@Sean-8xcfxdr I think in the announcement they mentioned eventually adding the content to the website, but it isn't something they were planning on doing in the short term. So I doubt we will see them on catch-up in the near future.
Oh, that's easy. It's the one where the entire book is the title :D
Honestly, this would be really easy for J-Novel to get the rights to and translate it, but I can imagine the backlash.
The Japanese title of Lazy Dungeon Master is Zettai ni Hatarakitakunai Dungeon Master ga Damin o Musaboru made, but if you look at all of their translations, they only use Lazy Dungeon Master for everything. So they could translate it as Isekai Pi: The Ascendance Of My Wrong Legendary Heroic Life.
As it is just the English title, there would only be one part needed. Because Lazy Dungeon Master is ending, this could be given to @Quof because he is used to working on ridiculously long works. So translating a title can be done in his sleep. The J-Novel EPUB premium bonus content can even be the entire Japanese title translated into English.
So now the backlash. On the website we get an almost 200 page epub and on Amazon they get one page. Also, people would be irate about paying $7.99 for a one page book, but everyone else would be happy paying 699 Sams (J-Novel Coins) for the entire bonus title.
Even the hints they release at the next anime convention would be easy.
As in, the first work introducing each theme?
I suspect that you might need to settle for the first several, given the question of who first thought of it and who first started posting their WN.
And you would need to go back to the web fiction in a number of cases, given that the first instance of a theme in online fiction may never actually get published professionally.
There'd also be the question of those themes that have also shown up outside of the Light Novel environment prior to appearing inside of it.
When you consider the pulp SF from the early to mid 1900s in the US, a number of those showed up there considerably before Light Novels were a concept. And even there, a bunch of the ideas were taken from still earlier works...
Just about every time travel romance as well. Super popular in the 90s and they were a dime a dozen. Outlander pretty much has time highways but at least those have their consequences. Some authors treat it like a doorway.
Being in an actual video game too like Sword Art Online: User Unfriendly published in the 80s. (Can't remember which author wrote it I haven't read it in more than 20 years.
@SleepyTexan Sorcerer King has such a good mystery to it. Why is the MC so dumb now? Whose spirit is in Gol? Is it the spirit of the little girl who was sacrificed? Or some evil witch who was trapped in the white column. Why is he so oblivious to what's going on around him? Who's that grandma figure? She seems like a Goddess who just got old and tired and can't fight what's going on anymore, so the MC is like a gift from the fates to her.
I think what hurt the story is poor world building, there are hints that bad things are going on, driven by bad people, but not enough to really know. I do find the MC very frustrating; Gol is clear about what she wants, and he just refuses to see it.
I also think that since Gol does NOT have a mana crystal in her to provide power, I think she operates kind of like a battery, and needs the MC's mana to recharge (why she's always clinging to him). Without her he dies, and without him she dies.
@jpwong that makes me wonder what is the total cost of publishing a run of books? I imagine the per book printing cost can't be that high but there is probably a bit of overhead involved.
I think 'a bit' might be an understatement
a physical copy likely needs a new layout (there's a point where number of pages makes a difference, text justification on the page to fit on page size/book length etc) proofreading, editing not only of the text but of art as well- plus production of covers/cover art, tables on content and other content not needed in an epub etc - money money money- and how many copies (physical) must sell before you recoup that cost? and sell where? amazon and/or brick a mortar outlets need their cut, and a cost of distribution. shipping etc. (and duties if printing is done overseas) it isn't just a matter of sending someone a file and getting a printout.
a publisher has to have an idea is however many thousands of copies are likely to sell over what time frame to take the risk/make the investment to do a print run edit to add: if the 'soft' cost above are (a conservative) $5,000 and the run of 10,000 copies might 'cost' $30,000 and sell (at wholesale for $8.00/ea- from which you need to pay royalties, an amount that is a mystery to me- for the sake of argument - lets call it $3.00), so JNC has a 'profit' of $5.00/copy of a book that has a cover price of $12-15.00. You don't break even until you sell 7,000 copies, and the potential net profit on the run is only $15,000 - the risk:reward ratio isn't the best
now all that goes out the window (and you have OTHER variables to deal with) if you are working with a boutique publisher that does limited runs (like leatherbound/ author signed/ limited editions etc) where a print run may only be 1000 units and costs might me $100 a book
Up to book 8, I liked the stories.
Book 8: Didn't like it.
This story is all over the place. Slavery is also featured heavily throughout and that's not my thing, plus fate and defeating fate. If done well, fate can work. If done badly, like in this story, it's just an excuse to cover up a random set of weird events. While reading it I was thinking why? again and again. Maybe you'll like the story if you read it without asking yourself questions.
Maybe it's just a set-up for book 9. I hope that book will be better.
Justus is noble so not behaving like noble is frowned uppon. Their reaction fits story. If you went to Soudi Arabia and drink alcohol in public ppl would not appove of it because it clashes with their culture. Same thing happened with Justus. If RIharda have acted favourably it would be huge mistake in story. She has acted according to story setting.
What I am saying is that OP is unreasonable. OP can be offended by it but I find his post really offensive. If OP feelings are important then mine are important as well so best solution here is to drop it and do not revive thread any more. Let sleeping lions lie in peace.
Yes, Baronh, which is the language the Abh speak, is a fictional language completely created by the author. Many people had exposure to this series from an old anime adaptation as well as an older English release of both the novels and the manga by Tokyopop.
So just wanted to say that with the exception of the Morgan Trading Company story, all of the short side stories out so far fit in nicely to the existing novel. They provide a nice supplement for anyone who's been collecting all of this. The trading company story is the only one so far that doesn't slot in nicely, and that's mostly because that particular episode ends with them leaving in the main novel, so unlike all the other stories where there's a clear cut gap in the main story where they slot in, this one tries to slot itself into the end of the chapter.
The bonus stories from the first two volumes of the manga are my favorites ones out so far, I'm hoping that we'll either get a side story or a main story that goes into more detail about slime Tabuchi's tale since it sounds like it greatly impacted Ryoma.
@Shiny I was thinking of buying the Prepub and was wondering if I would get the final draft as well. I understand the membership, while a neat perk, doesn't give u access to the final draft unless you preorder. Thanks for verifying tho
Just in case all of the above wasn't clear, I'll word it a little differently:
You can't buy the prepub at all.
What you buy directly from JNC is the Premium ebook (in DRM-free ePub format), which is the final version and often includes bonuses like textless illustrations or some of the bonus stories that the Japanese publisher provided to bookstores as a pre-order or first-day bonus.
In addition to the premium ebook, you also get the right to read the prepub version in a browser or app. That's just an extra feature, what you are buying is the ebook. If you buy a title directly from JNC before release that is a pre-publication-purchase of the ebook not the prepub.