Anime In Memoriam: 2012

Taking a final look back at the members of the anime industry who passed away during 2012:

  • Hisao Maki, co-creator of the Tomorrow’s Joe video anime series Joe vs. Joe, passed away on January 2 at the age of 71.
  • Akira Adachi, anime scriptwriter, passed away from pneumonia on January 6 at the age of 75.
  • Sayuri, voice actress, passed away from cancer on March 6 at the age of 55.
  • Noboru Ishiguro, anime director, passed away on March 20 at the age of 73.
  • Takeshi Aono, voice actor, passed away from a multiple cerebral infarction after an aortic aneurysm on April 9 at the age of 76.
  • Akira Daikubara, animator, passed away from pneumonia and old age on June 17 at the age of 94.
  • Susumu Ishikawa, voice actor and singer, passed away from stomach cancer and emphysema on October 30 at the age of 79.
  • Taro Arakawa, voice actor, passed away from multiple organ failure on November 15 at the age of 56.
  • Takashi Taniguchi, voice actor, passed away on December 28 at the age of 65.

Anime Voice Actor Taro Arakawa Passes Away

Anime voice actor Taro Arakawa passed away on November 15, 2012 at the age of 56 from multiple organ failure. Arakawa’s credits include Norisuke Namino in Sazae-san, and his voice could also be heard in such anime as Dirty Pair, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Princess Minky Momo, Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Detective Conan (aka Case Closed).

Arakawa is survived by his wife, Atsuko Sato.