Renowned voice actress Mariya Ise was supposed to be scheduled to play Persona 4’s resident hyperactive tomboy, Chie Satonaka for the live action Persona 4 Arena stage play titled “Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena”. However, the voice actress has gotten sick and had to drop out of the play, leaving many fans disappointed as many of them are looking forward to watch her as Chie.
Her doctor has advised the voice actress to have at least four weeks worth of rest, and with the play already scheduled to start performances on December 19, that definitely be bad for her health. She will be replaced by actress Makoto Koichi. She has apologized to her fans who were really looking forward in seeing her as Chie through her official blog.
Ise is best known for voicing “Genki Girl” or hyperactive female characters, so her playing Chie would have been a good fit. She has voiced many unforgettable anime characters from Fairy Tail’s Levy McGarden and Air Gear’s Ringo Noyamano, to Hunter X Hunter (2011)’s Killua Zoldyck and Log Horizon’s Princess Lenessia. She also voiced Panty & Stocking’s Stocking as well as Cure Lemonade from the PreCure series.
Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena has also released images for Yosuke, Kanji, and Elizabeth, and the play will be shown from December 19 – 23, 2014 over at the Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijou Playhouse.
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