Tomoko Kawakami (川上 とも子 Kawakami Tomoko?) (Born April 25, 1970 - June 9, 2011) was a female seiyū from Tokyo, Japan. Having graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Kawakami was affiliated with Production Baobab until her death.

Career

Kawakami debuted in 1994 as a role of a boy in Metal Fighter Miku. Her first regular performance was in 1995 as Chiriko in Fushigi Yuugi. Two years after, she landed her first starring voice role as Utena Tenjou in Revolutionary Girl Utena. Aside from Chiriko and Utena, her famous roles are in Air (Misuzu Kamio), Bleach (Soifon), Chrono Crusade (Rosette Christopher), Hikaru no Go (Hikaru Shindou) and Sgt. Frog (Fuyuki Hinata).

A versatile seiyu, Kawakami was capable of providing voice for a wide range of characters from young boys (Hikaru Shindo, Fuyuki Hinata, Chiriko), cute girls (Sugar, Misuzu Kamio, Sayuri Kurata) and comical characters (Ai Mori, Pirika). But the most known genre of her roles are tomboyish characters (Soifon, Utena Tenjou). With such a powerful voice, she was often affiliated in paranormal and shoujo-ai-themed anime. She also made her name voicing the heroine in the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series, based from the Neoromance game with the same title produced by Koei.in 1996

In August 2008, Kawakami became sick, requiring surgery. As a result, she took a 20 month sick leave, as of April 2010. During this time, most of her ongoing roles were replaced by the following seiyu:

Kawakami played some roles during her sick leave, such as Fuyuki Hinata in Keroro Gunsō the Super Movie: Crushing Invasion, Dragon Warriors[1], Amber in Darker than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini, and Elise in Nodame Cantabile: Finale.

Death

Kawakami passed away at age 41 from ovarian cancer on June 9, 2011.

Voice roles

Television animation

Lead and major characters in bold

Movies

Video Games

Character Themes

  • Fushigi Yugi Vocal Collection Memories - Chiriko
  • Akai Iitsutae (Crimson Legend)
  • P.S.; Ai te eien desu ka? (P.S.; Is Love Forever?)
  • Hikaru Mura e - Hikaru Shindo
  • Hikaru Kaze (Shining Wind)
  • Sora (Sky)
  • The Law of Ueki:The Law of Songs - Ai Mori
  • Special na Everyday (Everyday is Special)
  • Shaman King Over Vocal Collection - Mini Mongomeri
  • Arabesque Carpet

Drama CDs

  • Air - Misuzu Kamio
  • Aria The Natural Drama - Athena Glory
  • Bleach; Hanatarou's Lost Item - Soifon
  • Cardcaptor Sakura; Sweet Valentine Stories - Rika Sasaki
  • Doki Doki School Hours - Akane Kobayashi
  • Harukanaru Toki No Naka De - Akane Motomiya
  • Kagetsu no Yoi Unmei no Meikyu Shuroku Video Tsuki
  • Momoji no Mai
  • Okibi
  • Toki Fuuin
  • Tokomidori
  • Tsuki no Shizuku
  • Uzusukiyo
  • Hikaru no Go: Sorezore no Toki - Hikaru Shindo
  • JINKI: EXTEND - Elnie Tachibana
  • Kanon Anthology - Sayuri Kinata
  • Mizuse-san Chi
  • Mita Sora no Koto
  • Itsuka Mita Yume
  • Kara no Kyoukai - Shiki Ryōgi
  • The Law of Ueki - Ai Mori
  • The Law of Drama
  • The Law of Radio
  • Piano Gakusho - Yuki Matsubara
  • Saiyuki Audio Drama - Lirin
  • Tactics - Yoko
  • Tales of Destiny - Nanaly Fletch
  • ZombieLoan - Yuuta

Live Action

References

  1. Masutō, Tatsuya (March 5, 2009). "佐藤順一総監督 ロング・インタビュー" [Long Interview with Junichi Sato, the General Director]. Kinema Junpo (in Japanese) (Tokyo, Japan: Kinema-Junpo) 1528 (Latter March, 2009): 140. 
  • Nakagami, Yoshikatsu. "The Official Art of AIR". (October 2007) Newtype USA. pp. 135–141.

External links


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