The official Twitter account for the EDENS ZERO anime adaptation announced on Saturday evening, as episode director, Yūshi Suzuki, sometimes known as Yuji Suzuki professionally, has passed away.
The anime adaptation for Hiro Mashima‘s newest series ended its two cour run today in Japan, and rather than be able to celebrate, the official website for the anime had some unfortunate news to announce.
The above statement states, no cause of the passing, but it begins as such,
“It is with regret that we have to report this to all the fans and people who have been supporting EDENS ZERO. Mr. Yuji Suzuki, the director of the animation EDENS ZERO passed away on September 9, 2021, at a hospital in Tokyo.”
Their official message continues as such,
“The news of his death came so suddenly that all the staff and people who have worked together to create this work are still in disbelief and in deep sorrow.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Director Suzuki for his great efforts in the animation EDENS ZERO. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the bereaved family.”
The franchise has also hinted that the series will continue to produce, stating:
“Shiki’s adventures will continue. From now on, we look forward to your continual support.”
Along with EDENS ZERO as a director, Suzuki was also known for his talents as a key animator and storyboards in countless productions, such as Fairy Tail, STAR DRIVER, and Space Brothers, among countless other series and films.
Our entire Team’s thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by his sudden passing away.