Imagine one person in America directed Star Wars, the original Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Alien and Blade Runner -- basically, all the big sci-fi hits except Star Trek. In Japan, that man existed, and his name was Noburo Ishiguro.
He directed Super Dimension Fortress Macross
(which became the first part of Robotech
), Space Battleship Yamato
(called Star Blazers
in the U.S.), the classics Super Dimension Century Orguss
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes
, and more. Basically, he had his hand in almost all the major sci-fi anime of the '70s and early '80s except Gundam...
While many of his works were subjected to questionable translation practices
(such as changing any mention of sake to "with water from a favourite spring on Earth
" in Yamato) when they were adapted for Western audiences in the 1980s, the popularity of his works helped lay the foundation for anime fandom as we know it today.
On Wednesday, Studio Nue co-founder Haruka Takachiho reported
that Noboru Ishiguro passed away at age 73.
(Via Topless Robot & Anime News Network)