Voice Actor Kazunari Tanaka Passes Away

"Haikyu!!" actor died of brain stem hemorrhage at age 49 on October 10th

Agency Aoni Production and voice acting show Kumanoyu Ok! have announced the death of voice actor Kazunari Tanaka, who passed away suddenly of a brain stem hemorrhage at age 49 on October 10th. Tanaka voiced head Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino in 2003's hard-science sci-fi Planetes. He was also Tsutomu Rokutanda in Marmalade Boy, Shinichiro Tamaki in Code Geass, and more recently Keishin Ukai in Haikyu.

 

Tributes were offered by:

 

Kaori Nazuka (Code Geass' Nunnally)

 

Sayaka Ohara

 

Sporting equipment maker Mikasa

 

Ryotaro Okiayu, castmate on Hell Teacher Nube and Marmalade Boy

 

Toshio Furukawa

 

Tomokazu Seki

 

visual novel artist Shinji Katakura (Tanaka had a role in Green Green)

 


Planetes and Vinland Saga author Makoto Yukimura

Hell Teacher Nube author Takeshi Okano

Hiroki Matsukawa (Haikyuu's Takanobu Aone)

 

Joji Nakata

 

Masakazu Morita

Showtaro Morikubo

 

Ryoko Shiraishi

 

Megumi Ogata

 

Mark Ishii (Haikyuu!'s Lev Haiba)

 

via otakomu and nijimen

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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