Eri Takenashi’s Tearful Gratitude for Fan Devotion


Kannagi mangaka Eri Takenashi, struck down by a mysterious illness and forced to stop publication amid a huge online fracas, has finally updated her site, Takenashi Note, some six months since its last update.

She reports that she is recuperating at home after being discharged from hospital, though she apologetically refrains from supplying any details.

She is, however, exceedingly grateful for the support of fans, and mentions her earnest intent to restart Kannagi:

A lot of people were very worried for me, and I received an unbelievable amount of mail – something like 270? I was truly moved by the warmth shown by all those supporting me.

I cried when I received flowers and senbazuru [strings of a thousand paper cranes said to grant recovery from illness]. Especially all those cranes, which must have been hard, and for my sake.

I also heard there were fans who prayed for me at shrines, for which I can’t express my gratitude fully.

Since the anime was airing, I really caused everyone a lot of extra worry. Please excuse me for this, and thank you.

I am completely focused on recovery every day now, and I am aiming to restart Kannagi. Writing manga is a trial of strength, so if I restart it when I’m still weak I may make a mess of things. I’d be immensely grateful if you could continue waiting for my return.

Eri Takenashi

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    get well soon! ><

    Comment by Kevin
    14:04 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope she doesn't rush recovering. She might get sick again. Than we all will run around and go "Nagi is not a virgin, than what happens?"

    Comment by Watashi
    21:56 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Nagi is not a virgin, than what happens?”

    gb2 normal life..nothing changes whether they tell she's a slut or not i enjoyed the anime its cute in a sort of way

    Comment by U-Toru
    14:23 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not exactly a fan of the Kannagi manga, but I am really glad she's waiting until she is actually healthy before she returns to the series.

    Some people push on even when they are terribly sick, just to meed deadlines and the occasionally ridiculous demands of the fans.

    Anyone remember how HunterXHunter looked about two years ago? Yeah, Togashi took it way to far, couldn't draw for crap in his state and refused to hire assistants.

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    11:31 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The mysterious sickness's probably because an Impurity Spider was clinging on her..

    *Uses Nagi's purification power on Takenashi-sensei*

    Comment by sleepy
    11:42 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the fanbase is awesome~

    she'll live a long life >_<

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    Comment by metatron
    00:33 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    great to hear that she's doing fine and recuperating ^__^

    Comment by suzacu
    06:24 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact, the terms "mysterious illness" you used here is likely to cause unnecessary misunderstanding.

    the original japanese text which Takenashi posted on her blog:
    "何の病気だったのか てのは 皆さん ほんと気になるところでしょうけど

    rough translation:
    "I'm sure you're really concerned about what kinds of diseases I've got, but I don't want you to became more and more worried about me by confessing a disease name without disguise. For now, I'd like to just say that I've got a severe illness caused by overwork of many years"

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    Comment by Artefact

    I was referring to the way previous announcements were completely non-specific, and even this fails to specify it; I did not mean to imply the illness itself was "mysterious". I'm sure they know exactly what it is, which may be why no revelation is forthcoming...

    Comment by suzacu
    17:03 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for your reply. I understand exactly what you mean.

    It's not really unusual for famous people not to reveal the names of serious diseases they've got, especially politicians and mangaka, because it might affect their work. I know a number of mangaka who died before revealing diseases names. I hope she won't follow this precedent.

    Btw, you have really long ears. I wonder when you actually sleep.

    Comment by halotoo
    14:22 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good news to hear she is getting well, now let hope berserk mangaka get well from his not so mysterious illness and continue his work soon.
    May RROD be with you

    Comment by Stormy001
    10:40 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will be interested how illness has shaped her view which could mean different storytelling. I really do.

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    Comment by alex1_phang3
    19:21 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay!! More Kannagi!!! :D

    Good thing she decided to continue the manga, despite the whole Nagi having an ex-boyfriend thing.

    Comment by Dominic
    06:32 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    only 270 mails?

    i had expected more...

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    Comment by Kip
    06:55 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fact that someone would actually mail something in this day and age is a testament in itself.

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    Comment by Artefact

    She said "mail" which probably meant email. It does sound too low for email though...

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    Comment by Artefact

    Anon's account sounds plausible, but she did say "mail" and not "tegami"...

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    Comment by Kip
    10:56 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're right. I highly doubt her address is listed.

    At least she's very appreciative!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kip: Her personal address is probably unlisted, but her publisher will have business address. That's how fan-mail typically works: it's addressed to the care of the publisher, who will collect it, and periodically pass it on the the artist (usually after screening it, I believe, these days).

    Given the popularity of her work, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she got 270 actual letters, and I don't think she'd be expressing surprise at that volume of e-mail. The flowers and senbazuru, at least, were obviously not virtual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You send to magazine
    Magazine forwards
    Someone reads letter (office assistant probably)
    Letter passed on to actual if warranted

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    Comment by b0122
    15:53 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you pray at the shrine
    the prayer forwards
    nagi reads it
    prayer passed on to the author

    yea nagi told me about it last night.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like your version a lot better than mine.

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    Comment by repure
    06:40 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the senbazuru part got me crying already sniff*
    Good Luck on recovering!!

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    15:28 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, that was really sweet of whoever sent them.

    Comment by kenjiharima
    10:36 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great to see her fine again. Watch out for loose cannon otakus.

    Comment by Firo
    05:40 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    May Kaizen be with you, Eri!

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    Comment by motaku96
    05:41 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku are some of the most devoted fans around. I'm glad their support is reassuring her.

    Comment by Cerenado
    06:04 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even though they themselves might had been the cause for this in the first place...

    Comment by Tatsu
    06:06 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not to mention that if you piss them off enough, you'll find them in front of your door with a gun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:08 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "you’ll find them in front of your door with a gun"

    Maybe in some fuck-backwards hellhole like the USA. In Japan they'll just take photos of all the smashed up merchandise they destroyed in their hissyfit on 2ch...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol... but well japan doesnt allow guns (I belive)...wait there were events of otakus shooting ppl before in japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Civilians are normally not allowed to possess firearms in Japan, but just like in pretty much every country in the world, if someone wants to have a gun, there are plenty of ways around the law to obtain one.

    Comment by BuggyBY
    09:58 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would be an authoress.

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    Comment by Vegio
    09:01 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could have used a gun in front of the door of the author of ichigo 100%. wait, is there a female form of "author".. ?

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    Comment by thenightsshadow
    05:21 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think "weak" is the key word. Now, what kind of "weak" she currently is at the moment is up for debate.

    Comment by kiriyam_rei
    05:31 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    physically? or mentally?

    Comment by gideon2k
    05:23 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yogatta neh?
    keep up the good work.
    get well soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    19:15 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Brandishes a paddle*

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    Comment by A-no-ny-MOAR
    20:59 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    how nice... so many people loves you Gideon...

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    Comment by イチロ イノ
    22:46 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In sankaku, everybody cares about Gideon...

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    Comment by maru
    22:56 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go anons. Insert Russian Reversal.

    Comment by heyjey
    06:10 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    gideon, improve your japanese first, THEN use it...

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    Comment by Mimi
    13:15 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, that's the way to do it. 8')

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    Comment by ahbonk
    13:10 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Alright guys, enough. Let's go back to Gannagi

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    Comment by Mimi
    12:57 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Well-behaved women rarely make history♥"

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    Comment by b0122
    15:46 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    its ogay to use japanese @ sangagu gomplex

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    15:26 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If no one ever got to practice a foreign language while they were learning, no one would ever be able to speak more than their native language at all. So, cut the guy some slack, eh? I'm sure everyone was a novice at SOMEthing in the past too, eh?

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    Comment by Mimi
    11:38 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no set method on how to romanize Japanese words, smartass.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    11:24 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whether your perfect or not, the internet will make fun of you for it, for when ppl connect to the internet they automatically become douchefags...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Enjoy being a unique little flower as the only person in the goddamn world who romanizes it into g, then. Excuse me while I decide to romanize の into something like yu.

    Perhaps that is your aim, who knows. Maybe you can replace your periods with ♥ to stand out even more! Oh, if only this site allowed for colored text too, you could find the most obnoxious, cataract-inducing color to supplement it all.

    Comment by but i still didn’t do it
    12:15 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    guys guys lets just speak english we're all good at that

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    12:12 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, but I don't think any method romanizes か as "ga".

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    Comment by TsubasaNoTenshi
    01:47 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous wins once again.

    Comment by BuggyBY
    20:58 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually there ARE several set methods to romanise Japanese. They're called kunrei-shiki and Hepburn (there's also a modified Hepburn system, which seems to be the most common among Westerners)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    God you all sound like such faggots. It feels like I'm on Gaia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could have been a typo....

    Comment by BuggyBY
    09:58 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mimi, do you hail from Hokkaido by any chance? Because "yogatta" and "baga" sound like it's either Hokkaido dialect or said while crying (or quite possibly both ;))

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    Comment by Mimi
    09:21 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say it like "yogatta" a lot. Same with "baka" = "baga" and the like.

    You guys... it gives me great joy to see you guys trying to sound like smartasses and failing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if nobody's perfect...and I'm a nobody therefore i'm perfect?

    oh dear, watta silly anon I am. @_@

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I pronounce the word 'comfortable' as 'comfterbal', that doesn't give me free reign to spell it like a dipshit on the net.

    We have these really neat things called grammar and diction, just because there are those of us who suck ass at speaking, that doesn't mean it changes how a word is spelled.

    Now if it was a simple typo, then okay, but seriously, how fat do your fingers have to be to accidentally type g instead of k?

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    Comment by Revenant0519
    07:49 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    pobody's nerfect

    Comment by WondrousWizard
    09:00 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, if everyone was berfect, this morld would be perfect!!! LOL

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    Comment by Vegio
    09:00 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah maybe he just confused が for か.
    oh wait, he didn't use hiragana...

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    05:46 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yog-sothoth is far from yokatta

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too much Lovecraft perhaps?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm sure he means "yokatta" :)

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