Maes Hughes Instruct Actor Keiji Fujiwara Passes Away at 55

Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist

Instruct performing agency, AIR AGENCY, presented on April 16 that the manual director and founder, Keiji Fujiwara, handed away on April 12 on account of most cancers. Fujiwara used to be a noted and loads-cherished negate actor, with a profession spanning 30 years and voicing iconic roles similar to Maes Hughes in both Fullmetal Alchemist anime assortment and movies, Captain Hannes in Attack on Titan, Hiroshi Nohara in Crayon Shin-chan, and the negate of Tony Stark/Iron Man within the Jap dub of the Wonder Cinematic Universe.

Keiji Fujiwara

In 2016, AIR AGENCY, which used to be based mostly by Keiji Fujiwara in 2006, presented that Fujiwara used to be occurring hiatus on account of an illness, with out specifying what the illness used to be. The agency presented at present that Fujiwara used to be „combating off most cancers,“ of which he succumbed to. He used to be 55 years broken-down. 

His family held a non-public and puny funeral for Fujiwara, and the negate agency has asked for followers to now not send any vegetation to the studio at the present.

Hiroshi Nohara (Crayon Shin-chan)

Hiroshi Nohara (Crayon Shin-chan)

Keiji Fujiwara started within the anime industry within the ’90s, when he joined Ken Production, a negate performing agency, which landed him his breakout role as Hiroshi Nohara in Crayon Shin-chan. Sooner than that within the 1980s, he trained at an performing school in Tokyo and performed with many theater troupes around the city. All the design via the final decade, Fujiwara went on to negate characters in Cell Plug smartly with Victory GundamRurouni KenshinThe Imaginative and prescient of Escaflowne, and a great deal of extra.

In the 2000s, Fujiwara voiced many traditional characters that became half of anime history, in assortment similar to Hikaru no Plug, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Loss of life Fresh, Baccano!Eureka Seven, NarutoGintamaNodame CantabileFairy Tail, and a great deal of extra. Fujiwara left Ken Production in 2006 and opened his dangle negate performing agency, AIR AGENCY, which helped him land the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man within the total Wonder productions, including the video games, anime assortment, and dubbing over Robert Downey Jr. for a Jap viewers, including in Avengers: Endgame.

In 2016, Fujiwara stepped relief from a fleshy-time negate performing load in his fight in opposition to most cancers, retiring the negate of Hiroshi Nohara in Crayon Shin-chan. From then on he mainly voiced bit aspects in assortment similar to Dr. STONE, One Piece, and Closing Fantasy video games. He persisted to negate the roles he had executed within the previous in sequels and scamper-offs.

Reno (Final Fantasy VII Remake)

Reno (Closing Fantasy VII Remake)

Fujiwara’s closing credited role before passing used to be reprising the role of Reno in Closing Fantasy VII Remake after enjoying the personality since Closing Fantasy VII Advent Kids.

Source: AIR AGENCY web position by strategy of Oricon


Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He furthermore runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff known as TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts shots of his travels on Instagram.

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