We regret to report that Tony Kuroizumi-Luke, a fellow British anime fan, comic artist and the creator of the ‘youkai samurai’ from hell, Dominator, passed away on Wednesday, February 17th after a long battle with cancer.
Tony Luke, as he was known before changing his name to Tony Kuroizumi-Luke, had his first break with his best known character Dominator in the pages of the heavy metal and underground music magazine Metal Hammer in 1988, but the horny demon did eventually nab his own Kodansha strip in the manga magazine Afternoon. The Dead God of Rock ‘n’ Roll even starred in his own movie in 2003, voiced by the symphonic-gothic black metal band Cradle of Filth’s vocalist Dani Filth, and directed and animated by Kuroizumi-Luke. The film was meant to be Britain’s hope for kickstarting its own home-grown anime scene. Sadly, it never gained the traction to start a trend.
Kuroizumi-Luke’s other works included his comic Hellkatt, which was printed on the inner sleeves of Manga Entertainment’s twelve-part release of The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armour’s OAV. And elsewhere in animation, he accomplished a stop-motion pilot for a series starring Nemesis the Warlock from 2000AD – a character he also wrote for the British SF Weekly – and the short film Archangel Thunderbird. He was also a music performer in several bands including Witches of Nemesis and Dominator X.
We’re sad to wish farewell to someone who accomplished so much for the British pulp scenes of animation and comics, and who kept working even through his illness. He will be much missed by many anime, sci-fi, heavy metal and comic fans, and we salute him. Horns up.