The absence of Takahiro Sakurai on the anime stage generates uncertainty among fans
The upcoming Jump Festa 2023 event announced that the voice actor Takahiro Sakurai, who plays Suguru Geto in the anime, will not appear on the Jujutsu Kaisen stage. programmed for day 1 of the event, December 17.
The revised list of panel members on the official Jump Festa website now confirms that only three other voice actors will appear at the event: Junya Enoki, who voices the series’ protagonist, Yuji Itadori; Yuichi Nakamura, who voices Satoru Gojo, and Nobunaga Shimazaki, who plays Mahito.
The notice does not provide any specific reason to cancel the actor’s appearance at the Super Stage panel, merely apologizing to fans for the inconvenience caused by this sudden revision. But heTakahiro Sakurai’s sudden absence from the event could have some connection to his involvement in a recent scandal, accusing him of having an extramarital affair.
Just in September 2022, Sakurai admitted that he was married to a former voice actress for the past 20 years. News about Sakurai’s affair broke in October 2022, when it was revealed that had been in an extramarital affair with a female writer on his radio show for the past 10 yearsand the two even intended to marry.
“This time, I have caused problems for everyone with my inappropriate behavior. I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” he said in a release. “This incident is the result of my irresponsible behavior, and my actions are not condoned in any way, and I am deeply sorry for betraying everyone’s trust. I will deeply reflect on my actions and do my best to restore the trust I have.”
Nevertheless, the writer claimed that she did not know Sakurai was married until a report was published in Shukan Bunshun in September.
Suguru Geto features heavily in both arcs that Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 will adapt. and Sakurai’s sudden absence from the Jump Festa 2023 panel could be an indication of his departure from the series.
A lots of fans doubt if another actor will be able to embody the character of Suguru Geto as well as Sakurai has done so farwhile other viewers admit that it would be awkward for someone else to play such a popular character, after learning of this scandal.
Takahiro Sakurai is known for playing Giyu Tomioka in Kimetsu no Yaiba, Arataka Reigen in Mob Psycho 100, Rohan Kishibe in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and more. He currently plays Tsubame Onotsu in the Urusei Yatsura reboot and reprises his role as Reigen in Mob Psycho 100 III.
The second season of Jujutsu Kaisen is expected to start broadcasting in 2023 with two consecutive courses.