Zero no Tsukaima’s author Noboru Yamaguchi passed away at the age of 41 on April 4 after a two-year battle with cancer. This was announced via Media Factory’s MF Bunko J Editor-in-Chief Taiji Misaka
Yamaguchi’s Zero no Tsukaima light novel series made debut in the year 2004. The series eventually amassed 20 main volumes, five side story volumes, and four anime seasons.
In 2011, he had advanced-stage cancer that was originally considered inoperable. During an unrelated gallstone surgery, the cancerous growth was confirmed to have shrunk in size. Yamaguchi then learned that there was surgery that he could have that might cure the cancer. He reported later that year that this surgery ended without incident, although he returned to the hospital at the end of 2011.
Yamaguchi had just returned to work last year with the intention to resume his Zero no Tsukaima novels at the beginning of this year. However, he reported in November that this is unfeasible due to his most recent hospital stay for surgery, and apologized to his readers for the wait. He vowed to continue writing when his health returns “no matter what,” and thanked everyone for the words of encouragement — in Japanese and in English.
Oh well, sad that there might not be a proper ending to the light novel series, I really admire his works. Thank you all these years!