Unshou Ishizuka’s passing due to cancer has left a big hole in the anime industry. Of course, this includes Pokemon where he voices both Samuel and Samson Oak. But fear not Pokefans, because they already found his replacement. According to the Sun & Moon anime’s official website, Kenyuu Horiuchi will be the new Professor Samuel Oak, as well as his cousin, Samson Oak. As they always say, the show must go on, right?
For those unfamiliar with Horiuchi, he voices Wilhelm van Astrea in Re:Zero, as well as Pain in Naruto Shippuden. The veteran seiyuu will be taking over the role starting October 21, 2018. As previously revealed, Ishizuka has already recorded a few lines for Samson Oak up until the first week of October.
Ishizuka’s other significant roles include Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Sergei Smirnov in Gundam 00, and of course, Joseph Joestar in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. He also voiced Van Hohenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, as well as Mr. Satan in the various Dragon Ball anime and video games. As for Oak, he has voiced the character since the anime’s very first episode… back in the 90’s. May he rest in peace.
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