Mangaka Nami Sano Dies After Cancer Battle

Nami Sano, the Japanese mangaka popular for her Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (Sakamoto Desu Ga?) manga, passed away due to cancer, the official Twitter account of Harta magazine announced. Sano passed away on August 5, according to the statement, with her funeral held from August 7 to 8.

According to the Harta editorial department, Nami Sano was already in talks with the magazine for a new serialized title while also supervising on the anime adaptation of Migi to Dali. They also added that before Sano was hospitalized, she stated that she wants to do another manga series if she overcomes her illness.

The staff expressed their gratitude to Sano, whom they’ve described as someone who was always willing to work hard and inspire other manga artists and those in the magazine’s editorial department.

Nami Sano debuted with her manga Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (Sakamoto Desu Ga?), which was serialized by Harta from August 2011 to December 2015. It sprang an anime series by Studio DEEN, which aired from April to July 2016 with 12 episodes plus an OVA. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga in English.

She went on to release two more manga titles: U12 Kodomo Fellows (2016) and Migi to Dali (2017). An anime adaptation of Migi to Dali is set to premiere this October, with studios Geek Toys and CompTown animating it. Sano was born on April 17, 1987. She was 36 at the time of her death.

Source: Official Twitter
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