Bandai Visual Producer Minoru Takanashi, best known for his work with “Escaflowne”, “Macross Plus”, and “Cowboy Bebop”, has passed away.

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This shocking announcement was made via a Tweet from animator Yuuki Nobuteru, who worked on titles such as “orange” and “Yamato 2202”. No cause was given for Takanashi’s death.

Some of the other works attached to Takanashi’s name include “Ghost in the Shell”, “Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd Gig”, “Wolf’s Rain”, “Macross 7”, and “Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket”.