The Nikkan Sport and Sports Hochi just reported that pioneering anime animator Kazuko Nakamura has passed away on August 3. The announcement came after her family held a private funeral. She was 86. Nakamura is credited for her work on popular and well known anime such as Kimba the White Lion, Princess Knight, The Thumbelina and Astro Boy. She worked for Toei Douga (now Toei Animation known for Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball) as an animator, working on the iconic 1958 anime film Hakujaden/The White Snake. She also worked at Mushi Productions on anime such as Astro Boy, A Thousand and One Nights and Wonder Three.
Kazuko Nakamura was a pioneer in animation, being one of the few female animators during a time when the Japanese animation industry was dominated by men. Her skills caught the attention of famed manga creator Osamu Tezuka, who offered her the position of animation director at Mushi Productions. She has also worked on such anime as Cleopatra, Alakazam the Great, The Phoenix: Chapter of Dawn, Marvelous Melmo, Tales of the Street Corner, and Magic Boy, among many others.
Kazuko Nakamura passed away on August 3 due to old age. She was pioneer in the animation industry, praised by her fellow animators for her work ethic, immersive animation techniques and commitment to projects.