revealed on Tuesday that animator and character designer Minako Shiba
has died. The studio did not disclose the date or cause of death.
Shiba was born on February 15, 1971, in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. She was a fan of video games and aimed to work in the industry but turned to animation, joining J.C.Staff
after graduating from Gakkou Houjin Chiyoda Gakuen's animation department. Shiba joined Studio C-Zoo alongside Yukiko Ban
and Tatsuya Oka
Her credits in the anime industry include character design on .hack//Sign
, and animation direction on the Yowamushi Pedal
series and D.Gray-man
. She was an animation director and designed characters for Noir
, Tsubasa Chronicle
and its second season
, and Kuroshitsuji II
She served as an animation director on Dr. Stone
and was the chief animation director and character designer for Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima
shortly before her death.
Source: Studio Pierrot's official Twitter