Famous mangaka Go Nagai issued a statement on the status of Go Nagai Wonderland Museum, was destroyed in the fire following the earthquake on the Noto Peninsula on January 1 this year. The museum was opened in 2009 in Nagai’s hometown of Wajima and is home to many of the mangaka’s original drawings and sketches. The extent of damage to the structure is currently unknown.
“I am horrified and heartbroken by the gap between the images that appear every day in my hometown of Wajima and the images I remember in my head. After Wajima Museum and Go Nagai Wonderland were also affected by the recent earthquake, I received many warm words from people who were worried about me. Please allow me to take this opportunity to express my gratitude: thank you very much. Regarding the museum, I think many of the exhibits may have been damaged, but I’m an active manga artist so even if something is lost, I can still draw and create as much as I do. want. That in itself is not a big deal. More than that, I want to do whatever I can to help those affected by the disaster in Wakajima and elsewhere. [affected] so they can return to normal life as soon as possible. There are aftershocks and other unpredictable moments and we may not be thinking about the future right now, but let’s do our best to get through it all.”
Nagai’s statement was posted by the Dynamic Production account. Dynamic Production (or Planning) is a licensing company founded by Nagaki and Ken Ishikawa in 1974. The company also included a notice stating that it was unsure of the extent of damage to the works ( including 3D statues) that they lend. Wajima City, which operates the museum. They once again emphasized that their top priority is everyone’s safety and asked fans to be patient.
Go Nagaki is a famous mangaka, known for his contributions to the modern manga industry through titles such as Mazinger Z (science fiction), Cutie Honey (magical girls), Devilman (fantasy dark, post-apocalyptic), Violent Jack (post-apocalyptic). apocalypse) and Harenchi Gakuen (ecchi). His titles were sometimes considered controversial, but are now considered pioneers of their respective genres. He created the Getter Robo series with Ken Ishikawa, whom he mentored and considered his greatest friend. Nagai was born on September 6, 1945 in Wajima, Ishikawa. He is the honorary president of Go Nagai Wonderland Museum. One of his brothers, Yasutaka Nagai, was a novelist.
The Wajima fire destroyed about 200 buildings, including the Wajima Morning Market. It began after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake occurred on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. Tsunami warnings were issued shortly afterwards: in Suzu City and Noto City, they caused damage and disrupted communications. More than 200 people have died and 68 people are still missing.
Source: Official Twitter/X