Isekai — A World of Possibilities

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Isekai (異世界) has become a word many people involved in the subculture in the West —whether they’re fans of anime, manga, or light novels— have seen more and more frequently. The term is gaining traction especially now. You can find the term either in the titles of certain anime and manga or, more commonly so, in the title of a light novel.
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Isekai — A World of Possibilities

Hideyuki Kurata: Beyond Bibliophilia

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Hideyuki Kurata, the writer of Read or Die and the good episodes in Samurai Flamenco, has once purchased more than 100K USD worth of DVDs in two years. He owns every single edition of Die Hard. Why? Because, according to him, Bruce Willis fuckin’ rocks. The same thing happens with every other mainstream movie franchise you can think of.

He also writes in his essay collection, Kurahon: Kurata no Kuradashi (倉本倉田の蔵出し): Women exist either in paper or in a JPG (perhaps a MPEG) for me.

Magazines, manga, encyclopedias, hardcovers, limited editions, eroge, dakimakura — you name it, he buys it. Size and price are meaningless to his credit card. All he does is buy. His life is a dream come true to many people.

But isn’t this life a bunch of nothings? Isn’t this just squandering? What kind of life is that?

He has heard all the questions regarding his eccentric lifestyle. Hideyuki is probably sick of hearing them because, to him, the answer is quite simple. You only need one word to understand everything about his life. That word is passion.

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Hideyuki Kurata: Beyond Bibliophilia

On Best-selling Light Novels

What are the best-selling light novels of all time?

I’ve been wondering about this as I was reminded about it thanks to a question I received recently.

As there doesn’t seem to be any approximate information about the subject—at least in English, or any other language that isn’t Japanese—I decided to go ahead and write a post about it, including the 25 best-selling light novels of all time by their total of volumes. Continue reading “On Best-selling Light Novels”

On Best-selling Light Novels

Today’s News in Stealth Marketing: July ’16

Editor’s Note: I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tsui no Sora day! Certainly, for people following politics, the Republicans have their own Invention happening right now. Electing a fat Takuji as president is definitely a homage to SCA-JI’s masterpiece, but we can’t let those cultists steal all the denpa fun! Today, we have light novels about a hikikomori who looks like Mary Christie from Sharnoth and a RuiTomo redemption post. I also don’t feel like censoring Metarail’s images because he is the 魔王 of this post. So if you want to see tits and blood, scroll down!
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Today’s News in Stealth Marketing: July ’16