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Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday, November 16 due to unknown causes. She was 57. Police found Tsuru unconscious with the seat belt fastened in the driver's seat of a car, which was stopped with hazard lights on at the Shuto Expressway's Inner Circular Route in Tokyo's Chūō ward, at around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Authorities rushed her to the hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to police, the location where Tsuru was found had no signs of an accident, and authorities are suspecting a death by illness.

Tsuru voiced many iconic characters in anime, including Bulma from Dragon Ball, Dokin-chan in Soreike! Anpanman, Madoka Ayukawa in Kimagure Orange Road, Ukyo Kuonji in Ranma ½, Sachiko Nishio in Touch, Asuna Kujo in Maison Ikkoku, Meryl Strife in Trigun, Mikami in Ghost Sweeper Mikami, and Kiddy Phenil in Silent Möbius. She also provided the Japanese voice for the character Trinity in The Animatrixshorts. In video games, she is most well known for the voice of Naomi Hunter in the Metal Gear Solid series, Julia Chang in the Tekken series, and Anne in Bravely Second: End Layer.

Update 3: Tsuru's agency Aoni Production announced on Friday that the cause of death was aortic dissection. The agency said that her family will hold a private funeral. Source: Oricon via Hachima Kikō

Hiromi's last words in Dragon Ball Super

While I grew up initially watching the Chinese (Cantonese) version on imported VHS tapes from Hong Kong, I moved on to continue with the Japanese version later. Bulma has always been one of my favorite and most iconic characters of the series, and Hiromi's performance played a very important role in that. I didn't think this would hit me so hard, but it's like a piece of my childhood died along with her. A childhood I still hold close to heart today.

Thank you for all the memories.

Last edited by Hiku - on 17 November 2017

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Holy smokes.....RIP



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It should have been Yamcha.
Rest in peace, Hiromi. 😢

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I haven't seen the anime myself (I've read the first few volumes of Dragon Ball), but she is one of my favourite characters in the series, so this is a shame.

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Dang, that's really sad, especially since she was only 57. It seems too soon of a time for her to go ;_; And I'm watching DB Super as well...



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She was definitely a great seiyuu and voiced other notable roles such as Naomi from MGS. RIP