The official blog for anime director Toshifumi Takizawa has reported that Takizawa passed away on June 22, 2015 from esophageal cancer. He was 61 years old at the time of his passing.

Takizawa was born in Nagano prefecture, and graduated from Tokyo Zokei University. After graduation he joined Tokyo Animation Film and worked in photography. Later, he joined Shinei Animation and switched tracks to directing. After he joined Sunrise, he served as series director for Dirty Pair and chief technical director for Armored Trooper Votoms.

Takizawa later became a freelancer for storyboarding, directing, and producing. In 2004, he directed the Samurai 7 anime series.

His credits also include Big Wars, Crusher Joe: The OVA’s, the Dirty Pair Flight 005 Conspiracy and Dirty Pair: From Lovely Angels with Love OVAs, Blue Remains, Aura Battle Dunbine: The Tale of Neo Byston Well, and Aoki Ryūsei SPT Layzner. Takizawa also worked as a storyboard artist for such anime as Mad Bull 34, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, New Gigantor, Inazuma Eleven, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Black Butler.

Takizawa had also been working as a regular lecturer at Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts since April 2011.

Source: ANN