Director Osamu Kobayashi, known for hit anime including “Naruto Shippuden” and “BECK,” has passed away at 57.
Kobayashi’s Twitter shared the famed anime director died on April 17 after struggling with kidney cancer for two years, according to Anime News Network.
小林治 57歳 昨夜
— 小林治 (@osamukoba) April 18, 2021
“Osamu Kobayashi, Aged 57—I set off for heaven last night. It’s unfortunate to say that I ran out of strength after battling kidney cancer for the past two years…It is regretful because there are still things I wanted to do and works I wanted to make. When I am reborn again, I will surely make some great works! Adios. The eternal 23-year-old,” the tweet said.
Born on Jan. 10, 1964 in Tokyo, Kobayashi worked as an animator, illustrator, mechanical designer and director, HITC reported.
Prior to the anime industry, he had designed a manga series after graduating high school.
In 1989, Kobayashi worked as a Mecha cleanup in the anime film “Venus Wars.”
He made his directorial debut with the 2002 film “Table and Fishman.”
Kobayashi later became well-known for his directorial work in the anime series “Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad,” which ran from 2004 to 2005 and “Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies” in 2008.
Osamu Kobayashi will always be unique creator with distinct aesthetic. Greatly respect his will to explore rough and not tradionally beatiful. His passion for music, urban and fashion is greatly felt in his works.
Rest in peace… pic.twitter.com/27LevLKuko
— 💉 Unhealthy Escapist 💉 (@Xmax360) April 18, 2021
One of his most notable works was directing a few episodes of the “Boyhood” filler arc in “Naruto Shippuden,” showing the characters when they were young, reported Hypebeast. The director also helped develop concept art for the 2014 film “The Last: Naruto the Movie.”
These episodes are my favourite work from Osamu Kobayashi. They perfectly encaptulate his style and philosophy. May he rest in peace, he’ll always be remembered https://t.co/bXh8eMYMpw
— Thats CONFIDENTIAL (@Ototo4lifu) April 18, 2021
Many fans took to social media to extend their condolences.
Thank you for bringing to life a wonderful story for all of us to love and enjoy ❤️
Rest In Paradise, Osamu Kobayashi pic.twitter.com/qYhOpbuyT2
— ✝ Dark, The Enigma ✝ (@DarkTheEnigma) April 19, 2021
Thank you for making my childhood awesome💙https://t.co/3osthAvyrB
— 9GAG (@9GAG) April 19, 2021
Rip one of the legends Naruto director and illustrator osamu kobayashi passed today at age 57 😢 pic.twitter.com/alKQgLpSyo
— ⚡️ B$moove ⚡️ (@ChattyNword) April 20, 2021
Rest In Peace Osamu Kobayashi. Mans illustrated my first and greatest anime Naruto and directed the greatest band anime ever(IMO)Beck . pic.twitter.com/FT1Kj2wsrw
— Rophy (@RophyLA) April 21, 2021
Rest in Peace to Osamu Kobayashi, your work made my childhood beautiful and it changed my life in many ways, Thank you.🙏
— Mphonyana Mosikili🇮🇹 (@5MILES__) April 20, 2021
— EastCoast_Prodigy♠️ (@josh_dmv) April 20, 2021
Wow, Osamu Kobayashi, an absolutely legendary icon of the animation industry has reportedly passed away from cancer at age 57. That is beyond devastating. Rest in peace. Your work affected me in indescribable ways. pic.twitter.com/GzpJ23r8Tu
— Ajay 🥚 (@AnimeAjay) April 17, 2021
57 is too young 🙁 RIP Osamu Kobayashi, who directed BECK, Paradise Kiss, and episodes of stuff like Kemonozume and Lupin the 3rd Pt IV that _always_ stood out for their rough, expressive style. Wish he got to do more. pic.twitter.com/WnN4PAESps
— Mike Toole (@MichaelToole) April 18, 2021