Toru Furuya's Departure from "One Piece" and "Detective Conan" Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal
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Toru Furuya’s Departure from “One Piece” and “Detective Conan” Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

Toru Furuya, a prominent voice actor, has confirmed his departure from “One Piece” and “Detective Conan” following a sexual abuse scandal. Learn more about the impact on his roles and the industry.

The recent sexual abuse scandal involving Toru Furuya, a well-known voice actor in the anime industry, has been a major headline in the industry. As weeks passed, it became increasingly clear that Furuya’s significant roles were in danger, as his reputation had been severely damaged. Today, it has been confirmed that Furuya will step down from his roles in “One Piece” and “Detective Conan”.

Toru Furuya Confirms Departure from “One Piece” and “Detective Conan” Voice Roles

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toru furuya sabo

Here’s what has been revealed in the past few hours through a series of statements from Furuya to the media outlet Oricon (via Sandman):

  • The news of the day is that Toru Furuya will no longer voice the characters Sabo (One Piece) and Rei Furuya (Detective Conan). This news follows the confirmation that Furuya’s role in the upcoming video game Metaphor: ReFantazio was also denied. 😮
  • The next time we hear Sabo’s voice in the “One Piece” anime, it will be a different one than usual.
  • It’s important to note that in Furuya’s statements, it seems that it was the actor himself who decided to leave the roles of Sabo and Rei Furuya. If true, this definitely doesn’t reflect well on the management of the respective anime series, as the response should have been more decisive and not waiting for Furuya to take the initiative. 🤔
  • For those interested, some of Furuya’s exact words are as follows: “I have damaged the image of Detective Conan and One Piece, as well as their characters, and I have decided to make this decision as the only way to apologize to the producers, all the fans who support them, and the production itself, as well as the characters. After much consideration, I have decided to leave the roles of Rei Furuya and Sabo.” 😶
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As expected, it’s the outcome. This isn’t the first time such a scandal has occurred in the Japanese voice acting industry, and the consequences are always the same. However, despite Toru Furuya’s significant career and achievements, it seems like a mistake that he’s the one stepping down as a ‘favor’ instead of being fired for one of the most horrific sexual abuse cases that have been seen in the industry. I hope and wish that we don’t hear a similar story again, but if it does, the response from the management should be handled very differently.