Tomoko Kawakami

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Tomoko Kawakami
Native name 川上 とも子
Born (1970-04-25)April 25, 1970
Tokyo, Japan
Died June 9, 2011(2011-06-09) (aged 41)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death
Ovarian cancer
Occupation Voice actress
Years active 1994–2010
Notable credit(s) Revolutionary Girl Utena
as Utena Tenjou
Air
as Misuzu Kamio
Bleach
as Soifon
Chrono Crusade
as Rosette Christopher
Fushigi Yugi
as Chiriko
Hikaru no Go
as Hikaru Shindo
Sgt. Frog
as Fuyuki Hinata
Religion Catholic

Tomoko Kawakami (川上 とも子 Kawakami Tomoko?, born 川上 倫子, April 25, 1970 – June 9, 2011) was a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo. Having graduated from the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, she was affiliated with Production Baobab at the time of her death.

Career[edit]

Kawakami debuted in 1994 as a role of a boy in Metal Fighter Miku. Her first regular performance was in 1995 as Chiriko in Fushigi Yuugi. Two years after, she landed her first starring voice role as Utena Tenjou in Revolutionary Girl Utena. Aside from Chiriko and Utena, her famous roles are in Air (Misuzu Kamio), Bleach (Soifon), Chrono Crusade (Rosette Christopher), Hikaru no Go (Hikaru Shindou) and Sgt. Frog (Fuyuki Hinata).

Kawakami provided voices for young boys, girls and comical characters. The best-known genre of her roles are tomboyish characters (Soifon, Utena Tenjou). With such a powerful voice, she was often affiliated in paranormal and yuri-themed anime. She also made her name voicing the heroine in the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series, based from the Neoromance game with the same title produced by Koei in 2000.

Illness and death[edit]

In August 2008, Kawakami was diagnosed with ovarian cancer,[1] which required surgery. During a three-year battle with cancer, most of her ongoing roles were replaced by other voice actresses, although Kawakami was able to do some voice work.[2] She died on June 9, 2011 at the age of 41.[3]

Voice roles[edit]

Television animation[edit]

Movies[edit]

Video games[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "声優の川上とも子さんが卵巣がんで死去 『ヒカルの碁』主人公役" [Voice actress Tomoko Kawakami passes away from ovarian cancer, known for the lead role in Hikaru no Go]. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Oricon. June 10, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Masutō, Tatsuya (March 5, 2009). "佐藤順一総監督 ロング・インタビュー" [Long Interview with Junichi Sato, the General Director]. Kinema Junpo (in Japanese) (Tokyo, Japan: Kinema-Junpo) 1528 (March 2009): 140. 
  3. ^ "Utena Voice Actress Tomoko Kawakami Passes Away". Anime News Network. June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Legend of Dragoon (1999)(VG)". IMDb. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • Nakagami, Yoshikatsu. "The Official Art of AIR" (October 2007), Newtype USA. pgs. 135–41

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