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Biography Details: 櫻井智 (Tomo Sakurai)
櫻井智 (Tomo Sakurai)
First Name: 智 Tomo
Last Name: 櫻井 Sakurai
Main Country: Japan Japan
Main Language: Japanese
Birthdate: 1971-09-10
Age : 50
Biography
Tomo Sakurai, born Tomoe Hatta (八田友江), is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer who retired from the entertainment business in 2016 but came back in 2019.

PM2019 83 Press Release

On October 1st, 2021, the official Japanese anime Twitter account posted that for the first time in about 9 years, the popular character Shirona would be appearing in the Pocket Monsters TV anime series and they posted a comment from Tomo Sakurai, who voices Shirona!

Satoshi is participating in the Pokémon World Championships with the aim of battling the strongest champion Dande, and Go is participating in a trial mission to become an official member of Project Mew. In "The Py That Became A Star", scheduled to air on Friday, October 8th, 2021, the two will be confronted by Shirona, the champion of the Sinnoh region and an archaeologist!

When Satoshi and Go learn that the sky in the Jouto region suddenly turned pitch black and morning stopped coming, they head there to research the matter! During their research, they're told that it seems night has permanently fallen ever since a girl named Kirara that they encountered in a park met with a mysterious Pokémon...?! Satoshi and Go work on unraveling the mystery alongside the Sinnoh region's Pokémon League Champion Shirona, whom they ran into by chance at the historical remnant museum they went to for research!

Comments from Tomo Sakurai, who plays Shirona:
It seems it's been about 9 years since Shirona appeared in the TV anime "Pocket Monsters", and I never thought I'd get to appear in it again, but I was so happy that I shouted "Yay!" I'm sure Shirona was happy to see Satoshi and Pikachu again, and I felt the same way, so I was able to express my honest emotions in the reunion scene.

When you think of Shirona, you think of Gablias, don't you?! Shirona is the champion of the Sinnoh Region and one of the Masters Eight in the Pokémon World Championships, and I'm sure she'll eventually battle with Satoshi... I think this episode showed us once again the strength of Shirona and her partner Gablias, so I hope that all the fans who have been supporting the "Pocket Monsters" TV anime, as well as those who love Shirona, will look forward to the episode.

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【シロナ役 櫻井智さんコメント】 どうやらテレビアニメ「ポケットモンスター」でのシロナ登場は約9年ぶりということで、まさか私も登場させていただけるなんて考えてもいなかったんですけれども、素直に嬉しくて「やったー!」と声をあげて喜んでしまいました!シロナとしても、サトシとピカチュウに久々に再会できて嬉しかったと思いますし、私自身も同じ気持ちだったので、再会するシーンでは、素直な感情を乗せることが出来ました。

そしてシロナと言ったらガブリアス‼の登場ですね。シンオウ地方のチャンピオンであり、「ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス」でマスターズエイトの1人にも名を連ねているシロナは、いずれサトシともバトルをすることになると思うのですが…。彼女とパートナーのガブリアスの“強さ”を改めて見せられた回にもなったと思いますので、ずっとテレビアニメ「ポケットモンスター」を応援してくださっているファンの皆様、そして、シロナを愛してくださっている皆様も、放送を楽しみにしていただけたらと思います。

Comments from May 27th, 2022 Press Release
On May 27th, 2022, Shogakukan released a press release summarizing the upcoming Masters Eight Tournament and also posting comments from voice actors. The official Anipoke Twitter account also posted the voice actors comments.

Finally, the "Pokémon World Championships" Masters Tournament has begun! I was surprised and moved by the fact that Shirona is second in the rankings but that just made me feel reenergized. Even though Shirona is actually very strong, she doesn't show it off, but she is a kind, strong woman with a big heart who can take on any opponent head-on.

I know that everyone in the audience has their own Trainers and Pokémon that they support but I hope that as many people as possible will be able to witness her exciting battles. Shirona will fight the battles to the best of her ability!

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ついに『ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス』マスターズトーナメントが始まりました! 彼女がランキング2位の強さということで私自身も驚きと感動で、改めて気が引き締まりました。 シロナって実際に強くてもそれを表には出さないけれど、どんな相手も正面から受け止める、優しくて強くて、本当に心が大きい女性だなと思っています。

視聴者の皆さんそれぞれに応援しているトレーナーやポケモンがいらっしゃると思いますが、一人でも多くの方に熱いバトルを見届けていただきたいです。シロナとしても精一杯戦い抜きたいと思います!
Characters Portrayed
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  • United States Cynthia
  • Japan シロナ
  • Japan Shirona
  • Japan Shirona
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  • United States Talia
  • Japan ヨシノ
  • Japan Yoshino
  • Japan Yoshino
Contributions
Role Media Title
Voice Actor
Talia
PM2019 11 コハルとワンパチと、時々、ゲンガーKoharu, Wanpachi, and Sometimes Gangar Too
Voice Actor
Talia
PM2019 29 There's a New Kid in Town!パチパチやきもち!ワンパチのきもちOne Crackling Fit of Jealousy: Wanpachi's Fantasy
Voice Actor
Talia
PM2019 57 恋はコダックLove is a Koduck
Voice Actor
Talia
PM2019 74 Nightfall? Nightmares!/ダークライ真夏の夜の夢/Darkrai's Midsummer Night's Dream
Voice Actor
Cynthia
PM2019 83 Star Bright, Star Flight!/お星さまになったピィ/The Py That Became A Star
Voice Actor
Cynthia
PM2019 89 The Gates of Warp!/冬SP第1話!ディアルガ&パルキア!時空大異変!!/Winter Special #1! Dialga & Palkia! The Space-time Cataclysm!!
Voice Actor
Cynthia
PM2019 90 Showdown at the Gates of Warp!/冬SP第2話!ディアルガ&パルキア!時空大決戦!!/Winter Special #2! Dialga & Palkia! The Decisive Space-time Battle!!
Voice Actor
Cynthia
PM2019 115 開幕!マスターズトーナメント!!/The Curtain Rises! The Masters Tournament!!
Voice Actor
Cynthia
PM2019 116 チャンピオンの誇り!ワタルvsカルネ!!/Champions' Pride! Wataru VS Carne!!
Voice Actor
Cynthia
PM2019 117 VSシロナ!アイリスドラゴンマスターへの道/VS Shirona! Iris' Road to Dragon Master
Voice Actor
Cynthia
PM2019 118 サトシ出陣!VSダイゴ!!/Satoshi Heads Into Battle! VS Daigo!!
Voice Actor
Talia
PM2019 120 コハルとイーブイ、可能性は無限大!/The Possibilities are Endless for Koharu and Eievui!