Japanese singer Kouji Wada, known and beloved by Digimon fans for performing themes for the anime franchise, passed away early on Sunday, April 3rd due to cancer in his upper pharynx. He was 42, and close relatives held a private service to mourn his passing.
In 2003, a malignant tumour was discovered on Wada’s upper pharynx, which he was able to treat with chemotherapy and surgery. Having been told he had completely recovered, he went back to his singing, but then had to put his career on hold in 2011 after revealing that the cancer had re-emerged. He returned after two years in 2013, and most recently he performed the theme songs for the Digimon Adventure tri. sequel films. A remake of ‘Butter-Fly’, his theme for the 1999 Digimon Adventure, titled ‘Butter-Fly ~tri. Version~’ opened the first movie, and similarly for the second movie, he reworked his song ‘Seven’ from Digimon Adventure and released it as ‘Seven ~tri.Version~’.
Wada’s musical legacy will live on in the DigiDestined throughout the world, and even for Transformers fans who will remember his theme from the original Japanese Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Wada’s agency Solid Vox will hold a Kouji Wada Farewell Event (Wada Kouji Owakare no Kai) for his fans in Tokyo later on this month, and more details on the event will be announced on Wada’s official website soon.