Kouji Wada, known for his memorable theme songs for the iconic Digimon anime and video game series, has passed away last Sunday due to complications from nasopharyngeal carcinoma. He was 42.
His family held a private service for him, while his talent agency, SOLID VOX, will hold a farewell event for his dearest fans in Tokyo, aptly called “Wada Kouji Owakare no Kai” (Kouji Wada Farewell Event).
Since then, he had been singing theme songs for following series, from Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, Digimon Savers, to Digimon Xros Wars. He put his career on hold in 2011 following the discovery of a tumor in his body which had been previously treated in 2003.
He returned to activity in 2013, and in 2015, he performed the "tri. version" of "Butter-Fly" for Digimon Adventure tri., a film series celebrating the franchise's 15th anniversary. He also released the tri. version of "Seven", the song coupled with his first single, just mere four days before he passed.
Rest in peace with the happy butterflies, Wada-san.