With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing with full force, it is obvious that people will be panicking. However, this panic is leading to more bad than good.
Some celebrities from the manga and anime industry have already fallen victim to either the virus or the prejudice regarding it. Japan is facing its most severe wave of COVID-19 yet and has reinforced lockdowns in many prefectures already.
Akari Kito, the voice actress of Demon Slayer’s Nezuko, has recently faced a rollercoaster ride of a scare in the past couple of weeks. She has tested negative for COVID-19 and has been treated for gastroenteritis.
It all began when she tweeted “Greetings from Nagoya, it’s snowing” in early January.
The tweet indicated that the voice actress had moved from the Tokyo prefecture to the Aichi prefecture where her parents reside.
Japan was already facing an increased amount of Covid cases by then and her decision to travel at such a time received backlash from many.
She was accused of ignoring COVID prevention guidelines. On 15th January, she tweeted saying that she had a fever and was diagnosed with a cold.
Further medical examinations were still due at that point, and many concluded that she had caught the COVID-19 virus.
I’m sorry for the inconvenience this time … I was careful about my physical condition on a daily basis, but when I visited a medical institution because of a low-grade fever, I was diagnosed with a cold … I’m really sorry for those who looked forward to it. I will try to show you a healthy figure soon.English Translation, Twitter Translate
However, fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief after Kito’s tweet yesterday. She posted that she was not recovering from the cold, and thus when she went for a re-examination at an established hospital, she was diagnosed with gastroenteritis.
Sorry to worry you
Regarding poor physical condition, when I reported on Twitter, I did not recover, so when I had a re-examination at a large hospital, it turned out that I had “gastroenteritis”, so I took good care of myself and took a rest until today. I have been treated properly.
We apologize for the inconvenience and concern to our fans and all concerned.
Now that I’m feeling better, I got a PCR test when I went to the hospital and it was judged negative, so I will gradually resume my work.
Fans who were worried, everyone involvedEnglish Translation, Twitter Translate
She has further stated that she has tested negative for the coronavirus disease and is on her way to recovery. Kito showed gratitude to fans who were concerned and has promised to resume working while taking better care of herself.
Akari Kito has voiced some famous characters in the anime industry. Some of them being:
- Nezuko (Demon Slayer-Kimetsu no Yaiba)
- Tsukasa (TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You)
- Adachi (Adachi and Shimamura)
About Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotoge. Its publication in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump began in February 2016 with 19 collected tankōbon volumes released as of present.
In a world filled with demons and demon slayers, Kimetsu no Yaiba follows the lives of two siblings Tanjiro and Nezuko Kamado after— the murder of their family at the hands of a demon. Their hardship does not end there, as Nezuko’s life is spared only for her to live as a demon.
As the oldest sibling, Tanjiro vows to protect and cure his sister. The story traces the bond of this brother-sister or better yet, demon slayer and demon combo against the odds of an arch antagonist and the society.