Sad news.

Animator and character designer of Ken the Warrior and Slam Dunk, Masami Suda’s cause of death has been revealed after he passed away at the age of 78. May he rest in peace.

As always in these cases, before publicly declaring his passing, a few days pass to allow family members to gather in mourning. He was outdated and died final August 1st, however, sources solely broke the information within the final 24 hours.

Suda was one of the vital cherished designers on this planet, particularly in Italy, a rustic that he regularly reached on the event of boards, conferences, and festivals, similar to Etna Comics in 2015, and participation in many workshops.

Masami Suda, born in 1943 in Saitama prefecture, was one of the most famous Japanese animators, making his debut in the Tatsunoko production house, where he refined his realistic and creative style works on major series like Judo Boy (Kurenai Sanshiro in the original version) e Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go in the original version which has also been transposed into a Hollywood live-action film), then passing through Gatchaman and Tekkaman!

Following his first experiences, he went to Toei Doga which was later changed to Toei Animation. And it is precisely here that in 1984 he started working on the Hokuto No Ken saga, well-known as Ken the Warrior. In fact, Masami Suda has the arduous task of having to simplify the features of the manga created by Tetsuo Hara, to adapt them to an animated series.

According to official reports, the animator lost his life due to the longtime illness; they announced that cancer became Masami Suda’s cause of death.

Rest in Peace, Suda.

Master of Japanese Animation Masami Suda Died at 78 - Cause of Death Clarified

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