“Space Battleship Yamato” co-creator Yoshinobu Nishizaki dies in accident at sea

Movie producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki passed away in an accident on Sunday afternoon. He was 75. Nishizaki was best known as one of the co-creators of the "Space Battleship Yamato" anime series, along with Leiji Matsumoto (72).

At around 12:35pm on November 7, the Coast Guard received word that Nishizaki had fallen into the water from a ship named YAMATO (485 tons), while it was docked at Futami Harbor of Chichi-jima (part of the Bonin Islands). A rescue boat was able to retrieve him about 20 minutes later, but he died shortly after that.

YAMATO had docked at Futami Harbor the night before. On the morning of the accident, the ship had completed a trial voyage within the harbor. Nishizaki was wearing a wetsuit and was apparently preparing for a dive at the time that he fell from the ship. The Coast Guard is currently investigating for more details about the accident.

In addition to "Space Battleship Yamato," Nishizaki’s works included the series "Wansa-kun," based on a character designed by Osamu Tezuka.

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