Hiromi Tsuru

Hiromi Tsuru (鶴 ひろみ, Tsuru Hiromi, March 29, 1960 – November 16, 2017) was a Japanese actress, voice actress and narrator. During her life, she was attached to the Himawari Theatre Group as a child and then to Aoni Production at the time of her death.[1] She was most known for voicing the character of Bulma (Dragon Ball) for over 31 years. She was also known for her roles as Ukyo Kuonji (Ranma ½), Dokin-chan (Soreike! Anpanman), Madoka Ayukawa (Kimagure Orange Road), Miyuki Kashima (Miyuki), Reiko Mikami (Ghost Sweeper Mikami), Meryl Strife (Trigun), Naomi Hunter (Metal Gear series), and Oyone-baasan (Chibi Maruko-chan).

Hiromi Tsuru
鶴 ひろみ
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Born(1960-03-29)March 29, 1960
DiedNovember 16, 2017(2017-11-16) (aged 57)
Yokohama, Japan
Years active1968–2017
AgentAoni Production
Notable work
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
(m. 1986⁠–⁠1990)


Tsuru was born in Chitose, Hokkaido. In the second grade of elementary school, she joined the Himawari Theatre Group with her sister. In 1968, Tsuru auditioned for Princess Comet (TBS) and made her drama debut in episode 63 "Yokai no Mori". In 1969, she also appeared in the fourth episode "Masked Cemetery" of Horror Theater Unbalance (Fuji TV) under the direction of Eizo Yamagiwa and with the same script by Shinichi Ichikawa.

After that, she appeared on the cover of learning magazines, fashion shows for children's clothing, and television dramas such as Aya no Onna (Fuji TV). Tsuru also lent her voice to Jodie Foster in the American film Bugsy Malone aired on Sunday Western Painting Theater (TV Asahi).


After debuting as an actress, Tsuru graduated from Tsurumi High School in Kanagawa Prefecture.[2] In 1978, when she was a junior in high school, she auditioned for the World Masterpiece Theater series The Story of Perrine and made her voice acting debut in the role of the main character, Perrine Paindavoine.[3] After the airing of The Story of Perrine, she hadn't been a voice actor for two years, but in 1981 she was in charge of the cat role in Ohayō! Spank.

In 1982, after auditioning for the role of Revi in Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, she transferred from the Sunaoka office to Aoni Production in order to work on her voice in earnest. Since then, Tsuru was active as a voice actress.

Since the 1990s, the business of storytelling on variety shows and newscasts has grown, and her activities focused on it. She also appeared on stage. Tsuru worked as a storyteller until shortly before her death.

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to Keiichi Nanba from 1986 until they divorced in 1990. They had no children.


Tsuru was found unconscious in her car on the Inner Circular Route near Nihonbashi in Tokyo, was transported to a hospital, and was pronounced dead.[4][5][6] Her agency later confirmed that she died on November 16 at the age of 57 from aortic dissection.[7]



Television animationEdit


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Drama CDsEdit

  • The Origin of Mewtwo (1998 (Radio broadcast), 1999 (CD release)) (Madame Boss)





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  2. ^ "鶴見高等学校出身の有名人". みんなの高校情報 (in Japanese). Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ "鶴ひろみ - TOWER RECORDS ONLINE". tower.jp. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Voice Actress Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away at 57". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. ^ "'Dragon Ball's Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away At 57". comicbook.com. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  6. ^ アンパンマンのドキンちゃん 声優の鶴ひろみさん死亡 首都高速で意識不明の状態で発見 [Anpanman's Dokin-chan voice actor Tsuru Hiromi found dead on the Inner Circular Expressway] (in Japanese). 17 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ "声優・鶴ひろみさん死去 事務所が正式発表 運転中に大動脈解離".
  8. ^ "Hiromi TSURU - Anime News Network". www.animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  9. ^ "ペンギンズ・メモリー 幸福物語". mediaarts-db.
  10. ^ "ドン・サバティーニ[吹]". Star Channel. Retrieved October 27, 2021.

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