Hiromi Tsuru

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Hiromi Tsuru
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Hiromi Tsuru
Native name
鶴 ひろみ
Hiromi Hiroshi

(1960-03-29)March 29, 1960
Hokkaido, Japan
DiedNovember 16, 2017(2017-11-16) (aged 57)
Years active1968–2017
AgentAoni Production
Notable work
Home townYokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Keiichi Nanba (m. 1986⁠–⁠1990)

Hiromi Tsuru (鶴 ひろみ, Tsuru Hiromi, March 29, 1960 – November 16, 2017) was a Japanese actress and voice actress who was represented by Aoni Production.[1]


During her life she had been attached to Gekidan Himawari as a child and then Aoni Production at the time of her death. Tsuru was known to voice many characters in anime series for 31 years, she voiced many characters as Bulma (Dragon Ball) for over 31 years. Also known for her roles as Ukyo Kuonji (Ranma ½), Dokin-chan (Soreike! Anpanman), Madoka Ayukawa (Kimagure Orange Road), Miyuki Kashima (Miyuki), Reiko Mikami (Ghost Sweeper Mikami), Meryl Strife (Trigun) and Naomi Hunter (Metal Gear series) and Oyone-baasan (Chibi Maruko-chan).


In 1986, she was cast in the first Dragon Ball as Bulma, a teenager and the inventor of the Dragon Radar (ドラゴンレーダー Doragon Rēdā), a device used to detect the Dragon Balls that she is searching for. She reprised her role, alongside co-stars Masako Nozawa (Goku), Tōru Furuya (Yamcha), Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin), in 1989 she reprised her role again, with Takeshi Kusao (Trunks), Ryūsei Nakao (Frieza), Kōzō Shioya (Majin Buu), and Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta) in practically every adaptation made during her lifetime, the sole exception being the video games from the late 1990s. In 2008 until 2017, she reunited with Nozawa, Furukawa, Tanaka, Kusao, Nakao and Horikawa, Shioya to reprise their respective roles for the new editions of the Dragon Ball Series, alongside new co-stars Kōichi Yamadera (Beerus) and Masakazu Morita (Whis), due to her death, her role was given to Aya Hisakawa.


Tsuru voiced children's anime series Anpanman's Dokin-chan, Baikinman's female partner in crime who is selfish, demanding, childish, and greedy, but sometimes shows kindness, as demonstrated by her crush on Shokupanman for 29 years alongside co-stars Ryūsei Nakao (Baikinman) and Doraemon's Suneo Honekawa's voice actor Kaneta Kimotsuki (Horrorman).

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Keiichi Nanba from 1986 until they divorced in 1990.


Tsuru was found unconscious in her car on the Inner Circular Route near Nihonbashi in Tokyo, was transported to a hospital, and was pronounced dead.[2][3][4] Her agency later confirmed that she died on November 16 at the age of 57 from aortic dissection.[5]



Television animation[edit]


Original video animation (OVA)[edit]




Drama CDs[edit]

  • The Origin of Mewtwo (1998 (Radio broadcast), 1999 (CD release)) (Madame Boss)





  1. ^ "Tsuru Hiromi". Hitoshi Doi. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  2. ^ "Voice Actress Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away at 57". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  3. ^ "'Dragon Ball's Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away At 57". comicbook.com. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  4. ^ アンパンマンのドキンちゃん 声優の鶴ひろみさん死亡 首都高速で意識不明の状態で発見 [Anpanman's Dokin-chan voice actor Tsuru Hiromi found dead on the Inner Circular Expressway] (in Japanese). 17 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ "声優・鶴ひろみさん死去 事務所が正式発表 運転中に大動脈解離".
  6. ^ "ペンギンズ・メモリー 幸福物語". mediaarts-db.

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