New Life+: Young Again in Another World

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[New Life+] Young Again in Another World
Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first light novel.
二度目の人生を異世界で
(Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de)
GenreAdventure, fantasy, isekai[1]
Novel series
Written byMINE
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original run2014on hiatus
Light novel
Written byMINE
Illustrated byKabocha
Published byHobby Japan
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintHJ Novels
Original runNovember 22, 2014on hiatus
Volumes18 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written bySatoru Abou
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicSeinen
ImprintMF Comics
MagazineComicWalker
Original run2016 – present
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
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[New Life+] Young Again in Another World (Japanese: 二度目の人生を異世界で, Hepburn: Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de) is a Japanese light novel series written by MINE and illustrated by Kabocha. The series is licensed in English by J-Novel Club. A manga adaptation by Satoru Abou is currently being serialized, and an anime television series adaptation by Seven Arcs Pictures was scheduled to premiere in October 2018, before it was cancelled on June 6, 2018. Following the announcement of the anime adaptation, the series and its author began to face criticism for allegedly racist material in the novels and in Twitter posts that MINE had made between 2012 and 2015.

Characters

Renya Kunugi (功刀蓮弥, Kunugi Renya)
Shion Femme-Fatale (シオン=ファム=ファタール, Shion Famu-Fatāru)
Rona Chevalier (ローナ=シュヴァリエ, Rōna Shuvarie)
God (神様, Kamisama)
Giriel (ギリエル, Girieru)

Media

Light novels

MINE originally serialized the story as a web novel on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō starting on January 3, 2014.[2][3] Following the controversy that broke out after the announcement of the anime adaptation, MINE announced plans on June 5, 2018, to discontinue serialization of the web novel.[4] Hobby Japan acquired the series for print publication, and published the first light novel, with illustrations by Kabocha, under their HJ Novels imprint in November 2014.[3][5] English publisher J-Novel Club announced their license to the series on January 13, 2018.[3] On June 6, 2018, it was reported that Hobby Japan had cancelled shipments of the light novel series.[6] On June 15, 2018, J-Novel Club announced that they would cease publishing the series on July 1, 2018.[7]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 November 22, 2014[8]ISBN 9784798609225February 26, 2018[9]
  • Prologue: "I Lived Long and Prospered, or So It Was Told"
  • Interlude: "The First One, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 1: "There Was Trouble on the Double, or So It Was Told"
  • Interlude: "The Second One, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 3: "The Battle Ended and It Was Clean-Up Time, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 4: "They Were Finally in Town, or So It Was Told"
  • Interlude: "The Third One, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 5: "From Reports to Invitations, or So It Was Told"
  • Epilogue: "A Party Was Formed, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 0: "On a Certain Day, in a Certain Time, at a Certain Place, or So It Was Told"
2 January 22, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798609485April 30, 2018[10]
  • Prologue: "The First Interlude, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 1: "Training Began, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 2: "A Mission Was Accepted, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 3: "At the Dungeon Entrance, or So It Was Told"
  • Interlude: "The Second One, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 4: "Something Seemed Off About the Inaugural Dungeon Campaign, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter 5: "Something Something Ill Weeds, Something Something Grow Apace, or So It Was Told"
  • Epilogue: "The Aftermath, or So It Was Told"
  • Chapter ?: "There Were Swords and Sorcery, or So It Was Told"
3 March 20, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798609843
4 May 22, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798610177
5 July 23, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798610511
6 September 19, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798610740
7 November 21, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798611181
8 January 22, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798611549
9 March 24, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798611976
10 May 21, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798612287
11 July 22, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798612645
12 September 23, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798612904
13 November 24, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798613284
14 January 21, 2017[8]ISBN 9784798613680
15 March 23, 2017[8]ISBN 9784798614120
16 June 22, 2017[8]ISBN 9784798614670
17 October 21, 2017[8]ISBN 9784798615561
18 May 24, 2018[8]ISBN 9784798616506

Manga

A manga adaptation by Satoru Abou is published on Kadokawa Shoten's ComicWalker website.[11][12] The manga went on hiatus in late May following the controversy surrounding the author.[13] It returned from hiatus on August 22, 2018.[13]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 November 24, 2016[14]ISBN 9784040687056
2 June 23, 2017[15]ISBN 9784040691947
3 September 23, 2017[16]ISBN 9784040694368
4 January 22, 2018[17]ISBN 9784040697505
5 June 6, 2018[18]ISBN 9784040698816
6 February 22, 2019[19]ISBN 9784040651255

Anime

An anime television series adaptation was announced on May 22, 2018, and was scheduled to premiere in October 2018.[20] The series would have been directed by Keitaro Motonaga and written by Takamitsu Kouno, Touko Machida, Koujirou Nakamura, and Chabo Higurashi, with animation by Seven Arcs Pictures.[20] Makoto Takahoko would have provided the series' character designs.[20] However, on June 6, 2018, it was announced that the production and broadcast of the anime had been cancelled due to the controversy surrounding the author and his novels.[21]

Controversy

Following the announcement of the anime adaptation, the series and its author began to face accusations of racism. A number of commentators on Twitter claimed that the series depicts the protagonist as having taken part in the Second Sino-Japanese War, where he killed 3,000 people with a Katana, later going on to kill another 2,000 after the war.[22] Additionally, commentators discovered several tweets by the author from 2013–2015 allegedly containing derogatory and racist statements about China, as well as tweets from 2012–2014 that contained similar racist messages directed at South Korea.[22]

On June 5, 2018, author MINE apologized via Twitter. He also deleted all of his past Tweets and announced plans to leave Twitter once his apology spread.[4] In regards to the content of his novels, MINE stated that he would no longer serialize the web novel on Shōsetsuka ni Narō and would begin discussions with his publisher about correcting inappropriate material in the print versions.[4]

On June 6, 2018, voice actors Toshiki Masuda, Megumi Nakajima, and Kiyono Yasuno simultaneously announced their resignations from the anime adaptation. The actors were set to play the parts of Renya Kunugi, Rona Chevalier, and Shion Femme-Fatale, respectively.[23] On the same day, talent management agency 81 Produce announced that Nanami Yamashita, originally set to play God in the series, was also resigning.[23]

Also on June 6, the website for the anime became unavailable worldwide except Japan, returning only a 403 Forbidden error.[23] The production committee then posted an announcement on the website that production and broadcast of the anime had been cancelled due to the controversy. The committee also apologized.[21]

Hobby Japan, the publisher of the original light novel series, posted an apology on June 6.[6] Later that day, the Asahi Shimbun reported that the publisher had decided to cancel shipments of the light novel.[6]

On June 15, 2018, J-Novel Club announced that they would suspend publication of the series on July 1, 2018, and would no longer offer it for sale "pending further consultation with the Japanese rights holder".[7]

References

  1. ^ "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World". J-Novel Club. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "二度目の人生を異世界で". Shōsetsuka ni Narō (in Japanese). Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 14, 2018). "J-Novel Club Licenses '[New Life+] Young Again in Another World' Novel Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Sherman, Jennifer (June 5, 2018). "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Creator Apologizes for Controversial Tweets, Novel Content". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (May 22, 2018). "Mine's Fantasy Light Novel "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World" Gets TV Anime in October 2018". Crunchyroll. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Loo, Egan (June 6, 2018). "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Light Novel Shipments Halted". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (June 15, 2018). "J-Novel Club to Suspend [New Life+] Novel Sales After July 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "二度目の人生を異世界で". Hobby Japan (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 6, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World: Volume 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World: Volume 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "「二度目の人生を異世界で」アニメ化、1億8900万PV突破のなろう小説". Natalie (in Japanese). May 22, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "1億PV突破のなろう小説「二度目の人生を異世界で」コミカライズ1巻が発売". Natalie (in Japanese). November 24, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Mateo, Alex (August 22, 2018). "[New Life+] Manga Resumes Following Original Light Novel Author's Controversy". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  14. ^ "二度目の人生を異世界で 1". Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "二度目の人生を異世界で 2". Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "二度目の人生を異世界で 3". Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  17. ^ "二度目の人生を異世界で 4". Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "二度目の人生を異世界で 5". Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  19. ^ "二度目の人生を異世界で 6". Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  20. ^ a b c Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 21, 2018). "'[New Life+] Young Again in Another World' Light Novel Series Gets October TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  21. ^ a b Sherman, Jennifer (June 6, 2018). "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Anime Cancelled". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Sherman, Jennifer (June 1, 2018). "'[New Life+] Young Again in Another World' Anime's Protagonist, Novel Creator Cause Controversy". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  23. ^ a b c Pineda, Rafael Antonio (June 5, 2018). "[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Anime Cast Resigns After Creator's Apology for Controversial Comments". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.

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