Kodoani.com – Manga creator and animator Haruo Takahashi passed away on January 12 at a hospital in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, according to a statement by Japanese news agency Kyodo News on Monday. Takahashi, 76 years old, leaves behind an unparalleled legacy in the manga and anime industry.
His family will hold a funeral, and his eldest son, Haruka Takahashi, will serve as chief mourner.
Shigeru Tagawa, another manga artist, shared a message on Twitter about Takahashi’s passing, and also shared the final image from the anime Himitsu no Akko-chan, in which Takahashi is listed as animator image.
Haruo Takahashi was born on March 30, 1947 in Hachioji City, Tokyo, and left a big mark in the manga and anime industry. He drew the storyboards for the first Tensai Bakabon series and the first Lupine third television anime in 1971. Takahashi was also the chief assistant animator on the 1978 animated film Ringing Bell (Chirin no Suzu).
Takahashi is known for his gag manga that incorporate current events. His famous manga, Iwayuru Hitotsu no Chō-san Shugi, won the Bungeishunjū Manga Award in 1984. After 27 years, Takahashi ended the series in 2010, leaving behind a vast creative legacy for the community. fan community and the manga industry.