Voice Actress, Singer Tomo Sakurai Returns from Retirement
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Voice actress and singer Tomo Sakurai announced on Twitter on Friday that two years and nine months after her retirement, she is returning to the entertainment industry. She stated she is also going to be active on Twitter and Instagram. Sakurai has also already voiced roles in the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato film (as Mumei's mother) and the Fafner THE BEYOND film (as Anira).
In her retirement announcement in September 2016, she stated that it has become more difficult for her to use her voice, and she decided to retire for that reason.
Sakurai has voiced such roles in anime as Mylene Flare Jenius in the various Macross 7 anime projects, Misao Makimachi in Rurouni Kenshin, Shayla-Shayla in El Hazard - The Magnificent World, Meimi Haneoka in Saint Tail, and Hinowa in Gintama.
She has also voiced roles in such anime as Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (Sulia Gaudeamus), Lil' Red Riding Hood Cha-Cha (Marin), Shakugan no Shana (Chigusa Sakai), and Gall Force: The Revolution (Patty). Her more recent roles include Koushi in Ushio & Tora, and Mumei's mother in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
She has also had a career in music, performing theme songs for such anime as Lemon Angel, Super Doll Licca-chan, My-Otome, and The World God Only Knows. She sang some of the Macross songs in the persona of Mylene Flare Jenius. Over the course of her career, she has released four singles and 16 albums.
Image via Tomo Sakurai's Twitter account