Kiyoshi Kobayashi died of pneumonia at the age of 89, playing Daisuke Jigen in “Lupin the Third” and other roles.

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Voice actor Kiyoshi Kobayashi, who played Daisuke Jigen in the popular anime “Lupin the Third,” passed away on July 30 due to pneumonia at the age of 89.

The funeral service has already been held in accordance with the bereaved family’s wishes.

A farewell party will be held at a later date.

 Born in Tokyo in 1933. After studying at the National Cultural Institute, the Izumi-za Theater Company, and the Theater Department of the Nihon University College of Art, he participated in the founding of the Tokyo Actors’ Co-operative (Haikyo) in 1960, which was also his agency.

In addition to dubbing for James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Tommy Lee Jones, and others, he has also worked as an animation voice actor, including the roles of Bem in “Humanoid Monster Bem” and Aiguille Delaz in “Mobile Suit Gundam 0083. He has also narrated popular TV shows such as “SASUKE” and “Gaki no Yakusoku ya Aahende!

 He played Daisuke Jigen in “Lupin the Third” for more than 50 years, a role to which he is said to have been particularly attached, but after the first episode of “Lupin the Third: Part VI,” “EPISODE 0 -Jidai-,” which was broadcast from October 2021, he “retired” from the role of Jigen, and Akio Otsuka took his place. Akio Otsuka has taken over the role since the second episode.

The role of Jigen was a good fit for him. I pray for his soul rest in peace.

Thank you very much for your past support.

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