Tomoko Kawakami

Tomoko Kawakami (川上 とも子, Kawakami Tomoko, April 25, 1970 – June 9, 2011) was a Japanese voice actress.[1] Having graduated from the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, she was affiliated with Production Baobab at the time of her death.

Tomoko Kawakami
川上 とも子
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Rinko Kawakami

(1970-04-25)April 25, 1970
Tokyo, Japan
DiedJune 9, 2011(2011-06-09) (aged 41)
Tokyo, Japan
OccupationVoice actress
Years active1994–2010
EmployerProduction Baobab
Notable work


Kawakami debuted in 1994 as a role of a boy in Metal Fighter Miku. Her first regular performance was in 1995 as Chiriko in Fushigi Yuugi. Two years after, she landed her first starring voice role as Utena Tenjou in Revolutionary Girl Utena. Aside from Chiriko and Utena, her famous roles are in Air (Misuzu Kamio), Bleach (Soifon), Chrono Crusade (Rosette Christopher), Hikaru no Go (Hikaru Shindo), Sgt. Frog (Fuyuki Hinata) and Ape Escape (Natsumi).

Kawakami provided voices for young boys, girls and comical characters. The best-known genre of her roles are tomboyish characters (Soifon, Utena Tenjou). With such a powerful voice, she was often affiliated in paranormal and yuri-themed anime. She also made her name voicing the heroine in the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series, based from the Neoromance game with the same title produced by Koei in 2000.

Illness and deathEdit

In August 2008, Kawakami was diagnosed with ovarian cancer,[2] which required surgery. During a three-year battle with cancer, most of her ongoing roles were replaced by other voice actresses, although Kawakami was able to do some voice work.[3] She died on June 9, 2011 at the age of 41.[4]


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  1. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. "Kawakami Tomoko". Seiyuu Database. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  2. ^ 声優の川上とも子さんが卵巣がんで死去 『ヒカルの碁』主人公役 [Voice actress Tomoko Kawakami passes away from ovarian cancer, known for the lead role in Hikaru no Go]. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Oricon. June 10, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Masutō, Tatsuya (March 5, 2009). 佐藤順一総監督 ロング・インタビュー [Long Interview with Junichi Sato, the General Director]. Kinema Junpo (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Kinema-Junpo. 1528 (March 2009): 140.
  4. ^ "Utena Voice Actress Tomoko Kawakami Passes Away". Anime News Network. June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Legend of Dragoon (1999)(VG)". IMDb. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "ブルークラッシュ". Star Channel. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "アトランティスのこころ". Star Channel. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "ジュマンジ". Star Channel. Retrieved July 4, 2019.


  • Nakagami, Yoshikatsu. "The Official Art of AIR" (October 2007), Newtype USA. pgs. 135–41

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