Tomoko Kawakami, the voice of fan favorite Rockman EXE character Princess Pride, passed away on Thursday, June 9th. She was 41.
Kawakami was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the summer of 2008, a condition that led to her hospitalization. Thereafter, she began treatment, a process that forced her to take a leave of absence during production of "Ikoku Irokoi Romantan." The role was relinquished to fellow voice actress Yuki Kaida.
Making her splash in the VA business in 1994, Kawakami will be remembered for her lead role in the Japanese version of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sgt. Frog, Air, and a number of other roles. Fans of the Rockman EXE anime series will no doubt recall her angelic performance as Knight Man.EXE's operator, Princess Pride. The role would carry her through the majority of EXE's run, all the way up to the program's final season, Rockman EXE: Beast.
I send my deepest condolences to her family. She will be missed.
Source: Anime News Network (Thanks, BassDS)
so sad :(ReplyDelete
....when i read this news, i watch a episode of the EXE anime...I cry (of happiness) sometimes a little when i see again these videos,..all of these in the battle...But Princess Pride was a netop, i never know who did the voice of the characters of the serie...When i see this, i want cry now...of sadness....ReplyDelete
One of our EXE family is gone...R.I.P OUR FRIEND!!! :'(
Now i watch episode 39 of Rockman EXE, WE WONT FORGET YOU TOMOKO KAWAKIMI !!ReplyDelete
Sad news. :(ReplyDelete
Good night......our princess :'(((ReplyDelete
Cancer sucks. May she rest in peace.
This is so sad... and ironic. My teacher's wife just passed away from Ovarian Cancer... He's vowed to raise awareness of it and helping prevent it. May she rest in peace!ReplyDelete
Rest in peace, dear Tomoko Kawakami. :'(ReplyDelete
Great, now this saddens me even more.ReplyDelete
Bearing the fact that I'm a moderator for a Sgt. Frog forum
It's always sad when someone Rockman-related dies, but I also love Sgt. Frog. Rest in peace, Tomoko. :'(ReplyDelete
I can't wait for the cure for cancer. Too many people dying.ReplyDelete
Trying not to get deep here, but it's hard. @_@
May she rest in peace.ReplyDelete
*bows head in silence*
I don't know her but my sympathy goes to her family and I hope she rests in piece.ReplyDelete
Rest in peace, Ms. Kawakami.ReplyDelete
...darn. Cancer steals too many people from us...ReplyDelete
R.I.P. Ms Kawakimi...
ugh, cancer sucks :(ReplyDelete
It makes me sad to hear this news, especially since I enjoyed watching the series in japanese and that episode 39 was...IS my personal favorite for season 2. R.I.P.ReplyDelete