Manga creator Hiroyuki Shoji passed away on October 20, 2016 in Gose city in Nara prefecture after what police suspect is a biking accident. He was 46 years old at the time of his passing.
According to prefectural police, a male passerby noticed a man lying face-down by the side of National Route 24 at around 9:50 p.m. on October 20, 2016, beside a recumbent bicycle. The man was bleeding from his head. The passerby called the emergency number, and the man was brought to the hospital, and pronounced dead an hour later. Police later identified the deceased man as Shoji.
Since the location where Shoji’s body was found is a flat area right after a steep incline, and the fact that the bicycle exhibited no signs of contact with other vehicles, police suspect that he was riding the bike at a high speed on the incline before tumbling and hitting his head. According to police, Shoji had notified his family that he would “go cycling in Wakayama prefecture.”
Shoji was born in Moriguchi city in Osaka prefecture in 1970, and lived there until his death. He debuted in 1997 with his “Koroshi no License” story, for which he won the Chiba Tetsuya award. He serialized his first series, Ichabod no Seikatsu, in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 2000 to 2002. He serialized a number of series after that, including: Kabefumi-san, Raise de Aimashō, Gokko, Hanzai-Ō Poponepo, and Sokubakuai ~Kareshi o Hikikomaraseru 100 no Hōhō. Shoji also wrote Meta Love, which ran in Kodansha’s Monthly Morning two magazine from 2014 to 2016. Kodansha published the third and final volume of Meta Love in April 2016.
Shoji had launched the 10-sai Kaa-san manga in the August 2016 issue of the Monthly Comic Flapper magazine. The manga was also running on the ComicWalker website.