Kamui Designer/Unico Helmer Moribi Murano Passes Away
posted on by Egan Loo
Manga creator and illustrator Moribi Murano passed away due to heart failure in a Tokyo hospital on Monday, March 7 at 10:00 p.m. He was 69. He had been hospitalized since January due to illness.
Murano was born in Dalian, China on September 5, 1941 under the name Mamoru Satō. He made his professional debut with Dangan Ronkii in 1958, and his manga works include Kusabue no Kisetsu, Boxer, Kakine no Majo, Osamu to Tae, and Shokunin-zuku Hyakkei. Arguably his best known work is Hoero! Bun Bun (Howl! Bun Bun) about the adventures of a puppy; the story inspired a 1980-1981 television anime and a 1987 anime film.
Murano also became an animator under the tutelage of the late pioneer Osamu Tezuka. Murano directed the Unico: To The Magic Island film and designed the characters in the Dagger of Kamui film.
A service will be held in Tokyo on the morning of March 13. Murano is survived by his wife Taeko Satō.