Zero no Tsukaima Author Yamaguchi to Leave Hospital
posted on by Egan Loo
Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero) author Noboru Yamaguchi revealed on Wednesday that he will be discharged from the hospital on Thursday. He had been readmitted last month for another surgery. Yamaguchi rattled off seven delicious dishes and restaurants that he wanted to try as soon as he leaves the hospital.
Yamaguchi had just returned to work this year, and he wanted to resume his Zero no Tsukaima novels at the beginning of next year. However, he reported last month that this is unfeasible due to his most recent hospital stay, and apologized to his readers for the wait. He vowed to continue writing when his health returns "no matter what," and thanked everyone for the words of encouragement — in Japanese and in English.
Yamaguchi had confirmed last year that he had advanced-stage cancer that was originally considered inoperable. However, during an unrelated gallstone surgery, the cancerous growth was confirmed to have shrunk in size. Yamaguchi then learned that there was surgery that he could have that might cure the cancer. He reported later that August that this surgery ended without incident, although he returned to the hospital at the end of last year.
Yamaguchi had been writing the final series arc of the Zero no Tsukaima light novels, and had planned to end the light novels this year before his cancer diagnosis and subsequent operation. Media Factory published the 20th of 22 planned volumes in February of 2011. Zero no Tsukaima F, the fourth and final anime series, premiered this past January.
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