2/6/1919 - 10/13/2013
Animators & Cartoonists: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Takashi Yanase
TOKYO (AP) - Takashi Yanase, creator of one of Japan's most beloved cartoon characters, Anpanman, has died of heart failure, his studio said Tuesday. He was 94.
Yanase died at a Tokyo hospital early Sunday, Yanase said in a statement. He had been treated for liver cancer since August.
Anpanman is a superhero with the head made of anpan, or bread filled with red bean paste, a typical snack in Japan. In the cartoon, the round-faced, smiley hero, clad in a red suit and long cape,...