Anime voice actress Sayuri Yamauchi dies at 55

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Sayuri Yamauchi

Sayuri Yamauchi

Voice actress Sayuri Yamauchi, credited by her first name in the anime in which she was heard, died Wednesday of cancer, voice actor Nobuyuki Kobushi and The Simpsons Fan Club of Japan reported. She was 55.

Yamauchi voiced Itchy and Maude Flanders on the Japanese dub of The Simpsons, portraying Itchy once again in The Simpsons Movie (2007).

Formerly affiliated with Kyu Production, she was affiliated with the Production Agumi agency at the time of her death.

Born on May 28, 1956, Yamauchi was a Tokyo resident.

Among her many roles were Lady Une in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing; Nanako Ohara in Crayon Shin-chan; Ikumi Kaidō, Ai Amami/Tenkai, Alma and Primarda in GaoGaiGar: King of Braves, and “Twilight” Suzuka in Outlaw Star.

Other anime series included Argento Soma (as Lana Ines), Babel II – Beyond Infinity (Ulu), Big O (Vera Ronstadt), Brave King GaoGaiGar Final Grand Glorious Gathering (Ai Amami, Ikumi Kaidô and Palus Abel), Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier (Cyborg 0012), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Satera), Ganbarist! Shun (Shun’s Mother), Juu Senshi Garukiba (Dah Yun and Naoki Hiura), Legendary Brave Da Garn (Hikaru Kousaka), Reideen (Ringo Saiga), Rune Soldier (Jenny), Shaman King (Maia), Twelve Kingdoms (Bishin) and Wolverine (Miyuki).

Yamauchi provided the voice of Renee Montoya in the Japanese-language dubs of Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. She also was Zarana in G.I. Joe The Movie.

Production Agumi is handling inquiries about her funeral services.

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