Very, very sad loss for every mech anime fan.... Gigantor was what started the whole giant robot genre, I daresay Gundam wouldnt have been here if it wasnt for him, as well as many other mech animes and super robots.....While not explicitly Gundam-related news, I thought it'd be appropriate to mention here since we've covered Imagawa's new Tetsujin 28 series several times of late.
It's being reported by Japanese news sources such as Yomiuri On-line and Sankei Web that mangaka Mitsuteru Yokoyama died on April 15 at about 10:30 pm at a Tokyo hospital as a result of serious burns he suffered in a fire at his home. Yokoyama's two younger sisters were also injured. Police say that since an ashtray was at Yokoyama's bedside, carelessness with a cigerette was potentially the cause of the fire.
Yokoyama was the creator of popular manga like Tetsujin 28, Giant Robo, Babel II, and Sally The Witch. He was 69 years old. Fellow mangaka Go Nagai expressed shock at the news as well as his appreciation for Tetsujin 28, which was a childhood favorite.
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