The anime world lost a prolific voice actress this month, with the family of Hikari Yoko officially confirming her passing. Yoko passed after being treated for an unknown illness on November 15, leaving behind a legacy that spans everything from Naruto and Sailor Moon Crystal to the new BURN THE WITCH anime.
Anime fans will know Hikari Yoko for roles like Samui in Naruto and Kaolinite in season three of Sailor Moon Crystal. She also provided narration for the new BURN THE WITCH anime, and has many credits in the world of Japanese dubs for the Harry Potter series, Star Trek: Discovery, and more.
Here’s the message from her Twitter account, as translated by Crunchyroll News:
“Dear all, this is Hikari Yono’s family. Yono passed away on 15 November 2020 after being treated for an illness. She loved her work as a voice actress and lived her life to the fullest. Hikari would like to thank everyone who supported her during her life. Hikari Yono’s voice will live on in her work. Please don’t forget her voice and her work.”
— よのひかり (@PikaYono) November 20, 2020
Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, and colleagues during this time.