Toei had decided to use the story as the basis for their third feature film, which would be released in America as Alakazam the Great (reviewed here), so hired him as a consultant, which amounted to him storyboarding the film. Indications are that Tezuka took on the role to further his own ambition to start up an animation studio. Upon completion of the project he, well, decimated Toei taking 10% of their animation staff with him to work at his newly created Mushi Productions.

You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeDaniel Barclay took his life after 20 days at Polmont and two days after a psychiatrist’s request to move him to its health centre was turned down.On arriving at the young offenders’ institution, on April 14, 2005, it was decided that Daniel would be treated as a “high risk” of suicide.He was also referred to the visiting psychiatrist, Dr Rhona Morrison, who believed he was developing a schizophrenic illness.Polmont failings and claims of money revealed by families of tragic teensShe prescribed anti psychotic medication on May 2 and wanted to review Daniel in a week.The fatal accident inquiry into his death states: “She also formed the view he would benefit from placement in a cell in the jail’s health centre.”This contained anti ligature cells but her request for this transfer “was not granted”.Sheriff Neil Mackinnon’s FAI findings state: “The request was considered by the acting head of health care, who declined to allow one of the health centre cells to be used.”They add that, on the morning of May 4, Daniel “appeared more settled” and told his solicitor “that he no longer felt suicidal”.Daniel said he wanted to return to the prison’s Cramond block “to be with his own peer group”.Read MorePolmont prison teen deathsIt was decided that his suicide risk level was “low” and that he should return to Cramond.Sheriff Mackinnon noted: “Mr Barclay’s return to the block had prompted a degree of concern among at least one prison officer about the reduction in frequency of observation from 15 to 30 minute intervals.”Daniel returned to his cell at 4.44pm on May 4 but was found hanging at about 5.10pm.He was taken to hospital but could not be saved and died 13 days later at Stirling Royal Infirmary.Daniel, 19, was serving a sentence for mugging a man and assaulting a police officer.His mum Micheline, 54, of Cupar, Fife, said: “There was a sheet in his cell and I don’t think this should have been there if he was at risk of suicide.Polmont mum 15k hush money breaks silence over jail death “We accept why Daniel was sent to prison. People are there to be punished and I don’t think it should be a holiday.”But they failed in the basics to make sure he served his sentence safely.”Daniel was ill and should not have been left in a cell. He didn’t need to die.”It’s 12 years since it happened but it seems like yesterday.