Voice of beloved Japanese kid’s show character speaks out about living with ALS

Originally published on Sora News by Master Blaster

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Kyousei Tsukui’s condition has been rapidly changing, but his spirits are as high as ever.

Since his debut in 1992, the character of Nyanchu has been a popular children’s character on Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. His name is a combination of the onomatopoeic sounds a cat and mouse make, indicative of the fact that he is a cat dressed like a mouse, so he can better understand their feelings.

▼ In this clip from 1998, Nyanchu learns a little English

He also has the facial expression of a golden age Japanese TV comedian like Sanma Akashiya and a gravelly-yet-buoyant voice to match. That signature tone is provided by Kyousei Tsukui, a voice actor who’s made appearances on many of anime’s greatest works from Anpanman to Trigun.

But without a doubt, Tsukui is best known as Nyanchu and still provides his voice after 29 years with

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