Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away At 57


Hiromi Tsuru, best known for her role as Bulma in the popular Dragon Ball series (who she has been voicing since 1986), has unfortunately passed away at the not so ripe old age of 57, ending the chapter of yet another legendary seiyuu.

Found unconscious in her car on the metropolitan expressway in central Tokyo, Hiromi Tsuru was deftly brought to a hospital but was unfortunately pronounced dead; her seat belt had been fastened and police say there was no sign of an accident – further investigations are being conducted, but it is assumed that she may have succumbed to some form of illness.

Even the western Dragon Ball fanbase has grieved over the esteemed woman’s passing:

“Apparently this is the last thing she said in super: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RoGOBSYW6I”

“Telling the whole team ‘good luck’ and then saying ‘we’re counting on you’ as they continue on and she stays behind… it’s sad, but also really beautiful. What better last line could you ask for?”

“Awe man. I love Bulma. That’s really sad to hear.”

“Oh god this is so sad, she was only 57 way too young to go.”

“I just caught up with Super and it makes me even sadder to see her go.”

“Damn this is really tragic. We lost a great VA today.”

“Vegeta is gonna be pissed. RIP this world after hes done with it… ”

“It will feel different and sad not having the same Bulma voice in Super after this arc ends… Rest in peace Hiromi.”


“Hope she lived a fulfilling life.”

“So will they retire the character as a sign of respect?”

“She’ll forever go down as a piece of anime history.”

“Someone go find the Dragon Balls.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 17/11/2017 # ! Good (+0.8)

    May she rest in peace poor women 57 even at that age it to early for her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 17/11/2017 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    I see most family members die somewhere from age 56 to 60.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 18/11/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    56 to 60? Sorry, you must live in terrible conditions, i live in Argentina and my family members, from parental and maternal sides, rarely pass out before 85. I know that my country is third world but having a nice economical position does wonders to life expectancy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you know Argentina is not a 3rd world country, right? Its actually a struggling middle economic power. 3rd world would be places like Africa.
    But nevermind that, RIP Hiromi Tsuru.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    05:45 19/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don`t count Argentina as 3rd world country. Economics are not in best shape, but Argentina has had prosperous periods, and will have in future too. Every country has had it`s different times in history.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 30/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Argentina is a piece of shit, just watch the Top Gear episode, should tell you all you need to know.

    But yes, this is too early.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:29 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    My grandparents are all still alive and rather healthy in their mid-80s. Nearly all of their parents lived into their 90s. to me 57 definitely is young

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    how are you accessing the internet from the 1800's?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:02 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    japan has a lot of centenarian women(probably due to ww2). they tend to live very long lives so 57 is young enough that i would call early.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Eating too much bacon does that to you...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    not just bacon, any misnutrition can kill you at a young age, she was barely old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    After 70 for me. 56 to 60 if from some kind of illness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:34 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes most were from some kind of illness.
    Well father was schizophrenic and he drinked alcohol all the time it was ICV that killed him,but i rather suspect that going into the hospital is almost like certain death many times.
    Mothers cousins had an unique illness that just makes them stop breathing and their lungs stop working they didn't identify why this happens after years.
    Then another fathers friend died in the same age range,don't know why.
    It's true that all my grandparents lived longer though.But lately in slovenia i hear many people die around age 56 to 60.

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    Comment by Riiku
    15:34 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol to all the scum who downvoted this anon. Thank heavens you were born in a good country and not somewhere like Russia where rarely anyone lives past 60, they die of heart diseases and cancer.

    You lucky bastards, and you have the balls to bitch about life?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese women as far as I know have longer life expectancy tho...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by MARl0
    21:57 17/11/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Damn, may she rest in peace. My heart goes out to her family, friends, and to her many fans throughout the world. :(

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    Comment by No Name
    23:29 17/11/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Dominion (Tank Police) - Leona, Kimagure Orange Road - Madoka!, Ranma 1/2 - Ukyo, Golden Boy - President. This shows got me into anime back in 90s. May you rest in peace Hiromi-san. I'm gonna drink tonight.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    05:54 19/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    She did voices of many great characters, specially in late eighties to nineties. Some good roles in this milennium too. I began to watch anime in 1986.

    Madoka and Ukyo belongs to my biggest favourites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is indeed heartbreaking, but confirms even more on how short our lives really are despite our age and health

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She was just found dead in her car? What the hell..

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The autopsy released says she died of a ruptured aorta.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 20/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goddamit Kira!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That reminds me; didn't Akira Toriyama say that he would cancel Dragon Ball Super if one of the voice actors died? Well, aside from Goku, Bulma was the first Dragon Ball character we ever heard speak... heck, she was pretty much the one who got the plot started in the first place... and now her voice is no longer among us... I dunno about you guys, but I kinda feel it's just right that the journey and search for the Dragon Balls ends with this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It must end, her voice was really too good to be with us much more, she will never be forgotten.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The saddest part is they can't just kill Bulma off-screen, because DBS is set before DBZ's epilogue (where she is still alive). They HAVE to replace her actress.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And for those who watched One Piece too, she was also Shakky.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Krillin: "Bulma! Do not do ANYTHING.. for this entire trip!"

    Bulma: *nods*

    - "Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged ep.2"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She's also well-known for voicing Ukyo in Ranma, Madoka in Kimagure Orange ROad, Naomi Hunter in Metal Gear Solid.

    Also voiced Eliza in the Street Fighter 2 movie, Julia Chang in Tekken 3/Tag Tournament, and Chris Lanebecker in Overblood 2 (not listed on Wikipedia for some reason).

    Japanese articles are reporting her as the voice of Dokin-chan in Anpanman, so I guess that's her most well-known role over there.

    She always had a recognizable voice. Rest in peace.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I love Ukyo and Naomi Hunter, this article brings nothing but tears, very painful ones to me, we are losing too much with her death.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She will be missed. This makes me think in Megumi Hayashibara, if she dies before i die i'm gonna cry so much, i love that woman.

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    Comment by Mochi
    21:33 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Terribly upsetting to hear about this...RIP Hiromi Tsuru

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She died of an aortic dissection whilst driving according to more current information.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for the update. Was wondering what happened.

    According to Wiki (which is no way a reliable source):
    Aortic dissection is more common in those with a history of high blood pressure, a number of connective tissue diseases that affect blood vessel wall strength such as Marfan syndrome, a bicuspid aortic valve, and previous heart surgery. Major trauma, smoking, cocaine use, pregnancy, a thoracic aortic aneurysm, inflammation of arteries, and abnormal lipid levels are also associated with an increased risk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wikipedia can be unreliable on many things, but I'm fairly certain that specific medical knowledge like this should be reliable enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    First Tomoko Kawakami, now her. SAD.

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    Comment by Sid Vicious
    22:29 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is just too sad... :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    God damn...there goes another one. R.I.P.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 19/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Weird. Could it be carbon monoxide poisoning? Maybe she committed suicide and the police aren’t talking?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well we could be killed by crossing a street every day. Death is our best friend. Always at our side. We shouldn't forget that.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    05:39 19/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad news. I have loved her voice work in many animes. Her passing away is too soon.

    I am sad, very sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 19/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bulma was the first anime girl to give me an erection. Rest in peace, Hiromi Tsuru.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I chuj jej w dupe

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 17/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I am more used to her Western counterpart, it's sad that such a long time VA of beloved character just drops dead out of nowhere.
    And 57 is way to early. Hell, Scrooge McDucks VA voiced him until he died in his 90's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Goku's VA is over 80

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Condolences to her friends and family. May she rest in peace.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really hope they dont make a shitty filler episode because of this, the arc is already slow as balls as it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 18/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    why i am crying

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