Ryutaro Nakamura is the director of Serial Experiments Lain, Kino’s Journey and Sakura Wars among other projects. He has been fighting colon cancer for a long time. The battle was lost on 29th June at 4p.m. local time. He was 58 years old.

One of Nakamura-sensei’s latest projects (Chibi Neko Tom no Dai Boken) announced the dreadful news through its twitter account. Permission for this tweet was taken from the director’s family.