Anime In Memoriam: 2018

These are the members of the anime industry who passed away in 2018. May they rest in peace.

  • Koji Yamada, founder of Studio Wanpack, passed away on January 2, 2018.
  • Hiroki Takagi, animator, passed away on Fberuary 2, 2018 after being diagnosed with influenza.
  • Makiko Nitta, voice actress, passed away on February 8, 2018 from aortic dissection.
  • David Ogden Stiers, English voice actor for some of Studio Ghibli’s films, passed away on March 3, 2018 at the age of 75 from bladder cancer.
  • Isao Takahata, director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, passed away on April 5, 2018 at the age of 82 from lung cancer.
  • Chuck McCann, voice actor, passed away on April 8, 2018 at the age of 83 due to congenital heart failure.
  • Yukiji Asaoka, voice actress, passed away on April 27, 2018 at the age of 82.
  • Osamu Shoji, composer, passed away on April 30, 2018 at the age of 85 due to malignant lymphoma.
  • Hideki Saijo, voice actor and theme song performer, passed away on May 16, 2018 at the age of 63 due to heart failure.
  • Takao Asaga, producer, passed away on June 16, 2018 at the age of 61.
  • Denis Akiyama, voice actor, passed away on June 28, 2018 at the age of 66.
  • Utamaru Katsura, voice actor, passed away on July 2, 2018 at the age of 81.
  • Fujio Tokita, voice actor, passed away on July 18, 2018 at the age of 81 due to a brain hemorrhage.
  • Unsho Ishizuka, voice actor, passed away on August 13, 2018 at the age of 67 due to esophageal cancer.
  • Kunihiro Abe, mecha animator, passed away on August 15, 2018 at the age of 50.
  • Miyoko Asou, voice actress, passed away on August 25, 2018 at the age of 92 due to senility.
  • Kirin Kiki, voice actress, passed away on September 15, 2018 at the age of 75.
  • Hikaru Miyata, voice actor, passed away on September 23, 2018 at the age of 87 due to an acute aortic dissection.
  • Karyn Dwyer, voice actress, passed away on September 25, 2018 at the age of 43.
  • Ko Takashina, writer, passed away in October 2018 at the age of 76.
  • Nobuo Tanaka, voice actor, passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of 83.
  • Kouji Tsujitani, voice actor, passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of 56 due to a stroke.
  • Keiichiro Kimura, animation director and character designer, passed away on October 19, 2018 at the age of 80 due to a heart attack.
  • Tetsuo Goto, voice actor, passed away on November 6, 2018 at the age of 68 due to esophageal cancer.
  • Fred Patten, anime and manga essayist, passed away on November 12, 2018 at the age of 77.
  • Ken Narita, theme song singer, passed away on November 13, 2018 at the age of 73 due to pneumonia.
  • Akira Miyazaki, screenwriter and director, passed away on November 25, 2018 at the age of 84 due to bile duct cancer.
  • Yu Yamamoto, scriptwriter, passed away on November 25, 2018 at the age of 71.
  • Mahito Tsujimura, voice actor, passed away on November 27, 2018 at the age of 88.
  • Mayumi Hirota, animator, passed away in December 2018.
  • Masato Suga, anime music producer, passed away on December 11, 2018 at the age of 59 due to pneumonia.
  • Toshiko Fujita, voice actress, passed away on December 28, 2018 at the age of 68 due to breast cancer.

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