Thu, Dec. 8th, 2011, 09:20 am
ladyofviolets: Some days late but still: Shingo Araki dies at 72.
Shingo Araki was one of the giants of Japanese animation. In 1955, at age eighteen, he debuted as a cartoonist in the "Machi" magazine. He then joined Mushi Production as animator in 1965 and later founded Studio Jaguar in 1966. In 1970, he debuted as animation director in the Mushi TV Series "Joe of Tomorrow", and later worked on the anime adaptations of several of Go Nagai's manga, including Devilman (1972), Cutie Honey (1973), and UFO Robo Grendizer (1975), serving as a character designer on the latter two.
He usually collaborated with animation director Michi Himeno, who he met in 1973. They formed Araki Production in 1975. He worked as animation director in 1978's "Goodbye Battleship Yamato: Warriors of Love". He, with Himeno, had been celebrated for their success. The Araki-Himeno duet collaborated on TV series and animated films such as "Saint Seiya" (1986–89), "Saint Seiya Overture" from 2004.
Some of his successes are Majokko Megu-chan (1974), Lupin III (1977), Mugen Kido SSX (Captain Harlock, 1978), Versailles no Bara (Lady Oscar, 1979), Hana no Ko Lunlun (Angel, 1979), Mahou Shoujo Lalabelle (1980), Uchû Densetsu Ulysses 31 (Ulises 31, produced 1980, released 1981), and the versions for OVA of Fuma no Kojirô (1991). International accreditation came with Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac, 1986), for his dynamic drawing style along with the elegant drawings styles of Michi. This Dynamic Duel, as they are known, have been instrumental in the success of the series.
Working for Toei Animation and Tokyo Movie Shinshia, Araki was also an animator on several American productions which outsourced animation work to Japan, including Mighty Orbots (1984, key animation), The Adventures of the American Rabbit (1986) and G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987).
Man, so many old memories from childhood and teenage years are now gone with him. Specially in regards to Lunlun, Saint Seiya and Rose of Versailles. RIP, Mr. Araki.
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2011, 12:11 pm
bemysty: Kawakami Tomoko passes after long illness
(Soifon in Bleach, Hikaru in Hikaru no Go, Utena in, well, Utena) passed away. She was 41.
Fri, Oct. 29th, 2010, 12:55 pm
ladyofviolets: Takeshi Shudo
Minky Momo/Pokémon Writer Takeshi Shudo Passes Away
Minky Momo creator collapses at train station before being rushed to hospital
Legend of the Galactic Heroes producer Masatoshi Tahara and translator Dan Kanemitsu report that Minky Momo creator and Pokémon writer Takeshi Shudo passed away. He was 61 years old. Shudo had been rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after he collapsed at the Nara railway station's smoking area in Nara City on Thursday. The hospital's emergency care center determined that he had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage in his head.
Shudo created the Fairy Princess Minky Momo television anime series and worked on many of its spinoffs. He later supervised the scripts on the original Pokémon television anime series and wrote several of the movies, including the first three. His other works include Idol Tenshi Youkoso Yoko, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Martian Successor Nadesico, and Tokusou Kihei Dorvack. As recently as this year, he was working with Dogakobo and Gonzo on a new character project called Cheer Figu!
Sun, Sep. 5th, 2010, 12:33 pm
darksumomo: Satoshi Kon's last words
I found a link to a translation of his last written statement, which is about his impending death.Satoshi Kon's last words
Tue, Aug. 24th, 2010, 05:38 pm
ladyofviolets: Satoshi Kon.
Jim Vowles, a member of the Otakorp Board of Directors for the Otakon convention, has announced on Tuesday that director Satoshi Kon has passed away. Kon was 47. The staff of Otakon confirmed his passing with MADHOUSE studio founder Masao Maruyama. Maruyama had wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday night in Japan that an important director of the studio had suddenly passed away. However, Maruyama declined to name the director at the time.
Kon began working as a manga creator on such works as Kaikisen (1990) before deciding to delve into the anime industry with the art design of Hiroyuki Kitakubo and Katsuhiro Otomo's Roujin Z video in 1991. He then worked on the script and art direction of "Magnetic Rose," a segment of Otomo's 1995 science-fiction anthology film Memories.
Kon first drew worldwide attention with his feature film directorial debut, the psychological suspense film Perfect Blue, in 1997. He would follow that with a string of critically acclaimed anime projects: Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Paranoia Agent (2004), and Paprika (2006). At the time of his passing, Kon was working at MADHOUSE on a new feature film called Yume-Miru Kikai.
ANN interviewed Kon in 2008 as he was beginning work on Yume-Miru Kikai.
Source here: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-08-24/award-winning-director-satoshi-kon-passes-away
Wed, Jul. 7th, 2010, 02:40 pm
darkecology: Ilene Woods, voice of Cinderella, dies at 81
Woods died Thursday of causes related to Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in the Los Angeles area, said her husband, Ed Shaughnessy, who was a longtime drummer with Doc Severinsen's band on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show
Sat, Jan. 9th, 2010, 05:35 pm
llama_treats: And his pony pal Pokey, too :(
Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008, 02:20 am
demonoflight: There goes your late childhood.
Maddie Blaustein has passed away last week, as confirmed by 4Kids.
"It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our friend and colleague Maddie Blaustein. Maddie was a voice actress for hit shows such as Pokémon, Chaotic: M’arrillian Invasion, Dinosaur King, and Sonic X. She was a wonderful actress, friend and inspiration. Her talent, friendship and laughter will be missed by all."
Maddie was perhaps most famous for being the voice actress of Meowth in Pokemon for nearly eight seasons.
Tue, Dec. 9th, 2008, 12:06 pm
llama_treats: A smorgasbord of the dead
Wed, Sep. 3rd, 2008, 08:16 pm
Bill Melendez, animator for the "Peanuts" specials, dies at 91.
"Melendez, the only animator permitted by Charles M. Schulz to work with the Peanuts characters, earned eight Emmy Awards, 17 Emmy nominations, one Oscar nomination and two Peabody Awards. He began his career at Disney and Warner Bros., working on classic characters at those studios, and spent more than 70 years in the entertainment industry."