Evangelion and Hellsing voice actor Motomu Kiyokawa has been confirmed dead at the age of 87. Has his cause of death been revealed? Has any other information been made available to fans of this iconic voice actor?
Evangelion and Hellsing: Motomu Kiyokawadead at 87
According to Anime News Network, voice actor Motomu Kiyokawa was confirmed dead at the age of 87 by Haikyō talent agency. The talent agency revealed Motomu’s cause of death was pneumonia on August 17th. Loved ones of the voice after opted to have a private funeral to say goodbye.
Per IMDb, the late voice after was born on April 9, 1935, in Tokyo, Japan. In his 20’s, he joined up with the Haiyuza Theatre Company. He proceeded to sign on with the Haikyō talent agency in 1968. With a little over 100 credits to his name, he worked as both a voice actor and a stage actor.
Rest in peace, Motomu Kiyokawa.
I absolutely adored his performance as Walter and Valkenhayn. pic.twitter.com/jvo0sFFRnk
— Mister Butterfly (@Rainbowbutx) August 22, 2022
What He Was Best Known For
Motomu Kiyokawa was an incredible voice actor. He was best known for voicing the character of Kozo Fuyutsuki. He voiced the character for the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. He also voiced the same character in the films Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion. He even reprised his role as Kozo for several additional movies.
Motomu does have a lot of other memorable roles on his resume including Walter in Hellsing, Tippy in Is the Order a Rabbit?, Tem Rey in Mobile Suit Gundam, Isamu Kihara in A Lull in the Sea, and Norman Burg in The Big O.
Rest In Peace Motomu Kiyokawa.
He passed away on August 17th of pneumonia at the age of 87. pic.twitter.com/iFFs4W7ZpI
— The Cartoon Cipher (@CartoonCipher) August 22, 2022
Anime Fans Pay Tribute, Mourn Motomu Kiyokawa
News of Motomu Kiyokawa’s death broke about four hours ago. Some fans noted that given his age, this is something they had been bracing themselves for a while. Beautiful tributes to the actor poured in as fans opened up about their favorite characters the actor played over the year. Here’s what some fans had to say:
- “I absolutely adored his performance as Walter and Valkenhayn.”
- “This hits me really hard. Valkenhayn is one of my favorite characters of all time and a massive part of why is Motomu Kiyokawa’s amazing voice and portrayal of him.”
- “Motomu Kiyokawa wasn’t young, but was still very ative on the VA scene. Will be missed. My favorite roles from him got to be his Nodame one and Tippy. RIP”
LRT> We lost another one 😢
Motomu Kiyokawa (for us CCS fans was Wei Wang's voice actor) passed away on August 17th.
He voiced other important roles like Fuyutsuki in Evangelion, and he was 87 years old.
He returned to voice Wei even in the Clear Card anime. pic.twitter.com/cJfiE00aF4
— Cinzia🌸チンツィア🌟🐺🌸🕰️🌾🌟手を止めちゃダメだ、海渡 (@sakurachan84) August 22, 2022
What was your favorite character this voice actor brought to life?
Rest in peace, Motomu Kiyokawa.
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