Anime producer Hiroshi Kakoi Passes Away is reporting that producer and animator Hiroshi Kakoi passed away as a result of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11 in Japan. Kakoi was a key animator of the original Macross series, as well as the 1980 version of Astro Boy. He went on to be a producer on several Macross series, and was currently working as a production manager at Artland and the anime studio AIC.