Last Thursday, October 22nd, manga artist Kōji Miyata passed away from cerebral haemorrhage, aged just 34. ASUNA, a friend and fellow artist and musician, broke the news of his death to fans today, and on Sunday, Miyata’s father announced on Facebook that the haemorrhage had been caused by high blood pressure.
The vigil over his body will be held today at the Sōjiji Dainichido temple, Tanashi, Nishitokyo, his family inviting friends and fans to share in the occasion. Tomorrow, at the same temple, his funeral will take place.
Miyata made his debut as a professional manga artist with his one-shot Neko de Tandem (Tandem by a Cat) in the first issue of Enterbrain’s Comic Beam Fellows!, after his Jyabara (Bellows) earned him an honourable mention in the 2006 Enterbrain Entertainment Award, the year he graduated from Tokyo Zokei University. His first serialisation, Kiki Mimi Zukan (Pictorial Book of Sound), was then published by Monthly Comic Beam in its May to December issues in 2008. A further two of his manga, Mahiru ni Miyoko (Miyoko at Noon) and Inugami-hime ni Kuchizuke (A Kiss for the Dog God Princess) were published in Fellows!, which was renamed as Harta magazine in 2013.
His many other one-shots besides Neko de Tandem have been collected in the Utatane Hime (Napping Princess) and Yome ga Kore na Mon de (Oh, my sweet alien!) short manga compilations. The final volumes of his latest works, Wanko ni Kuchizuke (Why Not Be My Dog) volume 2 and Yome ga Kore na Mon de volume 6, were both released in Japan on September 14th this year.