Over at All the Anime, I write an obituary for electronica pioneer Isao Tomita, who also composed the theme song to Tezuka’s Jungle Emperor.
“The 15-track Jungle Emperor album would become the first anime-themed LP, selling 100,000 copies – generating lucrative royalties for Tomita, but also for the unknown lyricist. The main suspect was animation director Eiichi Yamamoto, leading to further arguments about whether he had written the words during a working day, thereby forfeiting his royalties to the company, or during one of the 250 hours of unpaid overtime he had clocked. Eventually, Mushi’s managers ruled in favour of themselves, fearful of setting a precedent.”
My obituary for the artist Tony Luke is up on the All the Anime blog. Not really sure of his date of birth, but hopefully someone will correct me.
The picture at right is one of his last, depicting “Lynn Minmay” actress Mari Iijima as a ballet dancer, and a far cry from his earlier work of heavy metal heroes.
In case you missed it last week, my obituary of the manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, creator of Spooky Ooky Kitaro and chronicler of Japan’s ghosts, real and otherwise.
My obituary of Toshio Hirata, the animator whose career spans Kimba the White Lion to Space Dandy, and points between like Bobby’s in Deep and that painting from The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is now online at the Manga UK blog.
For those who missed it last week on the Manga UK blog, my obituary for Ryutaro Nakamura, the director of Serial Experiments Lain.
My obituary of Toren Smith (left), prime mover in the American manga business, is up now on the Manga UK blog.
My obituary of Gerry Anderson, focussing on his Japanese contacts (or lack of them), is up now on the Manga UK blog. It’s quite fun, and includes dastardly producers, animated homages, and a scene in which Helen McCarthy is accused of being a terrorist.