The anime world is mourning right now. As reports of popular singer, Olga “Origa” Yakovleva, passing away, there is very little the anime world can do.
Russian singer Olga Yakovleva, more popularly known as Origa, passed away at the age of 44 last Jan. 17, 2015. The report was made official by voice actress, Jenya, who confirmed news of the singer finally succumbing to lung cancer through a tweet.
If you are into Japanese anime and video games, you know fully well who Origa is. Born in Russia, the singer became a huge hit in Japan. A huge number of her songs have been used in different Japanese anime series, which is why she was well-loved by the anime community. Some is most notably known for her performance of the theme songs used in “Ghost in the Shell” series, such as “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,” “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG,” “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society,” “Fantastic Children” and in “Princess Arete.” Afterwards, she became hugely popular even outside Japan.
The singer first came to Japan in 1991 as a participant in a home-stay program. It wasn’t until 1995 when she first made her major debut under the EMI Music Japan label. She was also remembered for her work as the hymn singing voice for Kanon in “Gust”. Additionally, her voice can be found on the video games “KOEI Tecmo” created for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
Other than her work in the anime community, Origa has worked with other Japanese singers Maaya Sakamoto and Mai Yamane. Throughout the course of her career, she has released a total of seven albums and three singles.
Origa previously attended the Anime Revolution convention as a guest held in Vancouver last August 2014.
With news of her death, the anime community is shocked at such an untimely loss for someone who has helped shape their love for the anime field. This is why her fans are currently using Twitter to express their condolences for Origa and the family she left behind.
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