I have some unfortunate news to share with you in the world of anime and video games. It has been reported this weekend that a well respected voice actor has passed away. Prolific voice actor Brad Venable passed away this weekend; with permission from his friends and family, his death was reported on January 8th. Brad Venable was the age of 43. Venable is well known in many works such as voicing Griffon in Devil May Cry V, Scratchman Apoo in One Piece and even the voice of Marvel’s 2018 film Venom. While Tom Hardy played as Eddie Brock and Venom, Venable was the one who provided the voice of Venom, but Hollywood discredited him and left him out of the credits.
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It is sad news to report that anime and video game Japanese voice actor Keiji Fujiwara has recently passes away. It was reported that his time of death was April 12th and he was the age of 55; the cause of death was from cancer.
Fujiwara is well-known for voicing many characters from anime, video games and dubbing Western films. In anime, he voiced Maes Hugh from Fullmetal Alchemist and Captain Hannes from Attack on Titan. In video games, he was involved with doing the voice of Reno from Final Fantasy VII (Remake and the other titles), Ardyn from Final Fantasy XV and Leah/Axel from Kingdom Hearts. He also did the Japanese dub for Tony Stark/Iron Man from the MCU movies.
May God give him rest.
I got some sad news for Dragon Ball fans. This weekend, we were hit with tragic news in regards to the voice acting industry. The Spanish voice actor of Gohan from Dragon Ball was killed on Saturday. The voice actor is named Luis Alfonso Mendoza and he was the age of 55 when he died.
According to IGN, Mendoza was killed by a man during an altercation with renting living space. To make matters worse, the suspect not only killed Mendoza, but he also killed his wife and brother-in-law. The suspect tried to commit suicide by shooting himself, but ultimately failed and left him in critical condition and still alive.
Mendoza has voiced Gohan since 1996 and he has voiced many cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also did Spanish Dubs for live-action shows such as Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Joey from Friends.
I have come to tell you some terrible news in the world of the anime community. According to Anime News Network, voice actor Brice Armstrong has passed away. According to a Facebook page from Mary Collins Agency, Brice died on January 10, 2020 from natural causes and he was 84 years of age. If you don’t know who Brice voiced, he was well-known for voicing Dragon Ball characters such as Captain Ginyu, Lord Slug and was also Douglas in Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus.
If you are a Fate/stay night fan, you may have watched anime such as the Fate/Zero prequel series and the Unlimited Blade Works series. However, before all this a studio called DEEN created a Fate/stay night series in 2006. The one that directed the 2006 version was Yuji Yamaguchi and according to Crunchyroll, he passed away. Studio DEEN tweeted the news but according to the site, they removed and they haven’t explained the cause of death.
Yamaguchi is well-known for only doing this 2006 anime but he also helped directed the 2010 film Unlimited Blade Works.
Crunchyroll also listed anime in which he also in worked in the following:
- 1999’s Angel Links
- 2001’s Strawberry Eggs
- 2007’s Touka Gettan
- 2014’s Z/X IGNITION
It has come to my attention that I have to bring up some really depressing news. It’s been announced by a voice actor named Marissa Lenti that the voice actor Michael Lindsay has recently passed away. He died in August 30th, 2019 and he was only 56 years old. According to some tweets, it is said that had some poor health. Michael Lindsay is well known for voicing characters in anime. He voiced Kisuke Urahara from Bleach, Kankuro from Naruto and Joe Kido from Digimon.
Talk about a bad way to start the day. I found out about this news early morning while I was working at my job. I bring some bad news that has been going on throughout social media. The animation studio building Kyoto Animation was caught on fire due to an arson attack. News have reported that the fire was started yesterday, July 17th, and it was caused by an arson who poured out gasoline on the building. According to the police, the arson was described as a man in his 40s. Currently, he is apprehended and the police will look further details to confirm if he really did create the fire. According to Anime News Network, there were about 70 people inside the burning building and about 33 people have died.
The news is still updating and I am going to leave all these sources I found so you can stay plugged in.
Kyoto Animation is well known for creating anime such as Clannad, Violet Evergarden, Angel Beats, A Silent Voice and Free! If you want to help out with Kyoto Animation, Sentai Filmworks (English Anime company) has partned with GoFundMe to collect donations to help this company
Crunchyroll is also helping the cause by allowing fans to write a message to Kyoto Animations. You can send a kind message to help lift the spirits for the company and you have the opportunity to upload a picture or fanart of KyoAni anime.
Crunchyroll Share Message
May God be with everyone
Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome back partners for another fun filled Friday! Before we begin, I will tell you some quick news! Last week was a hot week for video game news because of E3 and I hope you guys are taking it easy this week. I hope you saved enough money for the next big convention, Anime Expo! Anime Expo will be from 4th of July to July 7th and it will be in LA, California. In other news, if you enjoyed Marvel Avengers: Endgame way back in April, you can catch it again next Friday. MCU president Kevin Fiege announced that Endgame will be back in theaters next Friday and it will deleted scenes and a post credits scene. This is a good time to watch this movie again and help dethrone the biggest movie blockbuster Avatar. Last but not least, we have two movies that involves with toys. We have the return of the toy serial killer named Chucky in this reboot movie called Child’s Play. In this movie, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill will be voicing the doll Chucky and killing people. The second movie is the return of Toy Story. In Toy Story 4, Woody and Buzz and the rest of the group returns for another adventure and Woody’s love Bo Peep is back in action. If that wasn’t enough to excite you, Keanu Reeves will be in this movie as a toy character!
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With all this said, let’s up the weekend!
Here are some Toy Story videos:
Let’s all partners, I hope you enjoy this weekend. Stay cool and hydrated and give summer a warm welcome. If you want to get hit by the feels, check out the ending of Toy Story 3 down below in Read More:
Sad news for Lupin the 3rd or Lupin III fans, it’s been reported by news site that the manga of the Lupin III manga Monkey Punch (real name is Kazuhiko Katou) passed away on April 11th. The cause of death was pneumonia and he was the age of 81.
Kazuhiko Katou was born Hamanakka, Hokkaido, Japan on May 26, 1937 and he began his manga career in 1965. His first manga published was Playboy School. He created the manga Lupin III in 1967 and the series got into anime format in 1971. Lupin has appeared in many movies, TV anime episodes and specials, spinoffs, and live action movies.
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If you thought losing Stan Lee was awful, I got some unfortunate news I recently heard from Twitter. According to the official Nickelodeon Twitter, it’s been announced that Stephen Hillenburg has died. If you don’t know who is Stephen Hillenburg, he is the creator of the late 90s cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.
According to Variety, the cause of death was ASL. At the ALSA.org site, ASL, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It was announced a while back that Stephen was diagnosed by ASL in March of 2017. Now that he is gone, it’s unknown what’s going to happen with the SpongeBob cartoons and how is this going to affect Nick. SpongeBob SquarePants first premiered in May 1st, 1999. In 1993 to 1996, he wrote and directed the cartoon series Rocko’s Modern Life. SpongeBob has been getting a lot popularity from old and new fans. It’s around now season 11 and even has two movies.
SpongeBob SquarePants is a cartoon that I will always enjoy. I remember watching every episode and quotes. It’s part of my life and I am saddened that Stephen Hillenburg is gone. I am thankful for him for giving us something to laugh about. God Bless his friends and family.