This comes as a huge blow for JRPG lovers and video game industry. Hiroshi Kajiyama, who was known for his works in the Golden Sun and Shining Force series passed away after an announcement was made by his son via Kajiyama’s official Twitter on last Saturday. However, the notice didn’t clarify the cause of death or the exact date of death.
Kajiyama made his foray into video game in the 1990s. He was famous for bringing his classical manga artstyle into the creation of characters, illustrations and enemy designs in games such as the original Golden Sun, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Queen’s Blade: Spiral Chaos and Super Heroine Chronicle. He also penned several adult manga like the two-volume Dual Soul One Body. He debuted the Curse Blood manga on December last year.
In the same week, we were shocked to hear the passing of Kaori Fujita. She lost her battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away at the age of 47 on Tuesday. Kodansha announced the saddening news on the official website under Aoi Tori Bunko label.
Fujita was prominent in the manga industry as she collaborated with author Hiroshi Ishizaki for his long-running Kuromajo-san ga Toru!! children book series. The collaboration also spawned two anime series in 2012 and 2013. Gamers acknowledge her work as the illustrator for Suikoden V on PlayStation 2.
It’s a sad news to hear two talented illustrators have passed away. May your beautiful illustrations be forever remembered. Rest in peace, Hiroshi Kajiyama and Kaori Fujita.