Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy Voice Actor Keiji Fujiwara Has Died

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Keiji Fujiwara was a veteran voice actor with an impressive resume in anime and Japanese games. Today, it was announced that he has passed away at the age of 55. His talent agency announced that Fujiwara died from cancer.

As Oricon reports, Fujiwara had taken a break from voice acting from August 2016 to June 2017 to undergo treatment.

Perhaps Fujiwara’s most famous role was Hiroshi, the father in Crayon Shin-chan who he voiced until 2016. Other notable roles include the Japanese language voices for Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series, Ardyn in Final Fantasy XV, and Reno in Final Fantasy VII Remake. You can see his list of credits here.


Fujiwara was an incredible talent. May he rest in peace.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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