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'Cowboy Bebop' Scriptwriter, 'Wolf's Rain' Creator Keiko Nobumoto Dies at 57

'Cowboy Bebop' Scriptwriter, 'Wolf's Rain' Creator Keiko Nobumoto Dies at 57

Dai Satou posted on Friday that fellow scriptwriter Keiko Nobumoto died on December 1 due to esophageal cancer. She was 57. Nobumoto began her career as a scriptwriter for the Tobe! Kujira no Peek (Fly! Peek the Whale) movie in 1991 and the Hiroshima ni Ichiban Densha ga Hashitta...

Dec 10, 2021 9:48 PM by DatRandomDude 36 Comments

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Director Kinji Yoshimoto Dies at 55

Director Kinji Yoshimoto Dies at 55

The official website of the Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest) television anime announced on Wednesday that director Kinji Yoshimoto died on November 5. He was 55. Yoshimoto was a prolific director who helmed series such as Mac...

Nov 10, 2021 8:56 AM by DatRandomDude 19 Comments

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'Edens Zero' Director Yuuji Suzuki Dies

'Edens Zero' Director Yuuji Suzuki Dies

Following the 25th and final episode broadcast of Edens Zero on Sunday, the official website of the television anime announced that the series director Yuuji Suzuki died on September 9 in a hospital in Tokyo. Before helming Edens Zero with chief director Shinji Ishihara, Suzuki s...

Oct 2, 2021 11:49 AM by DatRandomDude 30 Comments

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'Dragon Ball' Composer Shunsuke Kikuchi Dies at 89

'Dragon Ball' Composer Shunsuke Kikuchi Dies at 89

Doraemon (1979) and Dragon Ball composer Shunsuke Kikuchi died of aspiration pneumonia on April 24. He was 89 years old. Kikuchi was born on November 1, 1931, in Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture. His prolific career composing music for film, television, and anime began with the f...

Apr 28, 2021 7:38 PM by ImperfectBlue 40 Comments

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

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

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....

Apr 18, 2021 3:20 PM by Mako995 26 Comments

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Animator Yasuo Ootsuka Dies at 89

Animator Yasuo Ootsuka Dies at 89

Yasuo Ootsuka (right) with Hayao Miyazaki Animator Yasuo Ootsuka died on Monday, March 15. He was 89 years old. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed the news on the same day at the 2021 Tokyo Anime Award Festival. Ootsuka was born on July 11, 1931, in Shimane Prefecture...

Mar 16, 2021 9:25 PM by ImperfectBlue 12 Comments

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Animator Minako Shiba Dies

Animator Minako Shiba Dies

Studio Pierrot revealed on Tuesday that animator and character designer Minako Shiba has died. The studio did not disclose the date or cause of death. Shiba was born on February 15, 1971, in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. She was a fan of video games and aimed to work in the industr...

Mar 16, 2021 5:42 PM by ImperfectBlue 13 Comments

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Animator Tatsufumi Itou Dies at 55

Animator Tatsufumi Itou Dies at 55

Animator and director Tatsufumi Itou's wife Mariko Itou announced on Twitter on Monday that her husband died of a brainstem hemorrhage. He was 55 years old when he died on May 23. Mrs. Itou wrestled with his death for some time, but said she is calm enough now to share the news....

Jul 1, 2020 3:36 PM by ImperfectBlue 13 Comments

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Focus: Behind the Scenes of the New 'City Hunter' Movie

Focus: Behind the Scenes of the New 'City Hunter' Movie

City Hunter began as a Weekly Shounen Jump manga series by Tsukasa Hojo in February 1985, where it ran for a total of 35 volumes until November 1991. Between 1987 to 1991, it was adapted to four TV anime series totaling 140 episodes and three animated films, all with director Ken...

Jan 17, 2020 4:47 AM by Kineta 2 Comments

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Voice Actress Aya Suzaki Marries Writer Takashi Ifukube

Voice Actress Aya Suzaki Marries Writer Takashi Ifukube

Voice actress Aya Suzaki and writer Takashi Ifukube announced on their Twitter accounts on Tuesday that they have gotten married. Suzaki is affiliated with I'm Enterprise. Some of her roles include Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill, Tamako Kitashirakawa from Tamako Market, and M...

Jan 1, 2020 10:11 AM by Sakana-san 9 Comments

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Interview: 'Gibiate' Team's Yoshitaka Amano and Ryo Aoki at NYCC 2019

Interview: 'Gibiate' Team's Yoshitaka Amano and Ryo Aoki at NYCC 2019

Artist Yoshitaka Amano's career began with a letter of acceptance sent to his home in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan when he was 15 years old. The animation studio Tatsunoko Production, famous for Mach GoGoGo and Space Ace at the time, wanted the teenage Amano working for them. A fe...

Nov 29, 2019 1:15 PM by ImperfectBlue 1 Comment

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Interview: 'Bean Bandit' OVA Team on Car Action, Natto-Flavored Candy, and More

Interview: 'Bean Bandit' OVA Team on Car Action, Natto-Flavored Candy, and More

Kenichi Sonoda, the veteran mangaka behind Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats, announced in 2018 that he would be launching a Kickstarter project for a new anime OVA titled Bean Bandit. The project raised ¥23,343,872 (about $215,000 USD at campaign close), and completed Blu-rays are...
Interview: Studio Trigger Discusses 'Promare' Before North American Premiere

Interview: Studio Trigger Discusses 'Promare' Before North American Premiere

MyAnimeList had the opportunity to sit down with Promare Director Hiroyuki Imaishi (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill), Producer, Creative Director Hiromi Wakabayashi, and designers Shigeto Koyama and Takashi "Super Log" Shibuya at Anime Expo 2019 to talk about the sci-fi...
Interview: Kinema Citrus Staff Reflect on 'Made in Abyss'

Interview: Kinema Citrus Staff Reflect on 'Made in Abyss'

From left to right: Kevin Penkin, Masayuki Kojima, Hiromitsu Iijima Following the success of its 2017 TV anime adaptation of the Made in Abyss manga, Kinema Citrus announced in early 2018 that it would be releasing two recap movies for the series, titled Made in Abyss Movie 1: T...
Interview: Wit Studio's George Wada and Staff of 2020 TV Anime 'Great Pretender'

Interview: Wit Studio's George Wada and Staff of 2020 TV Anime 'Great Pretender'

From left to right: George Wada, Ryota Kosawa, Hiro Kaburagi, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto In 2012, George Wada and Tetsuya Nakatake, producers at Production I.G, were named President and Director, respectively, of the newly formed Wit Studio, a subsidiary of IG Port. Wit Studio, whic...

Aug 18, 2019 11:28 PM by Naruleach 9 Comments

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Police Release Names of 10 Victims in Kyoto Animation Fire

Police Release Names of 10 Victims in Kyoto Animation Fire

Kyoto Prefectural Police announced on Friday the names of ten victims in last month's apparent arson attack on the No. 1 Studio building of animation production company Kyoto Animation. The incident has killed 35 people in one of Japan's deadliest mass murders since World War II....

Aug 3, 2019 10:50 PM by arsonal 33 Comments

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Interview: Atsushi Nakayama and Ryoma Ebata Talk 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

Interview: Atsushi Nakayama and Ryoma Ebata Talk 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

In a unique spin on the thriving isekai subgenre, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) tells the tale of a 37-year-old man who reincarnates as a slime after he dies. Aired over two cours beginning in October of 2018, the anime adaptation of th...
Interview: 'Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari' Team Talks Music and Direction

Interview: 'Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari' Team Talks Music and Direction

From left to right: Kevin Penkin, Takao Abo, Hiromitsu Iijima A year after the completion of its critically-acclaimed anime adaptation of Made in Abyss, Kinema Citrus released a new project in early 2019: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero). While not as...
Interview: 'Yakusoku no Neverland' Team Discuss Their Winter 2019 Success

Interview: 'Yakusoku no Neverland' Team Discuss Their Winter 2019 Success

Released in Winter 2019, studio CloverWorks' TV adaptation of the dark fantasy manga, Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland), currently sits as MyAnimeList's 39th highest rated anime of all time. A second season is in production and is slated to air in 2020. Courtesy of...

May 26, 2019 12:26 AM by Congress 26 Comments

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Interview: 'Code Geass' Production Team Discuss Latest Movie

Interview: 'Code Geass' Production Team Discuss Latest Movie

From left to right: Eiji Nakada, Yuriko Chiba, Gorou Taniguchi, Koujirou Taniguchi After its first episode aired in October 2006, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion went on to capture the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world. Even now, over ten years after the...