Takashi Yanase Dies: Manga, Anime Creator of Anpanman (+Anime Video)

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
October 15, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Manga and anime creator Takashi Yanase, known for the internationally popular series Soreike! Anpanman, died at the age of 94 on Sunday. He died of heart failure, reports the Anime News Network.

Yanase’s Soreike! Anpanman premiered in 1988, and the character Anpanman has appeared in dozens of other anime projects since. Anpanman uses his powers to protect his home town. Yanase was in his 70s already when his work became famous. 

Before dedicating himself to manga, Yanase worked in advertising for the Mitsukoshi department store chain. 

He was born in Tokyo in 1919, but grew up in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku, according to Asahi. He served in the military starting in 1940 and he was in China during World War II. 

As well as character design, Yanase wrote songs for the Anpanman series. He was also head of the Japan Cartoonists Association from 2000 to 2012. 

Soreike! Anpanman

 

 

Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.