Character design and animator Norio Shioyama died with his wife for a fire on his apartment happened on wednesday night. He was 77.
He started his career as key animator for “Kyojin no Hoshi” (Star of the Giants) and he became famous when he made the character design for “Muteki kōjin Daitān 3” (Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3). In the USA he was well known for “Sōkō kihei Votoms” (Armored Trooper Votoms).
He also worked as novel illustrator, character design and key animator for videogames, oavs, movies and cd dramas.
His last work was as animator for “Yakitate!! Japan” (tv serie)
And as character design for “Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files” (oav)