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What exactly is a "Light Novel"?

What is a light novel? A light novel is a style of Japanese novel targeting teenagers and young adults. These novels contain mostly illustrations in anime or manga style. They are usually published ...
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Why don't English translated light novels retain the "backwards" page ordering?

It makes absolutely no sense for a book consisting of just English text to have its pages ordered such that you read the page on the right followed by the page on the left. So of course people don't ...
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What exactly is a "Light Novel"?

When referring to a novel, you'd be talking about... A fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism. Therefore I always ...
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What exactly is a "Light Novel"?

Is this term only used in Japan? This term originated in Japan as a 和製英語 (wasei eigo [meaning Japan-style English] = Japanese-invented words that "superficially appear to come from English, but in ...
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Is there more than 1 type of light novel in the Spice and Wolf series?

These are just the different cover release versions. At one point, Yen Press was printing these with a slipcover case on them that shows a more "appealing cover" for the Americanized audience. However,...
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Is it common for light novels to have animated commercials?

I wouldn't say that it's common, but it does happen. Here are some examples: Musaigen no Phantom World had a PV in Jan 2014, which preceded the announcement of its anime in Aug 2015. Likewise, ...
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Why do light novels and manga have long titles?

The Anime Man explains this in his video. TL;DR: People get lazy to read the blurb of the novel (the short summary usually at the back of the book) to know what it's about, so a longer title will be ...
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Does the author or publisher decide a character design?

Mainly the illustrator does. Basically writers are not involved in design. But he or she can tell the hope to the editor. It is an example of making a light novel. An author write up the novel. ...
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What exactly is a "Light Novel"?

Is this term only use in Japan? It originated in Japan but not exclusive of Japan. There are light novel writers in Korea and China, since it can be used for anything written within certain criteria....
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How do LN publishers assign the illustrator for a light novel?

According to the Japanese Wikipedia, for the earliest light novels, artists were selected by the publishing company EITHER for their work in 油絵 (abura-e = oil painting) and 水彩画 (suisaiga = watercolor) ...
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Does Light Novel-based, slice of life anime in general have a clearly defined setting?

The Haruhi Suzumiya series is mainly set in Nishinomiya, Japan. The Oreimo series is mainly set in Chiba, Japan. It's quite obvious by the mentions in the Oregairu series novel and various episodes ...
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Why do light novels and manga have long titles?

Why is this style of title so common? How did this trend of super long titles come about? From what I was able to research, light novels and/or manga have long title: Because it helps the light ...
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Why do light novels and manga have long titles?

(speculation, but I think of the common sense sort) When standing in a bookstore crowded with light novels, what is the main thing a prospective buyer wants to know? "What is it about?" They are ...
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Where can I buy High School DxD English-translated novels?

The novels do not have a official English translation.
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Kawakami Minoru authors light novels reading order?

You should probably go in the order in which they were released, as Arcane also mentioned. But otherwise, an ideal order would be as follows: Owari no Chronicle Owari no Chronicle DC Kyoukai Senjou ...
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Why do light novels tend not to be animated directly?

I'm not an industry insider but it's not a deliberate matter of testing the market with manga before doing an anime. It's simply that an anime is a much larger investment for all parties involved ...
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Why do light novels tend not to be animated directly?

From what I could find, by searching on the net, is that most Light Novels are not written properly, both in the sentence-style, and in how characters and situations are constructed. Here are a ...
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What exactly is a "Light Novel"?

Light novels started in Japan, as physical books. But in this Internet era, light novels from China & Korea can also be found online. Here's my impression of what these novels are mostly about... ...
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Has there ever been an instance of an officially crowd-funded translation of a novel?

As of now, yes! Some Visual Novels (these count as novels in my book) have been successfully crowd funded out here. A few examples of that are mostly done by the Sekai Project. For example, World ...

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