Game character designer tomoharu saito, known for his work in games such as Cave’s Ketsui , Segagaga for DC, and the Culdcept series, passed away on july 29, due to a malignant tumor which metastasized in the lungs, even after the amputation of his leg. According to the thoughtful obituary on his site, upon removal of his leg, he simply said ‘legs aren’t necessary in the illustration industry.’ During his cancer treatment, things seemed to be going well, and he was heard to say “I want to work.” Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, but he was able to complete work for two upcoming games, and indeed working on games was his true passion. Culdcept Saga and Sorcerian Online (currently in beta) will be the last games to feature his work. You can view his full portfolio of games here, which also includes Bare Knuckle 2, Treasure’s Astro Boy for GBA, and Shubibiman 2 (for which he also did some game design). He was 38 years old.