Hiro Isono, the illustrator behind the gorgeous artwork in iconic Square RPG Secret of Mana
, passed away last month due to heart failure.
Born in 1945, the artist graduated from the Aichi University of Education's Fine Arts department in 1968, and proceeded to work as an illustrator and painter throughout his life.
As part of his illustration work, Isono provided art for a number of the Mana
games from Square, including Secret of Mana
in 1993 (on which he was one of the main artists), and Heroes of Mana
He also provided artwork for 1991 Game Boy title Final Fantasy Adventure
Anime News Network reports that
Isono passed away on May 28, and a memorial service was held on May 31.