Final Fantasy VII Remake Voice Actor Keiji Fujiwara Passes Away

Keiji Fujiwara

Sad news for fans of Japanese voice actors. According to an announcement by his agency Air Agency (thanks, Oricon!), voice actor Keiji Fujiwara died on April 12, 2020. He was 55 years old. The cause of death was cited as cancer. His most recent role was that of Reno in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Born October 5, 1964, Keiji Fujiwara had a long career in voice acting, voicing dozens of characters across animation, film, and video games since 1991. In Japan he’s best known as Crayon Shin-chan‘s Hiroshi, a role he covered until 2016, when he went on hiatus to undergo treatment for a then-unspecified medical condition. In 2006, he founded his own talent agency, Air Agency, and worked as its representative director until his death.

Other prominent supporting roles for Keiji Fujiwara include Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Maes Hughes, Hunter X Hunter‘s Leoris, Kingdom Hearts‘ Axel, Gundam 00‘s Ali Al-Saachez, Granblue Fantasy‘s Eugen, Final Fantasy XV‘s Ardyn Izunia, and Final Fantasy VII‘s Reno. He also played lead charaacters, as Haku in Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and its sequel, Mask of Truth. He also was involved in Japanese-language dubbing roles and was the voice of Tony Stark in Marvel Studios’ Avengers films and Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.