Legendary Space Adventure Cobra Creator Buichi Terasawa Passes Away at 68

The earlier today, the official X account for Buichi Terasawa announced the legendary Scifi creator has passed away at 68 due to a heart attack on September 8th.

Terasawa moved to Tokyo in 1976 and studied under the legendary Osamu Tezuka. In 1977, he debuted his seminal work Cobra in “Weekly Shonen Jump” (Shueisha), and the series officially began serialization in November 1978. Cobra sold over 30 million copies and was later adapted in 1982 into an anime film and television anime series. Cobra later returned to screens with a new anime adaptation titled Cobra the Animation, constituting an OVA and a television series, releasing from 2008 to 2010. 

In a universe swarming with inhabited planets and bizarre aliens, corrupt governments operate in the pay of star-spanning criminal syndicates and the Justice Federation of United Galaxies places a price on the heads of hardened criminals. The highest bounty of all rests with the infamous space pirate Cobra, an unstoppable rogue whose left arm conceals a devastating psycho-gun.

Buichi Terasawa

In 2003, Terasawa disclosed on his official website that he had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor during a medical check-up in 1998, which led to surgery. Despite receiving radiation and chemotherapy, the tumor recurred, and he revealed experiencing partial paralysis in his left side after his second surgery, but he continued to work and even a new installment of Cobra in 2020.

Some of Terasawa’s other works included Goku: Midnight Eye, Raven Tengu Kabuto, Bat and Gundragon Sigma.

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