These creators are sorely missed and left behind a big question of "what if?" in regards to their work.
5 Oct 2017 - 12:11 PM  UPDATED 5 Oct 2017 - 12:11 PM

Every Monday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to bring you The Anime Show, an hour that covers what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what you should be watching in the world of anime!

In the latest episode, Joey and Aki are in Australia and recording from SBS PopAsia HQ! Armed with a studio, the duo tackle an interesting yet very sad topic: anime and manga creators who passed away and have left behind incomplete work.

Manga and anime take a considerable amount of time to produce, and sometimes the creators may not be able to see their projects to the end due to health problems or other unfortunate incidents. With a number of famous works left incomplete, Joey and Aki shine a spotlight on some famous anime and manga creators who have sadly left us in an untimely manner.

  • Satoshi Kon - A renowned anime film director who passed away in 2010 aged 46, Satoshi Kon is one of anime's most popular creators who director acclaimed films such as PaprikaTokyo Godfathers, and Millennium Actress. Kon was in the middle of creating his new film Dreaming Machine when he suddenly passed away, and efforts are underway to complete the project whilst still honouring Kon's original vision, though efforts have stalled in recent years. Joey and Aki are big fans of Satoshi Kon and think that Dreaming Machine should be left incomplete as the director is the only one who could've finished the film as intended.
  • Osamu Tezuka - Known as the "godfather of manga," Osamu Tezuka created some of the most successful and influential manga ever, such as Astro BoyBlack Jack, and Jungle Emperor Leo. The mangaka was in the midst of producing his two-decade long series Phoenix when he passed away at the age of 60 due to cancer, leaving his long-running work incomplete after over 20 years of work.
  • Usai Yoshito - The mastermind behind the mega-popular manga series Crayon Shin-chan, which is the Japanese equivalent of The Simpsons, Usai Yoshito passed away unexpectedly due to a freak hiking accident, leaving his most famous work unfinished. The series was subsequently relaunched by Usai's team and re-titled New Crayon Shin-chan.
  • Noboru Yamaguchi - Best known for the light novel series The Familiar of Zero, Noboru Yamaguchi was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and he subsequently attempted to finish the series despite his illness. Sadly, Yamaguchi passed away in 2013 and was unable to complete The Familiar of Zero series. Due to requests from fans and Yamaguchi's family, the series was subsequently finished by the author's publisher with help from notes left behind from Yamaguchi.

Listen right here to Joey and AkiDearest talk about some famous anime and manga creators who passed away with unfinished work at the 9:08 mark:


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