7/10/2009: Takuji Endo
Written by Cindy Yamauchi   

XTakuji Endo, a director/assistant director at Madhouse, passed away on the morning of July 8th. There may or may not be some kind of an official announcement from the company, but for now, I'm writing this post to honor his contributions to the anime industry.

I met him for the first time years ago, when Madhouse put together a team for the Record of Lodoss War OVA. If I remember correctly, Endo-san came from Toei Animation. He was cynical, sarcastic, intelligent, and had a twisted sense of humor. He was known to have a bad temper, but for some reason, we got along very well despite all the arguments we had over the years. I hate to admit it, but his arguments were sound 90% of the time. His outbursts turned out to be a great learning experience for me, for he would often spill out his trade secrets in an attempt to get his point across.

I'll bet no one he worked with would ever describe him as a pleasant guy, but at the same time, no one will deny the fact that he was a real pro when it came to accomplishing "mission impossible". He did just that for Tokyo Tribe 2, which was a show I worked on as an chief animation supervisor a few years ago. He came on board at the 4th episode as an assistant director to fill in for the previous assistant director, who was reassigned to work on a new Clamp show. The scheduling for Tokyo Tribe 2 was unbelievably screwed up throughout the production, but his efficiency and skills prevented a lot of bad things from showing up on screen. Tokyo Tribe 2 turned out to be the last project we worked together. It feels like I've lost a war buddy.

He was in Korea to work on the Stitch! television series when his life was cut short by an illness. May you rest in peace, Endo-san. Otsukare-sama deshita (thank you for your hard work).