MM! Light Novel Author Akinari Matsuno Passes Away
posted on by Egan Loo
The Japanese publisher Media Factory announced on Tuesday that MM! light novel author Akinari Matsuno suddenly passed away on April 18. Matsuno won the 1st Media Factory Bunko J Light Novel New Author Award and made his debut with the science-fiction comedy work Aoba-kun to Uchū-Jin in October of 2005. He then launched the first volume in his second series — MM! — in February of 2007.
In Media Factory's announcement, Bunko J Editor-in-Chief Yasuji Misaka remembered Matsuno for his writing style that was full of warmth and laughter and had earned Matsuno many fans. MM! inspired a television anime series last October, and Media Factory published the 10th volume of the unfinished light novel series last September.
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