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Author of Light Novel 'Zero no Tsukaima' Passed Away

by symbv
Apr 10, 2013 10:34 PM | 328 Comments
In an official announcement by the publisher Media Factory, it was announced that Yamaguchi Noboru, author of the light novel "Zero no Tsukaima" passed away on April 4th at age 41 after more than two years of fighting cancer.

Yamaguchi debuted as a novel writer in 2000 by writing for Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko. He later moved to MF Bunko J and published "Zero no Tsukaima" in 2004. Altogether, the incomplete series includes 20 volumes of the main novel and 5 volumes of spinoff novels. The full series of the light novel also got adapted into 4 seasons of anime.

Source: Media Factory official announcement

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I already knew Noboru Yamaguchi-sensei died since april 12, but still I wanted to post this! To honor the author and his work!!
ZnT was the anime that got me into the anime business again, it was one of the animes I most liked (LNs are even better than the anime version), and for that I really wished to had seen the ending of the LN (thought maybe the author, Yoboru Nagamuchi worked on ZnT F to be the final of the story in the cause if he died without finishing the LN...). Nagamuchi-sensei I ,we, the fans, will never forget you and the work you have done!! That yourself and the beautiful and well written works you have created (Zero no Tsukaima, Strike Witchs) rest in piece. Thank you for what you have done, maybe your soul find piece in the afterlife, as your work will stay in our hearts forever!

May 6, 2013 2:39 PM by Playcool

RIP :'(

May 4, 2013 11:22 PM by Geoffrusf

Wow, that is heart breaking. :(
He died at such a young age, my friend and I greatly enjoyed his works, he'll be disappointed to know.

Apr 28, 2013 12:47 PM by Rayla

( R .. I .. P )
You done well job! Go for yours new life!

Apr 20, 2013 2:35 PM by yao1122

Oh man, another one passed away. It's just like Kaze no Stigma's author that passed away. Novel was never finished and we'd really liked to know how it ends.


Apr 19, 2013 6:19 PM by Shizumasa-sama

I'm not a big fan, but he did what he could. Rest in peace.

Apr 17, 2013 11:13 PM by Entravity


Apr 17, 2013 10:38 PM by Jesbezki

I liked Zero no Tsukaima. I never read the novels but I enjoyed the anime series sucks he couldn't finish the novels. You will be missed.

Apr 17, 2013 3:39 AM by BasaraTheSlayer

Great, I was just minding my business and having fun then this new hit me. Totally ruined my day. Zero no Tsukaima is one my favorite anime series. I never read the light novel but I always wanted to know the real ending. It pains me to know that this great series will probably never be finished. Noboru Yamaguchi, even though he was in pain still attempt to finish the series to make the fans happy. I have a lot of respect for him. RIP Noboru Yamaguchi.

Apr 15, 2013 10:46 PM by ItsKylee

Definitely enjoyed Zero no Tsukaima. R.I.P.

Apr 15, 2013 10:41 PM by RevolutioRex

This is a very sad news to me :( R.I.P Yamaguchi-san

Apr 15, 2013 7:12 PM by srwgfan

Damn, really? This sucks. ZnT is a good series. RIP.

Apr 15, 2013 5:16 PM by Madoruche

ZnT was probably one of the show that got me into anime. It hurts me to know that he died at such a young age, leaving an amazing piece of work unfinished.

I've had an amazing time reading and watching ZnT, and for that, thank you Yamaguchi-sensei.

Rest in peace.

Apr 15, 2013 1:04 PM by Syrosu

It's sad that he wasn't able to finish his work. ZnT was one of the few series that got me into the world of anime and for that I thank you and may you rest in peace.

Apr 15, 2013 9:34 AM by Icyness

As if the fact that this show was cut short in its North American Distribution didn't sadden me enough, now the return of it is even more unlikely. R.I.P.
"You can die at any time, but living takes true courage."-Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin

Apr 15, 2013 4:56 AM by Tomoki_Sakurai

oh no!! :( i hate when people die from cancer but i really hate when people die when they have some art work (pictures(painted, drawings, photos), book series, manga, anime, drama, movie writer, technology, design, ect.). dang it! may he rest in peace!

Apr 15, 2013 12:49 AM by krc101

I liked Zero no Tsukaima, R.I.P

Apr 14, 2013 9:08 PM by Gouko_Tenrou

RIP zero no tsukaima is my favorite anime series. he was a great author and i wish he lived longer. ZNT is the only anime besides clannad to make me cry for that i give my respect. thanks for all youve given us rip.

Apr 14, 2013 8:31 PM by Kasane69

So sad to read this. I had tons of fun watching Zero no Tsukaima.
R.I.P. Yamaguchi-sensei, I'm sure your work will always be remembered.

Apr 14, 2013 6:25 PM by Heiki-kun


Apr 14, 2013 3:22 PM by kkmaster1337

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