7/22/09 RIP Yoshinori Kanada
Anime legend Yoshinori Kanada (aka Iko Kanada) passed away on 7/21 due to cardiac arrest. He was extremely influential in shaping the action anime genre, and his many works included:
- "Birth" OAV: Original Manga Creator, Character Designer, Animation director
- "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" Movie: Key Animation Supervisor
- "Final Yamato" Movie: Animation director
- "Fushigi Yuugi" TV: OP Animator
- "Galaxy Express 999" Movie: Animator
- "Kiki's Delivery Service" Movie: Key Animator
- "My Neighbor Totoro" Movie: Original Art
- "Porco Rosso" Movie: Key Animator
- "Princess Mononoke" Movie: Key Animator
- "Toward the Terra" Movie: Key Animator
- "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" Movie: Layout Artist/Creature Animation Supervisor
Kanada-san is survived by his wife, artist/animator Makiko Kanada. Yoshinori Kanada was a member of the Region Free network as well, and his fanciful drawings can be found on his Artists page.
Cindy has also written about him in her blog on our sister site, AnimeStyle Pro.