Doraemon/Danganronpa Voice Actress Nobuyo Oyama Suffering From Dementia
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Actor Keisuke Sagawa reported on Wednesday that his wife, voice actress Nobuyo Oyama, is currently suffering from dementia. According to Sagawa on the TBS radio program Ōsawa Yūri no Yūyū Wide, Oyama is unable to retain short-term memory.
Sagawa stated that Oyama had begun to exhibit symptoms some time ago. Oyama suffered from cerebral infarction in 2008, but Sagawa had thought the symptoms of dementia were only the after-effects of the ailment. Currently, Oyama resides at home where she is nursed and assisted by her manager, her husband, and their housekeeper.
Sagawa said that Oyama cannot even take baths on her own anymore. She has started to realize her own illness, and sometimes makes weak-hearted remarks.
Her agency, Actors Seven, stated that she needed to get her strength back before she returned to the public and her work.
Oyama is best known for her work voicing the titular character of the Doraemon TV series and movies from 1979 to 2005, before new voice actors replaced many of the roles in the show. She also sang the "Doraemon no Uta" theme song for the show. She also voiced Kappei Jin in Muteki Chōjin Zambot 3, as well as the titular character in Hazedon. Her latest role was Monokuma in the Danganronpa series of games and its 2012 TV anime adaptation Danganronpa the Animation, for which she also sang the show's second opening theme "Monokuma Ondo."