Norio Shioyama (1940-2017)

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Ever since Michiyo Yasuda and Makiko Futaki, from Studio Ghibli passed away, so did he unexpectedly. Norio Shioyama. An animator, illustrator, character designer, and animation director. For he did “InuYasha”, “Mobile Suit Victory Gundam” and more.

Born on March 28th, 1940, he survived the final days of WWII in Japan. In 1970, when he began to become a Japanese animator, he was becoming good. At the time when ‘Oh! Production’ was founded. By the time he did “Tiger Mask”, “Armored Trooper Votoms”, and many more on anime I’ve never heard about, but are interesting, he worked on key animation and design work for “InuYasha”. From 2001 to 2004. At the time when that was on YTV Canada in English. In Canada.

He didn’t do “InuYasha: The Final Act”, but he did worked on being a key animator for the three ‘InuYasha’ movies. Except for the ‘Fire on the Mystic Island’ movie. Before that, he worked on his first anime movie, for that was “Mobile Suit Gundam F91”.

And after that, especially writing a few more novels that he wrote, he then remained silent for a while. Until on April 13th, 2017, before Good Friday, a fire occurred at 1 am, destroying his eighth floor apartment. In the 14-floor Misato Danchi apartment complex in Misato, Saitama Prefecture. Both he and his wife were found dead. He was 77 years of age when he died unexpectedly.

He was old, but we, us anime fans were surprised for that has happened to him. But we sure do appreciate his anime artwork. For he did everything on anime, on some artwork that were astonishing. And more importantly, he showed me on how anime all is on “InuYasha”. A spectacular anime TV series, based on the manga books. As it was then made into an anime TV series, including “The Final Act”. It’s four movies too really. As YTV Canada, was the first to deal with before “Toonami”.

Rest in peace my friend. Your artwork was splendid. Especially “InuYasha”.

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