Kadokawa announced today that the 21st volume of the late Noboru Yamaguchi’s light novel series Zero no Tsukaima/The Familiar of Zero will be released worldwide simultaneously on February 25, 2016. The author passed away at age of 41 due to an unspecified cancer on April 4, 2013. The last 20th volume written by him was released in February 2011, and the series is expected to conclude with two more volumes.
Before he died, Yamaguchi left plots for the last two volumes and the publisher has decided to continue the series based on it with a different writer. The name of the new writer is still kept a secret. The original illustrator Eiji Usatsuka is confirmed to be attached to the novel series, and his cover art for the 21st volume featuring the main heroine Louise is also reveled to Japanese media.
21st volume cover art
© Noboru Yamaguchi
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