Hina, the manga artist who drew a lot of cute things including the DiGi Charat Piyoko anthology above, has passed away. I haven’t really thought about her recently, but it still came as a bit of a shock.
She was, actually, one of my favourite artists back in my fledgling anime fan days and her work is always incredibly nostalgic to me. (I remember really liking Chima Chima Puppet as well as her DiGi Charat work.) I used to try to emulate her style a lot, too - a lot of my art from the early 00s is really obviously influenced by both her and Koge Donbo.
It’s a strange feeling to be reminded of her because of this. Rest in peace.