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“Little Witch Academia” Screenwriter Michiru Shimada Passes Away


It’s a sad day for anime fans of all stripes, today.

Earlier today, news outlets reported that anime scriptwriter Michiru Shimada passed away. She was 58.

Shimada’s daughter took to Twitter to break the news on her mother’s account. According to Shimada’s daughter, she succumbed to an illness at 11:30AM local time today. She had apparently been suffering from the ailment for more than a year.

Rough Translation: This is the daughter of Michiru Shimada. My mother, Michiru Shimada, passed away today, 12/15, at 11:30AM. She was suffering from an illness she had sinc elast year. She was 58 years old. Thank you very much to those who loved the various works my mother had written over her 38-year career.

Michiru Shimada began her career in 1979. She had written scripts for numerous iconic anime over the years, including Dr. Slump, Little Busters!, Rurouni Kenshin, and You’re Under Arrest!. Her final work was Little Witch Academia, which aired through June of this year.

We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Shimada-sensei.

Source: Otakomu

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