Hiroyuki Omori, the legend who spearheaded JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime as the producer for all of its seasons, has passed away. Hiroyuki Omori, who was a producer of various anime at Warner Bros. Japan, died on June 16, 2024.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Credits: David Production)

Warner Bros. Japan sent an email to Anime News Network revealing the tragic news. Other information, such as Omori’s age or the reason for his death, was not disclosed by the corporation, which has raised suspicion.

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Giorno Giovanna
Giorno Giovanna (Credits: David Production)

Born in Ikoma, Nara, Hiroyuki Omori attended Doshisha University for his education. Before moving to Warner Bros. Japan, he was a producer at NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan LLC (formerly known as Pioneer LDC Corporation and then Geneon Entertainment Inc.).

Production notes from 2021 state that Omori was approached about creating a TV anime for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by an anime-related firm. Omori thought it would be challenging because Hirohiko Araki had a distinctive style of painting that was distinct from current trends in character design.

He pondered whether these designs would be embraced by those who were unfamiliar with JoJo. Still, he decided to proceed with the anime adaptation. He said:

There was the problem of what to do with the design, but the power of the work itself has not faded, and above all, I am a big JoJo fan myself, so I decided to take on the challenge despite the difficulties.

With Shueisha’s approval in hand, he set about selecting a studio right away, ultimately settling on David Production. The anime’s first two seasons were given the go-ahead in 2011. In addition to designing Stone Ocean, Omori continued to make Stardust Crusaders, Diamond is Unbreakable, Golden Wind and Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan.

Hiroyuki Omori Passes Away At The Age Of 56

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Credits: David Production)

Hiroyuki Omori was also a producer or executive producer on other anime such as Hi Score Girl, High School of the Dead, When They Cry – Higurashi, Terraformars, and BASTARD!!. In Stay Connected with Anime in AnimeJapan 2021 (via Jojo News), Omori said:

We’re getting old. My shoulder hurts, and it’s really killing me. I’m wearing out steadily, for sure. You’re truly an old man when you start bragging about how ill you are.

Alongside Kenichi Suzuki and Toshiyuki Kato, Omori disclosed in Warner Bros. Japan’s “Stay Connected with Anime in AnimeJapan 2021” video that they were 42 or 43 when they started working on the JoJo anime, and that they are now 53 or 54 (in 2021). Omori was therefore probably going to be 56 or 57 in 2024.

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