Voice of Original Doraemon Passes Away at 84

Doraemon

The original voice for Doraemon has passed away.

Tomita Kosei, who lent his voice to the beloved anime character died from a stroke at age 84 on Sept. 27, reports The Star.

“Our company’s Tomita Kosei (age of death, 84) passed away on September 27 in the second year of Reiwa (2020) due to a stroke,” a statement from the agency noted.

 

Since he began his career as a voice actor in 1963, Kosei has brought to life characters from over 50 anime series and films.

He voiced Doraemon when the anime was launched in 1973 but was later replaced by Masako Nozawa.

Among his notable works include “Lupin the Third” and “Astro Boy.”

He also dubbed characters from the animated hit film “Kung Fu Panda” for Japanese audiences.

In 2009, Kosei was honored with an Achievement Award at the 3rd Seiyu Awards, an annual ceremony dedicated to voice acting talents.

Feature Image via (left) NBCユニバーサル公式 and (right) アニメチャンネル

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