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NEWS: KyoAni Reveals Anime Adaptation of 20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku Novel




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Stark700



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:47 am Reply with quote
Interesting premise imo.

First time I've heard of this series before. That artwork cover looks gorgeous.
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phoenixalia



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:17 am Reply with quote
This...sounds interesting. Surprised I hope it's good.
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Lemonchest



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:14 am Reply with quote
Being a KyoAni production, I'm sure the characters won't repeatedly tell us that electricity can be a metaphor both for life & the connection between people. Sure as sure can be.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:54 am Reply with quote
Oooh, this looks nice! Very Happy
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Blankslate



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:03 am Reply with quote
This sounds like one of the most melodramatic things ever. Then again that is Kyoani's shtick.
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Sunny milk



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:13 am Reply with quote
I'm sensing some bishounen brothers along with a number of other pretty and lively boys pulling a characterless ragdoll female character like a puppet on strings.
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BlueAlf



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:36 am Reply with quote
I think this is the kind of series that might actually be deeper than it sounds.

If it only won a honorable mention, I guess they see the original story having some sort of flaw. If they choose to adapt this novel now, that might mean they've finally figured out a workaround to deal with it.
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zrnzle500



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:12 am Reply with quote
BlueAlf wrote:
If it only won a honorable mention, I guess they see the original story having some sort of flaw. If they choose to adapt this novel now, that might mean they've finally figured out a workaround to deal with it.


Not necessarily. The only series to get the grand prize (or anything besides honorable mention) was Violet Evergarden. I think this series was also the first one they gave any award in three years and the only one to get an award last year. In that context, I don’t think them giving a series an honorable mention means that it could only be adapted with significant changes, just that it doesn’t meet their standards for being guaranteed an adaptation, which is what the grand prize is - or least is included in the prize. Given their caliber as a studio and their more restrained output in number of series compared to some of the big (size wise) studios like A-1, those standards will necessarily be rather high.
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shosakukan



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:52 am Reply with quote
Crystalyn Hodgkins wrote:
The Twitter account for Kyoto Animation's KA Esuma Bunko imprint announced on Friday it will produce an anime adaptation of Hiro Yuki's 20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku (20th Century Electricity Catalog) novel (note: author's name reading is not confirmed).

Certainly, when people have seen a Japanese given name which consists of only the kanji 弘, the 1st candidate for the reading which occur to them is probably 'Hiroshi'. Poet 長田弘 is 'Osada Hiroshi'. Baseball player 大下弘 is 'Ōshita Hiroshi'. Graphic designer 原弘 is 'Hara Hiromu', though.

A funny thing about the title of the novel is that while '氣' was written in the formal kanji probably in order to make the title carry the 'olden days' feel, '録' was written in so-called new kanji. (Professor Kan'no Michiaki's famous Jigen dictionary (pub. in Taishō 12) doesn't have the new kanji '録'.) I would not be surprised if the author of and/or the designer for a work of 'pulp fiction' for otaku kids don't know formal kanji very well, however.w
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Gurren Rodan



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:12 pm Reply with quote
Well, I think this sounds like a charming adventure in the making. I look forward to it!

I wish more of these books would get translated and released in the US.
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Kougeru



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:15 pm Reply with quote
Sounds weird but I trust KyoAni. I just will ignore hype. Violet Evergarden was way overhyped
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nargun



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:56 pm Reply with quote
Stark700 wrote:
Interesting premise imo.

First time I've heard of this series before. That artwork cover looks gorgeous.


It's not been published yet, is the thing [see the article]. I don't know the details, but the kyoani prize seems to be mostly for unpublished work; I understand it largely functions as a source for manuscripts -- a slush pile -- for kyoani's light-novel arm. Running these things as "competitions" is a common japanese publishing-business practice.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:18 am Reply with quote
As much as I like historical fiction, this premise sounds like its leaving something out. How does finding a book a guy she just met wrote as a kid help the protagonist out of an unwanted arranged marriage?
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