A Generation of Fans Mourns the ‘Emperor of Anime Songs’
Today is a sad day for many anime and TV series fans as it has been announced that Ichiro Mizuki has passed away.
According to the press release shared via Mizuki-san’s official Twitter account, he passed away on December 6 from lung cancer, which was diagnosed at the end of April. He was 74 years old.
Since then, he had been in and out of hospitals to undergo radiation therapy and despite the severity of his condition, he worked hard throughout treatment to remain active until the last moment. Just a few weeks before his death, Mizuki-san appeared on Japanese TV’s Anison Days show.
Also known as “The Emperor of Anime Songs”, Ichiro Mizuki is an absolute legend for many older generation anime fans. Since his debut in 1968 he has performed the theme song of many hugely popular animes such as Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, Space Pirate Captain Harlock and many more.
In 2000, he formed the group “Jam Project” with other anime singers such as Hironobu Kageyama, Eizo Sakamoto, Masaaki Endoh and Rica Matsumoto.
Of course he also worked on video games, for example he performed the song “Robomi no Uta” for Cygames’ super-popular mobile title Granblue Fantasy.
Mizuki-san was also a teammate. He often spoke about his gaming habits, including that he spent 3,155 hours playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
As a fan who literally grew up listening to Ichiro Mizuki’s songs, I will surely miss his voice. Rest in peace, emperor.
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