It had previously been revealed that Ai Yazawathe author of the popular manga lullabywould offer an unpublished interview in the most recent edition of the magazine Monthly Da Vinci in Japan. This edition is already available and, although the serialization of the manga was commented on, it was not the news that most expected.
According to a leak made from Weibo, the author is still physically incapable of resuming the serialization of the work and it is mentioned that she continues to be hospitalized and discharged repeatedly for follow-up consultations. It was also mentioned in the interview that she was interviewed after her follow-up appointment and that she had difficulty standing and walking.
And what is Yazawa’s disease? Let’s review one of the featured comments he made about it:
- According to information from Japanese articles, Yazawa is still undergoing treatment and his illness does not appear to be receding. It seems to be some kind of illness that even prevents her from holding a pen comfortably in her hand (in a snippet of an interview with her, she talked about even fainting when trying to sit down to draw). According to the author of the article, the disease seems to be some type of cancer or autoimmune disease that has caused Yazawa to be unable to move freely, enduring a lot of pain. As she was always a very hardworking woman who, sometimes, did not sleep more than a couple of hours to try to shorten the work as much as possible, this plunged her into a deep depression. Those two factors combined make Nana’s future still pretty fuzzy, but the author has, on more than a couple of occasions, said that she doesn’t want to leave the manga unfinished.
Yazawa began publication of the manga through the magazine cookies from the publisher Shueisha in May 2000, and entered an indefinite hiatus in May 2009, which to date still persists. Up to that point, the publisher published a total of twenty-one compilation volumes, and the work inspired a 47-episode anime adaptation produced by the studios. mad house and released in April 2006 in Japan, followed by two live-action films in 2005 and 2006.
Synopsis for Nana
Setting out from their respective hometowns, two young men with identical names team up in their search for new beginnings. With her heart set on going to Tokyo, Nana Komatsu dreams of a happy love, while Nana Osaki aspires to have a successful music career. The first of hers has a cheerful and friendly character, but her naivety has diverted her romantic life until she meets her reliable boyfriend -Shouji Endo. Undeterred by Shouji’s decision to study in Tokyo, Nana works hard to earn enough money to follow him there.
Meanwhile, his namesake is a lonely punk vocalist whose passionate affair with her band’s bassist, Ren Honjou, comes to a sudden end. Though heartbroken, Nana bravely looks forward and travels to the capital with the ambition of becoming a renowned artist. Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, the girls cross paths again due to an unexpected coincidence that leads them to live under the same roof. As they grow closer, the two strive to support each other as they struggle to carve out a future for themselves.
© 矢沢 あい (著) / SHUEISHA 集英社