Osamu Dezaki Dead at 67
Acclaimed anime director Osamu Dezaki passed away on April 17 due to lung cancer. He was 67. Dezaki joined the Mushi Productions anime studio in 1963, and made his directorial debut with the 1970 Ashita no Joe television series. Dezaki and Masao Maruyama co-founded MADHOUSE in 1972. Osamu Dezaki is widely recognized for his trademark use of stylized freeze-frames, split-screens, and split-screens. He is fondly remembered as the director of anime series including Ace wo Nerae!, Ganba no Boken, Takarajima, Space Adventure Cobra, Rose of Versailles, the Golgo 13 and Black Jack anime films, and most recently the 2009 Genji Monogatari Sennenki television series.
Source: Anime News Network