2014 In Review: Anime In Memoriam

Remembering those in the anime industry who passed away during 2014:

  • Yasuki Hamano, anime and media expert, passed away on January 3 at the age of 62 due to a stroke.
  • Takajin Yashiki, the singer for the theme and image songs for Mobile Suit Gundam – The Movie Trilogy, passed away on January 3 at the age of 64 due to espphageal cancer.
  • Koichi Tsunoda, animator, passed away on January 14 at the age of 75 after a long battle with cancer.
  • Russell Johnson, narrator in Robotech II: The Sentinels, passed away on January 16 at the age of 89 due to natural causes.
  • Seizo Katou, voice actor, passed away on January 17 at the age of 86 due to complications from bladder cancer.
  • Ichiro Nagai, voice actor, passed away on January 27 at the age of 82.
  • Masaaki Tsukada, voice actor, passed away on January 27 at the age of 74 after being under medical treatment for illness for some time.
  • Campbell Lane, anime dub actor, passed away on January 30 at the age of 78.
  • Kevin Seymour, anime dub director, passed away on February 6, 2014.
  • Runa Akiyama, voice actress, passed away on March 8, 2014 at the age of 61 due to acute heart failure.
  • Kirsten Bishop, voice actress, passed away on April 15, 2014 at the age of 50 due to lung cancer.
  • Kouji Yada, voice actor, passed away on May 1, 2014 at the age of 81 due to chronic kidney failure.
  • Tadahiko Hirano, anime theme song singer, passed away on June 13, 2014 at the age of 76 due to a heart attack.
  • Casey Kasem, voice actor in Battle of the Planets, passed away on June 15, 2014 at the age of 82 due to complications from Lewy body disease.
  • Katherine Schroeder, website designer and anime DVD menu designer, passed away on July 17, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
  • Shuusei Nakamura, voice actor, passed away on July 30, 2014 at the age of 79.
  • Lauren Bacall, the voice of the Witch of the Waste in the English dub of Howl’s Moving Castle, passed away on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89.
  • Toshio Hirata, director, passed away on August 25, 2014 at the age of 76.
  • Iemasa Kayumi, voice actor, passed away on September 30, 2014 at the age of 80 while undergoing medical treatment.
  • Kazuko Yanaga, voice actress, passed away on November 1, 2014 at the age of 67 due to sepsis.
  • Rokuro Naya, voice actor, passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of 82.
  • Nobuyoshi Koshibe, anime music composer, passed away on November 21, 2014 at the age of 81.
  • Bunta Sugawara, Japanese actor who provided anime voices, passed away on November 28, 2014 at the age of 81.
  • Keinojou Mizutama, artist, passed away on December 13, 2014 at the age of 55 after a long period of hospitalization.
  • Hidetoshi Nakamura, voice actor, passed away on December 24, 2014 at the age of 60.

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