Actress and singer Sayaka Kanda was discovered lying on the 14th floor patio of a hotel in Sapporo on December 18, 2021. According to The Yomiuri Shimbun paper’s source, she was taken unconscious to a hospital, and pronounced dead there. She was 35 years old at the time of her passing. The Hokkaido Prefectural Police are investigating the matter.
Kanda was the daughter of actor Masaki Kanda and singer Seiko Matsuda, and she made her professional entertainment debut by acting in a commercial in 2001. She then released the single “ever since” in 2002, and made her stage debut in the production Into the Woods in 2003.
In anime, Kanda starred as Shioji in Air Bound, Miharu Mashiki in Convenience Store Boy Friends, Mana Nagase in Idoly Pride, Teresa in Space Battleship Yamato 2202, and Yuna in Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2.
She also sang songs as the vocalist of the TRUSTRICK duo in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School: Future Arc, My Love Story!!, Shōnen Maid, and Unlimited Fafnir, as well as in Star Blazers 2202 and Sword Art Online under her own name.
Kanda dubbed Anna into Japanese in the 2014 Disney animated film Frozen, and continued the role in the follow-up projects and the Kingdom Hearts III game. In recent years, she has starred in stage musicals such as Dance of the Vampires, 1789: Les Amants de la Bastille, and Legally Blonde.
Kanda was set to continue her starring role in the stage musical My Fairy Lady in Sapporo on December 18, 2021. She would have then starred as Maetel in Galaxy Express 999 the Musical in April 2022.