Post Reply Takimoto Tatsuhiko
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Posted 6/21/09
A good excerpt to show Takimoto's afterwords from the novels:

Takimoto wrote two Afterwords published in various editions of his novel. In the first afterword, dated December 2001, he stated that he himself was a hikikomori and was still recovering: "... the themes addressed in this story are not things of the past for me but currently active problems." In a second Afterword, dated April 2005, Takimoto admitted that he had not written "a single new story" since N.H.K. and that he was "reduced to a NEET, ... living as a parasite on the royalties from this book." He stated that he felt "completely unable to write" and "incapacitated." This statement is hard to reconcile with the fact that Takimoto is the only credited writer of the N.H.K. manga, which ran from 2004-2007 and featured numerous differences from the novel. Given that, the extent of Takimoto's exact role in creating the manga series—if any—is unknown.

After writing such a deep story about a himkikomori and how a boy overcame his problem it's saddening Takimoto-san still struggled with such problems. Even so, the novel was published in 2002 and we haven't seen any more recently published works.

I guess it just goes to show that a man can help and inspire a million people to wake up and make something more of their lives but cannot help himself.
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