Secret of Mana artist Hirō Isono has passed away

Thursday, 13th June 2013 19:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Hirō Isono, and artist and painter responsible for the lovely look of the Secret of Mana series, passed away on May 28 due to heart failure. Born in 1945, Isono graduated from the Aichi University of Education’s fine arts department in 1968, and worked as an illustrator and painter since the 1970s. In 1991, he provided the main visual for Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden, worked on the aforementioned Secret of Mana series and Heroes of Mana in 2007. Our condolences go out to his family, fans and friends. Thanks, Anime News Network.



  1. Cobra951

    How very sad. My heartfelt sympathies.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. MCTJim

    So sad :(

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Blue Oni

    He helped make the childhoods and imaginations of many gamers just a “bit” more beautiful.So thank you Isono-san you’ll live forever in the hearts of the people that your art has touched.


    #3 2 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    :( Such sad news. RIP.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Digital Bamboo

    Sad news. The Secret of Mana cover is one of the most beautiful & iconic images in all of gaming.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Joe_Gamer

    Now I has a sad, I loved this mans work dearly.

    #6 2 years ago

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