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The president of the Tokyo Actor’s Consumer’s Cooperative Society, a company setup by voice actors in Japan for voice actors, announced today that legendary voice actor Motomu Kiyokawa passed on on August 17 at age 87 yrs . old from pneumonia.Kiyokawa was most widely known because the voice of Kozo Fuyutsuki in the Evangelion franchise and working closely with Hideaki Anno on Nadia: THE TRICK of Blue Water and Kare Kano.
Photo fromMotomu Kiyokawa’s official agency profile
Motomu Kiyokawa was created in Kanagawa Prefecture on April 9, 1935. In 1957, he entered the Haiyuza Theatre Company training curriculum even though performing on stage, he also used voice acting. He made his debut as a Japanese dub actor for the hit 1960s US Television show Combat! in an effort to purchase his theater adventures.
Kiyokawas first anime role was in the anime adaptation of Osamu Tezukas Big X manga series. Other prominent roles from early anime days include Tem Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam. His first major role was in Nadia: THE TRICK of Blue Water as Gargoylethen quickly accompanied by Fuyutsuki in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Since that time, Kiyokawa has voiced a variety of roles including Tippy in May be the Order a Rabbit?, Miklotov McMahon in Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Yoichiro in Golden Kamuy and much more. He was also japan voice of Eggman in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, inheriting the role from Chikao Ohtsuka who passed in 2015.
An exclusive funeral for Kiyokawa happened with close relatives beneath the wishes of his family.
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