After the 55th anniversary of his mangaka debut was just celebrated earlier this year, Mikiya Mochizuki passed away from pulmonary adenocarcinoma on April 3rd at the age of 77. Best known for Wild 7, the 1969 manga formed a motorcycle riding counter-terrorist force from a ragtag group of street toughs, yakuza, Communist rebels and general ne’er-do-wells. Over the years, the serialisation was developed as a 1972 TV drama, a 1994 OVA and 2002 anime series, and finally a 2011 live-action movie.
The funeral for the author, whose latest work released was January’s Cowboys and Ninja vs. Cthulhu in collaboration with Vampire Hunter D’s Hideyuki Kikuchi, will be a private affair kept to close relatives. But a memorial service is being planned, to take place at an unconfirmed later date.