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NEWS: Paradise Kiss, BECK Director Osamu Kobayashi Passes Away at 57


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KitKat1721



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:06 am Reply with quote
57 is too young, what a tragedy. I watched BECK and Paradise Kiss (both classics that are absolutely worth watching) really early into my anime fandom, and I still have both sets on my shelf today.
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penguintruth



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:14 am Reply with quote
He directed one of my favorite episodes of Lupin III Part IV, where Lupin finds himself in a dreamscape, observing Kou and Rebecca. RIP.
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Kakegurui



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:23 am Reply with quote
He worked on so many amazing anime that I love.

Rest in peace.
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Triltaison



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:48 am Reply with quote
We really are worse off for losing Kobayashi-san and I'm sad we won't see any more of what he still had to offer. RIP.

Paradise Kiss has been woefully out of print for too long, but I do own a copy of BECK so I'll try and watch a few episodes tonight.
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Wyvern



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:12 am Reply with quote
Damn, that's a real tragedy. He had such a unique voice and approach to anime. Paradise Kiss in particular is one of the best shoujo anime ever made, and Beck still holds up today as well. It's such a shame that we lost him so young.
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MarshalBanana



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:53 am Reply with quote
Was he the episode director who made those infamous episodes for Gurren Lagann and Dororo.
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ChrissyC



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:57 am Reply with quote
Rest in peace, those are classics from the time I wasn't even a double digit.
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Dextres



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:58 am Reply with quote
Rest in Peace.
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Zhou-BR



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:12 am Reply with quote
He was one of the most peculiar animators out there, with a style that always stuck out even when he worked on visually offbeat shows like Kemonozume. To me, however, his biggest talent was as a director, and I wish he had directed more shows and movies. May he rest in peace.
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ab2143



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:21 am Reply with quote
He was only 57 Sad RIP
I’m probably in the minority but I liked his work on episode 15 of Dororo. He also did a great job with Dororo’s 1st ED.
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Matros



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:41 am Reply with quote
ab2143 wrote:
He was only 57 Sad RIP
I’m probably in the minority but I liked his work on episode 15 of Dororo. He also did a great job with Dororo’s 1st ED.


I liked it too and it moved more than the average Dororo episode. An industry that tends to play it safe I'm all for experimental visuals. He was one of the most unique voices, one of a kind. He'll be truly missed.
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luffypirate



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:43 am Reply with quote
My condolences to his family and friends. I loved his style. Very unique.
Tonight I will watch some anime in his memory.
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MarshalBanana



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:41 pm Reply with quote
ab2143 wrote:
I’m probably in the minority but I liked his work on episode 15 of Dororo.
It certainly did add variety to the visuals. I think it would have done better if it had been used for a stand-alone episode, instead of one part of a two parter where the other half looks different. Like his Gurren Lagann episode.
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Sailor Sedna



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:59 pm Reply with quote
RIP. Crying or Very sad
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Swissman



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:47 pm Reply with quote
I enjoyed most of the shows he did, especially Paradise Kiss, and I wasn't bothered by the visuals in the 4th episode of Gurren Lagan at all. He had an unique vision of visual storytelling which broke the mold of the same old.

Rest in peace, Mr. Kobayashi.
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