Tite Kubo, the creator of the Bleach manga, has received many fan letters and appreciation for his series… but one letter sticks out to him in particular. This letter of appreciation was sent by a young boy offering no name, no return address.
The letter said that he was bed-ridden sick child who spent all his time in the hospital. The young fan stated that he most likely only had a year and a half left to live.
He continued to write that there was a time when he was ready to die but the time he spent reading and playing games reminded him of times with his friends and family. They tried to tell to him to enjoy the time he had left. In an effort to enjoy those days, he started reading manga. Bleach was the one that stuck out to him the most.
The story inspired him to look forward and see a possible future. According to the letter, Bleach gave him hope and renewed his will to live the best life he could even if it was short. The boy also noted that his letter would only be sent after his death, implying that he had already passed away. His final request to Kubo,
Please draw Bleach the way you want to right up until the end. That’s what I want to read.
Touched, Kubo sent out a request among his following online community to try and figure out who this young boy was. The author admitted to his own struggles with confidence and physical ailments. He wanted to say thank you for the encouragement and the appreciation the young fan had shown him. Finally, on December 17, Kubo got the response he hoped for from a friend of the child.
And in return for the help of his fans? Kubo tweeted out an original Bleach sketch:
— 久保帯人 (@tite_official) December 13, 2017