Highschool of the Dead co-creator and author Daisuke Satou passed away on March 22 due to ischemic heart disease. He was 52 at the time of passing and his family has held a funeral service.
Satou began his career as a novelist and specialized in alternate history stories. Gyakuten Taiheiyou Senshi, Seito, and Red Sun Black Cross were among his earlier novels. In 2004, Satou collaborated with artist Yu Ito for Imperial Guards, which is a manga series that follows an imperial army that combats an empire with the help of sabertooth tigers.
Satou’s most popular series was Highschool of the Dead, which is a collaboration with artist Shouji Satou (no relation). The series began serialization in 2006 and is set in present-day Japan that is struck by a pandemic that turns humans into zombies, which are called They. The story follows a group of high school students and a school nurse as they deal with the dangers of the outbreak, which includes dangers caused by other survivors and their own morals.
Highschool of the Dead was adapted into a 12 episode anime by Madhouse, which aired during the Summer 2010 season. The manga was put on hiatus in 2011, but a 30th chapter was released in 2013 before entering another hiatus.
We wish Daisuke Satou’s family and friends the best during this tragic time.