2022-06-28 – 18:00 h
The death of the Japanese composer Michiaki Watanabe -also known as Chumei Watanabe-, at the age of 96 (19.08.1925 – 23.06.2022), has been disclosed this week.
Apparently, the passing away happened on Thursday, June 23, in a hospital in Tokyo, from a heart attack due to his advanced age.
Known for his work on various “tokusatsu” shows and “mecha anime” series, he was especially famous for creating the themes and the score for the TV series ‘Mazinger Z (1972-1974)’, but in his portfolio you can find many other works such as Great Mazinger (1974-1975), Getter Robo Go (1991-1992), or Godannar (2003-2004).
His son, Toshiyuki Watanabe, also a musician and a composer, has scored films and anime series, and has followed the legacy of his father composing the soundtrack for the movie ‘Mazinger Z: Infinity (2017)’.
Mazinger Z – Battle Theme – Japanese (2m 09s):