Legendary Manga Creator Leiji Matsumoto Dies At 85

| Updated: February 20, 2023 6:20 pm

Famous Japanese manga and anime creator Leiji Matsumoto, who penned epic space sagas like “Galaxy Express 999” and “Space Pirate Captain Harlock,” is no more, his office announced on Monday.

According to local media, heart failure was the cause of death. Matsumoto, 85, was also well-known for his collaboration with Yoshinobu Nishizaki on the TV show “Space Battleship Yamato” (known as “Star Blazers” in the United States), which aired in the 1970s. Matsumoto was both the show’s director and the brains behind the manga series that was derived from it.

Also, he supervised several animated videos, including “One More Time,” for the French electronic music group Daft Punk. Matsumoto, who was seven when World War II came to a close, claimed that his desire for people to avoid experiencing war and to live sustainably for the environment. 

Matsumoto received numerous honours from the Japanese government in addition to the French government’s “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.”

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