The Asahi Shimbun has reported that according to Italian media, Legendary anime and manga personality, Leiji Matsumoto, is in serious condition. The man behind Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 collapsed while in Turin, Italy. Doctors suspect that he had a stroke.

Matsumoto visited Turin to celebrate Captain Harlock’s 40th anniversary on Italian TV. And according to Italian media, Matsumoto was speaking inaccurately during the event. Staff would later take him back to his hotel before rushing him to the hospital.

The manga legend was gearing up for plenty of activities in Italy. an autograph signing at the Cinema Massimo. However, due to the incident, the organisers are evaluating whether they should go through or not.

We here at So Japan wish Leiji Matsumoto well, and pray for his speedy recovery.

Source: Asahi Shimbun