Tragic News: voice actor Unsho Ishizuka passes away

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.




Sad News: Goodbye Angel Beats?

I am sorry I didn’t bring this up sooner, life got me distracted. I have come to bring you terrible news I found out now. Another anime is being taken down because of Aniplex of America and that anime is Angel Beats. To those who don’t know, Angel Beats is based on a visual novel owned by Key in which is known for Clannad, Kanon and other titles. According from Crunchyroll and in Sentai Filmwork’s Twitter, Sentai will be distributing a coupon code for their store in which anyone who does have a copy for DVD or Blu-Ray can purchase this anime series really cheap.

Here’s the synposis:

Otonashi is a young boy living in the afterlife with no memories of his life before his death. He joins a school organization called the SSS whose mission is to fight against God.

This is not the first time an anime disappears because of situations like this. Aniplex has taken action on anime like the Fullmetal Alchemist series, Sekirei, Black Butler and other titles even from FUNimation.

Monster Strike news: English version ends in August

Announced on the official site, the app game Monster Strike will be shutting down for the English version in North America. According to the news, the XFLAG staff informs us that the reason why the game is shutting down in North America because the game was not able to reach the “satisfactory level”; the game failed to reach expectations for gamers and fans. However, the staff will be ending the game service with a “bang” with the following dates:

May 2017 – New Transcensions, a new Colossal Quest, and the Tower of Champions will be released
June 2017 – New event series will be rapidly released along with daily and new Impossible Quests
July 2017 – Plentiful login rewards, new event series, daily and new Impossible Quests will be released
July 2nd, 2017 – In-game purchases, new installs, and data recovery will be disabled
August 1st, 2017 – Servers will shutdown

The game will be removed from app stores on July 2nd and it will still be playable until August.


The Caretaker- a short, simple comic

While browsing around through the web, I came across an unusual comic in Google Images and it came from The title was called Caretaker. The artist is オイカワ but in Google Translate, it is Oikawa. You can check it the artist page here at pixiv and you can read the comic from as well. I want to share this anyone willing to take the time to read this powerful comic. Without a further ado, I present the Caretaker (I do not own any of the work and credit goes to the original owner):

Emotional Sesame Street Story told by Big Bird Puppeteer

If you thought that the story about Eiichiro Oda telling the ending of One Piece to a suffering child was sad, I found another sad tale and it’s about the children show Sesame Street. While doing a Reddit AMA to promote the documentary I am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story, a question was asked for Carol Spinney, the puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. They asks “What has been your most meaningful interaction with a child during filming? Or maybe from someone who grew up watching you and relayed a poignant story?”

Carol Spinney responds with this heart warming story:

I got a letter from a fan who said his little boy, who was 5 years old, his name was Joey, he was dying of cancer.

And he was so ill, the little boy knew he was dying.

So the man, in his letter, asked if I would call the little boy. He said the only thing that cheered him at all in his fading state was to see Big Bird on television.

So once in a while, he wouldn’t see Big Bird on some days, because he wasn’t necessarily in every show. So he asked could I telephone him, and talk to the boy, tell him what a good boy he’s been.

So I took a while to look up a phone, because this was before cell phones. And they got a long cord to bring a phone to the boy.

And I had Big Bird say “Hello! Hello Joey! It’s me, Big Bird!”

So he said “Is it really you, Big Bird?”

“Yes, it is.”

I chatted a while with him, about ten minutes, and he said “I’m glad you’re my friend Big Bird.”

And I said “I’d better let you go now.”

He said “Thank you for calling me Big Bird. You’re my friend. You make me happy.”

And it turns out that his father and mother were sitting with him when the phone call came. And he was very, very ill that day. And they called the parents in, because they weren’t sure how long he’d last.

And so his father wrote to me right away, and said “Thank you, thank you” – he hadn’t seen him smile since October, and this was in March – and when the phone was hung up, he said “Big Bird called me! He’s my friend.”

And he closed his eyes. And he passed away.

And I could see that what I say to children can be very important.

And he said “We haven’t seen our little boy smile in MONTHS. He smiled, as he passed away. It was a gift to us. Thank you.”


After reading this, My heart ached ;_;. I am glad to hear that people like Carol Spinney are able to make a child smile during these rough times. If we were all like him, then we too can help people find peace. God bless this him, this young boy and his family.

Eiichiro Oda reveals One Piece ending to child suffering from cancer.

Some of you may have heard or not, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda reveals the ending to One Piece to a child suffering from lung cancer. The young boy was Hinati Fujinami and according to JapNation AniManga, Make-A-Wish Japan eased his pain by asking what does this boy want and he said he wanted to know the ending of One Piece. Fortunately it came true, Eiichiro Oda paid a visit him and was happy to share him the secret, he was also holding back his tears. In a private room, Oda sensei told him to keep it a secret and he shares it to Hinati Fujinami. After the private conversation, Hinati Fujinami was seen smiling and crying. He states that One Piece was “Beautiful”.

This is first time hearing about this and after reading about this, I felt the feels get to me. I thank Oda sensei for making a child happy and I hope Fujinami’s family are doing okay.