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Animanga in the News: 2/5/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on Feb 5, 2011 16:05
Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything sent waves through the anime and manga world today, you'll find it in this post! By the way, I'm saladesu, one of the translator-moderators of MH, and I'll be posting a post like this every day (as much as possible, anyway). Look forward to them ;)

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Barefoot Gen Mangaka Discharged from Hospital After Lung Cancer Surgery

Nakazawa Keiji had been in the hospital for 3 months due to lung cancer, but is now better and hoping to work on something new to convey the horrors of war and atomic bombs to future generations.

71-year-old mangaka Nakazawa Keiji is famous for "Hadashi no Gen" (Barefoot Gen), a manga that vividly depicts the experience of one who survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Nakazawa had been hospitalized for around 3 months due to lung cancer. On the 4th, he responded to an interview from Asahi Shimbun. He attended the opening ceremony of an exhibit of his manga at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima City Nakaku on the same day, smiling as he said that "somehow or another, I feel better".

According to Nakazawa's 68-year-old wife, Misayo, Nakazawa had complained of difficulty in breathing and other symptoms, and was thus hospitalized in September last year at a hospital in Hiroshima City. He was discharged a month later following surgery, but he was readmitted at the end of December when his condition took another turn for the worse. Now, he is feeling better and does not have any difficulty breathing any more, but he has apparently lost 10 kilos.

Nakazawa was well enough to joke, saying, "It's good that this opening ceremony didn't turn out to be a memorial ceremony instead." He had to quit his career as a mangaka after his eyesight deteriorated owing to a cataract, but he said, "Our generation has to pass on the message of the horrors of atomic bombs and war," adding that he hoped to work on a new project soon.

Nakazawa had survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, which fell when he was 6. He lost his entire family except for his mother.

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