Naruto Actor Kazuhiko Inoue Hospitalized, Has Appearance Cancelled

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kouichi Yamadera will take his place at Chiba event

Voice actor Kazuhiko Inoue (60) was hospitalized and diagnosed with diverticulitis in the large intestine on Friday. His hospital has prescribed one to two weeks of rest.

Inoue was scheduled to appear at the Super Sound Theater "Valkyrie ~Story From Rhine Gold~" event at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba from November 1-2, but after consulting with his doctors he had to cancel his appearance. Inoue's agency, B-Box Voice Artist Production & Entertainment, announced his cancellation with an apology on Friday. Kouichi Yamadera (Lupin III, Cowboy Bebop) will replace Inoue at the event.

Inoue has been working as a voice actor since the 1970s, lending his voice to leading roles in shows such as Space Battleship Yamato, Cyborg 009, and Candy Candy. He is also well known for more contemporary roles, such as Kakashi in Naruto and Naruto Shippūden, Hatori in Fruits Basket, and Nyanko-sensei in Natsume's Book of Friends. His numerous other voice credits include Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Gundam AGE, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Fairy Tail, Tokyo ESP, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Source: Yahoo Japan via Hachima Kikō

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