Souta Kusada, a KanColle Mutsuki illustrator, has died

Souta Kusada, a KanColle Mutsuki illustrator, has died

Souta Kusada, the illustrator of several () shipgirls, including Mutsuki and HMAS Perth, died on October 5, 2022. She was survived by her husband, who posted a tweet on her Twitter account on October 10, 2022. Survivors had gathered a vigil and funeral before the announcement.

Kusadas married in January 2020 after 14 years of dating. In the tweet thread, her husband said that she went to heaven by her own desire on October 5, 2022. He saw a hard sketch on her PC screen and a list of appointments with no cancellations on her planner. However, as there were no arguments, he assumed she took an aggressive action.

Souta Kusada was best known as the illustrator of five out of twelve Mutsuki-class destroyer shipgirls in a PC browser game that popularized the notion of anthropomorphizing historical warships. The roster consisted of the first four shipsMutsuki, Kisaragi, Yayoi, and Uzuki, which included the sixth ship Minazuki. Kusada later envisioned the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth.

Kusada worked on Mikoto Inunakiyama, the Osaka representative of the hot spring anthropomorphization franchise. She also envisioned VTuber designs for herself and two other VTubers: Mia Mizugame and Sakaizumi Riri.

, also known as and, is available on PC browsers and Android devices in Japan. A video adaptation of the anime aired in 2015 and is available on Crunchyroll, with a follow-up season set to debut in Japan in November 2022.

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