Code Geass Character Designer Takahiro Kimura Passes Away

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In what is no doubt sad news for anime fans, it was announced recently that Code Geass character designer and chief animation director Takahiro Kimura has passed away. The announcement was made via the series’ official website and Twitter account.

Kimura passed away at just the age of 58, and this makes him the latest anime/manga creative who has died in recent months.

In the second half of 2022, beloved artists including Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi and Solo Leveling illustrator Dubu have also passed away.

Takahiro Kimura and Code Geass

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Takahiro Kimura is a well-known animator and illustrator in the industry, and he is best known for his work on the iconic series, Code Geass.

While the designs of the series’ iconic characters such as Lelouch and CC are attributed to the artist group CLAMP, Kimura has also contributed in a big way to the designs.

According to fans, Kimura is a key factor in translating the original character designs to the final looks of the characters in the anime.

This makes sense given that Kimura is also the show’s chief animation director.

Aside from his major role in Code Geass, Kimura has also worked on lots of iconic anime shows throughout the years.

For instance, he has worked on character designs for older anime like Superior Defender Gundam Force, as well as key animation for classics such as Season 3 of City Hunter.

Following Code Geass, Kimura also served as a guest character designer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, an action role-playing game for Nintendo Switch.

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Takahiro Kimura Passes Away

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On the Code Geass official website, an official statement from the series’ staff was released, announcing his untimely passing and the reason.

It was revealed that Kimura passed away on March 5, 2023, and the cause is complications brought about by amyloidosis, an incurable disease that happens when a protein called amyloid builds up in organs and tissues.

The statement did not mention other information, though it did end with a short dedication to Kimura from the people that have worked with him.

Following the announcement, many fans online expressed their condolences to Kimura’s family.

Many fans also shared tributes to his work on Code Geass and other anime titles.

While one of the key staff members for Code Geass has passed, his work lives on given that the franchise continues to release more content, including spin-off novels and an upcoming anime project.

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