Toshio Furukawa is a veteran voice actor in the sector, a man who has lent his voice to unforgettable characters, just like Piccolo in the entire epic of Dragon Ball. Still, there was an occasion when he was about to give up his job because of an unjustifiable amount of hatred.
Today the character of Small is highly appreciated, especially thanks to the long history that has characterized the character since the dawn of the manga. As proof of this popularity, in fact, there are the numerous action figures that the companies dedicate to him occasionally, such as the last one made by S.H. Figuarts. However, Hana Kimura's recent death from suicide, the victim of hateful comments, reopened a scar in Furukawa who recently dedicated a twitter to express their condolences:
"Even before there was Twitter, there was a time when I really received a lot of pure hate letters. It was nothing short of traumatic and, for a long time, I removed that title from my filmography. Recently, I finally had the courage to add it. I have reached a point in my career where I can say: "I am proud to have acted in this series, even if only for once."
The voice actor is probably referring to Lupine III: The Conspiracy of the Fuma, a project that, due to the limited budget available, was forced to call a new cast of voice actors, including Furukawa as Lupine. This was the first and only time anyone else, except for Yasuo Yamada, doubled the gentleman thief, a situation that caused so much indignation from fans that the voice actor was forced to face even death threats. And did you know this story? Tell us your opinion about it with a comment below.