The official Dragon Ball Super Twitter account and website noted this morning that Naoki Tatsuta (voice actor for Oolong) will take over as the voice of Northern Kaiō and the narrator from Jōji Yanami beginning with this weekend’s twelfth episode of the series:
Due to Jōji Yanami-san’s hiatus for rest and recuperation, his parts as the North Kaiō and the Narrator will be played by Naoki Tatsuta-san starting with the broadcast of episode 12.
It is our intention to carefully consider Yanami-san‘s return, taking into account the status of his recovery and upon consultation with the individual himself.
The entire staff is wishing for Yanami-san‘s recovery. We humbly ask for your continued voices of support [under these difficult circumstances].
Though present in 2013’s theatrical film Battle of Gods, Yanami (by extension of his characters not being in the film) was not present in the 2015 film Revival of “F”. Additionally, while he continued to play the roles of Northern Kaiō and the narrator in the Majin Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai, his role of Bobbidi was given to Bin Shimada.
All of us at Kanzenshuu wish Yanami the best and a speedy recovery.