NHK has reported that guitarist, composer, and Akai Kōen band leader Maisa Tsuno passed away on October 18, 2020. She was 29 years old at the time of her passing. The report states that police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide.
Tsuno was one of Akai Kōen’s founding members, and was the composer for all of the band’s music. She also composed music for such artists as Airi Suzuki, SMAP, Morning Musume, and more.
In anime, Tsuno was one of the composers that lent their talents to Shinichiro Watanabe’s Carole & Tuesday anime. Tsuno composed the “Round & Laundry” song, which appears in the anime’s third episode played by the main characters.
As part of Akai Kōen, she performed the theme song “Zettai Reido” for the Drifting Dragons anime.