Questions tagged [light-novel-production]

Questions pertaining to the process of writing, processing, publishing, editing, or otherwise creating light novels. This tag generally should NOT be used for questions about things like characterization, thematic elements, or other artistic concerns.

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What exactly is a “Light Novel”?

I am only familiar with this term when I know about the anime. Is this term only used in Japan? Sometimes I read light novels on the internet but I never see the book myself. How is a light novel ...
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Why do light novels and manga have long titles?

So, I came across these comments in an r/manga post: KibaTeo: Even a short series became an isekai MonochromeGuy: That statement itself just sounds like a LN title. in0ri: Gotta triple the length of ...
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Why don't English translated light novels retain the “backwards” page ordering?

Despite us westerners reading from left-to-right, top-to-bottom from the front to back with the book spine on our left, when manga is translated and localized (officially) it retains the Japanese way ...
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Has there ever been an instance of an officially crowd-funded translation of a novel?

There's some novels like "From the New World" which are excellent novels and award winner, but never make it over here. They still fall into the "otaku" subculture but appeal to broader audiences, too....
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Is there more than 1 type of light novel in the Spice and Wolf series?

I've always thought there is only 1 type of light novel for this series (which is translated to other languages). But I saw on Amazon that they are offering to sell 3 types of the same light novel. ...
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Does the author or publisher decide a character design?

If it comes to light novels there are always some pictures that show a new character or scene. But when it comes to a character, who decides the design? For example, if I were an author and my work ...
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Is it common for light novels to have animated commercials?

Being a fan of 掟上今日子の備忘録 (Okitegami Kyouko no Bibouroku, or "The Memorandum of Okitegami Kyouko"), I found the following promotional videos online: Okitegami Kyouko x Monogatari series, collab CM ...
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Why do so few light novels make it over via timely translation?

There is a lot of great series translated by folks like Baka-Tsuki - so, why do series take forever to end up over here, and for that matter, once they're licensed - how come some releases are so ...
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How do LN publishers assign the illustrator for a light novel?

It all begins when my friend asked me, "Would Saekano be as popular if the illustrator weren't Misaki Kurehito?" As we may have known, a light novel's illustrations are the main 'bait' to catch the ...
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Does Light Novel-based, slice of life anime in general have a clearly defined setting?

Something I noticed while watching a lot of popular anime based on Light Novels that focuses on slice of life for the most (Oregairu, Haruhi Suzumiya, Oreimo, etc.) is that they never stated where in ...
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Kawakami Minoru authors light novels reading order?

Kawakami Minoru wrote 5 light novel which are connected I think. City Series Gekitotsu no Hexennacht Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Kimitoasamade Owari no Chronicle So should I ...
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Why do light novels tend not to be animated directly?

Based on the answer to this question, it seems that light novels that are turned into anime are generally made into manga first (eg Haruhi Suzumiya). There are some exceptions, such as Love, Chunibyo &...
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Why there are no popular manga series based on light novels?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but, why are there no popular manga series based on light novels? I know that there are many anime based on light novels that are popular such as Sword Art Online, Oreimo, ...
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Where can I buy High School DxD English-translated novels?

I tend to read the manga if the anime does not cover all of the story bu since High School DxD manga is even less developed than the anime... where can I buy the English translated (or even original ...
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Do light novel author/illustrator make a design for every single character? [duplicate]

Is is optional for the author/illustrator to make character designs for all side characters? Like in the case of anime adaptations, are some designs purely anime original
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how many volumes of light novel were adapted in shinmai maou?

I finished the anime and I would like to know how many volumes have been adapted
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Why have Fate/Zero and Fate/Apocrypha light novels not been officially translated to English?

I've just started reading fan translations of Fate/Zero and Fate/Apocrypha light novels, but it made me wonder, why have they not been officially translated to English? I don't know a great deal ...