Last 13 February 2017, the anime industry lost one of its trailblazers, as former anime director Seijun Suzuki, passed away. The anime industry veteran died at the age of 93 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Born in 1923, Suzuki made his directorial debut with 1956’s “Victory is Mine”. He then served as the Chief Director for Lupin III: Part II anime series, before directing the Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon anime film in 1985.
Suzuki has gained a reputation for his avante-garde style of film-making and even got himself a cult following. He also won several awards, including an Honorable Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival.
May you rest in peace.
Source: NHK News