• Hey, It's That Voice! #61: Enuka Okuma

    Hey everyone, welcome back to the wonderful article that looks at the voices behind all those characters that you love! That's right, it's time for "Hey, It's That Voice!" Today, it's time to look at the most panicky member of the Off Color gems, Rhodonite!

    She's absolutely adorable. There, I said it. I had to get it off my chest right away. I just love how she is a stressed out gem and such a worry wart that Pearl would tell her to relax. But even despite her constant panicking, she is just so adorable, charming, and just a really cool fusion. Their history is one I would love to know more about, particularly the Ruby and Pearl that fused together. In fact, her clothing is evidence that they haven't unfused in quite a long time. But nevertheless, I'm happy we got this really fun Off Color gem. But who is the voice of this cutie? Why, that would be Enuka Okuma!

    Here we see Rhodonite in her natural habitat.

    Enuka Okuma was born September 20, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a Canadian of Nigerian descent. Her first appearance on television was a minor role in an episode of MacGyver in 1990. Her first major role was in 1991 where she played Kelly in the teen soap oprea Hillside for the first season. She would go on to have guest starring roles in various television shows over the years, including Madison, Da Vinci's Inquest, Night Man, Shadow RaidersDeep In The City, These Arms of Mine, Andromeda, 24, How to Get Away with Murder, Slasher, and Masters of Sex.

    Traci Nash (Okuma) and Chris Diaz (Travis Milne) on Rookie Blue.

    Okuma is known for her work on two different crime dramas. The first is Rookie Blue (pictured above) where she had appeared in each episode during the six seasons. She starred as Traci Nash from 2010 until 2015. She also starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, where she played the main character's best friend and roommate, Lucy Dotson. Like with Rookie Blue, she appeared in every episode of the series, which lasted three seasons from 2002 until 2005.

    Left to right: Android 18 from Dragon Ball Z, Lady Une ("dominant and cold") and Lady Une ("peaceful") from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.

    Lastly, anime fans might be a bit surprised to find out that Okuma did some work for Ocean Studios. With Ocean, she would become the first English voice of Android 18 in Dragon Ball Z. She would also join the world of Gundam by voicing Lady Une in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing., the anime that is credited as popularizing Gundam in North America. Okuma would reprise the role of Lady Une in the film Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, one of my favorite anime films.

    And that will do it for this edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Join me next time when we look at another fusion in the Off Colors!