News Zero no Tsukaima Author Noboru Yamaguchi Plans Surgery
posted on 2011-07-08 10:15 EDT by Egan Loo
Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero) author Noboru Yamaguchi reported on his Twitter account on Friday that he intends to have "major surgery" for an unspecified illness in August. As a result, he indicated that the Zero no Tsukaima book that he was planning to publish in August will be delayed at least two months. He apologized to his readers for the delay and thanked people who sent him messages of support.
Yamaguchi had reported on Wednesday that he would enter the hospital the next day, and then reported on Friday that it was a miracle to get chance to have the surgery, "like the story for an ero-game."
The 20th volume of the Zero no Tsukaima light novel series shipped in Japan in February, and Yamaguchi had intended to finished the series with the 22nd volume in 2012. There are 4.5 million copies of the light novels in print. The story follows a budding magician, nicknamed "Louise the Zero" due to her initial ineptness at magic, who accidentally summoned a boy from Earth as her familiar.
There have been three television anime series based on the light novel series, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc. released the first series on DVD in North America. Later, Funimation acquired the rights after Geneon stopped distributing anime in North America. Neither anime release is still in print.
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