Japanese media has reported the passing of Isao Tomita, who died of heart failure on Thursday at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital at age 84. Tomita composed music for many of pioneering creator Osamu Tezuka's anime including 1965's Kimba the White Lion, 67's Princess Knight, experimental shorts such as Pictures at an Exhibition, and 2005's Black Jack movie The Two Doctors Of Darkness. More after the jump.
Between 1978 and 2008, the official mascot of Japan's pro-baseball Pacific League's Saitama Seibu Lions was Panja (Caesar in English versions), the father of Osamu Tezuka's Jungle Emperor Leo (aka Kimba the White Lion of Lion King plagiarism accusations fame). The team has now begun offering fans who miss Panja and Leo a new set of t-shirts. Check them out after the jump.