Voice actors raise funds for blind quake victims

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Voice actors from famous anime series will perform at the Tokyo Dome City Hall on Nov. 20 to raise money for visually impaired people and increase awareness of the issues they face.

The “Reading for the Ties” event, launched in 2008 and hosted by Tokyo Cable Network Inc., has raised funds for sports events for visually impaired people in previous years but will focus particularly on victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake this time.

Voice actors Toshio Furukawa (“Dragon Ball Z”) and Kenichi Ogata (“Space Battleship Yamato”), and voice actresses Mika Kanai (“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion”) and Aya Endo (“Macross Frontier”) will be among the performers.

The spoken play “Shinsetsu Hakkenden” (the new eight dog chronicle), based on the adventures of eight samurai, will be a centerpiece of the program. The script was co-written by Haruka Yamamoto and theater group Super Grappler writer Kotonishiki Sonoyama.

The program also includes improvised scenes and reports on visually impaired people living in the quake-stricken areas. Donations will be collected at the venue by the Japan Federation of the Blind.

Tickets will be priced at 5,800 yen ($76). Pre-orders will be accepted until Oct. 2 and general tickets will go on sale Oct. 9.

For more information, visit (http://www.tcn-catv.co.jp/rft/.

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