Kaede Akamatsu (Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School: Future Arc)
Reports have confirmed out of Japan within the last few hours that stage and voice actress Kanda Sayaka has passed away at the age of 35. According to the local authorities in Chuo-ku, Sapporo, she was found unconscious in a patio area on the fourteenth floor of a hotel at 12:55 PM on Saturday January 18th JST, then taken to a local hospital where after a few hours of being reported in critical condition, was pronounced deceased at 9:40 PM JST. Her official website has confirmed her passing since initial reports earlier today. Sayaka was in the area to perform in the local touring production of stage musical My Fair Lady.
Kanda Sayaka rose to prominence for playing the role of Sora in Kamen Rider Den-O, performing the voice of Anna in the Japanese dub of Disney’s Frozen, while she was best known to anime fans for performing the role of Yuna in two SAO anime adaptations as well as more recent productiuons such as Idoly Pride and Space Battleship Yamato 2202.
She was also celebrated by the fervent Danganronpa fandom for her voice acting and singing performances in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School: Future Arc for the in-game role of Kaede Akamatsu as a part of the game’s main cast. Outside of the game, she performed the role of Junko Enoshima in three Danganronpa stage play adaptations. May she rest in peace.