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Tiger Mask Father Keiichiro Kimura Passes Away

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Legendary animator, Keiichiro Kimura, born on April 5, 1938 has passed away at the age of 80.

Kimura joined Toei Animation in 1961 and worked as animation director and character designer on films and series such as Cyborg 009 and Tiger Mask. He has also worked as key animator on other anime such as Speed RacerLupin the Third, and Casshern Sins.


With imagination, spirit, and age-defying vitality, he hopes to fill his audience with courage and excitement. He has greatly influenced the animation industry with his fierce artwork, dynamic, daring actions and his use of camera angles. It is no exaggeration to say that Keiichiro Kimura is the founder of modern Japanese action animation.



“I create the animated version of rock!” Keiichiro Kimura

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