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Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion Light Novels Get Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Late author of Mayoi Neko Overrun! left series unfinished with 4 volumes

Chinese streaming service bilibili's booth during the AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Saturday that late author Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion light novel series will get an anime adaptation.

The series centers on Makoto Shiranui, a boy who travels to Tokyo seeking to become the apprentice of Mamoru Hoshisato, a world-famous magician and friend of his parents. Ever since he had watched a show by Mamoru and his wife Maive, he had dreamed of being a magician. Their daughter Kana (nicknamed Hatena) has been Makoto's friend since childhood. Even though Tokyo has had a rash of burglaries by a beautiful woman thief, Makoto can rest easy as long as Hatena is there. When he arrives at the Hoshisato residence, a haunted mansion, the family butler Jeeves and the maid Emma greet him, and he is reunited with Hatena, only to find out that they don't really get along now.

Matsu launched the series with the first novel in November 2014, with illustrations by Kentarō Yabuki (To Love-Ru -Trouble-). The series remains unfinished due to Matsu's death last May. The last volume he wrote was the fourth, which Shueisha shipped in November 2015.

Matsu and Yabuki previously collaborated on the manga adaptation of Matsu's Mayoi Neko Overrun! (Stray Cats Overrun!) light novel series. Yabuki drew the art for the manga.

Matsu's Mayoi Neko Overrun! and Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! (Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!) light novel series both inspired television anime series. He published 12 volumes of the Mayoi Neko Overrun! novels from 2008 to 2012, and the anime premiered in 2010. He published 18 volumes of the Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! novels from 2009 to 2015, and the anime premiered in 2012. Matsu is also credited with series composition and scripts for the Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin television anime series, as well as story concept cooperation on the Ixion Saga DT anime.

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