Haikyo, the talent management agency for esteemed voice actor Kiyoshi Kobayashi, announced on Monday that the 89-year old actor had passed away at 7:06 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, due to complications with pneumonia. Private funeral services were held, only attended by close relatives of the actor.
Kobayashi was best known for his tenured role as Daisuke Jigen in the long-running Monkey Punch action-comedy, crime caper franchise, Lupin III. The actor starred in the role for fifty-two years until his retirement in 2021. Kobayashi also starred in many prominent roles from iconic anime series such as the titular role of Bem in Yokai Ningen Bem, Aiguille Delaz and narrator for Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Crystal Bowie in Space Cobra and Cobra the Animation, and Adrian Rubinsky in Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
Releasing from 1991 to 1992, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is a 13-episode OVA series directed by Mitsuko Kase and Takashi Imanishi. The series featured character designs and chief animation direction by studio Bones founder Toshihiro Kawamoto, with Shoji Kawamori, Hajime Katoki, and Mika Akitaka as mechanical designers. The series received a theatrical compilation film titled Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Afterglow of Zeon in 1992.
Universal Century 0083. Having triumphed in the One-Year War, the Earth Federation has grown complacent, while the last remnants of Zeon forces have been planning one final stand. It all hinges on ace Zeon pilot Anavel Gato stealing one of the new prototype Gundams out from under the Federation’s nose. With a nuclear-equipped Gundam missing and their pride wounded, the Federation ship Albion and rookie pilot Kou Uraki set out in pursuit of the Zeon thieves and the stolen Gundam GP02A.