Tag: obits

September 12, 2023 · 0 comments

Buichi Terasawa (1955-2023)

Buichi Terasawa (1955-2023)

The manga artist Buichi Terasawa, who died on 8th September, enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in the 1980s, becoming popular just as his particular brand of lurid, violent sci-fi formed the fuel for the early 1990s boom in adult anime. He was born plain Takeichi Terasawa in Hokkaido – he would use the alternate […]

August 20, 2023 · 0 comments

Nizo Yamamoto (1953-2023)

Nizo Yamamoto (1953-2023)

The background artist Nizo Yamamoto, who died on 19th August, spent his whole life working in the Japanese animation sector. Born on the Goto islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, he developed an interest in painting and architecture at school before studying at the Tokyo Designer Gakuin. He was not yet out of college when he found […]

April 2, 2023 · 0 comments

Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952-2023)

Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952-2023)

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s first taste of fame was in the late 1970s, when his band Yellow Magic Orchestra competed with Kraftwerk to become the kings of electro-pop. With synthesiser tracks like “Heroic Raydeen” (a reference to an old anime show), the YMO set the standards for electronic music around the world, kick-starting a boom that has […]

March 9, 2023 · 0 comments

Takahiro Kimura (1964-2023)

Takahiro Kimura (1964-2023)

Takahiro Kimura, who died on 5th March, first got the idea that animation might be the career for him when he saw episodes of Armoured Trooper VOTOMS and Blue Meteor SPT Layzner in his student days. “As for the university,” he later remembered, “well, I realised that if I wanted to graduate at the rate […]

February 20, 2023 · 0 comments

Leiji Matsumoto (1938-2023)

Leiji Matsumoto (1938-2023)

“Manga artist Leiji Matsumoto has departed for the sea of stars.” That was how his daughter Makiko Matsumoto, who heads his office Studio Leijisha, announced Matsumoto’s death on 13th February of acute heart failure in a Tokyo hospital, at the age of 85.

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