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Founding Editor of Animage Hideo Ogata Dead at 73 UPDATE: Miyazaki Read Eulogy

Hideo Ogata, the first editor-in-chief of Japan’s No. 2 anime magazine, Animage, died aged 73 on Thursday local time. Animage, whose title is a combination of the English words “animation” and “image,” began publication in 1978, and has offered its support over the years to many anime directors who are today international superstars.

Animage serialized Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind from 1982 to 1994, a project Ogata was responsible for planning. Later the magazine had a major role in the creation of Studio Ghibli. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki is a former editor at the magazine.

[via animeanime ]

UPDATE [1/30]: Two entries at the Studio Ghibli production blog comment on Mr. Ogata’s death and memorial service, which was limited to friends and family. According to the blog, Mr. Suzuki gave condolences to the family immediately upon hearing of Mr. Ogata’s passing, and Hayao Miyazaki read a eulogy at the memorial service. The blog honors Mr. Ogata as “a mentor [to Mr. Suzuki] unlike any other in his lifetime,” and thanks Mr. Ogata for his contributions “not only to Mr. Takahata, Mr. Miyazaki and Mr. Suzuki but to Studio Ghibli.”

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