Persona Artist Shares Promo Art for Voice Actor Billy Kametz’s Medical GoFundMe

New Personage art was released to aid voice actor Billy Kametz.

The new image was shared by the official Twitter account of Personage and Shin Megami Tensei publisher Atlus. The illustration was drawn by series character designer Shigenori Soejima and is a portrait of the character Takuto Maruki, who was introduced in 2019. Persona 5 Royal and was voiced by Kametz in the game’s English dub. The character is shown with a dialog box that reads “Get well soon”, referencing Kametz’s recent cancer diagnosis and subsequent hiatus from the dub. Atlus shared the image with a link to a GoFundMe fundraising campaign which was launched to help the voice actor cover his medical expenses.

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The campaign has received over 2,700 donations and recently surpassed its fundraising goal of $150,000. The campaign will remain open indefinitely to raise additional funds. “Know that every donation, thousands at a time (!) to the smallest sincere amounts, small or large, has made a real difference and has been so appreciated,” said Jinnie McManus, the fundraiser’s organizer.

Kametz announced in a YouTube video on April 27 that he had been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and was taking a break while he continued treatment. According to the actor, the cancer has spread to his lungs, liver and spine, but he remains optimistic that he can beat the disease and eventually return to work. “I’m just gonna kick this thing’s ass and we’ll be right back…I’m not gonna give up.” says the actor.

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In addition to PersonageKametz also lent his voice to the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series, where he starred as guest character Raidou Kuzunoha in the HD remaster of Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. He’s also starred in a wide variety of other video game releases, including the popular MMO black desert onlinecult classic survival horror game deadly premonitionand Square Enix Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Besides playing in many games, Kametz frequently discusses the games he plays himself on social media, although he revealed that nerve damage due to cancer has currently prevented him from playing anything since. that he was diagnosed.

Kametz is also known for playing the role of Josuke in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Naofumi in the popular isekai series The Rise of the Shield Hero. Due to his health-related hiatus, he was unavailable for shield herothe second season of; actor Stephen Fu now replaces him. In a YouTube video, Kametz asked his fans to support the actors who fill his roles. “If you could just support them, just be their biggest cheerleader, that would make me really, really happy,” he said.

Source: GoFundMe

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