Anime composer Isao Tomita passed away on May 5, 2016 due to chronic heart failure. He was 84 years old at the time of his passing.

Tomita was born in 1932 and started his music career while attending Keio University, and in 1963 he composed the music for NHK’s first “Taiga” historical drama Hana no Shōgai. In 1965 Tomita composed music for the Kimba the White Lion anime series, which is based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga. Tomita went on to compose the music for many other Tezuka and Mushi Production anime, such as Princess Knight, Dororo, Jungle Taitei Susume Leo, the 1996 and the 1997 Jungle Emperor Leo films, New Treasure Island, Cleopatra, Nihon Tanjō, Mermaid, Senya Ichiya Monogatari, and Pictures at an Exhibition.

He also composed the soundtrack for Toei Animation’s 1962 film Sinbad no Bōken film and the 1965 film Gulliver’s Space Travels: Beyond the Moon, as well as the 1964-1965 Big X anime series. More recently Tomita composed music for Black Jack: The Two Doctors Of Darkness, Dr. Pinoko no Mori no Bōken, and all three of Yoji Yamada’s “Samurai Trilogy” films (Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade, Love and Honor).

In the 1970’s Tomita was among the first to introduce the analogue synthesizer to Japan, and he was the first Japanese musician to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the United States. He released the Symphony Ihatov album in 2013 that featured virtual idol Hatsune Miku as a soloist.

Source: ANN