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‘Seiun Kamen Machineman’ star Osamu Sakuta passes away at 62

/ 01:50 PM December 08, 2020
Osamu Sakuta

Osamu Sakuta as Ken Takase in Seiun Kamen Machineman (Images: screengrab from YouTube/TOEI TOKUSATSU WORLD OFFICIAL)

Osamu Sakuta, star of the classic Japanese show “Seiun Kamen Machineman” (Nebula Mask Machineman) has passed away at 62 years old.

Voice actor Kazuhiko Inoue broke the news on Twitter yesterday, Dec. 7, as per Anime News Network on the same day.

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Sakuta’s good friend, fellow actor Hiroshi Watari, likewise paid tribute to the late actor through his Facebook page while sharing photos from “Seiun Kamen Machineman.”

「星雲仮面マシンマン」の主演の佐久田脩さんが亡くなられた。3年前くらいに中野でバッタリ会って、体調があまり良くないと聞いていた。最近は闘病されていると聞いた。また元気になって酒を飲もうと話していましたが、、、。残念です。謹んでご冥福をお祈りいたします。

Posted by Hiroshi Watari on Monday, December 7, 2020

“Seiun Kamen Machineman,” created by Shotaro Ishinomori and produced by Toei Company, ran from January to September 1984 in Japan. In the Philippines, a Filipino-dubbed version was aired in the early ’90s.

Aside from playing the role of Ken Takase, also called Nick (Nikku), the titular hero of the live-action show, Sakuta is known for voicing Shishinki in the anime “InuYasha: The Final Act.”

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Sakuta also voiced Hokuto in the anime “B’t X” and Leon Vance in the Japanese dub of the American television series “NCIS.”

The cause of Sakuta’s death has yet to be revealed as of this writing. Ian Biong /ra

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