Comedian/Voice Actor Yakkun Sakurazuka/Yasuo Saitou Passes Away
posted on 2013-10-05 11:30 EDT by Egan Loo
Yasuo Saitou, the 37-year-old comedian and voice actor known by his stage name Yakkun Sakurazuka, and 55-year-old Tokorozawa City resident Kōtarō Sunamori died in a traffic accident on Saturday. At about 4:50 p.m., a mini-van carrying five men struck the median strip of the Chūgoku Expressway in Mine, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Saitou and Sunamori were thrown from the vehicle and struck by traffic.
Two of the other men in the car suffered minor injuries. According to the Yamaguchi police, Saitou was travelling to a concert in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Saitou rose to popularity by cross-dressing as the character Sukeban Kyōko in a sailor uniform with a shinai (practice bamboo sword). He later voiced several characters in anime, such as the major roles of Takuto Kira in Full Moon o Sagashite and Ryōsuke Sakakura in Zettai Shonen.
His other roles include Raiden Hijikata in Inazuma Eleven, Aqua in Jewelpet Twinkle, Pins in Metal Fight Beyblade: Baku (Beyblade: Metal Masters), Ken Kamaguruma in Eyeshield 21, Mickey in Rainbow - Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin, Leon in Porfy no Nagai Tabi, Yusa Kamijō in Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo, and Satan Onizuka in Detective Conan.
Thanks to GokuMew2 for the news tip