Leiji Matsumoto is currently in Italy to celebrate the 40th anniversary TV debut of Captain Harlock in Italy. However, Asahi Shimbun has some sad news, as the anime legend was rushed to the hospital. According to reports from Italian media, the Captain Harlock and Space Battleship Yamato mangaka collapsed while in Turin, Italy.

Italian media also reported that Matsumoto was already speaking inaccurately during the event. Staff would later take him back to his hotel before he collapsed. And then, they finally rushed him to the hospital. Doctors suspect that he had a stroke and said that he’s in serious condition.

The Leiji Matsumoto Cultural Association is organizing Matsumoto’s stay in Italy. He;s also supposed to do other activities there, including some autograph sessions. But following the incident, the organizers are now ecaluating if they should continue with the event. As for now, the Space Battleship Yamato mangaka is undergoing medical exams, and his situation is still unclear.

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Sources: Asahi Shimbun and Kyodo News


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