Mai was one of Ash’s best travel companions. She was fun, lively and friendly. In addition, she not only captured all kinds of Pokemon, but also used them to compete in various Pokemon competitions and gave amazing performances. Old fans of the show love her and wish she would appear more often as Ash’s other old travel companions. However, she only reappeared for a few episodes of diamonds and pearls Since then it has appeared only occasionally in a short, voiceless inscription. Unfortunately, while it would be nice to see more of May in modern anime, its absence isn’t as simple as one might think.
The real reason why she can’t come back is because her voice actress, Kaori, is virtually unable to perform. She had a long-term medical condition that prevented her from using her voice properly. To get a better idea of what’s going on, Here’s what happened to Kaori And why you might not come back to Pokemon.
Kaori began voicing the month of May in 2002 and voicing it all over advanced generation a series. Naturally, she left the show in 2006 when May was replaced by Dawn for diamonds and pearls. At least, that form of leaving the show was to be expected.
Kaori started feeling like something was off with her voice in 2007. She wasn’t sure what it was, but she felt like it wasn’t a huge hindrance at the time. She was even able to reprise her role in May for episodes 75 to 79 of diamonds and pearls. However, this will be the last time viewers will hear “Mei Speak”.
In 2012, Kaori revealed in a blog post that she had spasmodic dysphonia. This rare variation of focal dystonia severely impairs speech and makes it difficult to understand what the affected person is saying. Having this disorder makes it difficult to perform tasks that involve using a person’s voice.
Kaori not only had to stay away from voice acting, but she also had to stop singing. Her band, Spunky Strider, made the heartbreaking announcement in 2014 of their split. Kaori is not directly responsible for this, although her condition is likely a factor.
Since then, Kaori has been keeping people informed of her condition through social media. She has been trying all kinds of treatments and medicines, both western and eastern, but has yet to find any permanent solutions. She still holds out hope that an effective treatment will be found.
As for whether to replace Mai’s voice, it’s unlikely. Japan takes actors and actresses into account too highly for simply replacing them when it’s appropriate. Votes are only replaced when an actor dies, goes on maternity leave, hiring becomes too expensive, or gets involved in a scandal. Even then, it’s possible that the characters they’re voicing will be assigned secondary, non-speaking roles for some time. If May has a chance to speak again, it probably won’t be any time soon.
For now, May’s drop will continue to be a small rank. An actress whose voice is too sick to reprise her role, but she is also too much appreciated to be replaced. Although many fans may want Mai back, it’s important to understand Kaori’s situation and wish her well.
More information about spasmodic dysphonia can be found on the website of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association at www.dysphonia.org.
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