Takashi Yanase, the creator of the Anpanman manga and anime series, passed away on October 13, 2013 due to heart failure. He was 94 years old at the time of his passing.
Prior to becoming a full-time manga creator, Yanase worked in the Mitsukoshi department store chain’s advertising department, and he also contributed wrapping paper designs.
Yanase also served as the head of the Japan Cartoonists Association from 2000 to 2012, when he retired due to his health and his age. In addition, Yanase also wrote the lyrics for Taku Izumi’s “Te no Hira wo Taiyo ni.” He also designed the Gomen Ekio-kun character for Tosa Kuroshio Railway’s Gomen Nahari Line.