Illustrator and manga creator Junko Morozumi has announced that illustrator and animator Mayumi Hirota passed away “a few days ago.” Morozumi did not give an exact date or cause of death.
Hirota worked as a key animator on such anime as Mobile Suit Gundam F91, Fire Emblem, Crusher Joe: The Movie, Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Love, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Dirty Pair: Project Eden, Here Is Greenwood, Yū Yū Hakusho, Ocean Waves, 801 T.T.S. Airbats, Fushigi Yugi, and Shinesman.
Hirota was also known as the illustrator for the Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 game for the Super Famicom. Hirota also worked on the designs for Tear Ring Saga, which also featured designs by Fire Emblem creator Shōzō Kaga. Hirota worked on the designs for Vestaria Saga, also designed by Kaga. The Fire Emblem trading card game also used Hirota’s art for Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.