As many of you might have already found out, Monokuma’s VA (Nobuyo Oyama, 81) is suffering from dementia. Her husband said that she no longer remembers playing Doraemon nor anything else that has happened more than 2 minutes ago. She can’t remember how to cook her favorite food. She claims she doesn’t know Doraemon, but according to her husband, is able to speak in his voice.
She got back to work around July and recorded voice session for theatrical play version of SDR2(which will start this December), and judging from this, she might have joined the recording sessions for DRV3 too. Although she has short term memories, she still can read scripts and do some voice-acting and she is willing to continue her career so they’re adjusting her schedules.
But that aside, a thought came to me. What if DRV3 becomes her last piece before the retirement?
It feels… just odd. I grew up watching Doraemon as a kid, and as an adult, I enjoy Danganronpa so much. Monokuma and Doraemon were never one of my favorite characters, but I really liked both of them. And those two characters were like friends (especially Doraemon) I could meet if I just turn around a corner in my town.
I never thought about the voice of Nobuyo leaving. For all my life. Never once.
I know dementia is a disease extremely hard to cure and 81 is never a small age, but I really do wish Nobuyo for a good health.