The blog of manga creator Kunio Nagatani has announced that he had passed away at a hospital in Takanezawa, Tochigi prefecture due to congestive heart failure on November 25, 2018. He was 81 years old at the time of his passing.
Nagatani began his career submitting manga to the Manga Shounen magazine, with his work frequently appearing in Osamu Tezuka’s Manga Kyōshitsu column where he gave advice on drawing manga. There, Nagatani also met Shotaro Ishinomori, the creator of the Cyborg 009, Super Sentai, and Kamen Rider franchises. Nagatani joined Ishinimori’s Bokujū Itteki dōjinshi magazine, and there met Fujio Akatsuka.
In the late 1960s, he joined Studio Zero, an anime studio formed by manga creators and artists living together in the Tokiwa-sō apartment building, including Shinichi Suzuki, Akatsuka, Ishinomori, Doraemon creators Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, and Jirō Tsunoda. Nagatani later collaborated with Akatsuka on the Shibire no Skatan manga. In the Manga Sunday magazine, Nagatani created a series of parody manga, including Aho-Shiki and Baka-Shiki. He created the Kama Sutra manga alongside Go Nagai.