Takeshi Aono, The Voice of Dr. Wily: 1936-2012

Some very sad news form the world of voice acting today. Seasoned voice actor Takeshi Aono passed away the other day at the age of 76, resulting from an aneurism. Aono had numerous roles over the years in dramas, games, anime and dubbing for foreign films, but the role most well known to us would be that of Dr. Wily. While the Rockman games saw a variety of voice talents, Dr. Wily was consistently voiced by Aono in nearly every production, starting with the drama album Rockman in the Nick of Time. His portrayal of Dr. Wily in the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack was one of his last works before suffering a stroke later in 2010 that forced his retirement. Among Rockman titles, he also lent his voice to Spring Man (Rockman Battle & Chase), Izoc and Ground Scaravich (Rockman X6), and Tadashi Hikari (Rockman EXE BEAST).

Our sincerest condolences to Mr. Takeshi Aono's family, coworkers and fans. He is greatly missed.

News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner

Dr. Wily Voice Actor Suffers Stroke

While his name might not be greatly known outside of Japan, it's one you surely know if you're a big time Rockman fan. Takeshi Aono has portrayed Dr. Wily in nearly every Rockman game with voice acting since Rockman 8. This includes Rockman X4, Rockman Battle & Chase and Super Adventure Rockman. He most recently gave voice to Wily in Inti Creates's Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack, which released a mere two months ago. Fuji TV has announced that this past Saturday in Japan, Mr. Aono suffered a stroke that was the result of aortic surgery he had performed back in May. While information that Mr. Aono's condition is already improving, it's uncertain if he'll return to work, and Fuji TV is already finding replacements for his current roles in anime such as Chibi Mariko-chan and Dragon Ball Kai.

Already aged 74, Mr. Aono has a very impressive history of performances in both animation and game voice acting. Our hearts go out to Mr. Aono for a speedy recovery, and our thanks for portraying one of gaming's most memorable characters.

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