Yoshinobu Nishizaki

西崎義展, 西﨑義展, 西崎弘文
Birth:Dec 18, 1934
Death:Nov 7, 2010
Years active:1962-2010
Hometown:Tokyo, Japan
Yoshinobu Nishizaki was best known as the cocreator of Space Battleship Yamato. He was born in 1934 and graduated from Nihon University Art Department. In 1994 he designed Yamato 2520. But in the end he was sued by Matsumoto Leiji for breach of copyright. Since then he has been arrested for gun and drug offences. Later in 2002 the court ruled that Nishizaki was the original author and owner of the copyright for Uchuu Senkan Yamato. Matsumoto appealed but settled out of court in 2003 in agreement that Nishizaki was the author. He passed passed away on November 7th 2010 at the age of 75 when he fell from a research steamboat ironically named Yamato to the sea near Chichijima island and drowned. Source: AniDB