ANN is reporting that Aya Hirano, the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya, is slated to portray Dende in upcoming episodes of Dragonball Kai. Dende’s brother Cargo will be voiced by Satomi Satou, who played Ritsu in K-On!
Dragonball Kai is a HD remastering of Toei’s popular anime Dragonball Z, and features a condensed plotline which follows the manga more closely than the original series. All voice acting is being rerecorded for Kai; however, since the original seiyuu who portrayed Dende and Cargo, Tomiko Suzuki, passed away in 2003, it was necessary to find new actors.
Some of Japan’s most prestigious studios, including Toei, Production I.G. and Studio 4°C have announced their participation in a Halo anime project calledHalo Legends. This anthology series will feature stories from various parts of Halo’s backstory, including “the history of the Spartan warrior class” and “the entire 100,000 year history of the Halo universe”. This project seems extremely similar to previous multi-studio collaberations like The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight, both of which Studio 4°C participated in.