The Editor-in-Chief of MF Bunko J, Taiji Misaka, has just announced that the author of "Zero no Tsukaima" has passed away on April 4th at the age of 41 after a 2 year battle with cancer.
A very sad day in Japan as today as Taiji Misaka, an Editor-in-Chief at Media factory, has announced that author Noboru Yamaguchi the author of the Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero) light novel series lost his battle with cancer on April 4th. Yamaguchi passed away at the age of 41 after being diagnosed with an advanced= staged cancer in 2011, which was considered inoperable. Yamaguchi had an operation later that year which ended with no incidents, and tried to continue the light novel series. Despite trying to work on the novel's ending he was unable to finish it before his passing.
Noboru Yamaguchi began writing the Zero no Tsukaima in 2004 and has wirrten 20 volumes, with the last one being in February 2011. He planned to finish the light novel series last year at 22 volumes before any more operations and further diagnosis, but only 20 were successfully published by Media Factory. The series also received an anime adaptation by J.C. Staff in 2006 with subsequent series in the following 2 years. Last year Zero no Tsukaima F aired and was the final season of the anime. Zero no Tsukaima also received numerous manga adaptations and a few video games. Noboru Yamaguchi also wrote game scenarios for visual novels alongside his light novels, with his latest game being Hoshiuta ~Starlight Serenade~ in 2009. He is also known for writing the Strike Witches light novel series, among other popular light novels.
Noboru Yamaguchi underwent a couple surgeries and stated that the growth of the cancer shrunk in 2011. But he was once against admitted to hospital at the end of the year. Yamaguchi tried to return to finish writing the novels last year but could not finish them due to more re-admittance to hospital. He then later apologised to his fans for not being able to finish the light novels and promised to focus on finishing the novels when he gets healthier. He also thanked everyone for their words of encouragement over Twitter.
The Zero no Tsukaima light novels may unfortunately remain unfinished. Noboru Yamaguchi had a successful life in being an author and writing a very popular light novel series. Yamaguchi was born on the 11th of February 1972 and died on April 4th 2013 at the age of 41. His family has held a service on the 9th of April.