Thanks to rei over at Quarter to Three for this tip. According to GamesRadar, Game Arts founder Takeshi Miyaji passed away recently at the surprisingly young age of forty-five (the article makes no note as to the cause of death). I make a note of this because Miyaji and Game Arts created the excellent space shooters Silpheed back in 1988 and its predecessor Thexder in 1986. I played the hell out of those games on my Tandy 1000EX back in the day.
He also helped create the popular games Lunar: The Silver Star and Grandia, which I never played but I know a lot of people who enjoyed them. Miyaji’s games surely left a mark, and his legacy will live on. Thank you for all the fun you gave me, Mr. Miyaji, I hope you rest in peace.