Manga Creator Izumi Matsumoto Passes Away

Wave Studio has announced on manga creator Izumi Matsumoto’s blog on the Comic-On website that Matsumoto passed away on October 6, 2020. He was 61 years old at the time of his passing.

In recent years, the Kimagure Orange Road manga creator had been suffering from general malaise due to cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia (depleted cerebrospinal fluid). Matsumoto desired to return to work and continued to fight the illness, while being anxious about heart surgery he had several years ago. According to his doctor, he passed away in his sleep without suffering.

Matsumoto had revealed on his blog in November 2019 that he had spinal stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the spinal cord. He had said that he had severe numbness in his legs, and he was unsure what to do going forward.

Matsumoto had revealed on his blog in August 2016 that he had a relapse of cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia at the end of April 2016 after he hit his head when someone knocked him over while rushing to catch a train, and he was bedridden for three months. Matsumoto began hospital treatment for the condition in August 2016. Digital Manga Inc. then stated in November 2016 that Matsumoto’s condition was “growing worse,” and that he experienced seizures regularly.

Matsumoto previously gave up drawing manga in 1999 due to the same illness, but did not receive the right diagnosis until 2004. He returned to work in Fall 2005 after treatment.

Matsumoto’s Kimagure Orange Road manga series ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1987.

Source: ANN

Izumi Matsumoto Plans to Resume Work Activities

Izumi Matsumoto has posted on his blog on the Comic-On website that he plans to resume activities after more than two years of fighting against his illness. He added that he thinks he can also start posting on his blog again, and asked fans for their support.

Matsumoto had revealed on his blog in August 2016 that he had a relapse of cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia (depleted cerebrospinal fluid) at the end of April 2016 after he hit his head when someone knocked him over while rushing to catch a train, and he was bedridden for three months. Matsumoto began hospital treatment for the condition in August 2016. Digital Manga Inc. then stated in November 2016 that Matsumoto’s condition was “growing worse,” and that he experienced seizures regularly.

He stated in 2016 that the blue light emitted by LED screens worsened the condition, so he had been unable to use his computer or smartphone, and could not check his emails. He had asked a friend to check his messages while he was being treated.

Matsumoto previously gave up drawing manga in 1999 due to the same illness, but did not receive the right diagnosis until 2004. He returned to work in Fall 2005 after treatment.

Source: ANN

Pacific Media Expo Announces Izumi Matsumoto as Guest

Pacific Media Expo has announced that Izumi Matsumoto will be a guest at their next convention. Matsumoto is the creator of Kimagure Orange Road, and has also worked on the Sesame Street manga and an anthology called Graffiti.

Pacific Media Expo will be taking place November 8-10, 2013 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in Los Angeles, California.

Katsucon Announces Izumi Matsumoto as Guest

Katsucon has announced that Izumi Matsumoto, the creator of the Kimagure Orange Road manga, will be a guest at their upcoming convention. The convention is accepting questions via e-mail for Matsumoto to answer during his Q&A panel, and will also be selling 40 copies of Matsumoto’s art books during the event.

Katsucon is taking place February 17-19, 2012 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Source: ANN

Manga Creator Izumi Matsumoto to be Guest at Anime Expo

Izumi Matsumoto, the creator of the Kimagure Orange Road romantic comedy manga that ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from 1984 to 1987, will be a guest at this year’s Anime Expo. Kimagure Orange Road inspired a television anime series, several original video anime volumes, and two movies.

Anime Expo is taking place July 1-4, 2011 in Los Angeles.