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Sumi Shimamoto (December 8, 1954– ), is a prolific veteran Japanese voice actress who has been active since the late 1970's. She's probably best known for her multiple collaborations with Hayao Miyazaki, who cast her as the heroine in several of his early projects.†  She happens to be the voice acting originator of the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype (later perfected by Kikuko Inoue), but also played a few action girls back in the day. Since the 80's, she has most often been cast as mothers to main characters.

She married Daisuke Koshikawa, a member of a comedy troupe called Chibikko Gang, in 1984. She apparently loves playing RPG games (and not just the ones she's in) despite now being over 60.


Voice actress Shiori Koshikawa, who played minor roles in the Anpanman anime series, is Shimamoto's only child.

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