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Anime Director Osamu Dezaki Passes Away

Anime director Osamu Dezaki passed away on April 17, at the age of 67,due to lung cancer. He was born in Tokyo in 1943, and he debuted as a manga artist when he was still in high school. In 1963, he joined Mushi Productions, the studio founded by manga and anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka, and he made his directorial debut with Ashita no Joe in 1970. Dezaki and Masao Maruyama co-founded the anime studio MADHOUSE in 1972.

Among the many works Dezaki directed are:

  • Ace no Nerae!
  • The Air film
  • Ashita no Joe
  • Bionix Six
  • Black Jack The Movie
  • The Clannad film
  • Ganba no Boken
  • Genji Monogatari Senneki
  • Golgo 13: The Professional
  • Hajime Ningen Gyatoruz
  • Mighty Orbots
  • Nobody’s Boy – Remi
  • The Rose of Versailles
  • The Snow Queen
  • Space Adventure Cobra
  • Takarajima (Treasure Island)

He developed a unique style of direction that included dramatic freeze-frames, split-screens, and lighting effects in pivotal scenes.

Source: ANN

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