According to the twitter of anime producer Kikukawa Yukio, animator and producer Kakoi Hiroshi was killed in the earthquake. He was 56 years old.
He was one of the producers of Macross II: Lovers Again
. He was known as one of the key animators who created the episode 27 of Macross
in 1982. The action scenes of the episode had made a great impact on the young animators at that time. Anno Hideaki
were among the key animators of the episode.
According to animator Onda Naoyuki, Kakoi had already retired from the anime industry.
Sources: Kikukawa's tweet
, Ond's tweet
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