Otaku USA Magazine
Bandai Visual Producer Minoru Takanashi Dies
Takanashi promoting the Blu-ray release of Macross II.

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.

Source: ANN

Correction: an earlier version of this article referred to Takanashi as Takahashi. We apologize for the error.

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.