Junko Iwao (Cardcaptor Sakura, Perfect Blue, Hunter x Hunter) Toronto Anime North 2018 Panel 1

The delightful and engaging Junko Iwao — a beloved Japanese voice actress and singer most known for her role on “Cardcaptor Sakura” — discusses her career and answers eager fan questions at the 2018 Anime North convention in Toronto.

Junko Iwao (born February 18th, 1970 in Beppu, Oita, Japan) is a voice actress and singer. Her most notable role was in “Cardcaptor Sakura,” providing the voice to Sakura’s best friend, Tomoyo Daidoji. She also voiced lead character Mima Kirigoe in “Perfect Blue,” Hikari Horaki in “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Ceres in “Ceres, Celestial Legend,” and Kikyo in “Hunter x Hunter.” In video games, she voiced Pai Chan in “Virtua Fighter,” Mint in “Tales of Phantasia” and Serika in “To Heart.”

“Cardcaptor Sakura” was adapted into an anime television series by the animation studio Madhouse. The manga creators, CLAMP were fully involved in the project, with head writer Nanase Okawa writing and composing the series’ screenplay and Mokona Apapa overseeing the costumes and card designs. Directed by Morio Asaka, the series premiered on NHK on April 7, 1998 where it ran for seventy episodes until its conclusion on March 21, 2000. The series was also aired across Japan by the anime satellite television network, Animax who later broadcast the series across its respective networks worldwide. The series also has two movies. The series focuses on eleven-year old Sakura Kinomoto, a fourth grade elementary school student who discovers that she possesses exceptionally strong magical powers after accidentally freeing a set of fifty-two Cards’ from a magic book in which they had been sealed for years. She is tasked with retrieving those cards in order to avoid an unknown catastrophe from befalling the world and is thus chosen by Keroberos as the Cardcaptor.

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