Tadao Nagahama September 26 1932 November 4 1980 was a director of both puppet shows and animation. He is best known as the director of Sunrise and Toei Companys Robot Romance Trilogy which added human drama to the Super Robot Genre. Nagahama also directed several hit anime series that are still well known among Japanese viewers. Moreover he produced hits with works of all genres including sports comedies shounen shoujo and Super Robots. He has been referred to as the Emperor in imitation of film director Akira Kurosawa. He and his wife contracted hepatitis while traveling overseas. Although his wife survived he died from the disease at the age of 48.