He was 77 years old, Masami Suda, Japanese illustrator and character designer of the Ken the Warrior anime. His death, which occurred in early August, was made known only a few hours ago.
Born in 1943 in the prefecture of Saitama in 1943 he made his debut in the world of animation thanks to the production house Tatsunoko where in the 60s he began to work on many successful series: among these “Kurenai Sanshiro”, better known by us as “Judo Boy” , “Mach Go Go Go” (“Speed Racer”), where he holds the role of animator and designer; “Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman” (“Ninja Gatchaman Tech Team”) and Uchu No Kishi Tekkaman (“Tekkaman, the space knight”) in which he is a designer.
The peak of his career, however, was reached at the turn of the 80s and 90s thanks to the animated transposition of Hokuto no Ken, Ken the warrior, a character who became famous all over the world. The Maestro will also take care of the 1986 film, where he was able to take drawing and graphic rendering to even higher and more spectacular levels and, subsequently, the second series Hokuto no Ken 2 of 1987.