The Japan Cartoonists Association confirmed that mangaka Enaga Takabatake passed away on August 21st due to a stroke. Takabata was 29 years old.
The news came after Takabatake’s family held a Buddhist memorial service on October 7th.
Takabatake’s career began in high school. He published online manga under the pen-name “President Takabatake” and his Wagaya ga Ichiban! manga won the runner-up prize from Takarajima Wondernet’s Digital Comic Prize in 2008. Then in 2011, he created Zelbesty, an action-fantasy mecha series. It was his first professional manga.
Takabatake amassed a dedicated following in 2011 to 2014 from science fiction and fantasy fans. During the three-year period he created:
- 100 – Handred (a collection of short stories)
- Latin: Takabatake Enaga Tanpenshuu (a collection of sci-fi short stories with a romantic twist)
- Ningyotachi no Hanakago (a rom-com featuring a mermaid)
- Godspeed (a seinen action series about human living in a town under the protection of angels, or so they think)
- Halloween Night (a one-shot about trick-or-treating robots)
Latin was Takabatake’s most successful manga, having ranked in the top 20 of Takarajima’s yearly Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook.
Takabatake also maintained a social media presence and would share rough sketches with his fans:
— 高畠エナガ (@engwork) August 14, 2017
— 高畠エナガ (@engwork) August 6, 2017
— 高畠エナガ (@engwork) August 5, 2017
— 高畠エナガ (@engwork) January 13, 2017
— 高畠エナガ (@engwork) February 9, 2017
Takabatake was not working on a new series at the time of his death.