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Zero no Tsukaima Author Diagnosed with Cancer

Noboru Yamaguchi battles against cancer, apologizes to fans.

Zero no Tsukaima
Zero no Tsukaima

Zero no Tsukaima light novel author, Noboru Yamaguchi, revealed in an official announcement on Media Factory's website that he's suffering from terminal cancer.

Yamaguchi was diagnosed in February, unfortunately the cancer was advancing rapidly and surgery wasn't a feasible option. Instead he was put on a course of anti-cancer medication.

Fortunately it would appear the medication has been quite effective, during surgery to remove gallstones (which Yamaguchi had later been diagnosed with around May, unrelated to the cancer) it was confirmed that the cancer had shrunk. The anti-cancer treatment was continued, and recently it was determined that surgery to remove the cancer is now possible. An operation has been scheduled for early August.

The author has apologized to his fans regarding volume 21 of Zero no Tsukaima, explaining that because of his illness the August release of the volume has become difficult to sustain. He has stated however that the structure for volumes 21 and 22 (the final volumes in the series) has already been planned out and he will finish them both as soon as he's back to full health.

His fans have been sending their best wishes to Yamaguchi's twitter and by post to an address provided with the announcement. Hopefully the operation will be a complete success and the creator of tsundere princess Louise will be back to full strength in no time.

For those interested, the original Japanese announcement can be found here.

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ShadowKnight508 moderator on July 18, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.

This is a unfortunate development in the life of a talented manga author. I wish him the best and I hope that he will beat out this unfortunate cancer so that he can live to write more quality manga and light novels.

Superevil225on July 18, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
This is quite sad, but I wish him a full recovery. From personal experience, cancer is quite sad, and I hope that he and his family, and friends, and fans are able to get over this hurdle and keep positive! :)
bunnypoppopon July 18, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
I wish him the best and hope for a quick and full recovery. Cancer is no laughing matter. News of the success of the medication is great news and I hope it carries on that way until the entire cancer is diminished. 
JJOR64on July 18, 2011 at 3:50 p.m.
I read the a few days ago and that sucks.  Really enjoyed the anime adaptation.
Halberdierv2on July 18, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.
oh man, I feel for him, and hopes he makes a full recovery, and his operation is successful.
sotyfan16on July 18, 2011 at 7:51 p.m.
I hope things go well for him. Good to know he plans to finish the series. Haven't read the manga and wasn't much for the anime but I still wish the best.
ngkachun4on July 21, 2011 at 5:15 a.m.
Oh no, I don't want him die! Otherwise, a good novel will never get an ending.
Ryokanon July 23, 2011 at 5:40 a.m.
I don't quite believe it !
The guy suffer from a terminal pain illness, and he still apologized for the consequence of it. That's weird. To me, he's forgiven... O_o
 
Hope he will survive it, or that his passing will be the most peaceful possible.
cfatalison July 23, 2011 at 6:44 a.m.
I hope he lives, I don't want another Kaze no Stigma incident, please don't die
animebookworm7on July 26, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
oh no
i hope you get better soon
no rush
i love your work

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