The Anido animator's group reported that Japanese animator Akira Daikubara passed away on June 17, 2012 due to pneumonia and old age. Daikubara provided his talents on such classic anime films as Hakujaden, Magic Boy, and Puss 'N Boots.

I have posted a biography of Akira Daikubara at the Anime site.

Lesley Aeschliman