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Mangaka Nakano Junko Passes Away

by dtshyk
Aug 27, 2012 4:39 PM | 83 Comments
According to Weekly Young Magazine, mangaka Nakano Junko passed away on July 28th due to ischemic heart disease. She was 45 years old. She finished Hetakoi this April and was preparing for a new series.

Source: Scan of Young Magazine

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Amiluhur said:
Being a mangaka, a job that forces you to sit on your butt for the whole day actually is very bad for your heart eh?
For life of mangaka, smoking is much more likely to cause heart problem than sitting on your butt all day I would say.

Aug 21, 2013 5:32 AM by symbv

Being a mangaka, a job that forces you to sit on your butt for the whole day actually is very bad for your heart eh?

Anyway, rest in peace . . .

Aug 21, 2013 5:28 AM by Amiluhur

I was just trying to find other works of her yesterday and I noticed there is no work of her anymore. The last one I read was "Until I Turn Around the Corner" which is pretty good.
Hetakoi is awesome, I really love it but Chisa X pon is breaking my heart. I'm waiting Chisa X Pon to finish translating so I can understand the whole story.

Aug 21, 2013 2:20 AM by jarmsk

Rest in peace. :'D

Jul 17, 2013 4:04 PM by BiribiriRoan

Who?? NO idea who this was.

1 less for the manga industry though :(

Jul 17, 2013 3:59 PM by GodlyKyon

Rest In Peace

Jul 17, 2013 1:42 PM by Be4st

first off, this is very sad. alot of good mangakas and novelists are passing away. i really liked hetakoi. i liked the art style and the author's use of narrative. also, grandpa komai is prolly one of the best male lead in a romance manga. not as overconfident as most shoujo manga leads and also not as wimpy as most shounen manga leads. the story's flow is good too tho i cant help but feel like the ending was somehow rushed. there are some stuff that didnt have any conclusion like what happened with kotone and yuu or ruka's friend or what happened to both grandpa and ruka's exes and a few more tho its still a good ending. now its officially the last we'll read of her works. sad. RIP.

Oct 4, 2012 12:22 PM by ashness

Well at least she finished her work unlike the MM and Kaze no Stigma's authors. It's sad that a mangaka has died though

Oct 2, 2012 8:34 PM by GodlyKyon

i just finished reading her work and all i could say is it was beautiful may you rest in peace. :'(

Oct 2, 2012 8:11 PM by nano3051

not a fan . but i want to say rest in peace ~

Sep 17, 2012 1:12 AM by FourLeafClover

OMG. I was just about to read the new chapters of Hetakoi when I found out about it online. And when I went to this page on MAL.... R.I.P. thank you for writing this manga. :(

Sep 16, 2012 4:46 AM by jay729


Sep 2, 2012 6:21 AM by RjImpervious

R.I.P. =(

Sep 1, 2012 6:16 AM by Misaola

Meh... kinda sad.. I think Nakano Junko kind of perfected her skills/style with her Hetakoi releases... :|
With heavy drama and seinen ecchi :| my favourite :|

Aug 31, 2012 11:35 AM by Kozooo

Her work was a guilty pleasure of mine. It's saddening to see such great person to die so young. Rest in peace, Nakano Junko. You'll be remembered.

Aug 31, 2012 7:07 AM by Reim_Seranth

I've just finished Hetakoi.
It's a pity a good mangaka had to go so early... Rest in peace Nakano-sensei.

Aug 31, 2012 5:06 AM by fataverde

... I always thought it was a guy who did Hetakoi and Chisa. If I recall correctly, the volume 4 of Chisa was the earliest seinen ecchi manga I'd bought years ago because of it's over 18 restriction label. What I like about her works is that her has a easily recognizable artstyle and her attempts to give both gender perspectives within her romance stories.


The picture of Ruka at the bottom left sure leave a bitter-sweet feeling.

Aug 31, 2012 3:19 AM by live2win


Aug 30, 2012 8:47 PM by Magito

RIP :'( :-(!

Aug 30, 2012 5:37 PM by Anime_Freak_0101

Oh my god, I just read about this...
May she rest in peace and always be remembered through the manga she left.

Hetakoi will probably always remain one of my 'sentimental' manga (was between the first I read after all) and will remain in my pc until god knows when.

Aug 30, 2012 1:16 PM by koleare

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