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In Memoriam

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
To those who left us in 2018

Kunihiro Abe
Animator
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Denis Akiyama
Voice Actor
Medabots, Power Stone, Sailor Moon

Yūki Aoyama
Drummer for nano.RIPE
The Devil is a Part-Timer, Non Non Biyori, Food Wars! The Second Plate

Takao Asaga
Anime Producer
Guyver: Out of Control, Riki-Oh: Tōkatsu Jigoku, Oh My Goddess!, Battle Angel, Wedding Peach

You Asagiri
Manga Creator
Golden Cain, Midnight Panther

Yukiji Asaoka
Actress, Singer, Dancer
My Neighbors the Yamadas, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, The Mouse and His Child

Miyoko Asou
Voice Actress
Sazae-san, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Steve Ditko
Comic Artist
Creator of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange characters

Karyn Dwyer
Voice Actress
Sailor Moon Super S

Kyoko Enami
Actress
Live-action Gokusen series

Kaori Fujita
Illustrator
Kuromajyo-san ga Tōru!!, Suikoden V

Toshiko Fujita
Voice Actress
Digimon Adventure, Cat's Eye, Silent Mobius

Tetsuo Goto
Voice and Stage Actor
One Piece, Dragon Ball Super, Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files

Mayumi Hirota
Game Designer, Animator
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, Tear Ring Saga

Masashi Ishibashi
Actor
J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, Battle Fever J, Kagaku Sentai Dynaman, Kousoku Sentai Turboranger

Unshō Ishizuka
Voice Actor
Cowboy Bebop, Dragon Ball Super, Pokémon, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

Hiroshi Kajiyama
Illustrator, Manga Creator, Game Designer
Dual Soul One Body, Curse Blood, Dragon Master Silk, Golden Sun game franchise

Gō Katō
Actor
Ōoka Echizen, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

Utamaru Katsura
Rakugo Performer
Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress, Rakugo Tennyo Oyui

Margot Kidder
Actress
Superman: The Movie, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Kirin Kiki
Actress
Jack to Mame no Ki, Taro the Dragon Boy, Brave Story, The Secret World of Arrietty

Keiichiro Kimura
Animation Director and Character Designer
Tiger Mask, Cyborg 009, Lupin the Third, Casshern Sins

Shinichi Koga
Manga Creator
Eko Eko Azarak

Susumu Kubo
Founder and President of Aoni Productions

Yasuyuki Kunitomo
Manga Creator
100-oku no Otoko, Junk Boy

Yoshihiro Kuroiwa
Manga Creator
Kishin Dōji Zenki

Stan Lee
American Comics Pioneer
X-Men, Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Heroman, Ultimo, The Reflection

Ursula K. Le Guin
Writer
The Left Hand of Darkness, A Wizard of Earthsea

Caribu Marley
Manga Creator
Old Boy, Ao no Senshi, Hard Core: Heisei Jigoku Brothers

Chuck McCann
Actor and Comedian
Powerpuff Girls, Fantastic Four (1994), DuckTales, Adventure Time, Fables from Hans Christian Andersen

Akino Mimura
Manga Creator
School Days, Densetsu no Shōjo

Hikaru Miyata
Voice Actor
Naruto, Heat Guy J, Noein - to your other self

Akira Miyazaki
Scriptwriter, Director
Raccoon Rascal, The Perrine Story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Shoji Mizuno
Designer
Bomberman, Beyblade, Beyblade: V-Force, Beyblade G Revolution

Kunio Nagatani
Manga Creator
Aho-Shiki, Baka-Shiki, Kama Sutra

Ken Narita
Singer
1979 Cyborg 009 anime

Makiko Nitta
Voice Actress
Bokurano, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Kick-Heart

Daichi Nobe
Actor
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Kamen Rider Build, Uchū Sentai Kyūranger

Ren Osugi
Actor
Weather Woman, Uzumaki, MPD Psycho, Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light

Fred Patten
Anime and Manga Essayist
Founding member of the original Los Angeles-based Cartoon/Fantasy Organization (C/FO)

John Rogers
President of Comic-Con International

Hideki Saijo
Singer, Actor
Chibi Maruko-chan, Turn A Gundam, Botchan

Momoko Sakura
Manga Creator
Chibi Maruko-chan

Takahiro Satō
Manga Creator
Samejima, Saigo no Jūgonichi, Ippon!, Bachi Bachi

Mario Segale
Businessman
Inspiration for the name of the titular character in Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. franchise

Osamu Shōji
Composer
Space Adventure Cobra, Wicked City, Adieu Galaxy Express 999

David Ogden Stiers
Voice Actor and Actor
M*A*S*H, Beauty and the Beast, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away

Masato Suga
Music Producer
Ranma ½, Oh My Goddess!, Android Ana Maico 2010

Hiroki Takagi
Animator
Project A-Ko, Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Patlabor, Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202

Isao Takahata
Director and Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli
Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, My Neighbors the Yamadas, The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Kō Takashina
Anime Scriptwriter
Lupin III: Part II, Lupin III: Part III

Nobuo Tanaka
Voice Actor
Gatchaman, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA, Lupin III: Part II

Fujio Tokita
Voice Actor
Manga Nihon Mukashi Banashi, Castle in the Sky, Unico in the Island of Magic

Shigeru Tsuchiyama
Manga Creator
Ginga Senshi Apolon, Kuishin Bō!, Kenka Ramen, Shoku-King, Kinban Gourmet Bushimeshi!

Mahito Tsujimura
Voice Actor
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Beast King GoLion, Nintama Rantaro

Kouji Tsujitani
Voice Actor and Sound Director
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Inuyasha

Ugeppa (U.G.E)
Manga Creator
Hounds Tokushusei Hanzai Shitei Sōsa-bu, 8.1 Yamada Yūsuke Gekijō, Macross Plus -Tac Name-, Little Challenger Wake Up, Girls! -side I-1 club-

Eduard Uspensky
Writer
Creator of Cheburashka character

Robert J. Walsh
Composer
Transformers, Transformers: Scramble City

Kōji Yamada
Founder of Studio Wanpack

Yū Yamamoto
Anime Scriptwriter
Mobile Suit Gundam, J9 Series

Additionally, the unnamed elderly landlady who was the inspiration for Tarō Yabe's Oya-san to Boku (Landlady and Me) essay manga passed away in August.


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