Tomoko Kawakami

Rest in peace, you've reached your goal

Rest in peace — you’ve reached the goal

Being busy and not keep­ing up with ani­me news as much as I should have last year, I have only recent­ly dis­cov­ered that the tal­ent­ed Tomoko Kawaka­mi, voice actress for var­i­ous types of char­ac­ters such as Chiriko from Fushi­gi Yuu­gi, Hikaru from Hikaru no Go, and Mis­uzu from Air, passed away exact­ly one year ago — the same day as when I found out — June 9th.

Already being down in the dumps as it is, find­ing out about this deeply sad­dened me. She had a real­ly wide range of voic­es — but when she voiced gen­tle char­ac­ters like Mis­uzu, she sound­ed more gen­tle than any­thing. Per­fect exam­ple of an actor who could bring a char­ac­ter to life.

It’s as if it was a sooth­ing lul­la­by from the oth­er side. It’s been a year now, but rest in peace, Kawaka­mi-san.

4 thoughts on “Tomoko Kawakami

  1. oh man. she’s dead. that’s sad, i am a huge fan of her when she voiced Ai Mori of Law of Ueki.
    you’re right. super tal­ent­ed.

  2. @TPAB: Yeah, she did an awe­some job as Ai Mori — very ener­getic. What I liked about Kawaka­mi-san was that she was rarely ever type­cast­ed. She had tal­ent and tons of ver­sa­til­i­ty, and the stu­dios uti­lized it. Very sad to find out that she’s no longer with us. ):

  3. Thanks for the quick memo­r­i­al.

    Her pic­ture on Ani­me­News­Net­work was instant­ly rec­og­niz­able to me. I remem­ber her role in Ute­na. I total­ly for­got that she passed away.

    FWIW, I am cur­rent­ly down in the dumps (just found out that a very good friend of mine passed away). For some rea­son, see­ing her page on Ani­me­News­Net­work was a good thing for me to reflect on. Dit­to for the link.

  4. @Mar­cosV: I kind of know what you mean. Going back and lis­ten­ing to some her voice clips and songs brought up a rather sad feel­ing, but it also brought me back from one of my depres­sive episodes at the same time — kind of makes a per­son hap­py to be alive. It’s kind of an ethe­re­al feel­ing, espe­cial­ly since the tim­ing was per­fect.

    Sor­ry to hear that your friend passed away. I wish you the best, man. Also, may that friend also rest in peace.

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