Hiroshi Kajiyama, The Artist Behind Shining Force And Golden Sun, Has Passed Away

The son of beloved video game illustrator, designer, and manga author Hiroshi Kajiyama announces his father’s death


It’s with a heavy heart that I report today the passing of one of my personal favorite talents in the video games industry. Hiroshi Kajiyama, the illustrator, designer, and manga author that created the characters for such beloved JRPG franchises as Shining Force, Golden Sun, and Dragon Master Silk, has died. His son shared the sad news via his Twitter account on July 14th, 2018.

As of the time of this writing, the exact cause and date of Kajiyama’s death have yet to be revealed.

In addition to crafting the characters for those aforementioned games, Kajiyama-san was also the writer and artist behind the Cursed Blood manga series and contributed character designs for the ongoing anime series Seven Senses of the Re’Union. He is credited with creating characters and monsters for the Japanese-exclusive Shining Force Gaiden Ensei: Jashin no Kuni e and Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, as well as the worldwide releases Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, Shining Wisdom, Shining Force III, Golden Sun, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Queen’s Blade: Spiral Chaos, Super Heroine Chronicle, and Magician’s DEAD.

Speaking of Shining Force, if you haven’t experienced the series yet – and you really should – you can find the first two games in the series, along with Shining in the Darkness, in the recently released Sega Genesis Classics collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.



Our sincere condolences go out to Hiroshi Kajiyama’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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