The anime industry has wished farewell to yet another great talent. Voice actor Tamio Ohka, perhaps best known as Section 9’s esteemed Chief Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell, passed away on December 14th, age 89. His agency Mausu Promotion made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that he was being treated for an unspecified illness.
As well as his commanding roles in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 movie opus and its sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, he gave his voice to many other respected anime such as The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Wolf Children and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. His voice acting debut came with the Kyojin no Hoshi baseball-themed series, all the way back in 1968.
Most recently, he had given a leading performance in the film planetarian: Hoshi no Ito. Voicing the titular ‘Man of the Stars’, he played an old man who goes travelling with a planetarium projector, showing people the stars in a future ravaged by nuclear warfare. We couldn’t think of a better role to send off such a stellar talent. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his loved ones.