Writer and voice-over actor Takashi Tachibana passed away in late April and his family just made the announcement this week. Tachibana would probably be most recognizable to otaku for supplying his voice to Seiya Tsukishima in Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart. That’s not the only time he worked with Studio Ghibli, though he mainly helped them out with research and collaborations. He also cowrote the book Ghibli no Kyōkasho 1 Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä (translated as Ghibli Text-book I: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind).
Outside of his Studio Ghibli work, Tachibana wrote books and articles, and he covered everything from politics to medical research to history. A report he did on alleged corruption caused a former prime minister of Japan to resign.
He was 80 years old at the time of death and died from acute coronary syndrome.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.