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2017-02-01(Wed)

Why famous light novels tend to have many volumes.






I think famous western young adult novels have three or four volumes.
But Japanese light novels often have 10 or 20 volumes if they sell well.
Of course, my question is the same as why Prison Break and 24 have many seasons. Economy!

My true question is that why famous western YA novelists don't have to write many sequels.
First, English users are 1.7 billion if I remember correctly. Japanese population is 127 million.
It's more difficult to sell 2 million copies in Japan.
Second, economic ripple effect is completely different.
Famous English novels often publish in other countries too. In Japan, they use advertisement like "Best seller in America !", but the opposite is very rare unless the name is Yugioh or Pokemon.
Third, western authors tend to advertise their names besides their books.(To me, it's very interesting to see books with the author's name larger than the title.)
Japanese authors are not willing to show their face and information.
I don't mean they don't have any name value but this difference is big.
Fourth, western authors and publishers have a more equal relationship.
LN authors tend to feel giri (obligation or appreciation) to publishers and take many requests.

My opinion must have some generalization, but I feel this way.
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2014-12-21(Sun)

We must admit Cross Ange is fun.

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Yes. This anime is ridiculous. Sexy scenes are cheap. Animation is not good.
But we must admit this story is more fun than many recent anime.
A Chinese anime fun said recent anime works are just like fast food.
I agree. But this anime is at least funny.

By the way, What I like about this anime is that they use "yes, ma'am" correctly.
I saw that some manga use "yes, sir" to women.
Most Japanese know this English phrase but some don't know they don't use it to women.
I hope they learn this by watching Cross Ange!
2014-04-06(Sun)

My impression about The Wind Rises.

風立ちぬ

We can't stop wars. That's all.


OK. Why did I think so?
This protagonist couldn't stop building planes.
He couldn't stop loving an woman.
He couldn't stop smoking.
He was no evil. Most people were no evil.
But they are the origin of wars.

He tried to go out to smoke because his wife was sick(and dying) in a scene.
But she asked him to smoke next to her and he accepted it. Why?
They knew she would die even if he stopped smoking.

He tried to give foods to poor kids but he didn't do it again(as far as I watched).
He knew he couldn't save all kids in the country.
He knew the war would happen even if he stopped building planes.

Some must think he should have done something better.
People in the future must think the same thing about us.
2013-04-14(Sun)

My favorite quote(from Yuyu Hakusho)

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"Everyone has something that matters to them that they can protect or destroy. Kids have pets or toys; an adult has a child. Your something, Yusuke, just happens to be a whole lot bigger. With your new powers, you control all our fates. So, what’s next? That’s the question hidden beneath all your other feelings. Will you become the person who protects or destroys?"

I like this line.
BUT I felt something weird when I heard this (English) line first.
I checked Japanese line and got that English line is a little different from original one.

Original line is this.
"People have something that they can destroy according to their mood.
Toys, pets, a lover, a family, or a country.
And what you have is bigger than anyone else's. Simple as that.
Came here when something makes you want to destroy all. I'll give my life first."

I think English one is also good.
And I like this line too.

"You call me justice. But I have no will like that.
Guys I hate happen to be villains. That's it."

The author has a unique idea about good and evil.
2013-02-03(Sun)

A Japanese weird customary. EHOMAKI

There is an weird customary in some regions in Japan.

It's called EHOMAKI.

恵方巻きかぐら

Manner is here.
On 2 February, you turn to EHO(A lucky direction on the year decided by feng shui(Chinese geomancy))
and eat sushi roll.
Then you can be lucky in the year.

YES. IT'S CRAZY.

But this customary seems to be getting popular.
I checked out how many times it's searched with Google Trends.
恵方巻き

Many people searched this word in these days.
I know this phenomenon is caused by some companies' advertisement.
Yeah. They just want to sell sushi.
This is the same as Valentine Day("Buy our chocolate, you consumers" day in Japan).

I'm not complaining! It's just business.
We can enjoy it as long as we know it has no special power as much as Valentine Day.
But it's so funny to imagine that many people eat sushi roll on the same day, same direction.

By the way, Google Trends is so fun!
I'm checking out many words.
ハロウィン
This is "Halloween" serach in Japan.
This word is also getting popular.(Thanks for candy companies!)

クリスマス
This is "Christmas" search.
It's been already popular in Japan.
But it was decreasing until 2010 and is increasing from that year.
I don't know what's happened.

黒子のバスケ
Can you guess what this word is?
"Kuroko no basuke"!!
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It's gotten popular so much when the anime started on April 2012.
(To be honest, this work didn't interest me)
We can learn how much people affected by TV anime.
I rarely watch TV nowadays but it's still the greatest advertisement.
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