Prabawati Sukarta, the Indonesian voice of Doraemon’s Shizuka, passes away at 64

The Indonesian voice for Doraemon character Shizuka, Prabawati Sukarta, passed away earlier this week. Photos: Istimewa and Doraemon.fandom.com
The Indonesian voice for Doraemon character Shizuka, Prabawati Sukarta, passed away earlier this week. Photos: Istimewa and Doraemon.fandom.com

It’s a sad day for many Indonesians who grew up watching the hugely popular Japanese anime series Doraemon with the news that the Indonesian voice for the smart and kindhearted character Shizuka, Prabawati Sukarta, passed away earlier this week.

The news of Prabawati’s death was first announced to the public by voice over talent community, Indonesia Voice Talent, on an Instagram post yesterday. In the caption, the community said that they were first informed by Prabawati’s son.

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Dubber "Shizuka" Prabawati Sukarta Dalam Serial Dora Emon Meninggal Dunia. Innalillahi wa innailaihirojiun. Kabar duka datang dari keluarga besar Radio Republik Indoneisa (RRI). Salah satu penyiar RRI era 1980an bernama Prabawati Sukarta meninggal dunia. Kabar duka ini pertama kali disampaikan melalui sang anak, Ady Aiman. Prabawati Sukarta dikabarkan tutup usia pada Senin (15/6/2020) malam. Prabawati Sukarta merupakan mantan penyiar pada RRI Jakarta. Ia juga sebagai salah satu pengisi suara (dubber) tokoh kartun, Shizuka pada film serial Doraemon. Pengisi suara Shizuka pernah mengalami 4 kali pergantian. Dubber pertama kali adalah Prabawati Sukarta, kemudian pada tahun 2006 diganti oleh Nurul Ulfah hingga tahun 2008. Kemudian digantikan @risa_chandra atau Merysha Chandra. Setelah itu baru diganti oleh Jessy Milianty hingga saat ini. Tetapi dalam film Doraemon “Stand By Me”, suara Shizuka diisi oleh Nurul Ulfah. Keluarga besar Indonesian Voice Talent turut berduka cita atas meninggalnya Prabawati Sukarta. Semoga almarhumah husnul khotimah. . . . #indonesianvoicetalent #dubber #jualsuara #ivot #pengisisuara #voiceover #betadine #masker #voiceoverindonesia #voiceoverindonesia #voiceovertalent #voicetalent

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Prabawati reportedly died at the age of 64 in her home in Bekasi due to kidney failure, after suffering from kidney disease for the last seven years.

Prabawati began her career as an announcer at state-owned public radio network, Radio of the Republic of Indonesia (RRI), in the ‘80s. She became the Indonesian voice of Shizuka Minamoto, best friend and love interest of Doraemon protagonist Nobita Nobi, since the series was first broadcasted by RCTI in 1988. It was only in 2006 that she left the post, when voice actor Nurul Ulfah took over. In total, there have been four Indonesian dubbers for Shizuka.

Shizuka is one of the main characters in Doraemon by Fujiko Fujio, the pen name of manga artists Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko. Nobita, as the underdog of the story, has a crush on Shizuka, who treated him kindly when other characters like Suneo and Gian kept bullying him. Throughout the story, Nobita always asks the robot cat Doraemon for his magical futuristic gadgets to help him in life, including getting the attention of Shizuka. Nobita and Shizuka eventually married in the future.

The first Doraemon manga series was published in January 1970, and the anime adaptation was produced in 1979. The popular anime series, which propelled the male robotic cat with the fourth-dimensional pocket to iconic status in Japanese pop culture, ended in March 2005 with a total of 1,787 episodes.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Doraemon franchise, the new animated series began airing in 2005 with updated character designs as well as new dubbers and staff.

 

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