I have found something special that I wish to share with you all.
Near the end of this year's DigiFes in Japan, Atori Shigematsu (the Japanese voice of Adventure Piyomon) read aloud a letter she wrote for Yuko Mizutani (the original Japanese voice of Sora, Taichi's & Hikari's mother, and Sailor Moon Crystal
's Ikuko Tsukino), who passed away earlier this year.
She has put a transcription of the letter up on her blog
, and user Garmmon
of With The Will
has provided an English translation of the letter (with translator notes in  brackets for additional context):
To Mizutani Yuko-san,
Having acted together as partners in Digimon Adventure, I experienced many 'firsts' together with you, Yuko-san.
One of those was the recording for Piyomon and Sora's duet, 'Futari de Habatakeba' (If We Fly Together). Sora would sing the main melody of the first chorus, while Piyomon would sing the harmony. The second chorus would be the opposite.
During the last chorus repeat, we would take turns singing both the melody and harmony. I was trying my hardest to keep up, but Yuko-san, your reliable lead was there for me to follow.
Not only that, I was stuck on what to do for the sudden request of an ad-lib during the interlude [where Sora and Piyomon have a short conversation], but you were able to go 'How about this?' and come up with an idea without any hesitation.
Sora pretending to cry, and Piyomon's flustered response; those lines were almost completely Yuko-san's ideas.
When we tried it out for real, Sora['s acting] was adorable, and I could actually feel the shock Piyomon felt when she found out Sora was only pretending to cry.
There was also the time where you drove us home, and I was sitting in the passenger's seat.
As I watched you drive, I secretly thought 'She looks so cool! She's an adult woman! [like you know..when adults actually seem like adults, that kind of feeling]'. Although our ages weren't actually that far apart, Yuko-san always felt like a reliable older sister to me.
When we all met for the recording of the special drama CD [for the Digimon Adventure Blu-ray] about 2 years back, it was my first time sitting next to Yuko-san in the studio. While we were recording for the TV series, we would usually sit in either corners of the room, with the entrance to the control room between. I thought 'being able to sit next to Sora is still the best!'.
In the screening of Digimon Adventure tri last year, the grown-up Sora was able to reunite with Piyomon. As I look back, until now, I was able to feel peace of mind because Yuko-san, you were there to support me.
From here on, I'm not sure if I will be able to support and lead my partner the way you were able to, Yuko-san.
However, I feel that I want to be partners [with the new Sora] that will support each other, and grow along with each other.
Please watch over us.
'Sora. I always, alwaaaaays love you!!'
From Shigematsu Atori, 31/7/2016
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Sabrblade, don't ever change.
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thats Sabrblade for ya always in perfect detail
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