Code Geass Character Designer Takahiro Kimura Has Passed Away

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Animator Takahiro Kimura, who served as character designer on series like Code Geass and Gun x Sword, passed away on March 5 after a battle with amyloidosis. The announcement was made by the Code Geass website on March 9.

The disclosure of the disease’s name was made in accordance with the wishes of Kimura’s family. The NHS defines amyloidosis as a “group of rare, serious conditions caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body” that can “lead to organ failure.”

Kimura was born in 1964 in Fukuoka. Some of his earliest production credits include serving as in-between animator on the Black Magic M-66 OVA and the Touch anime series in the 1980s. In the 21st century, Kimura contributed key animation to titles like A Letter to Momo, Snow White with the Red Hair, Carnival Phantasm (opening animation), and Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu.

As character designer, Kimura’s name can be found in shows like:

Dirty Pair Flash 

The King of Braves GaoGaiGar


SD Gundam Force

Dororon Enmakun

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

Code Geass Lelouch of the Re;surrection

Kimura last worked on the 2021 movie Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash, where he was one of the character animation directors.


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