Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto’ Visionary Nami Sano Dies of Cancer at 36.

(Last Updated On: August 17, 2023)

On Wednesday, the official Twitter account of Kadokawa’s Harta magazine shared the somber news of manga creator Nami Sano’s passing on August 5 due to cancer.

At just 36 years old, Sano’s relatives conducted a farewell ceremony on August 7 and 8 to honor her memory.

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Tragically, Sano’s demise occurred a mere month after her cancer diagnosis. Amidst her battle with the illness, she remained in the midst of planning a new manga.

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto'

Her dedication to her craft persisted even in the face of adversity. The editors of Harta unveiled a poignant fragment from Sano’s final letter, wherein she penned, “This journey culminated in a life well-enjoyed. Now, I embark upon a realm of boundless liberty. Farewell.”

Sano’s artistic journey commenced with the debut series “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto,” which first graced the pages of Harta in 2011 and concluded in December 2015. Transported to North America by Seven Seas Entertainment, the manga’s fourth and conclusive volume saw its release in July 2016. The tale also leapt onto the television screen as an anime in April 2016.

Subsequently, in July 2017, Sano introduced the world to “Migi & Dali” within the pages of Harta, weaving her creative magic until November 2021 when the series reached its conclusion.

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With the unveiling of its seventh and final volume in December 2021, the manga’s legacy was secured. Eagerly anticipated, the manga is set to serve as the foundation for an upcoming television anime, slated for an October premiere.


Source | Harta Twitter account

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