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Kawashima Tadashi, the Story Author of Manga Alive Passes Away

by dtshyk
Jun 17, 2010 7:10 PM | 76 Comments
Kodansha announced that Kawashima Tadashi, the story author of manga Alive, passed away on June 15th due to liver cancer. He was 42 years old.
When the cancer was found, he was in the middle of Alive serialization. However, Kawashima kept on writing the story and finally completed the series while struggling against the illness. He was eager to start a new series.

Source: Kodansha
related topic: ALIVE Anime Officially Canceled

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RIP
Alive is a great manga you'll ever make
and you leave unforgettable memories for us

Nov 23, 2011 6:08 AM by hanaiko

es cancer de pulmon ? porque en japon fuman mucho
is lung cancer? because Japanese are heavy smokers

Jan 11, 2011 12:13 AM by DARKFIREWOLF

Even after your death the story is Alive. R.I.P.

Dec 29, 2010 11:38 AM by Rivalon

R.I.P :(
That's just depressing...

Aug 13, 2010 1:10 PM by Kipcha

R.I.P . . :(

Aug 13, 2010 12:52 PM by lafuria_sux

This may sound far-fetched... but...

I think the will to finish the manga is the thing that kept him alive... Maybe if he didn't finish the manga, his body wouldn't let up this soon... then again... RIP.

Aug 13, 2010 6:55 AM by AirStyles

How sorrowful. In the bland genre that is shonen, Alive was one of a few series that I actually considered great. I would have love to see his next work. There in lied the heart of a dedicated writer, even when death was knocking at his door he didn't let his story die.

Aug 12, 2010 5:32 PM by Damonashu

D: It's a shame to hear about this.
Finding out he has cancer midway through Alive but still going through with it. To think that he was excited to do another manga. :(
R.I.P

Aug 11, 2010 7:25 PM by horcrvx

R.I.P Kawashima Tadashi, there is a little less in the world now that he is gone

Aug 9, 2010 12:15 PM by InfernoChill

I'm fairly sure the brother you're thinking of is the person who does 666 Satan.

oh i see thanks and i also checked earlier by being on MangaFox and checked and looked up a series as a oneshot which was before naruto and cheked the author's name of it and i turned out to be wrong as i wondering that this author Kawashima Tadashi would have a brother or some sort but still thanks for pointing that out for me still just in case i might still get it wrong.

Jun 23, 2010 1:28 PM by kandiiyuutaamu

Too bad :(

R.I.P

Jun 19, 2010 7:49 PM by Saks_Byenara

That last sentence really got to me >:
R.I.P.

Jun 19, 2010 5:49 PM by Tsukanda

I really admire the guy's determination to finish the series. You can tell that it was important to him. RIP.

Jun 19, 2010 2:43 PM by ArcticMech

humbledsoul5121 said:
kkslider5552000 said:
I kinda hate myself for that "Alive is dead" joke now. :(

It's admirable that you thought that over. It probably doesn't mean much but I respect you a lot more for having the courage to admit that.


An oxymoron and an allusion

Jun 19, 2010 9:57 AM by Confucius

That's really sad to hear. Bought the first volume of the manga a pair of weeks ago, and have read and loved the first chapter. Need to finish this. It's really respectable to finish his work for his fans while fighting against cancer. Most people wouldn't do that. He'll be remembered.

Rest in piece.

Jun 19, 2010 6:00 AM by Charbutsu

Thanks for finishing it. See you later man

Jun 19, 2010 5:54 AM by ladyxzeus

kkslider5552000 said:
I kinda hate myself for that "Alive is dead" joke now. :(

It's admirable that you thought that over. It probably doesn't mean much but I respect you a lot more for having the courage to admit that.

Jun 19, 2010 5:15 AM by humbledsoul5121

AlexSadist-sama said:
RIP. The manga's called Alive but he's dead.. damn.

...RIP.

Jun 19, 2010 1:16 AM by virgo_sama

kandiiyuutaamu said:

P.S. is Kawashima Tadashi a brother of the authour who does the manga of "Naruto" as i once heard that the author of that manga has a brother and also has the same surname of "Kawashima"( i think) which i didn't know about before, does anybody know?


I'm fairly sure the brother you're thinking of is the person who does 666 Satan.

Jun 18, 2010 9:28 PM by Waffocopter

RIP. Alive was a great manga. Need someone to translate the few chapters left.

Jun 18, 2010 8:34 PM by SoFarGone

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