Publisher Akita Shoten has announced that manga creator Morishige passed away on June 30, 2020. The company did not report a cause of death.
Morishige debuted in adult magazines before launching the Hanaukyo Maid Team manga in Akita Shoten’s Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine in 2001 and the Koi Koi Seven manga in Champion RED magazine in 2002. Morishige also created Gakuto no Vector, Sakura Sakura, and Oshikake Maid Shirayuki-san.
Shortly after the Oshikake Maid Shirayuki-san manga went on hiatus and then abruptly ended in 2019, Morishige’s “temporary official Twitter account” reported that the “Morishige” name is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife manga creator team. According to the account, the degree of contribution for the duo varied with each manga, with the wife taking the lead on all manga other than Hanaukyo Maid Team, Sakura Sakura, and Oshikake Maid Shirayuki-san. The wife instead handled coloring, tone work, and giving suggestions on the latter manga. The husband dealt with meetings and business matters with Akita Shoten, while the wife handled the Twitter account beginning in 2017, often writing from a male perspective. Akita Shoten did not state which creator had passed away.