Influential Japanese manga artist Leiji Matsumoto dies

MANGA master Leiji Matsumoto, whose epic sci-fi stories were highly influential in Japan’s comic-book and anime worlds, has died aged 85, production company Toei said today.

Matsumoto’s cult works such as “Space Battleship Yamato”, “Captain Harlock” and “Galaxy Express 999” were adapted into animated TV series and films that enjoyed global popularity in the 1970s and 1980s.