Banjou Ginga, the voice actor behind Kon Kimidori in Dr. Slump and Souther in Fist of the North Star has tested positive for COVID-19.
The news was originally announced by Ginga’s managing company Aoni Productions and reported by Oricon News. Ginga is the latest high-profile case of COVID-19 in Japan with cases slowly on the rise since they hit their lowest point in mid September in Japan.
Ginga is known for his long career and roles in classic titles such as Dr. Slump, Fist of the North Star, and the original Mobile Suit Gundam. More recently, he’s voiced Commodore Perry in Space Dandy and provided the narration for the slapstick comedy Nichijou.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19 officially, or Chinese Flu to others) has affected many worldwide, from businesses to public gatherings and events.
This includes postponements of GDC, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the physical events for EVO 2020 and Tokyo Game Show 2020, Comiket 99, and cancellations E3 2020 (including digital events), BlizzCon 2020, the physical event for Gamescom 2020, Comiket 98, and MAGStock 2020.
In earlier news The Japanese Heath Ministry has discovered antibodies that can neutralize the coronavirus. However, a study by the UK’s King’s College London claims that those with immunity will lose it after three months. The Epic Universe expansion for Universal Studios Orlando has also been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, in turn delaying Super Nintendo World.