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Penerbit Haru Licenses 5th Novel in Honobu Yonezawa's Kotenbu Series

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Approximating the Distance Between Two People novel debuted in 2012

Indonesian publisher Penerbit Haru announced last week that it has licensed Honobu Yonezawa's Approximating the Distance Between Two People (Futari no Kyori no Gaisan), the fifth novel in the Kotenbu series.

The novel is framed in two parallel stories, centering on Oreki running the school's Hoshigaya Cup marathon race, while also flashing back to before the race begins, when the Classic Literature Club welcomed a new member named Tomoko Ōhinata, who quits the club not long after joining. Oreki tries to puzzle out the reason that Tomoko left the club while running the marathon, half-suspecting a conversation with the normally calm and understanding Chitanda as the reason for Tomoko quitting. This is the first novel in the series whose story is not portrayed in the Hyōka anime.

Yonezawa's Kotenbu (Classic Literature Club) novel series began with Hyōka, the first novel, in 2001. The Credit Roll of the Fool (Gusha no Endroll) novel then followed in 2002, Kudryavka no Junban in 2005, Toomawari Suru Hiyoko in 2007, Futari no Kyori no Gaisan in 2010, and Imasara Tsubasa o Iwaretemo in November 2016. Penerbit Haru released the Hyōka novel in December 2017, followed by Credit Roll of the Fool and The Kudryavka Sequence in 2018, and The Doll that Took a Detour last year.

Kyoto Animation and late director Yasuhiro Takemoto adapted some of the stories in the series into a 22-episode television anime series titled Hyōka in 2012.

Penerbit Haru also licensed Yonezawa's Goodbye Fairy (Sayonara Yōsei) novel.

Source: Penerbit Haru's Facebook page via Kaori Nusantara

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