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Last fall, Dragon Ball voice actress Hiromi Tsuru suddenly passed away. Recently, a memorial service was held in Tokyo.

While the funeral was private, this was an owakare-kai (お別れ会) or “farewell gathering” that was open to the public. It was a way for colleagues and fans to grieve and celebrate her life.

Sports Hochi reports that during the service, Goku’s voice actress Masako Nozawa said in a moving speech, “If you gather the seven Dragon Balls, any wish you want will be granted. But this time, they’re useless... I’m sorry.”

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The alter in the memorial service was decorated with seven Dragon Balls as well as images of Bulma and Anpanman’s Dokin-chan, beloved characters she made famous.

Over four hundred people attended the service to say their final goodbyes and thanks. Below are photos from the owakare-kai:

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