Minoru Takanashi, a Bandai Visual producer who worked on hit series like Escaflowne, Macross, Gundam and others, has died, animator Nobuteru Yuki reported Wednesday.
Takanashi’s impressive list of credits also includes series and films such as 3×3 Eyes, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Jin-Roh, Wolf’s Rain and Gunbuster.
Yuki, who reported the news on Twitter, wrote the following about Takanashi:
Without [Takanashi’s] project-planning powers, I don’t think Escaflowne would’ve been made… he did everything with a “let’s do it!”-style glint in his eye.
Takanashi was a frequent presence on the North American anime convention circuit, where he could be seen promoting Bandai Visual projects.
— 結城信輝 (@nobuteruyuuki) April 12, 2017
Correction: an earlier version of this article referred to Takanashi as Takahashi. We apologize for the error.