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Nakamura Ryuutaro, director of 'Kino no Tabi' and 'Serial Experiments Lain', Passed Away

by symbv
Jul 25, 2013 9:37 AM | 123 Comments
Nakamura Ryuutaro, director of many anime including "Kino no Tabi" and "Serial Experiments Lain", passed away at around 4pm on June 29, 2013 after months of fighting pancreatic cancer. The news was delayed according to his family members' wish and it was announced today via the official Twitter of the Chibi Neko Tom project, which was the first anime Nakamura directed (1990). Nakamura Ryuutaro was born in 1955 and was 58 years old.

Source: Chibineko Tom's Twitter

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I love you.

And plese rest in goodness.

Sep 7, 2013 9:20 AM by Caesar

thanks for all of your work..
kino no tabi, ghost hound, and obviously serial experiment lain..
truly masterpiece..

Sep 7, 2013 9:10 AM by God_of_Cardboard


ghost hound and serial experiment lain is masterpiece,too bad despera ain't going to broadcasted

Sep 7, 2013 5:10 AM by groundfish

rip :(

Aug 16, 2013 1:00 PM by MonokuroKinema

Rest in peace.

What a devastating blow.

Keep pursuing your dreams! ~ Wynn

Aug 15, 2013 10:17 PM by Kuandohan

Goodnight, sweet prince. ç___ç

Jul 29, 2013 9:49 AM by Ikazuchi93

I always thought of Serial Experiments Lain as a masterpiece. Upon his passing I decided to finally watch Kino no Tabi and it totally blew me away. It's now in my top 5 favorites. His anime are timeless and will never be forgotten. And I'll always look at Despera with envy and imagine how great it would have been, it joins The Dream Theater as the masterpieces that never were.


Jul 28, 2013 11:27 PM by LayedBack

sad sad sad :(

Would have been great to see more from this talented guy.

Jul 28, 2013 12:32 PM by TheCoolAlchemist

That's sad, Kino no Tabi is one of my alltime favorites. I should probably give Lain another try too.

Jul 28, 2013 8:30 AM by Pullman

Finished Kino no Tabi and it's movies last night. Wasn't the best anime in the world, but he did a great job making such a mundane, episodic setting fairly interesting. My condolences with his family and may you have had no regrets.

Sorayin said:
RIP in peace. But Lain is still 2deep4me.

Rest in peace in peace?

Jul 28, 2013 8:15 AM by yhunata

RIP in peace. But Lain is still 2deep4me.

Jul 27, 2013 6:38 PM by GrownUp

oh my, RIP. Lain was a good watch.

Jul 27, 2013 7:56 AM by snuffless

another anime god passes away thats so sad and why the hell is it always cancer i hope that someday we have something to cure cancer to many people die of that disease.

I wonder what will happen with is new project called "Despera" will someone carry it on cause he cant finish it anymore.

Jul 27, 2013 3:46 AM by Darkvoid

I haven't watched Lain nor Kino no Tabi yet but have heard nothing but raving praises for those anime. RIP; you were a talented, innovative director.

Jul 26, 2013 10:17 PM by itsvero

Really Sad news.. R.I.P

Jul 26, 2013 4:38 PM by kimukun23

Sad news... R.I.P !!

Jul 26, 2013 3:45 PM by Roxas_XIII

I didn't see any of his anime yet but i respect his calling

Jul 26, 2013 2:28 PM by Mr_Gutts

Don't think i watched any of his works yet, although i definitely plan to someday.
Sad to hear him pass away, rest in peace.

Jul 26, 2013 10:47 AM by operationflik

RIP : (

Jul 26, 2013 10:05 AM by AnimeFan500

That's so sad.. Rest in Peace.

Jul 26, 2013 9:52 AM by Ghost-Chan

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