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Kaoru Kurimoto Passes On

A sad day for fantasy readers world-wide.

Kaoru Kurimoto
, the author of the epic Guin Saga series of novels-- which inspired the corresponding manga, and most recently anime series –has reportedly died in Tokyo from pancreatic cancer.

Kurimoto was only 56 years old, but her Guin Saga is actually said to be the longest novel series by one author in the world, at 126 volumes of the main story and another 21 books of side stories. The first volume came out in 1979, so that means 147 novels in 30 years-- almost five books a year. About a half a book a month. A tenth of a book a WEEK. Can you even imagine?

We at Vice would like to express our condolences to Kurimoto's husband, Kiyoshi Imaoka, as well as to Vertical, Inc., who has been releasing the Guin Saga novels and manga in North America. (I just handed out a stack of them to a Fanime panel attendee, even.) I've been in touch with Vertical, and I'm told that it's as though everyone in the office just lost a relative. I think we'll be hearing some official word from them later today or early tomorrow.

I hope you guys take a few dollars and head out to your bookstore and pick up the first volume of the series. It's an amazing fantasy epic that's available in English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Korean, and Chinese, as well as its native Japanese, so I think most people here could do that-- it'd be a nice gesture and a good read to boot.
GodLen staff on May 27, 2009 at 12:47 p.m.
that's sad
NovidAnonon May 27, 2009 at 1:27 p.m.
HOLY SHIT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! FUCK. FUCK. FUCK. FUCK. FUCK NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
The story wasn't even finished!  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
Damn it...why do the good ones... have to die...
Axersiaon May 27, 2009 at 1:44 p.m.
Sad indeed. I actually intended to order all of the English volumes out right now a few weeks ago, but the site I wanted to order them from only carried the hardcover editions and I was too much of cheapskate to put down the extra money for those. Guess I'll just order the hardcover edition of the first volume and worry about the rest later.

Haven't watched the anime yet but I plan to pick that up as well.

Kuroon May 27, 2009 at 1:58 p.m.
Damn.

Dig Deeper into Kaoru Kurimoto

One of the world's most prolific authors, creator of the 127-volume Guin Saga. Kurimoto passed away of pancreatic cancer on May 26th, 2009.

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