The Anpanman Man himself died.
http://news.yahoo.com/creator-japanese-cartoon-figure-anpanman-dies-142324849.html
My son has not liked Anpanman since he was three, tossing aside the doughy guy in favor of cooler superheroes like Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and um, Pikachu. But nevertheless we have our Anpanman memories. There once was a day when an Anpanman DVD was all that was necessary for a peaceful afternoon in our house.