sakura. She has voiced Sakiko since the first series began airing in 1990. Fuji Television released a statement that Mizutani has already completed recordings for the episodes scheduled for May 22 and 29, and the selection of a replacement will be announced at a later date.
Mizutani debuted as a seiyuu in 1985, voicing an unnamed announcer character in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, later also playing the role of Sarah Zabiarov. Her first lead role came the following year in Machine Robo: Chronos no Dai Gyakushuu. In 1987, Mizutani gained prominence as a seiyuu with her role as Apple Akai Koudan Zillion.
Following her role in Chibi Maruko-chan, Mizutani was also selected as the Japanese voice of Disney’s Minnie Mouse character in 1991 and has continued to play that role to date. She is also well-known as a the voice of Pinoko in numerous iterations of the Black Jack anime. Mizutani joined Aoni Production in 2012, having left Production Baobab a year earlier.
Mizutani was married to director Mizuho Nishikubo, whom she met during the production of Akai Koudan Zillion.
Yūko Mizutani (水谷 優子 Mizutani Yūko, November 4, 1964 – May 17, 2016) was a Japanese voice actress, actress, singer and narrator from Ama District, Aichi. Throughout her life, she was attached to Production Baobab; she was attached to Aoni Production at the time of her death.
Mizutani was best known for her roles of Sakiko Sakura in Chibi Maruko-chan, Mihoshi Kuramitsu in Tenchi Muyo!, Ikuko Tsukino in Sailor Moon Crystal, Soten in InuYasha, Sora Takenouchi in Digimon Adventure, Cheimin Noa in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Pinoko in Black Jack. She also was the Japanese voice-over for Minnie Mouse.
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