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

by dtshyk
Jul 25, 2011 6:45 AM | 47 Comments
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

20 of 47 Comments Recent Comments

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

Jul 29, 2011 3:31 AM by ForsakenArcher


Jul 29, 2011 2:47 AM by Gaming2

Rest in Peace.

Jul 26, 2011 2:57 AM by kyuuyou


RIP, dear sir...

Jul 26, 2011 2:29 AM by MysticHrist

Rest In Peace.

Jul 26, 2011 2:19 AM by cyruz

He did his job perfectly.
Rest In Peace

Jul 26, 2011 1:55 AM by toph-bei-fong

R.I.P :(

Jul 26, 2011 12:47 AM by WinterSeason

R. I. P. -_-

Jul 26, 2011 12:29 AM by Kyo-


Jul 26, 2011 12:21 AM by AlexSadist-sama


Jul 25, 2011 10:47 PM by Cashdax

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

Jul 25, 2011 10:35 PM by Trie

Love Vampire Hunter D. Rest in Peace

Jul 25, 2011 8:09 PM by Kazeshini

RIP <3

Jul 25, 2011 6:45 PM by Wintersun93

His works will continue to live on.

Rest in Peace.

Jul 25, 2011 4:43 PM by Yorozuya-GIN

I'm glad I got to see his best works before his passing. He will be missed. R.I.P

Jul 25, 2011 4:39 PM by gmsephiroth

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

Jul 25, 2011 4:33 PM by Neverarine

Rest in peace.

I need to finish Fist of the North Star in his honor.

Jul 25, 2011 4:26 PM by WanderingMind

truly a legend he will be missed

Jul 25, 2011 3:26 PM by Corpse69

Rest in peace.

Jul 25, 2011 3:13 PM by Rezurrekt

How easy man

Jul 25, 2011 2:38 PM by Dreadnaught_500

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