the japanese portal myjitsu shared an article noting that fans of the franchise of Kimetsu no Yaiba have begun to wonder if the voice actor takahiro sakurai will continue to play the character Giyu Tomiokaconsidering that he is currently going through a strong infidelity scandal in Japan.
«Last February 8th was the birthday of Giyu Tomioka, a popular character from the “Kimetsu no Yaiba” franchise. Social media was inundated with comments from fans celebrating his day, but some began to speculate that his voice actor will be replaced. On said date, the production published a special video to celebrate Giyu Tomioka’s birthday, through the official YouTube channel of Weekly Shonen Jump.».
«Additionally, the Ufotable studios, which is in charge of producing the anime adaptation, also shared an update on Twitter to celebrate this occasion. “In addition to celebrating the nationwide collaboration coffee shops, we are also celebrating Giyu Tomioka’s birthday,” the post wrote. In the shared video, Ufotable used some stills from the anime and a new illustration of the character.».
«Of course, the fans were very happy with the posts and sent their congratulatory comments, but there is one thing that worries you. Neither of the two videos includes the current voice of Giyu Tomioka, perhaps due to the infidelity scandal that voice actor Takahiro Sakurai is going through.who has played the character since the first season».
«Fans who noticed this wrote: “Why are there no voices in the videos? Do you plan to change the voice actor?“; “Well with the absence of Sakurai-san, can we conclude that he has finally been fired?“; and “Why doesn’t Tomioka’s voice appear? Are they going to change the actor?“. In addition, in response to these people other comments emerged such as: “What’s going to happen to Sakurai-san?“; “I beg you, please don’t change the voice actor!“; and “If they change Tomioka’s voice at this point, it will be a very bad decision.“».
«“Speaking of Sakurai-san, he is currently going through an intense scandal since last year after it was discovered that he had been in a decade-long cheating relationship, and in January of this year, news of a third relationship came to light. In an instant he became a voice actor hated by a large section of fans. However, the industry has kept quiet on this, and the matter of whether the voice actor will stay in his role remains uncertain. It is not surprising that this theme resurfaced on the birthday of the character he playscommented an industry source».
«Giyu Tomioka is a character loved by many “Kimetsu no Yaiba” fans, and it is a real shame that his birthday has been overshadowed by the situation his voice actor is going through. For the sake of the characters and the fans, it is important that the production company clear up any doubts about whether Sakurai-san will continue in his role or not.».
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