In a somber announcement made on August 16, Kadokawa conveyed the heartbreaking news of the pἀssing of manga artist Nami Sano, the creative mind behind the beloved works “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” and “Migi to Dali.” Sano’s battle with cancer, which had been diagnosed just a month prior, came to an end on August 5. She was a mere 36 years old at the time of her pἀssing.
Originating from the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan, Nami Sano made her debut in the world of manga in 2010 with the one-shot “Non-Sugar Coffee.” She went on to craft two distinct manga series, “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” and “Migi to Dali.” While “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” was adapted into an anime some time ago, the “Migi to Dali” anime is set to grace screens in the upcoming Fall of 2023.
Regrettably, Nami Sano’s life was cut short as she was in the preliminary stages of conceptualizing a new manga endeavor. Despite this, she left a poignant message for her fans, as shared by the editors of Hart magazine. Her words read, “This ended up being a fun life. I am now going to a more free world. Goodbye.”
Funeral services for Nami Sano took place on August 7 and 8, where her close relatives bid their final farewells. The news of Sano’s untimely demise deeply moved fans, who expressed their profound sorrow and extended heartfelt condolences.
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Admirers of her work, particularly “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto,” spoke of their attachment to the series and the impact it had on them. Some fans even disclosed their approach of savoring the anime adaptation slowly, so as to prolong the experience of her storytelling.
The shock of Nami Sano’s pἀssing at the tender age of 36 resonated with many fans, evoking a sense of vulnerability and reflection on the fleeting nature of life. Her youthfulness served as a poignant reminder of the unpredictability of life’s challenges.
Many of Nami Sano’s fans took to social media to express their sadness at her pἀssing –
RIP Nami Sano💔
— Deka Novelist (@DekaNovelist) August 17, 2023
Damn – R.I.P Nami Sano.
Condolences to the family & friends and wishing healing for them in their time of loss.
— HikarinoYumi (@YumiHikarino) August 17, 2023
Thank you for everything 🙇 Rest In Peace Nami Sano 😢 https://t.co/lPxcAYUoBL
— R.A.Dino (@DinodileIsBack) August 17, 2023
Coincidentally, some fans noted parallels between Nami Sano’s situation and that of her protagonist, Sakamoto, who faced a similar health predicament. Speculations arose that the author might have drawn inspiration from her own health journey to shape the narrative of her debut manga series.
As the anime community mourns the loss of Nami Sano, her legacy as a gifted creator and storyteller remains embedded in the hearts of fans worldwide.