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Animator Minako Shiba Dies

by ImperfectBlue
Mar 16, 5:42 PM | 12 Comments
Studio Pierrot 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 in 2009.

Her credits in the anime industry include character design on .hack//Sign and Kuroshitsuji, 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

12 Comments Recent Comments

RIP to a veteran animator.

Mar 18, 10:37 AM by Haneken2086

maybe its death by overwork aka Karoshi

RIP

Mar 17, 11:02 AM by deg

Amazing work, rest in peace.

Mar 17, 10:57 AM by Chouninatte

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Shiba.

Mar 17, 10:36 AM by Cotaweb

May she rest in peace and my deepest condolences to her family.

Working on a project as recent as Dr. Stone & Hypnosis Mic though, I’m guessing it was an unexpected event.

Mar 16, 9:59 PM by _MushiRock11_

Nooooooo, she also did the character design for Tegamibachi!!! ;______; RIP.

This news really saddens me, she worked on some of my most favorite anime, D-Gray-man, Tegamibachi and Tsubasa Chronicle... :*(



Mar 16, 7:09 PM by Dauphine

LeonhartAugust said:
My condolences for his family

Shiba was a woman.

Mar 16, 7:01 PM by Animaniaig

My condolences for her family

Mar 16, 6:57 PM by LeonhartAugust

Takamura-sama said:
closeted_lemon said:
damn im telling you everyone is dying younger and younger. Rest in peace


Not true. Media has only portrayed this
ahhh i know this was going to come up. XD I know its how the media portrays it to be. But still i feel that everytime they post about someone's death they are getting younger and younger.

Mar 16, 6:19 PM by squished_lemon

closeted_lemon said:
damn im telling you everyone is dying younger and younger. Rest in peace


Not true. Media has only portrayed this

Mar 16, 6:17 PM by Takamura-sama

damn im telling you everyone is dying younger and younger. Rest in peace

Mar 16, 6:16 PM by squished_lemon

Damn, yesterday it was Yasuo Otsuka, now it is Shiba, rest in peace...

Mar 16, 6:13 PM by NewYearSameMe

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