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Animation Director Noboru Ishiguro Passes Away

By March 21, 2012

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Longtime anime director and industry veteran Noboru Ishiguro has died at the age of 73.

A full list of Ishiguro's achievements and contributions reads like a rundown of almost every major seminal anime franchise of years past: the 1980s incarnation of Astro Boy, Space Battleship Yamato, Super Dimension Fortress Macross (the series that served as the basis for the English-language Robotech), and Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

He was active right up until the end, with his most recent directing effort being the 2008-9 anime series Tytania (derived from work by the creator of Galactic Heroes).

In 1978 he founded Artland, a production studio that's since contributed to a long and diverse roster of projects: Mushi-shi, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Eureka Seven, Fullmetal Alchemist, the Solid State Society installment for the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex franchise, and many more.

Ishiguro was scheduled to appear at North Carolina's Animazement convention in May. He appeared at Otakon in 2011, discussing a forthcoming project of his named Angel ScandyS (about nine girls -- three angels, three devils and three humans) competing to become idols.

The Asahi Shimbun has his obituary (in Japanese) here. Crunchyroll and Anime News Network have also weighed in.

Image of Noboru Ishiguro at Otakon 2011 courtesy of the author.


March 27, 2012 at 12:47 am
(1) josh.w says:

good bye my frend anime will miss you the world will miss you you will all ways be in are hearts

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