It’s our sad duty to inform you all that another wonderful manga creator has been taken from this world far too soon. In a report published by Anime News Network on August 16th, they revealed manga author Nami Sano passed away from cancer at the much too early age of 36.
This one hurts.
The Manga of Nami Sano
Debuting in 2010 with a one-shot titled Non-Sugar Coffee, her first series was Haven’t You Heard, I’m Sakamoto?, which would run for four years (2011 to 2015) and receive an anime adaptation in 2016. In this series, the main character, Sakamoto, is a high school student who is cool, cooler, and coolest at everything he does. Effortlessly charming and handsome at the same time, there’s nothing that this young man can’t do that doesn’t look flawless and dazzling, much to the chagrin of the other guys at his school.
Her second series, Migi to Dali, ran from 2017 to 2021. This series will also receive an anime adaptation airing in October 2023. In this series, the main character is a young boy, Hitori, raised by adoptive parents. Unfortunately for them, he’s keeping a secret from them. Even more tragic is that this would be her final published series, as she was only developing another new manga series at the time of her death.
The news of Sano’s death broke on the official Twitter account for Harta magazine, which ran both of her series. The announcement noted that she passed away on August 5th, only one month after a cancer diagnosis. The statement also included an excerpt from her final letter, “This ended up being a fun life. I am now going to a more free world. Goodbye.”
Our sincere condolences go out to Sano’s family, friends, and fans everywhere.
On a less serious note, perhaps you’d like to look at a different Sakamoto to chase that sadness away?