Agency Art One Entertainment has announced that singer Maon Kurosaki passed away suddenly on February 16, 2023 after a worsening of her chronic illness. She was 35 years old at the time of her passing.
Kurosaki underwent emergency surgery for epidural hematoma (bleeding between the skull and the membrane surrounding the brain) in September 2021, after collapsing during the middle of a live-streamed concert earlier that month.
Kurosaki rose to fame after performing in Tokyo’s Akihabara otaku shopping district, and then made her major label debut with ending theme songs for the Highschool of the Dead anime. Her performance of “Magic World,” the ending theme for A Certain Magical Index II, debuted in the top 20 of Oricon’s weekly singles charts.
She has since contributed songs to Dances with the Dragons, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School: Future Arc, Drifters, the Grisaia anime projects, Hakuōki, Jormungand Perfect Order, Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst-, School-Live!, Shakugan no Shana III (Final), Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Strike the Blood, and Tokyo Ravens.
Kurosaki most recently performed the ending theme song for the first Reincarnated as a Sword anime, which premiered in October 2022.