The death of Monkey Punch (real name Kazuhiko Kato), the mangaka behind Lupin III, has left many anime fans in tears. And now, the staff for the Lupin III TV anime’s Twitter Page has revealed that they will be hosting a special memorial event for the late mangaka who has given so much to them, as well as the fans.
As of writing, they are still deciding on the date and venue for the event. The twitter account then promised to reveal more once they have decided on when and where it would take place.
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The manga great was born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, and has resided in Sakura, Chiba until his passing on 11 April 2019. He started drawing 4-koma manga and doujinshi, before making his professional debut in 1965 with his debut title, “Playboy School” under the pen name Eiji Gamuta. He would later change his pen name to Monkey Punch following a suggestion by his editor. He honestly did not like that pen name at first, but grew liking it as the years went on. And it was under this pen name that he would create his greatest manga, Lupin III.
He passed away due to pneumonia last 11th April at the age of 81.However, he also passed away regarded by many fans as one of the greatest mangaka of all time. The entire So Japan Team has been saddened by his passing. We extend our condolences to his friends and family, and may he Rest in Peace