Official announcement: http://origamusic.com/2015/01/20/1208/
Origa passed away January 17th due to lung cancer. I'll miss her so, so much. Her voice was gorgeous and the work she contributed toward music in the anime and video game industry was nothing short of phenomenal. It's sad knowing I'll never hear her in future soundtracks, and I'll never be able to listen to or meet her in person. She was a favorite of mine among vocalists who worked with soundtrack composers.
The collaborations between Origa and Yoko Kanno were a huge influence on me and why I got into anime and soundtrack music in general. Her voice was a part of what made Ghost in the Shell what it was. It was distinct and it's difficult to imagine the future of the series without her. She's left an impression, and I'll continue to respect and appreciate all of her hard work. <3