Anime director Sunao Katabuchi posted on Twitter that anime director Toshio Hirata passed away on August 25, 2014. Hirata was 76 years old at the time of his passing.
Hirata began his career in 1960 when he worked on Alakazam the Great. During his career, Hirata would direct projects for both Mushi Productions and Madhouse; his credits include The Fantastic Adventures of Unico, Pet Shop of Horrors, and Barefoot Gen 2. Recently, he was one of many anime creators to contribute to the Space Dandy television anime series.