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Voice Actor Nobunaga Shimazaki Diagnosed With COVID-19

On November 2, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Kuraki Yuyami no Scherzo’s official website announced that voice actor Nobunaga Shimizaki has tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore, will not be attending the “Sword Art Online – Full Dive” 10th anniversary event on November 6.

The full dive event is being held as a celebration of 10 years of the anime franchise as well as the day Sword Art Online game goes online in-universe.

Shimizaki is a venerated voice actor who won the Best New Actor Award at the 7th Annual SeiyūAwards in 2013. He is known for voicing characters in Your Name, Black Clover, Date A Live, and World Trigger, among others.

In the Sword Art Online franchise, Shimizaki voices the character Eugeo, who first appeared in the Sword Art Online: Alicization Lively.

Voice Actor Nobunaga Shimazaki Diagnosed With COVID-19
Eugeo | Source: Crunchyroll

The voice actor’s agency Aoni Production revealed that he felt unwell on November 1 and developed a fever the next day. The actor visited a hospital on the morning of November 2 to get tested for COVID-19 and received a positive result later the same day.

The other guests and staff members for the film have tested negative for COVID-19 and will be attending the event.

Shimizaki is currently recovering from COVID-19 at his home.

Voice Actor Nobunaga Shimazaki Diagnosed With COVID-19
Nobunaga Shimizaki | Source: IMDb
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About Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by Abec.

The series occurs in the near future and focuses on the protagonist “Kirito” Kirigaya Kazuto and Asuna Yuuki as they play through various virtual reality MMORPG worlds.

At the launch of the game, 10,000 people had connected themselves to the virtual reality of Sword Art Online. The plot takes a twist when people realize that they can’t quit the game.

Protagonist Kirito, a pro gamer and was present for the beta launch of SAO, starts planning to clear levels as soon as possible. Throughout his quest to finish the game, he meets many friends and also a love interest, Asuna.

The plot and the whole premise of the show are remarkably unique and quite believable in some futuristic sense.

Source: Official Website for Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Kuraki Yuyami no Scherzo

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