Japanese media and agency Aoni Production have announced the passing of veteran voice actress Yuko Mizutani of breast cancer at age 51. Mizutani debuted as Sarah Zabiarov and Cheimin Noa in 1985's Zeta Gundam and is best known as the voice of Sakiko Sakura in family anime Chibi Maruko-chan. She's known to international anime watchers as Mihoshi in Tenchi Muyo!, Sora in Digimon Adventure, Chocolate Misu in Sorcerer Hunters, Luchs in Saber Marionette, and Pinoko in Black Jack.
Kugimiya Yoichiro's (production affairs coordinator on Studio Ghibli movies including The Wind Rises and Princess Kaguya) Trash Studio has announced the the passing of Makiko Futaki on May 13th at age 58. A veteran animator, Futaki worked on key animation for all of Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli movies and most of Isao Takahata's, as well as classic anime features Akira and Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise.
Japanese media has reported the April 12th passing 86-year-old narrator/voice actor Ōhira Tōru, whose work dates back to a 1955 dub of the 40's American Superman cartoon, which has been described as the first dubbed program to air on Japanese TV. He voiced five characters for the production, including both Clark Kent and Lois Lane. More after the jump.
Acclaimed manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, best known for his nationally beloved Gegege no Kitaro series, passed away due to multiple organ failure in a hospital in Tokyo around at 7:00 am today, November 30. He was 93. Hit the jump for more details.
North American manga publisher Seven Seas has shared their condolences on the passing of translator Anastasia Moreno, who worked on Kisses Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink, Girl Friends, Girls und Panzer, Zero's Familiar and Strawberry Panic at the company, as well as the Love Hina and Trinity Blood novels and Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl anime. More after the jump.
Anime fans learned today that veteran voice actor Chikao Ohtsuka. Long time fans remember him fondly for roles such Nezumi Otoko in GeGeGe no Kitaro dating back to 1968, Goemon in Lupin III, Jagi in the Fist of the North Star movie, TaoPaiPai in Dragon Ball, Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Hound, Joseph in the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure OVA, and more recently, chararcters like One Piece's Gold Roger.
Seinenza has announced that actor Tomoyuki Dan passed away this week at age 50 of recurrent aortic divergence. Anime fans might know him for his work as Kisame Hoshigaki in Naruto. More recently, he appears as Iskikawa in Ghost in the Shell: Arise. More after the jump.
Toren Smith, one of the looming figures in the story of localizing manga and anime for English speakers, passed away on March 4th at age 52. Smith helped bring classics like Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell and Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira to North America, as well as set the stage for the manga boom of the 00s. More after the jump.
Young Jump has confirmed that Junko Nakano, an author of mature manga such as seinen rom-com B. Shock! and more recently the 10 volume hot springs travel club Hetakoi, passed away on July 28th at age 45 of ischaemic heart disease. More after the jump.
Long before Naruto, American audiences met a ninja named Sasuke with MGM's 1961 release of anime movie Magic Boy aka Shōnen Sarutobi Sasuke. The feature was directed by Akira Daikuhara, who also served as an animator of the first color anime movie and first to be released in America, Hakujaden -The Tale of the White Serpent. Recently, the animator who saw the shaping of modern anime passed away. More after the jump.
Junpei Takiguchi leaves behind quite the legacy, with legendary roles throughout anime, including that of Yatterman's Dokurobei, leader of the villainous Dorombo Gang. He passed away on August 29 at the age of 80. More after the jump.
G-Mode, a mobile games developer in Japan, released a statement yesterday that its CEO and co-founder Takeshi Miyaji passed away on July 29 at the age of 45. Miyaji was best known for creating the much loved Grandia RPG series. More after the jump.
Another unfortunate passing has occurred, this time concerning the world of J-Rock. Isshi, vocalist for rock band Kagrra, died in his home on July 18, though it was just announced yesterday. He was only 32. More after the jump.
Sad news from this weekend, as legendary anime director/designer Toyoo Ashida passed away on Saturday, July 23 at the age of 67. More after the jump.