J-Novel Club Announces the Licensing of 'Last and First Idol'

The award winning short story and debut collection of up-and-coming author Gengen Kusano makes its English debut!

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – July 5th, 2018 – J-Novel Club LLC is proud to announce the acquisition of “Last and First Idol” from Hayakawa Publishing Corp. The first part of the novel is available as a free preview today, and the rest of the novel will be streamed weekly for J-Novel Club Members! The E-Book for will go on sale in Fall of 2018.

Last and First Idol is a collection of three short stories by up-and-coming author Gengen Kusano, including the titular Last and First Idol, which was awarded the prestigious Seiun Award for best science fiction short story in 2017. In addition to this epoch-defining masterpiece, two other stories, Evolution Girls and Dark Seiyuu, are also included. Gengen Kusano masterfully combines the highest of high sci-fi with otaku, gamer, and pop culture elements to produce stories of a truly mind blowing scale. Whether it's idols or gacha games or seiyuu fandom, it's always going to go intergalactic if it's Gengen Kusano.

Author Gengen Kusano says:

“In the universe, there are infinite minds, and infinite moments of time. You are but one such mind, at once such moment. Why do you exist? And how should you live the life you have? A truly great work of fiction is one that helps you find answers to these problems. Last and First Idol will provide those answers. Thus, it is a masterpiece.”

J-Novel Club Membership is only $4.50 a month for an annual membership, and gives you a new chapter a week from more than 20 ongoing series, including “Invaders of the Rokujouma!?”, “If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord”, “Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest”, “Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash”, “The Faraway Paladin”, “In Another World With My Smartphone”, “How a Realistic Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom”, and many more!

Announced Title List:

Last and First Idol by Gengen Kusano, cover Illustration by TNSK
最後にして最初のアイドル Worldwide English Digital Rights

"Bye-bye, Earth! My idol activities here were so much fun!"

4th Hayakawa SF Contest Special Prize
48th Seiun Award (Japanese Short Story Division)
27th Dark Seiun Award (Guest Division)
16th Sense of Gender Award (Future Idol Award)

Last and First Idol earned the first ever special prize in the Hayakawa SF Contest, and the first debut work to win the Seiun Award in 42 years! This existential widescreen yuri baroque proletariat hard sci-fi idol story has carved out a new legend in science fiction history!
Also includes Evolution Girls, in which some gacha-expert friends race to find the truth of the universe, and Dark Seiyuu, a brand-new space opera about voice actors! Gengen Kusano's astounding debut collection!


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