On Tuesday, the japanese animation community suffered a devastating loss. Yoshinori Kanada, a highly influential animator since the 1970s, died from a sudden heart attack aged only 57 years old.
Kanada inspired several changes to the way the directorial process in animation is carried out and even inspired an art movement in Japan. For fans he’s known as the lead animator on such wonderful Studio Ghibli titles as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service (one of my personal favourites) as well as his groundbreaking work in Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within movie.
Kanada’s work brought hours of wonder to children and adults alike. This is the legacy that shall live on after him and is as good as any man can hope for.