Akira Kobodera, Kunzite from the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series, has died at age 43

Live Action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 13 - Shin

It is with great sadness that I share the news that actor Akira Kobodera died earlier this week at the young age of 43. He is likely best known to Sailor Moon fans as the actor who portrayed Kunzite in the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series. The character in that series was quite different from that in other continuities, as he was at first seen as Shin, a young man with amnesia who didn’t know something sinister inside him, and later as Kunzite deals with conflicted feelings about his past and current life. Akira Kobodera brought wonderful emotion to the character which was a highlight of the series.

Live Action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 13 - Kunzite

Fans may also have seen Akira Kobodera in various Kamen Rider series. He was Kanai in Kamen Rider Blade, Aberu in Kamen Rider Kiva and Doctor Fujita in Kamen Rider OOO.

Live Action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 20 - Kunzite smirks

Source: Anime News Network

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27 thoughts on “Akira Kobodera, Kunzite from the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series, has died at age 43

    • It’s not looking like it. I won’t post what people are saying happened here in case it turns out not to be true.

      But if anyone is depressed and feels like they can’t go on, please seek help. One conversation might not change your mind but maybe it can give hope.
      This pandemic won’t last forever and neither will hard times.

      • Yeah, absolutely. My own life has been rescued because I sought and found the help that continues today. I have nothing but empathy and sympathy for those struggling, pained folk, but there ARE other options.

          • Thank you! I tried to describe it as clear as possible while still leaving it with enough vagueness!

          • I am happy to know you, Jo, though we never met in real life :) . Sailor Moon News was a blessing in my life so thank to all of you, my friends!

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            Yeah, I really love Sailor Moon News here. On my computer, it’s one of the six ‘go-to’ pages on my default screen. Heh. A giant icon of “SailorMoonNews.com”.

          • I apologize for the late reply!

            “I consider this as a kind of “Digital Communal Pen Pal” thing, but I could be wrong.”
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            “I have mentioned you to a friend of mine”
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    • Yeah me too, sadly the Sailor Moon machine just doesn’t release enough info for sites to report on (Toei’s constant long periods that lack any new Sailor Moon info have always been a point of contention with fans), but major props to Adam at sailormoonnews for being on top of the goings-on in the SM world and serving it up to us!

    • Well, we all kind of fill in with minor news that might slip through the cracks (like merchandise and stuff).
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      For lore, there is Tuxedo Unmasked.

      I think it’s good for us to all check news via Google, Twitter, etc and post it here, sometimes it’s big enough for Adam to make an article and even the really small stuff might delight us, readers, in the comments.

    • I think Joe Merrick doesn’t have a day job!! I struggle to find things to post about but if the site was a major source of income for me I’d probably find something most days!

  1. That’s unfortunate. Kobodera was one of the better parts of the live action series. He brought intensity, complexity, and charisma to what was a bog standard villian. Kobodera’s Kunzite is delightful to watch.

  2. i found out that Hikari Yoko AKA voice actress of Kaolinite from Sailor Moon Crystal passed away adam could make a make news post about it

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