Voice Actor Kazunari Tanaka passes away at 49

Voice actor, Kazunari Tanaka,  has passed away on Monday due to a hemorrhage from his brain stem. This has been announced today on Aoni Production‘s official website.

He is well-known in his roles as: Keishin Ukai from Haikyu!!, Katsuya Kimura from Hell Teacher Nube, Olson White from Gundam Seed Destiny, and Shinichiro Tamaki from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. He  has also voiced characters from games such as Persona 5 and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Due to this, the performance entitled, “Buddy Bear presents Kuma no Yu Sonic” which is scheduled to show on the 22nd has been cancelled. Furthermore, the ongoing Haikyu!! 3rd season has yet to announce who will voice his character, Keishin Ukai. The producers commented, “Since it is sudden, we will make adjustments for the future.”

May he rest in peace.

Source: Oricon

  • Comments

    • eplizo

      Wow…. RIP :'(

    • yacchaitai

      All these sad news today

    • Vyn

      Rest in Peace :'(

    • honey

      RIP </3 he played Ukai amazingly. :)

    • ;(


      • Jessy Chong

        This will always be my most fav of his chilling/carefree moment. I’m shocked, seriously still shocked..it’s like my heart still feel like he’s around. May you rest in peace TanakaSan. Your role as Ukai Keishin will always be the most memorable out of them all. No one can play it better than you <3

        p/s – i really thought Nakai Kazuya would takeover/get hired for the role just to give a bit of satisfaction for the fans (and the only one i could actually approve to play as Ukai Keishin, just a level below TanakaSan) since they both sound a bit the same. But to think that…..*sigh*…..my body just automatically cannot accepted HisaoSan when i heard him in Haikyuu3. That's how big of an impact TanakaSan as Ukai Kenshin in me. You will be miss TanakaSan! *cry*

    • Sarah Chuang

      OMG I liked his Voice as Ukai :,(

    • Rest in peace. :(

    • fantasy xD


    • Miaya Gekkogahara

      May his soul rest in peace :'(

    • meimei

      I”M SOOOOO SAD!!!!!! RIP!!!