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Anime Director of 'Fist of the North Star' Passes Away

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Jul 25, 2011 6:45 AM
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According to the tweets of animator Watanabe Atsuko and Kojina Hiroshi, anime director Ashida Toyoo passed away on July 23rd. He was 67 years old and had been struggling against cancer long. He established Studio Live in 1976 and trained many animators and directors.

Ashida's major works:
Cyborg 009 (1979) (character design)
Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) (director)
Hokuto no Ken Movie (director)
Hokuto no Ken 2 (director)
Mahou no Princess Minky Momo (character design)
Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam (character design)
Vampire Hunter D (director)
Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru (character design)
F-Zero GP Legend (character design)
Narue no Sekai (general director)
Black Blood Brothers (producer)
Souten Kouro (general director)

Ashida's disciples
Inoue Hideki (general animation director of "Ikoku Meiro no Croisée")
Kojina Hiroshi
Nishijima Katsuhiko (director of "Project A-Ko")
Oka Mariko (character design of "Nurarihyon no Mago")
Oshima Miwa (general animation director of "Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu" series)
Takahashi Mika (general animation director of "Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica")
Watanabe Atsuko
Yamauchi Noriyasu (general animation director of "Maria†Holic Alive")
Yoshimatsu Takahiro

Sources: Watanabe's tweet, Kojina's tweet
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Jul 25, 2011 6:58 AM
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I was unfortunate enough not to view any of his works. I'm looking forward to watching his work in the near future.

Rest in peace and Thank you for your hardwork.
Jul 25, 2011 7:34 AM
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R.I.P :)
Jul 25, 2011 7:37 AM
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Rest in peace.

Jul 25, 2011 7:44 AM
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Wow, rest easy Ashida
Jul 25, 2011 7:56 AM
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Was he killed by Kenshiro? Kidding...

More deaths in the Anime community, sigh.
Even when I was in crowd, I was always alone
Jul 25, 2011 8:13 AM
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RIP man they really need to find a cure for cancer
Jul 25, 2011 8:15 AM
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So this year is again full of deaths from the Anime community.... :(

Some great people came out of his hands. Rest in peace.
Jul 25, 2011 8:24 AM
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only anime i saw from his directions is "Vampire hunter D" and it was awesome

Rest in peace Ashida Toyoo
Jul 25, 2011 8:44 AM

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Fist of the North Star stands as one of the best and most iconic anime ever. RIP.
Jul 25, 2011 9:14 AM

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I never saw any of the things he worked on, but I did see some that his disciples did and most were very good.
May you rest in peace.
Jul 25, 2011 9:15 AM

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fist of north star of past,
one piece of present
Jul 25, 2011 9:27 AM

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I am shock over this. *Cue rimshot* Joking aside of course.

I was happy that I got to watch Fist of the North Star and it's essentially one of the staples of shonen/seinen.

Thank you very much Toyoo-san.
Jul 25, 2011 9:28 AM
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I guess he's ATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATA FWOAHHHH-ing in the next world now.
Jul 25, 2011 9:37 AM

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I haven't seen any of his work, but I heard good things about it. I have seen some of his disciples' work and can tell he taught them well.

Rest in peace.
Jul 25, 2011 9:41 AM

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damn, this guy did A LOT of work in his life. not only did he have some major titles under his belt, his students/disciples created amazing stuff as well.
Jul 25, 2011 9:45 AM

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Free from the suffering.
Rest in peace.
Jul 25, 2011 9:56 AM

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Started anime too late to actually get to know some of his best works.
-Fixing-
Jul 25, 2011 10:13 AM

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I'm glad I was able to see Fist of the North Star before he passed away.

RIP.
Jul 25, 2011 10:47 AM

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He will be remembered..
Jul 25, 2011 10:52 AM
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RIP
Jul 25, 2011 11:16 AM

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death..... we all must meet him at some point. RIP
Jul 25, 2011 11:53 AM

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I hope he's resting now
RIP
Jul 25, 2011 12:24 PM

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RIP
Now I need to watch Fist of The North Star in his honor.
Jul 25, 2011 12:40 PM

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i will watch his works one day. may you rest in peace.
Jul 25, 2011 1:28 PM

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R.I.P
Jul 25, 2011 1:46 PM
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rip, hnk was awsome.
Jul 25, 2011 2:38 PM
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What is it with cancer and peoble involved in the anime industry?
It's like they are specially weak to this shit.
Jul 25, 2011 2:38 PM

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How unfortunate......rest easy man
Jul 25, 2011 3:13 PM

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Rest in peace.

Jul 25, 2011 3:26 PM

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truly a legend he will be missed

I signed my screen and now its all smeary "When you meet your God tell him to leave me alone."

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Jul 25, 2011 4:26 PM

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Rest in peace.

I need to finish Fist of the North Star in his honor.
Jul 25, 2011 4:33 PM

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R.I.P dude, maybe its time i watched Fist of the North Star instead of procrastinating it more...



"If only if only, the woodpecker cried, the bark on the tree was as soft as the sky" || ♪My mind, heart is broken♫
Jul 25, 2011 4:39 PM

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I'm glad I got to see his best works before his passing. He will be missed. R.I.P
Jul 25, 2011 4:43 PM

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His works will continue to live on.

Rest in Peace.
Jul 25, 2011 6:45 PM
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RIP <3
Jul 25, 2011 8:09 PM

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Love Vampire Hunter D. Rest in Peace
Jul 25, 2011 10:35 PM

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damn, just when I'm almost done watching the first series : /

Jul 25, 2011 10:47 PM

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RIP
"Your taste is shit cause you like what I hate. Believe me I have 1000 cartoons that I rated with less than 5."


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RIP
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Jul 26, 2011 12:47 AM

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R.I.P :(
Jul 26, 2011 1:55 AM

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He did his job perfectly.
Rest In Peace
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Jul 26, 2011 2:19 AM
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Jul 26, 2011 2:29 AM
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ARGH.

RIP, dear sir...
Jul 26, 2011 2:57 AM
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Rest in Peace.
Jul 29, 2011 2:47 AM
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RIP
Jul 29, 2011 3:31 AM

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R.I.P although I've yet to watch your anime.
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