Recently, the Japanese news magazine Weekly Bunshun reported that the popular Anime Voice Actor Takahiro Sakurai Was Involved In A Cheating Scandal. This caused Sakurai’s agency to release a statement confirming the report.
Specifically, Weekly Bunshun reported that Sakurai had been involved in an extramarital affair for over 10 years with a writer for his travel radio show (via Anime News Network).
The voice actor’s agency, INTENTION, confirmed the news, saying Sakurai felt “great remorse” for what he had done.
Takahiro Sakurai – The voice behind some iconic anime characters
In case you are unfamiliar, Sakurai is a veteran voice actor who is signed under the INTENTION agency. He has been active since the late 90s and has voiced several iconic characters in different anime, games, and movies.
Sakurai is perhaps best known now for his roles including Giyu Tomioka in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no YaibaReigen Arataka in Mob Psycho 100and Suguru Geto in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Although even before these major roles in the new anime, Sakurai voiced other iconic characters, including Cloud Strife in the Final Fantasy 7 games (including FF7 remake), as well as Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geassand Sasori in Naruto Shippuden.
Given its popularity, the news has become a big talking point among anime fans, especially in Japan. it was trending online.
This is not surprising considering that the voice actors are also general artists, with some being singers or radio hosts (as is the case with Sakurai).
Although this isn’t the first time a major infidelity scandal has broken out in the Japanese dubbing industry.
Other actors, including Daisuke Namikawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto, and Tatsuhisa Suzuki, have also had cheating controversies in recent years.
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Takahiro Sakurai admits to having an extramarital affair
As for the details of Sakurai’s affair, according to Weekly Bunshun, Sakurai had an affair with a writer on his radio show, PS Genki Desu. Takahiro.
According to the report, the woman he had an affair with didn’t know that Sakurai had a wife. After finding out, the woman was so shocked she had to be admitted to the emergency room.
Sakurai has been married for quite some time now, despite only revealing his marital status just a month ago.
The report also mentions that representatives from his agency said the matter was already over when Sakurai’s marriage was revealed to the public. Although they said they were also unaware of his marital status before.
Given these events, it remains to be seen how Sakurai’s cheating scandal will affect his roles in ongoing TV anime such as Mob Psycho 100 III or the next Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2.
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