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Voice Actress Reiko Seno Passes Away At Age 84

Farewell, Spoon Oba-san. May you find peace in your travels to the next world.

The Asahi Shimbun reports that voice actress Reiko Seno (Reiko Tamaki) passed away on August 8. She was 84. A small family-only funeral was held for the actress, though specific details are unknown.

Seno is best known for playing the titular character in classic anime series Spoon Oba-san, which ran from 1983 through 1984. Other notable roles include Noe’s Grandmother in True Tears, Akko’s mother in Himitsu no Akko-chan, and unspecified parts in Panda! Go Panda!.

Outside of anime, Seno voiced Lucy Ricardo in the Japanese dub of I Love Lucy, and she performed as part of the Theatre Echo stage troupe.

We at Anime Herald offer our sincere condolences to Seno-san’s family and friends.

Source: Asahi Shimbun

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