Writer Kazuki Sakuraba
mentioned on the official Gosick
series blog on Tuesday that mangaka and illustrator Hinata Takeda
died this January from an illness not mentioned. It was also announced in the June issue of Dragon Age
magazine on Tuesday.
Takeda was known as the illustrator of the Gosick
light novel series and mangaka of the Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
series, both of which received TV anime adaptations in 2011. She also published the manga Kitsune to Atori
and Yuudachi Pool
in her lifetime. Her first manga, Yaeka no Karute
, was the manga that received Sakuraba's editor's attention to be invited to be the illustrator of the Gosick
series. The very final illustration she drew for Gosick
was the illustration for a DVD case (pictured) in 2011.