News Fruits Basket's Natsuki Takaya to Go on Extended Hiatus
posted on 2013-12-03 12:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga creator Natsuki Takaya (Fruits Basket, Tsubasa: Those With Wings, Hoshi wa Utau) wrote on her blog on Tuesday that she will be taking an extended hiatus from her Liselotte to Majo no Mori (Liselotte and Witch's Forest) manga to recover from an illness.
Takaya noted that her current illness is not a relapse of the cerebral nerves illness she suffered while she was drawing Fruits Basket. That illness had caused her to take a one-year break from the series.
Takaya sincerely apologized for causing worry to those involved, her family, and "most importantly," her fans. She also apologized to the readers of Liselotte to Majo no Mori, and added that at this time she cannot say for sure when she will be returning to drawing manga. Takaya wrote that she will focus first on resting, and will think about when the day will come when she can return to her fans.
Takaya is best known for her 1998-2006 Fruits Basket manga, which Tokyopop first published in North America in 2004. Director Akitarō Daichi and Studio DEEN adapted the story into a 2001 television anime series that Funimation began releasing in North America the following year. After Takaya ended Fruits Basket in 2006, she drew Hoshi wa Utau (Twinkle Stars Like Singing A Song) from 2007-2011.