Dragon Ball Recasts Bulma With Aya Hisakawa After Hiromi Tsuru's Passing
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Toei Animation confirmed on Thursday that Aya Hisakawa will voice the Dragon Ball character Bulma in the future, after Bulma's previous voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on November 16. Tsuru had already recorded Bulma's dialogue for the 128th episode of the Dragon Ball Super anime, which will air on Sunday, February 18. Toei Animation's announcement notes that Hisakawa will voice Bulma for the foreseeable future of the Dragon Ball franchise as a whole, and not just Dragon Ball Super.
Hisakawa voiced Chiko in episode 16 of Dragon Ball Z. Her major anime roles include Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's Lindy Harlaown, Sailor Moon's Ami Mizuno, Cardcaptor Sakura's Kerberos, and Ah! My Goddess' Skuld.
Tsuru was 57 when she passed away. Police found Tsuru unconscious with the seat belt fastened in the driver's seat of a car on an expressway in Tokyo on November 16. Tsuru's agency Aoni Production confirmed that the cause of death was aortic dissection. Tsuru's family held a private funeral.
Tsuru voiced many iconic characters in anime, including Bulma from Dragon Ball, Dokin-chan in Soreike! Anpanman, Madoka Ayukawa in Kimagure Orange Road, Ukyo Kuonji in Ranma ½, Sachiko Nishio in Touch, Asuna Kujo in Maison Ikkoku, Meryl Strife in Trigun, Mikami in Ghost Sweeper Mikami, and Kiddy Phenil in Silent Möbius. She also provided the Japanese voice for the character Trinity in The Animatrix shorts. In video games, she is most well known for the voice of Naomi Hunter in the Metal Gear Solid series, Julia Chang in the Tekken series, and Anne in Bravely Second: End Layer.
Source: Comic Natalie