Another passing has rocked the industry today, with news that character designer and animator Minako Shiba is no longer with us. The official Twitter accounts for P.A. Works and Studio Pierrot shared the news that Minako Shiba passed away at the age of 50.
Among Shiba’s many contributions to anime were as chief animation director and character designer for series such as Black Butler, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Hikaru no Go, Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rhyme Anima, and many more.
Here’s the memorial message from anime studio P.A. Works:
— P.A.WORKS 公式 (@PAWORKS_info) March 16, 2021
Translation via Crunchyroll:
“We would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Minako Shiba-san.
She served as the character designer and chief animation director for “Red Data Girl”, and has contributed greatly to many of our works.
I would like to offer our deepest condolences to her family and may she rest peacefully.”
Studio Pierrot’s message:
— 株式会社ぴえろ (@studiopierrot) March 16, 2021
“Minako Shiba-san, who worked as a character designer for many of our works including “Hikaru no Go” and “Tegami Bachi Letter Bee,” has passed away.
We would like to express our deepest condolences.”
Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, and industry colleagues of Minako Shiba.