Legendary director remembered for Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Naruto: Shippuden, Paradise Kiss, and many other anime classics.
What You Need to Know:
- On the night of April 17, 2021, anime director Osamu Kobayashi lost his two-year fight against kidney cancer and passed away at the age of 57.
- Kobayashi-san was best known as the director of the Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad TV anime to fans overseas. But throughout his career, which started in 1988 doing the mechanical design and key animation on the DRAGON'S HEAVEN OVA, he touched the lives of many, whether that was through his works, his style, his love of rock music, and his lovable personality and attitude.
- Now a memorial page has been opened for fans from across the world to send their messages of love to the family of Kobayashi-san.
- Fans are encouraged to write whatever memories they have of Osamu Kobayashi-san and how his work impacted them via this Google Form link.
Source: Official Press Release
What a great loss for the anime world.
He will be missed and fondly remembered.