The editorial staff of Square Enix’s Gangan Online web magazine has announced that manga creator Masaki Himura (also known by the pen name Yuki Shinkiba) passed away on June 17, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.
The editorial staff also said that Himura wanted to pen one last message to readers in a manga before passing away, but was not able to accomplish it. However, it was also said that the staff had discovered unpublished chapters of Himura’s currently running Nyūin Note (Hospitalization Notebook) manga, and that, with the permission of Himura’s family, they would publish the chapters.
Himura’s first manga short was “Kazoku Mono,” which Square Enix published in its Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 2002. Himura continued the series of shorts irregularly until 2004. In 2006, Himura published a one-shot manga in Monthly Shonen Gangan titled “Hajimete no Kōshien,” which Himura eventually turned into a series that ran until 2009. In 2011, Himura launched a new manga titled Shindere Shōjo to Kodoku na Shinigami with artist Yoshie Katō on the Gangan Online website. This is the first time Himura wrote under the Yuki Shinkiba pen name. Himura used the pseudonym again for the manga adaptation of the Ike! Danshi Kōkō Engeki-bu live-action film in March 2012, which Himura wrote with artist Chika Hanazawa.
Himura was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. In March 2013, Himura announced that Shindere Shōjo to Kodoku na Shinigami would go on indefinite hiatus as of its 20th chapter. Himura then launched the Nyūin Note (Hospitalization Notebook) series on the Gangan Online website in May 2013. The work chronicles Himura’s own experience being hospitalized, and it remains unfinished.