News Hellsing Director Umanosuke Iida Passes Away (Updated)
posted on 2010-11-26 11:55 EST
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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