Say Hello to Black Jack Manga Creator Sato Recuperating After Stroke
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga creator Shuho Sato (Say Hello to Black Jack, Umizaru) reported on his blog on Niconico on Tuesday that he has been hospitalized for a stroke the day before. However, he assured his fans that he is fine now.
He sent the Gadget Tsūshin (Get News) service the wry photograph shown at right, and explained what happened. The night before he went to the hospital, he tried to go to the bathroom but could not walk straight. However, he was able to walk normally in the morning, and so he went to work. On his way back home from work in the evening though, he was not able to walk straight again. When he got back home, he began having a headache. He did not want to call an ambulance, but he called a taxi to take him to a hospital.
Sato said he experienced symptoms leading to this stroke, but every time he got a symptom, he jokingly told himself that this is the "curse of the publisher and television station" and went about his daily life. The manga creator had been engaged in well-publicized disputes with his former publisher Kodansha and with Fuji TV, which produced the live-action Umizaru films.
He assured people that he is fine now and can walk, although his head hurts sometimes. He added that the hospital food is delicious, "thanks to the publisher and television station."
Sato has been offering The Isle of TOKKOU manga on his website with an autograph and illustration, and he confirmed that he will still sign and send off the packages after he leaves the hospital.
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