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'Beck', 'Paradise Kiss' Director Osamu Kobayashi Dies at 57

by Mako995
Apr 18, 3:20 PM | 26 Comments
Director Osamu Kobayashi died on Saturday after a two-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 57 years old.

Kobayashi's death was revealed through a post on his Twitter reading, "I left for heaven. I have been fighting kidney cancer for two years but unfortunately I am exhausted. I regret that there were still things that I would have liked to do and works that I would have liked to make. Surely I will be reborn again and produce great works. Adios from the eternal 23 year old."

Kobayashi was born in January 1964 in Tokyo. After graduating high school, he began his career as a designer and manga artist before diving into animation. He was best known as the writer and director of Beck and Paradise Kiss. Kobayashi also directed episodes of anime series such as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Naruto: Shippuuden, Dororo, Kemonozume, and Lupin III: Part IV.

Kobayashi's older brother, Makoto Kobayashi, also works in the anime industry. He is the original creator and director of the Dragon's Heaven original video anime, and did mechanical designs for Steamboy, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, and Samurai 7.

Source: Oricon News

20 of 26 Comments Recent Comments

This is a truly bad news indeed. Rest in peace sir, thanks for you great work.

Apr 23, 4:46 AM by Prasetya

Rest in peace sir. Your works will live on.

Apr 23, 2:42 AM by Shotttooo00_0000

Recently watched Paradise Kiss and loved it. This is sad to hear.


Apr 19, 2:29 PM by EmiliAv3

Rest in peace. We will never forget your greatest work.

Apr 19, 2:24 PM by ZOELSKI

Well damn, that sucks, I have heard good things about titles he has worked with. A sad passing.


Apr 19, 12:35 PM by NextUniverse

I'm in shock. We need to come up with a goddamn cure for this bs of a disease. I can only imagine what he went through during these last 2 years and how hard it must've been to write this message. This man was a legend and I hope he RIP. Condolences to his loved ones.

Apr 19, 12:06 PM by CataOrShane


Beck is hands down one of my favourite anime. Thank you for giving it to us.

Apr 19, 10:35 AM by operationvalkyri

May his soul rest in peace. He gave us some wonderful animes.

Apr 19, 10:12 AM by Haneken2086

What a damn shame. F cancer, man.


Apr 19, 7:31 AM by cyruz

Crow_Black said:
SamuraiLeroy said:
Thanks for creating one of my fav manga of all time Rest in Piece

He directed the animes but he wasn't the creator.

Oh I just realized sorry my bad I just haven't got enough sleep

Apr 19, 6:12 AM by SamuraiLeroy

SamuraiLeroy said:
Thanks for creating one of my fav manga of all time Rest in Piece

He directed the animes but he wasn't the creator.

But still RIP to him and my condolences to all his loved ones.

Apr 19, 6:09 AM by Crow_Black

Sad to hear about that. May he rest in piece.

Apr 19, 6:09 AM by FMmatron

It really disheartens me every time I read someone young dies. That is just not right.


Apr 18, 11:29 PM by SoldierDream

That last message, ouch...

Apr 18, 11:28 PM by LeonhartAugust

His last message was powerful, as much as him. Rest in peace king.

Apr 18, 8:04 PM by lima57

Fuuuuuuuck rip indeed.

Apr 18, 7:00 PM by Chandela

Rest in peace, i love Paradise Kiss... This is so sad.

Apr 18, 6:59 PM by Mitsuketta

RIP that is so sad to hear this news, my huge condolences go out to his family and colleagues during this tough time <\3

Apr 18, 6:05 PM by Some1ridiculous

Rest in peace . His final message too , it hurts :((

Apr 18, 5:36 PM by Doc101

Very sad news to wake up to.

Rest in peace and thank you for your hard work.

Apr 18, 4:53 PM by _MushiRock11_

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