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Hellsing Director Umanosuke Iida Passes Away (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Iida directed last half of Gundam: The 08th MS Team after Takeyuki Kanda's passing

Anime director Jun Kamiya reported on his Twitter account on Saturday that fellow director Umanosuke Iida had passed away, and manga creator Koichi Tokita confirmed the news. Iida was 49.

Iida had directed the Hellsing, Tide-Line Blue, Mighty Space Miners, and CB Chara Nagai Go World anime projects. He had assumed the directorial reins of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team after the first director of that anime, Takeyuki Kanda, passed away suddenly during production.

Iida also drew storyboards for The Big O, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Brave King GaoGaiGar Final Grand Glorious Gathering, Cowboy Bebop, Gin Rei, and Shangri-La.

[Via Uri-Sure Matome R]

Update: Iida's official website reports that he passed away at 2:36 p.m. on November 26 due to lung cancer. The animator organization Anido reports that a vigil will be held on November 29, followed by a service on November 30.

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