It has come to my attention that there is bad news in the anime community. An anime voice actor named Unsho Ishizuka passed away this Monday due to esophageal cancer. According to ANN, he was modern age 67, but in traditional Japanese age he is 68. Aoni Production, an agency that represents Japanese voice actors and entertainers, stated that Ishizuka was given medical treatment before his passing, but it all became ineffective. If you don’t know who he is well-known for, he did the Japanese voice dub for well-known characters in anime such as Joseph Joestar in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: Stardust Crusaders and Diamond is Unbreakable, Hercule in Dragon Ball Z and Super, Professor Oak in Pokemon and even the iconic fighter Heihachi in the Tekken video game series.
In recent news of ANN, Tokyo TV recently announced that there are some recorded audio compiled and ready for future Pokemon Sun and Moon episodes with Unsho Ishizuka already in it. These recorded episodes with him will be premiered on Japanese public TVs until late October. These are the last recorded audio of him.