Lupin III is one of the longest-running and most popular anime and manga franchises today. It inspired countless other mangaka, as well as had a lot of anime adaptations, and even a live-action movie. Sadly, its mangaka, Kazuhiko Katou, also known to the world as Monkey Punch, has passed away last April 11, 2019. He was 81.
Reports stated that Monkey Punch passed away due to Pneumonia. He leaves behind a legacy that many mangaka can only dream of. These include dozens of awards for both him and Lupin III, as well as worldwide recognition of his characters.
The mangaka hails from Hamanakka, Hokkaido, and was born there on May 26, 1937. He started off his manga career with a title named Playboy School, and three years later, he would launch the “big one”, Lupin III. The series would go on to have global recognition, inspiring anime, spin-off manga, live-action plays and movies, and games. Truly, Monkey Punch is a trailblazer for the industry.
Rest and peace and thank you for everything, Kazuhiko Katou!
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