Agence France-PresseOctober 15, 2013 07:50
Takashi Yanase, the creator of Japan's wildly popular "Anpanman" cartoon, has died of heart failure, his agency said Tuesday. He was 94.
The former graphic designer, who was also a poet and lyricist, died on Sunday at a Tokyo hospital, a spokeswoman for the agency said.
Anpanman -- whose name reflects the red beans and bread he is made from -- first appeared in 1973 in a picture book.
The cape-wearing hero takes on dastardly opponents to save the downtrodden from oppression, ultimately offering them his own bread head as sustenance.