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Late last month, game developer Manabu Daishima passed away while diving off the coast of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Daishima worked on an array of classic titles, doing monster designs for Romancing SaGa, field graphics for Chrono Trigger, and background design for Final Fantasy XII. He was 45 years old.


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Wow. I’ll let that sit for just a bit.

He worked on Chrono Trigger when he was 24 years old. He worked on Secret of Mana when he was 22.

I didn’t know your name, but I appreciated your early design work and your work with FFXII. Thanks.