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Guin Saga Novel Author Kurimoto Kaoru Passes Away [Updated]

by dtshyk
May 26, 2009 7:45 PM | 42 Comments
Imaoka Kiyoshi announced in his blog that his wife Kurimoto Kaoru passed away on May 26th. She was 56 years old and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.


According to Yomiuri Online, Kurimoto Kaoru had already written Guin Saga up to the volume 129 and volume 130 halfway. She gave up writing the novel on April 23rd and was hospitalized on May 7th. Hayakawa Shobo will publish the incomplete volume 130 as well as the remaining volumes 127 - 129.

Guin Saga was applied to Guinness World Records for the longest novel record in 2004, but was rejected because Guinness judges considered that it's not a single book.

Source: Yomiuri

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I'm a fan of Kentaro Miura, Ipso facto is know who is the lady. This is really sad, she was so young.

Nov 8, 2011 7:40 AM by TBSM

dtshyk said:
Kira01 said:
Sorry to hear..

By the way, not that it is important or anything, does it mean that the Guin Saga will have no endings? I am assuming that the novel isn't finished yet which implies that the anime will never be either..

Guin Saga anime sums up the novel up to volume 16. I don't know if there is any plan to animate the rest of the volumes.

If I didn't come checking for the anime after dropping it for months, I would never have seen this reply. *laugh*

So, the anime concludes at Vol. 16 which means the ending of the anime is really nothing much compared to that of the novel.

Anyhow, Kurimoto..may you rest in peace!

Aug 20, 2009 3:32 PM by Kira01

Wow, 2,000 pages per month. So, 2,000 pages / 30 days = 67 pages per day, so 67 pages / 8 hours of work = 8 pages per hour.

*** WOW! Assuming she wrote everyday for 8 hours, according to the numbers, she wrote 8 pages per hour, and about 67 per day.

***It's such a shame.... she died before finishing the story....... the ANIME is super AWESOME, and if the novel had all been translated to English, HELL YEAH I would read the whole thing!!!! **The anime only will cover 16 volumes of the 130 volumes !!!! .......... I hope in the anime, we at the very least get to see Guin's REAL FACE !!!!!!! Everyone agrees with me, right? We HAVE TO see Guin's real face in the anime!!!!

(P.S. if someone could find a link somewhere on the net showing Guin's real face, I would sooo forever appreciate it!!! I MUST see his real face!! Ty :P)

Jul 12, 2009 10:29 AM by iETHAN

May she RIP.

May 31, 2009 7:34 PM by Lieila

again, one of my favourite authors dies:

Sunao Yoshida (Trinity Blood)
Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time)
Kaoru Kurimoto (Guin Saga)

She is still way too young....

May 29, 2009 5:36 PM by wakka9ca

This is just so sad :( May she rest in peace, and it's a shame she never got the opportunity to finish the work she carried on with for so long.

May 29, 2009 2:23 PM by hinotoriii

Such a shame :(
Rest in peace.

May 29, 2009 1:05 PM by Skribbz1990

Rest in peace. It's depressing she couldn't finish her work before she passed, especially since it was a part of her life for such a long time.

May 29, 2009 12:40 PM by windy

May she rest in peace.

May 29, 2009 12:36 PM by KyokiKafuka

Good bye and rest in peace.

Since this was her life's work, hopefully she left notes on how she wanted to end the series. I hope the work is left in good hands.

May 27, 2009 11:47 PM by JoyDivision

OverChasm said:
I never read or watched Guin Saga, but rest in peace.

May 27, 2009 6:38 PM by RenaPsychoKiller

just as Tezuka died without finishing phoenix another great writer passes away before finishing the story rest in peace

May 27, 2009 3:32 PM by DevilishLeader

Maybe she made some kind of emergency ending, just in case of this happening, or at least some notes about how it should end.

May 27, 2009 3:21 PM by StriderMS

It's sad but she should have finished it a long time ago
hopefully some manga artists that drag their series for too long will think about it and finish them up

May 27, 2009 3:13 PM by Hamel

Too sad really, I was quite depressed when I read that this morning, even if I didn't read her novels for now. I hope I will be able to one day (either when I speak Japanese or if it is translated in French/English). Seems like a great author has parted.

May 27, 2009 11:24 AM by Jacut


May 27, 2009 10:25 AM by kie_

Damn stupid cancer... she died too young... and left her masterpiece lifetime work incomplete... that's the worst case scenario for a Novel/manga/Comic Author.... I gotta read the Novel by the way :P


May 27, 2009 10:23 AM by rebwaters

Grimmm said:
Stupid cancer. =(



May 27, 2009 10:20 AM by xArturia


There is nothing worse than someone dying leaving his work incomplete.

May 27, 2009 10:19 AM by StriderMS

Not that I actually care, but it's always sad to see incomplete work (by the original creator), so yeah, that sucks.

May 27, 2009 10:14 AM by Ilyaoh

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