Osamu Kobayashi, a talented director who worked in series like BECK and Naruto, passed away on April 16, 2021, at age 57 after battling kidney cancer.
According to reports in Japan, Kobayashi in the middle of his battle against the disease, and although plans for the funeral have not been made public, several fans have already paid him several tributes through different social networks.
The artist’s name is widely recognized for being the director of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, as well as directing shows like Paradise Kiss. But without a doubt, his most important work came when directing the arc called Boyhood from Naruto Shippuden in October 2016.
Although Boyhood is considered a filler arc within the Naruto universe, it is one of the most remembered and loved by fans of the anime created by Masashi Kishimoto, as here we follow the blonde ninja during one of his first interactions with Hinata as children, on a fantastic journey that showed us more details about the relationship of these endearing protagonists.
In fact, a large chunk of fans has expressed that the Boyhood arc is one of the best filler stories in all of Naruto, and its success falls to Kobayashi’s direction. Therefore, from BitMe we send our condolences.
Rest in peace, master.
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With information from ComicBook.