Former Toei Animation producer Tasuku Saitō passed away of natural causes on February 27, 2021. He was 87 years old at the time of his passing.
Saitō was a producer and planner at Toei Animation, beginning with Shōnen Ninja Kaze no Fujimaru in 1964. Some of his other production credits include the Gegege no Kitarō 1968 and 1971 anime, the Tiger Mask: Kuroi Majin and Tiger Mask Fuku Men League Sen films, and the Hustle Punch 1965 anime series.
Under the pseudonym Nashio Kidani, he also wrote the lyrics to the “Yuke! Tiger Mask” theme song for the Tiger Mask television anime.