August 11, 2012

Minami Takayama, the voice of the title character in the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime, revealed with a laughing emoticon on Friday that the character Tohru Amuro will debut in the anime in September — voiced by none other than Tohru Furuya.
Tohru Amuro appears in Gosho Aoyama's original manga. Not coincidentally, the voice actor Tohru Furuya happens to be best known for playing the lead character Amuro Ray in the classic robotic mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam. (The spellings are different, but the pronunciations are the same.)

Update: For decades, Japanese television hosts have noted the coincidental similarity in names between the fictional Amuro Ray (debuted in 1979) and still another Amuro — the real-life singer Namie Amuro (born in 1977). Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino told Ai Ijima in an interview that he coined the name Amuro because he though it was a strange name that did not exist in the world.


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