The anime world lost another major talent with the news of actor Toshiya Ueda’s passing earlier this month, with the actor providing voices for some major characters throughout the medium while also lending his talents to Japanese versions of American animated films. With people like The Promised Neverland and One Piece giving him some of his biggest roles, the 88-year-old, at the time of his death, also provided the voice of Owl for a number of Disney games and movies, including the likes of The Pooh Book, Piglet’s Big Movie and Kingdom Hearts 2 to name a few.
In the long and very popular Shonen series of A play, Ueda played the role of Nefetari Cobra, the twelfth king of the Kingdom of Arabasta and father of Vivi, a character who has deep ties to Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Last seen during the level arc, Nefatari played no role during the Wano arc or the war that broke out between the Straw Hats and the Beast Pirates.
Another role he brought to life recently was the older demon known as Vylk, who first appeared in the second season of The promised never-never land. The Elder Demon played an important role in brokering a truce between the humans and the demon before the series ended with the season two finale, informing the rest of his kind that they could use another source of food than children. While the anime is finished, Amazon is working on a live-action adaptation for the East, with Japan having recently released a live-action movie as well.
Ueda himself has provided voiceovers for animated projects since the 1970s, having been part of series such as Lupine The 3rd, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers, Pokemon, Sailor Moonand much more.
The talent agency that represented Toshiya Ueda had this to say regarding the actor’s passing:
“Our actor Toshiya Ueda Reiwa passed away at the age of 88 on February 8, 4. The funeral ceremony was held only by relatives at the wishes of the bereaved family. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your kindness during your lifetime. .”
Our thoughts are with Toshiya Ueda’s loved ones during this difficult time.