One Piece Fandom Mourns the Loss of Minori Matsushima, Voice of Vice-Admiral Tsuru

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Death has been a constant in most shows that everyone learned to love over the years but when it happens in real life, an unexplainable emotion gushes in and for the fandom of One Piece, they mourn over the death of one of the voice actors in the series, Minori Matsushima, the actress behind Vice-Admiral Tsuru.

One Piece Fandom Mourns the Loss of Minori Matsushima, Voice of Vice-Admiral Tsuru
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One Piece Fandom Mourns the Loss of Minori Matsushima, Voice of Vice-Admiral Tsuru

Aoni Production, the talent agency that manages Matsushima, dropped the news that the actress’ battle with pancreatic cancer has ended and she passed away last April 8. Matsushima was 81 years old.

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She started her acting career in 1963 with Mazinger Z before going onto different anime genres. She has been voicing various characters throughout the decades she worked in the industry which includes Ranma 1/2, Honey Honey, Kinnikuman, and Little Lulu.

Minori Matsushima voiced the character of Vice-Admiral Tsuru in One Piece, a revered marine. Tsuru is an old associate of Sengoku, a former fleet admiral and she has Monkey D. Garp as he fellow admiral. A tall, thin, elderly woman with gray hair and a neat bun, Tsuru dresses less formal than that of the other officers of the feet with her shirt untucked, sleeves rolled up, and pants that go down to her calves.

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Tsuru is best known for her wisdom given her age and she knew of Donquixote Doflamingo putting the marines up agains each other. She follows Clean Justice, and she is an emphatic woman who does not know that she is one in real life.

One Piece is a Japanese manga series by Eiichiro Oda. It first release on July 1997 and it is currently published on Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, and on Viz Media. It follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates as they look for the fabled treasure known as the “One Piece” which would give Luffy the title of the King of the Pirates.