Teito Monogatari



  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teito_Monogatari
    Teito Monogatari is a fantasy series by Hiroshi Aramata, with a story spanning decades of Japanese history. It spawned several adaptations, both live-action and animated. Many fictional portrayals of onmyodo and other Japanese magics can have their influence traced to Teito Monogatari.


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    @Cid said in Teito Monogatari:

    Teito Monogatari is a fantasy series by Hiroshi Aramata, with a story spanning decades of Japanese history. It spawned several adaptations, both live-action and animated. Many fictional portrayals of onmyodo and other Japanese magics can have their influence traced to Teito Monogatari.

    But is it a light novel though?


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    @Korppi
    Non-LN is fine. JNC has already licensed a few non-LNs. In fact they just recently licensed one. Their new series Holmes of Kyoto is not an LN but just a regular Novel.


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    The bigger issue is, this request lacks a lot of information. I don't even know what the story is even about.

    @Cid, please look at the other suggestion threads and see what kind of information they provide about the titles they're requesting, and then give us more information accordingly. We can't upvote and support something we know practically nothing about, after all.



  • Oh, Teito Monogatari is sooooo good, and a huge part of contemporary Japanese media history. It was basically the start of the onmyouji boom (if you've ever read a manga or LN or watched an anime with onmyouji magic and/or shikigami in it, it owes a debt to Teito Monogatari), and inspired so much stuff: the look of M. Bison from Street Fighter is based on the series's main protagonist, for example, and Tokyo Ravens is basically a modern day sequel.

    The Doomed Megalopolis anime from the 90s is also an adaptation of the series.


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    @Hosikuzu said in Teito Monogatari:

    the look of M. Bison from Street Fighter is based on the series's main protagonist,

    You mean the main antagonist, right?



  • @Korppi said in Teito Monogatari:

    You mean the main antagonist, right?

    Same difference :P



  • I'm sorry I didn't provide more detail, but I don't know much myself. I just found it through wikipedia and thought it looked fascinating.


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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshi_Aramata (author)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teito_Monogatari

    The work is a re-imagining of the 20th century of Tokyo as influenced by the occult. Most of the subject matter builds upon references to classic Japanese and Chinese folklore, although the centerpiece of the mythology is the legend of Taira no Masakado, a 10th-century warlord and ferocious onryo who was placated into a guardian kami through centuries of worship.

    The plot features many characters, both historical and fictional. Most of the narrative revolves around the cryptohistorical actions of Yasunori Katō, a mysterious former lieutenant of the Imperial Japanese Army who is himself a vengeful oni; a descendant of the people who rebelled against the Japanese Empire in ancient times. With an incredible knowledge of the supernatural and allies in China, Korea and Taiwan; Katō dedicates his life to crippling Tokyo, the seat of power of the modern Japanese Empire. His ruinous ambitions bring him into conflict with some of 20th century Japan's greatest minds including industrialist Eiichi Shibusawa, onmyoji Abe no Seimei's descendant Yasumasa Hirai, authors Koda Rohan and Izumi Kyoka; physicist Torahiko Terada, and author Yukio Mishima. The resulting conflict, involving science, magic and politics; spans 90 years of Japan's history.

    The story begins near the end of the Meiji period and ranges through the rest of the century. It reinvents major events such as the Great Kantō earthquake, the founding of Japan's first subway, the February 26 Incident, the firebombing raids, the signing of the 1960 US Security Pact, and the ritual suicide of Yukio Mishima. The narrative finally reaches its climax in 1998, the 73rd year of a fictional Shōwa period.

    It would definitely be the most high-profile work here if j-novel got a hold of it and would garner attention outside the usual circles. Perhaps TOO high-brow(costwise as well as to the difficulty to translate it...)...


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