Animation art director Shichirō Kobayashi passed away on August 25, 2022 due to congestive heart failure. He was 89 years old at the time of his passing.
After graduating from Musashino Art University, Kobayashi worked as an elementary school art teacher and then joined Toei Dōga (now known as Toei Animation) in 1964. He then established his own Kobayashi Production company in 1968. He served as the art director on such anime as Dokonjo Gaeru, The Adventures of Gamba, Ganso Tensai Bakabon, Tomorrow’s Joe 2, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer, and Nodame Cantabile.
Kobayashi received the Nihon Anime Taishō award in the Art category in 1986 and the Tokyo International Anime Fair’s Award of Merit in 2009. The Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs gave him the Film Award of Merit in 2011.