Wednesday, October 16, 2013
He had been in the hospital since late August for liver cancer, according to the publisher of the Anpanman picture books.
Yanase, a native of Kochi Prefecture, became a cartoonist after working for a newspaper company and department store operator Mitsukoshi Ltd.
The Anpanman character (whose head is made of bread and filled with red bean paste) first appeared in a children’s tale in 1969. In the stories, which later became a popular picture book series, the hero offers his own head to feed the hungry. The TV show began airing in 1988.
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Comment: RIP Yanase-San! Now if only that kid down the street would grow the hell up so I don't have to hear that blasted Anpanman theme blaring all damn day and through the night!!!
With my luck, instead of a kid, he'll turn out to be some 45 year old "Otaku" type and he'll buy up the whole damned collection of the series and play them round the clock in remembrance...