The Animator, Character Designer and Animation Director Akio Watanabe reported through his Twitter account that he has given positive to the new disease by Coronavirus (Covid-19). Watanabe wrote: "I contacted Covid-19 at the beginning of this month, so I'll be hospitalized a few days, so see you. If I die, I'm so sorry!ヽ (; ▽;) ノ ».
On the other hand, Akio Watanabe was born on July 13, 1969 (currently he is 51, which worries his followers) is an animator, illustrator, character designer, animation supervisor, animation director and doujinshi artist who is a member From the circle of Pokopii artists (ぽこぴ ー). Watanabe also uses pseudonym of Poyoyon ♥ Rock (ぽ よ よ ん ♥ ろ っ く), and in his career he has participated on multiple occasions with Akiyuki Shinbo at the SHAF studies.
Their most representative projects include the animation in Popotan, as well as the designs of songatari characters, Ethotama, Gisaia No Kajitsu, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Gou, Hoshizora Kiseki, Kami Zo Shiru Sekai, Mahou Shoujo Meruru, Nurse Witch Komugi- Chan Magikarte, among many others. Watanabe was also responsible for Yuki Tojo's design on the 22/7 multimedia project.
Source: Official Twitter Account