Mutsumi Inomata, character designer for the Tales series, passes away at age 63
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Mutsumi Inomata, Character Designer for the Tales Series, Passes Away at Age 63

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Mutsumi Inomata, the talented illustrator behind the iconic characters in the beloved Tales series of games by Bandai Namco. Inomata, who worked on 12 games in the Tales series, has left behind a remarkable legacy in the world of gaming.

Her contributions as the character designer for titles such as Tales of Verseria, Tales of Zestiria, and Tales of Xillia 1 and 2 have captivated players around the globe. Her unique art style and attention to detail brought these characters to life in a way that resonated with fans of the series.

Aside from her work in the gaming industry, Inomata also made a significant impact in the world of anime, serving as a character designer and animation director for various movies and series. Her involvement in projects like Windaria, City Hunter, and Future GPX Cyber Formula showcased her versatility as an artist.

Following her untimely passing, a heartfelt message was shared on Inomata's official X account by her sister, confirming the news and expressing gratitude to all those who supported and admired her work. The message revealed Inomata's dedication to her craft, as she continued to work on new creations until the very end.

In accordance with her wishes, a private funeral service was held for close relatives only, and condolences and tributes were respectfully declined. Despite the suddenness of her passing, her sister plans to keep her account open for messages, allowing fans to share their thoughts and memories with the late illustrator.

As we reflect on the legacy of Mutsumi Inomata, we are reminded of the indelible mark she has left on the worlds of gaming and anime. Her creativity and passion will continue to inspire generations of artists and fans alike, ensuring that her spirit lives on through her timeless creations.

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