Today the talent agency 81 Produce has made the announcement that seiyuu and singer Miyu Matsuki passed away on October 27th. Matsuki had said in July that she would be focusing on treating her pneumonia, which surfaced as a persistent fever at the start of the year, and so would not be returning to work for some time. But, at age 38, she sadly succumbed to the illness.
Light novel publisher GA Bunko stated in May that Matsuki was cast as Charlotte Diamandias in the anime adaptation of Hundred, a light novel series under their label and written by Jun Misaki. As yet, there have been no more details released about the format or premiere date of the anime.
Remembered as Isumi Saginomiya in Hayate the Combat Butler (featured image), Magical Sapphire in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (below), and more recently as Anna Ninomiya in SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist, she also gave her voice to Kū-ko in Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, as well as the series’ first opening theme ‘Taiyō Iwaku Moeyo Kaosu’ (‘The Sun Says “Burn, Chaos”’).
Since the news broke, Matsuki’s friends and fellows in the anime industry, including Yui Sakakibara, Madoka Yonezawa and Satomi Akesaka among others, have been sharing their shock and grief on Twitter.
Yui Sakakibara: “It’s finally been announced… I still can’t believe we won’t ever meet again. The many memories I had with Miyumiyu throughout these many years are living preciously in my heart. She tried so hard. I’ve been crying since the day I found out what happened, but I’m still so sad that I can’t say anything.”
Madoka Yonezawa: “Matsuki-san was my beloved senpai… I’m really, really sad…”
Satomi Akesaka: “I loved Cherry Bell… I wish her peace in the after life.”