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Director, Animator Kinji Yoshimoto Passes Away

  • November 10, 2021
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Director, Animator Kinji Yoshimoto Passes Away

Former mecha and effects illustrator, designer, and animator Katsuyuki Tamura revealed on Twitter on Monday that director and animator Kinji Yoshimoto passed away on November 5. Yoshimoto was 55.

Art designers Hiroyuki Ōyama and Toshinari Tanaka, and director and storyboard artistYoshikazu Miyao all expressed their condolences on Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Yoshimoto wrote the original Plastic Little manga with Satoshi Urushihara, and directed and storyboarded the OVA adaptation.

Yoshimoto also directed such anime as: Genshiken 2, I couldn’t become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job., Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors, Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin, Queen’s Blade: Grimoire, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Seven Mortal Sins, Legend of Lemnear, Kekko Kamen, End of Summer, Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest, and Another Lady Innocent, among others.

Yoshimoto also oversaw the series scripts for such anime as Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest, Seven Mortal Sins, Queen’s Blade: Grimoire, and Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin anime. Yoshimoto was also a key animator, storyboard artist, and character designer, working on anime such as La Blue Girl, Bubblegum Crisis, Crying Freeman, Dirty Pair, Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise, Megazone 23, and many more.

Yoshimoto was also the animation director for the Growlanser video game.

Source: Katsuyuki Tamura‘s Twitter account

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