Voice actress and singer Miyu Matsuki passed away on 27 October 2015 due to acute pneumonia. She was 38 years old at the time of her passing. This piece of unfortunate news was announced by her talent agency, 81 Produce, on 2/11/2015.
She had announced back in July that she would be taking a hiatus from her work to focus on treating the illness. She only found out about her condition after multiple visits to the hospital for a fever that did not recede since the start of the year.
Her final blog post was dated 14 September 2015, where she celebrated an unforgettable birthday.
Below is a translation of her final blog post:
I turned 38 today!
I got a lot of messages and well-wishes, as well as response from my agency.
Thank you so much!
The truth is, a birthday even was planned and prepared for this year, too.
To everyone who looked forward to it in support, I’m sorry.
Please wait for the day when we can all enjoy one together!
My 38th birthday was a day I’ll never forget.
My main physician told me repeatedly that it was impossible and thought of all sorts of ways to make it happen, since there were lots of restrictions on location, time, number of attendees, and etc. I got a special permission for the go-ahead!
Here’s my 38th birthday party!!
A couple of my friends became the organizers and met the restriction requirements and got together the birthday party somewhere in the city.
There was a lot of decorations at the place!!
And a lot of friends!!
I was in the dark about what was going to happen until the day of.
First, I received presents from everyone.
A patch with a Maisen logo to show that I’m 38.
Why Maisen? It’s for the snack that I eat the most: Maisen’s hirekatsu sandwiches.
We had time for a rep speech from my friends and chatting, and then, I couldn’t believe it–
…I got to cut into the cake all by myself.
There was a wedding welcome board on the table and it totally felt like a wedding ceremony.
What a wonderful solo wedding.
When I get better, I’ll work hard toward getting married…!
Then I got a lot of message albums and other gifts, and the party came to its climax.
I never noticed that they’d put up a screen and they played a video as a birthday gift from everyone.
It was from people here at the party, people who weren’t, other voice actors, staff members, and personal friends.
A lot wore golden kimonos and wigs and sang a parody of “Matsuken Sanba” on stage.
They sang “Matsuki wa Sanba (38)”
And broke into dance.
It was…was…was an amazing video…!!!
E-E-Even the vocals was a full recording…!!!!
There were a lot of scenes of various people eating Maisen’s hirekatsu sandwiches during it, and of a lot of voice actors, staff members, my family, and even Ponta and Chii who can’t eat hirekatsu sandwiches!!!
I laughed so hard and bawled my eyes out. My mind went completely blank.
Oh, oh my god, oh my god, I’m really, really…
I wouldn’t have worked so hard if I didn’t have everyone here.
Because they’ve been supporting me all this time, I was able to get to where I am today.
I’m filled with nothing but hope now.
I’ll be fine because everyone’s with me!
And thank you so much, as always, to my many friends and staff member who couldn’t come today.
Thank you so, so much to everyone who has always waited for me and supported me.
Even in this condition now, I can say this with confidence this year.
I’m glad I was born as who I am.
Thanks a million.
The video was amazing, I can say it was almost like a PV for Maisen’s hirekatsu sandwiches!
Some of her roles in anime include Magical Sapphire from Fate/Kaleid Prisma Illya, Anna Nishikinomiya from Shimoneta, Hisui from Carnival Phantasm and Melty Blood, Yoriko and Misaki Sagisawa from D.C. ~Da Capo~ and D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~ respectively, and Cthugha from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san.
On behalf of everyone here at AFA Channel, my deepest condolences to her family and friends.
This is truly a great loss for not just the anime industry, but the voice acting industry as well.
Rest in Peace, Miyu Matsuki-san.
[Picture and Translation taken from: Karoshi the Dimension Breaker]