The Kyodo news service has announced that composer Kyohei Tsutsumi (real name: Eikichi Watanabe) passed away in his home on October 7, 2020 due to aspiration pneumonia. He was 80 years old at the time of his passing.
Tsutsumi was born in 1940, and composed more than 3,000 songs, including those for anime, and for rock bands and idols. In anime, he is best known for writing the theme song for Sazae-san, the world’s longest-running animated television series. He also wrote theme songs for Castle in the Sky, Heaven’s Lost Property, Tokyo Pig, and the first opening and ending for the Transformers television anime series.
He came to prominence in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the “kayōkyoku” style of pop music. He wrote Kiyohiko Ozaki’s hit song “Mata Au Hi Made” and Saori Minami’s hit song “17-sai.”