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Anime trailblazer Eiichi Yamamoto, ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ and ‘Astro Boy’ director, passed away at 80

Eiichi Yamamoto passed away

On Sept. 7, Eiichi Yamamoto, the trailblazing Japanese director behind groundbreaking anime and film, passed away of a heart failure at the age of 80.

His legacy: Born in 1940 in Kyoto, Yamamoto got a headstart into the world of animation after he graduated high school. He soon met the “Father of Anime” Osamu Tezuka in 1960 and they built Mushi Productions, according to the Anime News Network.

Filipina Woman Becomes Pixar’s First Supervising Female Animator

Meet Virginia “Gini” Santos, Pixar’s first female supervising animator who worked on the studio’s upcoming film, the Dia de los Muertos-inspired “Coco”.

Gini was born in the Philippines, but she moved to Guam with her family when was just 3 years old, according to Philippine media outlet Rappler. She then returned to her birth country and took up advertising arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.