You might have heard her voice from a recent anime, Shimoneta, as Anna Nishikinomiya, who is known as “love-nectar” in the anime.
Unfortunately, the voice actress behind Anna, Miyu Matsuki, has passed away peacefully on 27 October due to an illness. She was aged 38, according to an announcement made by talent agency 81 Produce made on Monday.
Matsuki had announced earlier in July that she would be taking a hiatus from her career to focus on recovering from her acute pneumonia which required immediate treatment for her condition. She also mentioned that she had a fever since the start of the year that would not recede and found out about her condition after regular visits to the hospital for check-ups.
GA Bunko announced in May that Matsuki was slated to play Charlotte Dimandias for the upcoming anime adaptation Jun Misaki‘s light novel series, Hundred. The anime’s premiere date has yet to be announced.
Her last blog post was made on September 14, celebrating her “unforgettable birthday” on that day. Her last public comment made was finding someone to marry if her sickness was cured.
Besides Anna Nishikinomiya from Shimoneta, Matsuki was also known for some of her voice acting roles as Kū-ko in Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, Isumi Saginomiya in Hayate the Combat Butler, Magical Sapphire in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. She also performed theme songs for Love Love? and Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! with other fellow seiyuu.
Matsuki has also served as a radio hostess to one of the anime world’s most iconic radio shows – Cherry Bell – alongside Takahiro Sakurai and Kenichi Suzumura. While Sakurai’s hiatus from the show in 2006 was merely temporary, Matsuki’s absence will definitely be strongly felt by longtime fans of the radio show and her fellow seiyuu which had been running since 2003.
Rest in peace, Miyu Matsuki. You will be missed.