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Video Game Designer, Illustrator, Manga Creator Hiroshi Kajiyama Passes Away

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Illustrator worked on Golden Sun, Shining Force games; Seven Senses of the Re'Union anime; Curse Blood manga

Video game illustrator, designer, and manga creator Hiroshi Kajiyama's son posted on Kajiyama's Twitter account on Saturday that Kajiyama has passed away. The notice did not reveal when he passed away, the cause of death, or how old he was. The editorial department of Tokuma Shoten's Comic Ryū magazine confirmed his death with news website Natalie, adding that once it learns more details, it will announce them.

Kajiyama debuted in the gaming industry in the 1990s, working on the planning, scenario, character design, and CG for the Dragon Master Silk and Dragon Master Silk 2 video games. He also created character designs, illustrations, and/or enemy designs for the Shining Force Gaiden Ensei: Jashin no Kuni e, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (Shining Force Gaiden II: Jashin no Mezame), Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, Shining Wisdom, Shining Force III, Golden Sun, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos, Super Heroine Chronicle, and Magician's DEAD games. Kajiyama confirmed on Twitter in November 2012 that he designed the monsters and minor characters for the Golden Sun franchise.

In manga, Kajiyama penned the two-volume Dual Soul One Body manga as well as other adult manga. Kajiyama launched the Curse Blood manga in Comic Ryū last year. Tokuma Shoten published the manga's first compiled volume (pictured right) on December 13.

Kajiyama was also in charge of the Spirit and Familiar designs for the Seven Senses of the Re'Union anime, which premiered on July 5.

Source: Hiroshi Kajiyama's Twitter account, Comic Natalie, Curse Blood manga's official website

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