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Ryuji saikachi, Dragon Ball Z Voice Actor passes away

Updated: Jan 12

Anime fans all over are mourning after the loss of a veteran Japanese voice actor. Ryuji Saikachi passed on September 29 from congestive heart failure. The actor was 89-years-old. Thoughts are with Saikachi’s loved ones at this time.

Saikachi is best-known for voicing the Grand Kai in Dragon Ball Z and the film Dragon Ball Z Movie 12: Fukkatsu no Fusion!! Gokuu to Vegeta. Saikachi has starred in other projects like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Lupin III: Part II, Monster, Ranma 1/2, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu Yu Hakusho, Castle in the Sky and Anne of Green Gables.

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Outside of anime, Saikachi did dub work for Disney films and even lent his voice to the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The actor dubbed Rafiki’s voice in The Lion King for Japanese audiences and reprised his role for Kingdom Hearts II. .