Manga creator Yūji Takemura reported on Tuesday that his brother-in-law, anime producer Shunpei Maruyama, has passed away. Takemura did not reveal the cause of Maruyama’s death, but said that his family has already held a wake and funeral.
Maruyama was formerly the president of Actas, the studio that is perhaps best known for the Girls & Panzer and Princess Principal original anime franchises. Maruyama was animation producer for both anime, including the 2015 Girls und Panzer der Film anime film and the Princess Principal: Crown Handler six-part film series (of which three have been released). Maruyama’s last post on his Twitter account was New Year art featuring Girls & Panzer protagonist Miho and Princess Principal protagonist Ange.
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In his time with Actas, Maruyama also produced the Nighthead Genesis, Kotetsushin Jeeg, Kowarekake no Orgel, Mayo elle Otokonoko, Mazinkaiser SKL, Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, and Long Riders! anime.