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Animator Yoshinori Kanada Reportedly Passes Away (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Animation director on Final Yamato, Gaiking, Hikarian

The animators' resource site Anido reports that animator Yoshinori Kanada died of a heart attack. He was 57. Kanada's career extended from the Galaxy Express 999 and Toward the Terra science-fiction classics of the 1970s and 1980s, to the later robot anime titles and eventually the anime films of Studio Ghibli. Members of his profession considered him a "super animator" representing Japan. The animation styles he developed would influence many animators who still work to this day. The following is a partial list of his credits:

2001 Ya Monogatari (OAV) : Storyboard 
Birth (OAV) : Character Design , Animation director , Main Animator 
Castle in the Sky (movie) : Key Animation Supervisor 
The Chocolate Panic Picture Show (OAV) : Storyboard 
Cutey Honey (TV) : Animation 
Dororon Enma-kun (TV) : Key Animation 
Down Load - Namiamidabutsu wa Ai no Uta (OAV) : Character Design , Key Animation 
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals (OAV) : Key Animation (ep. 4) 
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (US CG movie) : Layout Artist
Final Yamato (movie) : Animation director 
Fushigi Yuugi (TV) : Animation (OP) 
Gakuen Tokusou Hikaruon (OAV) : Key Animation 
Galaxy Express 999 (movie) : Animation 
Genesis Climber Mospeada (TV) : Opening Sequence Animation 
Getter Robo G (TV) : Animation 
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) : Key Animation 
Kujira no Josephina (TV) : Storyboard , Key Animation 
Muu no Hakugei (TV) : Mecha Adjustment 
My Neighbor Totoro (movie) : Original Art 
The Phoenix: Chapter of Ho-o (movie) : Key Animation 
Plawres Sanshiro (TV) : Storyboard , Key Animation 
Porco Rosso (movie) : Key Animation 
Princess Mononoke (movie) : Key Animation 
Queen Millennia (TV) : Mechanical design 
Sailor Moon SuperS (TV) : Animation 
Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars (TV) : Key Animation 
Talking Head (hybrid movie) : Key Animation 
Tottemo! Luckyman (TV) : Character Design , Opening Animation 
Toward the Terra (movie) : Key Animation 

Update: More background information added from animeanime.jp.

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