Veteran actor and seiyuu Fujio Tokita, who anime fans might know for his role in Castle in the Sky, has now passed away due to a brain hemorrhage. He was 81.

The Nagano native’s family will be holding a funeral service for him, with his son acting as the chief mourner.

Tokita has had plenty of voice acting and live-action roles throughout his career. He served as the narrator for the Manga Nihon Mukashi Banashi anime alongside Etsuko Ichihara. Ghibli fans might also know him as Uncle Pom in Castle in the Sky. His other works include Kukuruk in Unico in the Island of Magic, the lighthouse keeper in Night on the Galactic Railroad, Kujira in Maegami-Taro, Sankichi in Zou no Inai Doubutsuen, and the hermit of Kitayama in Murasaki Shikibu The Tale of Genji.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.

source: The Yomiuri Shimbun