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.