Nisio Isin

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Nisio Isin
Born1981 (age 38–39)
Japan
OccupationNovelist, short-story writer, manga writer, screenwriter
LanguageJapanese
Period2002–present
GenreComing-of-age, mystery, Sekaikei [ja], Shindenki [ja], comedy, etc.
Notable awardsMephisto Prize (2002)
Website
Official website

Nisio Isin (西尾 維新, Nishio Ishin, born 1981), stylized NisiOisiN to emphasize the palindrome, is the pen name of a Japanese novelist, manga, and screenplay writer.

He attended and left Ritsumeikan University School of Policy Science without graduating.[1] In 2002, he debuted with the novel The Beheading Cycle (クビキリサイクル, Kubikiri Saikuru), which earned him the 23rd Mephisto Prize at twenty years of age.[2] He worked with Kodansha on Faust, a literary magazine containing the works of other young authors who similarly take influence from light novels and otaku culture. He also worked with Pandora, the Kodansha Box magazine, and is currently working with the Mephisto magazine, also from Kodansha. He was also publishing a twelve volume series over twelve months for the Kodansha Box line; Ryūsui Seiryōin was matching this output, and the Kodansha Box website stated this is the first time in the world two authors have done twelve volume monthly novel series simultaneously from the same publisher.[3]

In February, 2008, his novel Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, which is based on the Death Note manga, was released in English by Viz Media.[4] Del Rey Manga has already released the first and second volume in his Zaregoto series.

His Monogatari, Katanagatari, Zaregoto, and Juni Taisen novels have been adapted into anime.[5][6][7][8] The sequel (Nisemonogatari) novel has also been adapted as an anime,[9] as well as all the volumes up to Zoku Owarimonogatari.[10] Another of his works, Medaka Box, has been adapted into a two-season anime series.[11] An anime adaptation of the Bishōnen series was announced at the end of 2019.[12] Juni Taisen was also adapted as a Stage Play in Japan in 2018.[13] His Bōkyaku Tantei series was adapted as a Japanese Drama in 2015.[14] Several of his series have been adapted as manga.

Career[edit]

He was always a manga enthusiast and wanted to be a mangaka, but when his drawings didn't improve at all (he figured that with print, he wouldn't have to deal with good or bad printing), he decided to become a novelist.[15] During his time as a submitter, his writing speed was a selling point, and he submitted two or three novels to a single Mephisto Award.[16] In 2002, he made his debut with Kubikiri Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User, which won the 23rd Mephisto Award. He was 20 years old at the time, and his slogan was "Twenty years old in Kyoto, Nisio Isin".[17]

Style[edit]

Since Nisio Isin's debut, wordplay and tongue-in-cheek dialogue have been characteristic of his works.[18] Regarding the peculiar style of comedy Boke and Tsukkomi, when asked in a dialogue with Ryūsui Seiryōin if this was related to the fact he is from the Kansai region, he replied "I think it's certainly because I'm a Kansai person."[19] He feels that "dialogue is the character" and focuses more on what they say than on how they look.[20] Nisio features many women in his works because "it is easier for them to express their individuality" explaining that "women are much more adorned as characters (e.g. fashion) than men".[i]

His works are characterized by a sense of literature that is amid the so-called "Shindenki" mystery-light novel genre, in which insane characters attempt to solve a mystery in a situation that would be impossible or unlikely in reality; and inexhaustible quotations of anime and manga from the past.[22]

His greatest influence comes from such things as Shōnen Jump manga and shōjo manga en masse.[ii] About manga, he is a passionate fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; in a dialogue with Hirohiko Araki, author of the manga, he commented this is "a manga he would like all humanity to read."[23] Among his references, references to JoJo are particularly common and in a novelization project of the series called "VS JOJO", together with Kouhei Kadono and Ōtarō Maijō, he wrote one of the novels that were published, called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven.

He is well regarded as an author who has blended the conventions of mystery novels and character-driven light novels. Tsunehiro Uno describes Nisio Isin as the only writer who has made a smooth transition from "Sekaikei" to "Shindenki".[24]

He has made no secret of his policy of not doing crossover or linking in his Zaregoto series. This is because crossover and linking was a technique Kouhei Kadono, whom he admires, excelled at, and so he decided to stick with the opposite style,[25] but he replied he made an exception for the Ningen series because he began writing it as an homage to the relationship between the Kouhei Kadono's Boogiepop series and Beat's Discipline.[25] He still maintains a steady writing pace and develops several series at the same time, but until Mazemonogatari, he did not link his works to each other. After fifteen years of non-crossover writing, he decided it was time to try a new pattern.[26]

He has a unique way of naming his characters.[iii] He seeks to define his characters by their names, and he does not simply give them unusual names, but instead establishes some rules for them, and he will occasionally deviate from these rules.[iii] When it comes to naming, he has been described as "bizarre" and "extremely strange".[iii] Examples are Namanie Nienami, Kiki Kikitsu, Shibuki Shibushi, Mukae Emukae, Momo Momozono, Kajiki Kurokami, Kariteru Kanaino, Sukinasaki Saki, Shikigishi Kishiki, Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, Backyard Bottomslash, Quarter Queen, Sagano Usagi, Byōinzaka Kuroneko (which translates roughly as "Black Cat of Hospital Hill") and Shikizaki Kiki.

He said he learned much from the novels of Kiyoshi Kasai (the author of Vampire Wars), Hiroshi Mori, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Ryūsui Seiryōin and Kouhei Kadono. He has also stated the five writers were, metaphorically speaking, God-like beings, who had shaped and molded his writing style.[ii]

Nisio and light novels[edit]

Most of Nisio's works are published by Kodansha Novels, a general literature imprint, but are sometimes classified as light novels. In a conversation with Ubukata Tow, Otokazu said of Nisio, "I think he falls into the light novel category in a broad sense."[27] The January 2005 issue of Nikkei Characters! introduces Nisio as "a new generation of writers who are breaking down the barriers between general literature and light novels."[28] The Nisio Isin Chronicle describes his Zaregoto series as "often regarded as a light novel".[29]

In the 2004 edition of the light novel guide book This Light Novel is Amazing! 2005, the Zaregoto series ranked as the second most popular light novel series, but the authors wrote: "There are different opinions on whether the Zaregoto series is a light novel or not."[iv] Taking into account various opinions on "bunko is the light novel", "packaging", "age of the characters", and other factors, the book's Genre Guide refers to the Zaregoto series and Kimi to Boku no Kowareta Sekai as "borders" outside of the bunko.[v] In the following year's This Light Novel Is Amazing! 2006, the Zaregoto series ranked first, and in an interview held to commemorate this, Nisio said, "I'm unsure if it's a light novel" commenting "it's not a light novel in the sense that it's 'not a light novel label,' but it's part of a light novel in the sense that 'it's a collaboration between an illustration and a novel,'" and he also said he has no qualms about his work being identified as a light novel.[31]

Works in English translation[edit]

Novels[edit]

Zaregoto series
  • Zaregoto, Book 1: DECAPITATION: Kubikiri Cycle - The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User (Del Rey. 2008. ISBN 978-0-345-50427-2, Vertical. 2017. ISBN 978-1-945054-21-1) – the winning work of the 23rd Mephisto Prize (2002)
  • Zaregoto, Book 2: STRANGULATION: Kubishime Romanticist - No Longer Human - Hitoshiki Zerozaki (Del Rey. 2010. ISBN 978-0-345-50578-1, Vertical. 2018. ISBN 978-1-945054-83-9)
  • Zaregoto, Book 3: SUSPENSION: Kubitsuri High School - the Nonsense User's Disciple (Vertical. 2019. ISBN 978-1-947194-89-2)
Monogatari series
Katanagatari

Omnibus 3-in-1 volumes.[32]

Other books
Short stories
  • Magical Girl Risuka (Faust 2. Del Rey. 2009. ISBN 978-0-345-50357-2)
    • This is the English translation of "Yasashii Mahō wa Tsukaenai" (lit. "Easy magic cannot be used"), the first story of Risuka series.
  • Kyōko Okitegami in STAY HOLMES - Bōkyaku Tantei series.
    • A short story published on May 2, 2020 in a project titled Day to Day on the website tree.[33][34]
  • Street For You
    • A short story published on August 28, 2020 in a project titled Story for you on the website tree.[35][36]

Manga[edit]

One-shot
Imperfect Girl

Adaptation of the Shōjo Fujūbun novel.

Juni Taisen

Adaptation of the Jūni Taisen novel.

Bakemonogatari

Adaptation of the Monogatari series novels.

Novels[edit]

Zaregoto series[edit]

The Zaregoto series (戯言シリーズ, Zaregoto Shirīzu) is written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Take. The series was published between February, 2002, and November, 2005. It was followed by a spin-off series Ningen series starring the Zerozaki clan. A second spin-off series titled Saikyō series focusing on the character Jun Aikawa was also released. All books were released in Japan by Kodansha Novels.

First Published Title ISBN
February 7, 2002 The Beheading Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense Bearer
(クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い, Kubikiri Saikuru: Aoiro Savan to Zaregoto Tsukai)
ISBN 978-4-06-182233-7
May 8, 2002 Strangulation Romanticist: Hitoshiki Zerozaki, Human Failure
(クビシメロマンチスト―人間失格・零崎人識, Kubishime Romanchisutō: Ningen Shikkaku, Zerozaki Hitoshiki)
ISBN 978-4-06-182250-4
August 6, 2002 Hanging High School: The Nonsense Bearer's Pupil
(クビツリハイスクール―戯言遣いの弟子, Kubitsuri Hai Sukūrū: Zaregoto Tsukai no Deshi)
ISBN 978-4-06-182267-2
November 7, 2002 Psycho Logical (Part One) Gaisuke Utsurigi's Nonsense Killer
(サイコロジカル〈上〉兎吊木垓輔の戯言殺し, Saiko Rojikaru (Jō) Utsurigi Gaisuke no Zaregoto Koroshi)
ISBN 978-4-06-182283-2
Psycho Logical (Part Two): Sour Little Song
(サイコロジカル〈下〉曳かれ者の小唄, Saiko Rojikaru (Ge) Hikaremono no Kōta)
ISBN 978-4-06-182284-9
July 5, 2003 Cannibal Magical: Niounomiya Siblings, Masters of Carnage
(ヒトクイマジカル-殺戮奇術の匂宮兄妹, Hitokui Majikarū Satsuriku Kijutsu no Niōnomiya Kyōdai)
ISBN 978-4-06-182323-5
February 8, 2005 Uprooted Radical (Part One): The Thirteen Stairs
(ネコソギラジカル〈上〉十三階段, Nekosogi Rajikaru (Jō) Jūsan Kaidan)
ISBN 978-4-06-182393-8
June 7, 2005 Uprooted Radical (Part Two): Overkill Red vs. The Orange Seed
(ネコソギラジカル〈中〉赤き征裁vs.橙なる種, Nekosogi Rajikaru (Chū) Akaki Seisai vs. Tōnaru Shu)
ISBN 978-4-06-182399-0
November 8, 2005 Uprooted Radical (Part Three): The Blue Savant and the Master of Nonsense
(ネコソギラジカル〈下〉青色サヴァンと戯言遣い, Nekosogi Rajikaru (Ge) Aoiro Savan to Zaregoto Tsukai)
ISBN 978-4-06-182400-3
  • Zaregoto Dictional - Dictionary for the Zaregoto series (ザレゴトディクショナル 戯言シリーズ用語辞典) (June 07, 2006. Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-182489-8)
    • A dictionary of the Zaregoto series telling the behind-the-scenes of the story. The 4-koma manga drawn by Take titled Zaregoto Ichiban (戯言一番) was re-released in the book.[37]

Ningen series[edit]

Spin-off of the Zaregoto series, it is also known as the Zerozaki Ichizoku series. The illustrations are provided by Take. Published by Kodansha.

First Published Title ISBN
February 6, 2004 Sōshiki Zerozaki's Human Experiment
(零崎双識の人間試験, Zerozaki Sōshiki no Ningen Shiken)
ISBN 978-4-06-182359-4
November 8, 2006 Kishishiki Zerozaki's Human Knock
(零崎軋識の人間ノック, Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock)
ISBN 978-4-06-182509-3
March 7, 2008 Magashiki Zerozaki's Human Character
(零崎曲識の人間人間, Zerozaki Magashiki no Ningen Ningen)
ISBN 978-4-06-182582-6
March 25, 2010 Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with Izumu Niōnomiya
(零崎人識の人間関係 匂宮出夢との関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Niōnomiya Izumu to no Kankei)
ISBN 978-4-06-182679-3
Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with Iori Mutō
(零崎人識の人間関係 無桐伊織との関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Mutō Iori to no Kankei)
ISBN 978-4-06-182680-9
Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with Sōshiki Zerozaki
(零崎人識の人間関係 零崎双識との関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Zerozaki Sōshiki to no Kankei)
ISBN 978-4-06-182681-6
Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with the Nonsense Bearer
(零崎人識の人間関係 戯言遣いとの関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Zaregoto Tsukai to no Kankei)
ISBN 978-4-06-182682-3

Saikyō series[edit]

Spin-off of the Zaregoto series telling the story of "Overkill Red" Jun Aikawa. It was first serialized in the Mephisto magazine. A complete series with 4 volumes published by Kodansha. Take handled the illustrations for the series again.

First Published Title ISBN
April 23, 2015 Jinrui Saikyō no Hatsukoi (人類最強の初恋) ISBN 978-4-06-299040-0
May 7, 2016 Jinrui Saikyō no Jun'ai (人類最強の純愛) ISBN 978-4-06-299074-5
April 20, 2017 Jinrui Saikyō no Tokimeki (人類最強のときめき) ISBN 978-4-06-299093-6
May 11, 2020 Jinrui Saikyō no Sweetheart (人類最強のsweetheart) ISBN 978-4-06-519765-3

JDC Tribute series[edit]

The Japan Detectives Club was created by Ryūsui Seiryōin, and Nisio Isin is one of several authors to write novels using that setting. The third book is a compilation of the first two.[38]

First Published Title ISBN
March 6, 2003 Double Down Kanguro (ダブルダウン勘繰郎) ISBN 978-4-06-182305-1
August 7, 2007 Triple Play Sukeakuro (トリプルプレイ助悪郎) ISBN 978-4-06-182538-3
January 15, 2010 Double Down Kanguro/Triple Play Sukeakuro (ダブルダウン勘繰郎/トリプルプレイ助悪郎) ISBN 978-4-06-276491-9

Sekai series[edit]

Interlinked mystery series with a different narrator telling the story each time. Published by Kodansha. Illustrated by Tagro.

First Published Title ISBN
November 8, 2003 Kimi to Boku no Kowareta Sekai (きみとぼくの壊れた世界) ISBN 978-4-06-182342-6
October 10, 2007 Bukimi de Soboku na Kakowareta Sekai (不気味で素朴な囲われた世界) ISBN 978-4-06-182557-4
July 8, 2008 Kimi to Boku ga Kowashita Sekai (きみとぼくが壊した世界) ISBN 978-4-06-182600-7
December 5, 2008 Bukimi de Soboku na Kakowareta Kimi to Boku no Kowareta Sekai (不気味で素朴な囲われたきみとぼくの壊れた世界) ISBN 978-4-06-182626-7
  • With the publication of the second novel, both books were also published in hard cover through Kodansha Box.

Risuka series[edit]

First serialized in Faust magazine with illustrations by Capcom's Kinu Nishimura. It was later published by Kodansha.

First Published Title ISBN
July 17, 2004 Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka (新本格魔法少女りすか) ISBN 978-4-06-182381-5
March 16, 2005 Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka 2 (新本格魔法少女りすか2) ISBN 978-4-06-182432-4
March 23, 2007 Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka 3 (新本格魔法少女りすか3) ISBN 978-4-06-182521-5

Monogatari series[edit]

The series was first created by Nisio Isin as a series of short stories for the Mephisto magazine. While his previous, Zaregoto series, featured large casts of characters, each Bakemonogatari story tends to introduce only one new character. The previously published stories, and some new ones, were eventually collected in two volumes as part of the Kodansha Box launch titles on November 2, 2006 and December 5, 2006. Vofan has been handling the illustrations ever since. The series is divided into five parts: First, Second, Final, Off, and Monster Season. Ongoing series with 25 volumes published so far. For more details see List of Monogatari novels.

First Published Title ISBN
Monogatari series: First Season
November 2, 2006 Bakemonogatari (Jō) (化物語(上)) ISBN 978-4-06-283602-9
December 5, 2006 Bakemonogatari (Ge) (化物語(下)) ISBN 978-4-06-283607-4
May 8, 2008 Kizumonogatari (傷物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283663-0
September 2, 2008 Nisemonogatari (Jō) (偽物語(上)) ISBN 978-4-06-283679-1
June 11, 2009 Nisemonogatari (Ge) (偽物語(下)) ISBN 978-4-06-283702-6
July 29, 2010 Nekomonogatari (Kuro) (猫物語(黒)) ISBN 978-4-06-283748-4
Monogatari series: Second Season
October 28, 2010 Nekomonogatari (Shiro) (猫物語(白)) ISBN 978-4-06-283758-3
December 25, 2010 Kabukimonogatari (傾物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283767-5
March 30, 2011 Hanamonogatari (花物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283771-2
June 29, 2011 Otorimonogatari (囮物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283776-7
September 29, 2011 Onimonogatari (鬼物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283781-1
December 21, 2011 Koimonogatari (恋物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283792-7
Monogatari series: Final Season
September 27, 2012 Tsukimonogatari (憑物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283812-2
May 21, 2013 Koyomimonogatari (暦物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283837-5
October 22, 2013 Owarimonogatari (Jō) (終物語(上)) ISBN 978-4-06-283857-3
January 30, 2014 Owarimonogatari (Chū) (終物語(中)) ISBN 978-4-06-283861-0
April 2, 2014 Owarimonogatari (Ge) (終物語(下)) ISBN 978-4-06-283868-9
September 18, 2014 Zoku Owarimonogatari (続・終物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283878-8
Monogatari series: Off Season
October 6, 2015 Orokamonogatari (愚物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283889-4
January 14, 2016 Wazamonogatari (業物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283892-4
July 28, 2016 Nademonogatari (撫物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283898-6
January 12, 2017 Musubimonogatari (結物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283900-6
Monogatari series: Monster Season
July 20, 2017 Shinobumonogatari (忍物語) ISBN 978-4-06-283902-0
June 14, 2018 Yoimonogatari (宵物語) ISBN 978-4-06-511992-1
April 17, 2019 Amarimonogatari (余物語) ISBN 978-4-06-515225-6

Mazemonogatari[edit]

In Mix Story (混物語, Mazemonogatari) Koyomi Araragi meets various heroines from other series written by Nisio Isin. This crossover stories were first distributed in sessions for the Kizumonogatari movies between 2016-17. Kodansha collected those stories, with 3 new ones, and published in 2019. ISBN 978-4-06-513292-0

Related book[edit]

  • Audio drama script
  • Character commentary script
    • Anime "Bakemonogatari" Supplementary Reading Book (1) (アニメ『化物語』副音声副読本(上), Anime Bakemonogatari Fukuonsei Fukudokuhon. 1.) (Kodansha. 2012. ISBN 978-4-06-283799-6)
    • Anime "Bakemonogatari" Supplementary Reading Book (2) (アニメ『化物語』副音声副読本(下), Anime Bakemonogatari Fukuonsei Fukudokuhon. 2.) (Kodansha. 2012. ISBN 978-4-06-283806-1)
    • Supplementary Story (1) Nisemonogatari & Nekomonogatari (Black) Supplementary Reading Book (副物語(上) アニメ偽物語&猫物語(黒)副音声副読本, Fukumonogatari (1): Anime Nisemonogatari ando Nekomonogatari Kuro Fukuonsei Fukudokuhon) (Kodansha. 2015. ISBN 978-4-06-219697-0)
    • Supplementary Story (2) Nisemonogatari & Nekomonogatari (Black) Supplementary Reading Book (副物語(下) アニメ偽物語&猫物語(黒)副音声副読本, Fukumonogatari (2): Anime Nisemonogatari ando Nekomonogatari Kuro Fukuonsei Fukudokuhon) (Kodansha. 2015. ISBN 978-4-06-219744-1)

Katanagatari series[edit]

This twelve volume samurai epic with illustrations by Take was released one volume a month throughout 2007.

First Published Title ISBN
January 10, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 1: Plane, the Absolute (刀語 第一話 絶刀・鉋, Katanagatari Dai Ichi Wa Zettō Kanna) ISBN 978-4-06-283611-1
February 2, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 2: Blunt, the Decapitator (刀語 第二話 斬刀・鈍, Katanagatari Dai Ni Wa Zantō Namakura) ISBN 978-4-06-283604-3
March 2, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 3: Blade, the Thousand (刀語 第三話 千刀・鎩, Katanagatari Dai San Wa Sentō Tsurugi) ISBN 978-4-06-283619-7
April 3, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 4: Needle, the Fine (刀語 第四話 薄刀・針, Katanagatari Dai Yon Wa Hakutō Hari) ISBN 978-4-06-283623-4
May 8, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 5: Aegis, the Resentment (刀語 第五話 賊刀・鎧, Katanagatari Dai Go Wa Zokutō Yoroi) ISBN 978-4-06-283628-9
June 5, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 6: Hammer, the Dual-Edge (刀語 第六話 双刀・鎚, Katanagatari Dai Roku Wa Sōtō Kanadzuchi) ISBN 978-4-06-283631-9
July 3, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 7: Destitute, the Vile (刀語 第七話 悪刀・鐚, Katanagatari Dai Nana Wa Akutō Bita) ISBN 978-4-06-283634-0
August 2, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 8: Sai, the Minute (刀語 第八話 微刀・釵, Katanagatari Dai Hachi Wa Bitō Kanzashi) ISBN 978-4-06-283636-4
September 4, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 9: Saw, the Imperator (刀語 第九話 王刀・鋸, Katanagatari Dai Kyū Wa Ōtō Nokogiri) ISBN 978-4-06-283639-5
October 2, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 10: Scales, the Sincere (刀語 第十話 誠刀・銓, Katanagatari Dai Jū Wa Seitō Hakari) ISBN 978-4-06-283643-2
November 2, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 11: Gilt, the Venomous (刀語 第十一話 毒刀・鍍, Katanagatari Dai Jū Ichi Wa Dokutō Mekki) ISBN 978-4-06-283648-7
December 4, 2007 Katanagatari Chapter 12: Gun, the Firearm (刀語 第十二話 炎刀・銃, Katanagatari Dai Jū Ni Wa Entō Jū) ISBN 978-4-06-283652-4

Maniwagatari[edit]

Maniwagatari takes place 200 years before Katanagatari, when the first Kyotōryū head, Kazune Yasuri, met Kiki Shikizaki.

First Published Title ISBN
December 2, 2008 Maniwagatari: Maniwa Kōmori I, Maniwa Kuizame I, Maniwa Chōchō I, Maniwa Shirasagi I (真庭語 初代真庭蝙蝠 初代真庭喰鮫 初代真庭蝶々 初代真庭白鷺) ISBN 978-4-06-283687-6

Related book[edit]

  • Audio drama script
    • Towazugatari: Original Drama CD Scenario Book (不問(トワズ)語: オリジナルドラマCD シナリオブック, Towazugatari: Orijinaru Dorama Shīdī Shinario Bukku) (Kodansha. 2010. ISBN 978-4-06-283734-7)

Densetsu series[edit]

A complete series with 10 volumes[39] published by Kodansha. The first volume was published as the Nisio's longest book[40][41] at the time of its publication. The cover of the final volume was illustrated by Mitsuru Hattori.

First Published Title ISBN
April 26, 2012 Himeiden (悲鳴伝) ISBN 978-4-06-182829-2
February 27, 2013 Hitsūden (悲痛伝) ISBN 978-4-06-182855-1
June 27, 2013 Hisanden (悲惨伝) ISBN 978-4-06-182879-7
November 26, 2013 Hihōden (悲報伝) ISBN 978-4-06-182888-9
July 3, 2014 Higōden (悲業伝) ISBN 978-4-06-299017-2
February 26, 2015 Hirokuden (悲録伝) ISBN 978-4-06-299044-8
November 25, 2015 Hibōden (悲亡伝) ISBN 978-4-06-299061-5
December 28, 2016 Hieiden (悲衛伝) ISBN 978-4-06-299089-9
February 28, 2018 Hikyūden (悲球伝) ISBN 978-4-06-299113-1
March 28, 2018 Hishūden (悲終伝) ISBN 978-4-06-299119-3

Medaka Box[edit]

Spin-off novels of the Medaka Box manga. Illustrated by Akira Akatsuki.

First Published Title ISBN
May 2, 2012 Shōsetsu-han Medaka Box (Jō) Kuguhara Messhi no Funuketa Kunrin Mata wa Naginōra Sanagi no Ashige ni Yoru Tōhyō (小説版めだかボックス (上) 久々原滅私の腑抜けた君臨または啝ノ浦さなぎの足蹴による投票) ISBN 978-4-08-703261-1
June 4, 2012 Shōsetsu-han Medaka Box (Ge) Eburi Richigi no Oshitoyaka na Menjū Mata wa Mukueda Shikī no Haibanrōzeki Manifest (小説版めだかボックス (下) えぶり理知戯のおしとやかな面従または椋枝閾の杯盤狼藉マニフェスト) ISBN 978-4-08-703264-2
October 10, 2012 Medaka Box Gaiden Good Loser Kumagawa Shōsetsu-han (Jō) Suisō ni Ugomeku Nō Darake (めだかボックス外伝 グッドルーザー球磨川 小説版【上】 『水槽に蠢く脳だらけ』) ISBN 978-4-08-703278-9
November 19, 2012 Medaka Box Gaiden Good Loser Kumagawa Shōsetsu-han (Ge) Suisō Kanri no Zugzwang (めだかボックス外伝 グッドルーザー球磨川 小説版【下】 『水槽管理のツークツワンク』) ISBN 978-4-08-703280-2
October 4, 2013 Medaka Box Juvenile Shōsetsu-han (めだかボックス ジュブナイル 小説版) ISBN 978-4-08-703300-7

Related book[edit]

Medaka Box Complete Guide Book (めだかボックス コンプリートガイドブック) - (Shueisha. 2013. ISBN 978-4-08-870876-8)

Bōkyaku Tantei series[edit]

Ongoing series with 12 volumes published by Kodansha. Illustrated by Vofan.

First Published Title ISBN
October 15, 2014 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (掟上今日子の備忘録) ISBN 978-4-06-219202-6
April 23, 2015 Okitegami Kyōko no Suisenbun (掟上今日子の推薦文) ISBN 978-4-06-219450-1
August 19, 2015 Okitegami Kyōko no Chōsenjō (掟上今日子の挑戦状) ISBN 978-4-06-219712-0
October 6, 2015 Okitegami Kyōko no Yuigonsho (掟上今日子の遺言書) ISBN 978-4-06-219784-7
December 17, 2015 Okitegami Kyōko no Taishokunegai (掟上今日子の退職願) ISBN 978-4-06-219906-3
May 17, 2016 Okitegami Kyōko no Kon'intodoke (掟上今日子の婚姻届) ISBN 978-4-06-220071-4
August 23, 2016 Okitegami Kyōko no Kakeibo (掟上今日子の家計簿) ISBN 978-4-06-220270-1
November 17, 2016 Okitegami Kyōko no Ryokōki (掟上今日子の旅行記) ISBN 978-4-06-220376-0
May 24, 2017 Okitegami Kyōko no Urabyōshi (掟上今日子の裏表紙) ISBN 978-4-06-220576-4
January 19, 2018 Okitegami Kyōko no Iromihon (掟上今日子の色見本) ISBN 978-4-06-220875-8
October 5, 2018 Okitegami Kyōko no Jōshaken (掟上今日子の乗車券) ISBN 978-4-06-513204-3
March 18, 2020 Okitegami Kyōko no Sekkeizu (掟上今日子の設計図) ISBN 978-4-06-518990-0

Jūni Taisen[edit]

After the one-shot publication in the one-shot series manga Ōgiri, the story told one day before those events was published in one volume by Shueisha on May 19, 2015, with the illustrations provided by Hikaru Nakamura. A sequel was released in 2017.

First Published Title ISBN
May 19, 2015 Jūni Taisen (十二大戦) ISBN 978-4-08-780755-4
December 12, 2017 Jūni Taisen Tai Jūni Taisen (十二大戦対十二大戦) ISBN 978-4-08-703440-0

Bishōnen series[edit]

The "Pretty Boy Detective Club" was originally intended to be a group that would appear in the Bōkyaku Tantei series, but during the story's development, Nisio Isin decided it could be published as an independent title.[42] Illustrated by Kinako. A complete story told in 11 volumes[43] published by the Kodansha Taiga label.

First Published Title ISBN
October 20, 2015 Bishōnen Tanteidan Kimi dake ni Hikari Kagayaku Ankokusei (美少年探偵団 きみだけに光かがやく暗黒星) ISBN 978-4-06-294001-6
December 18, 2015 Petenshi to Kūkiotoko to Bishōnen (ぺてん師と空気男と美少年) ISBN 978-4-06-294011-5
March 18, 2016 Yaneura no Bishōnen (屋根裏の美少年) ISBN 978-4-06-294023-8
September 20, 2016 Oshie to Tabisuru Bishōnen (押絵と旅する美少年) ISBN 978-4-06-294047-4
October 18, 2016 Panoramato Bidan (パノラマ島美談) ISBN 978-4-06-294049-8
March 22, 2017 Dizaka no Bishōnen (D坂の美少年) ISBN 978-4-06-294065-8
October 20, 2017 Bishōnen Isu (美少年椅子) ISBN 978-4-06-294095-5
May 23, 2018 Ryokui no Bishōnen (緑衣の美少年) ISBN 978-4-06-294122-8
October 24, 2018 Bishōnen Emu (美少年M) ISBN 978-4-06-513306-4
November 22, 2019 Bishōnen Tokage (Hikarihen) (美少年蜥蜴【光編】) ISBN 978-4-06-517422-7
December 20, 2019 Bishōnen Tokage (Kagehen) (美少年蜥蜴【影編】) ISBN 978-4-06-518009-9

Novelizations[edit]

First Published Title ISBN Publisher
August 1, 2006 Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases
(アナザーノート — ロサンゼルスBB連続殺人事件, Death Note Anazā Nōto Rosanzerusu BB Renzoku Satsujin Jiken)
ISBN 978-4-08-780439-3 Shueisha
August 2, 2006 xxxHolic: Another Holic Landolt-Ring Aerosol
(×××HOLiC アナザーホリック ランドルト環エアロゾル, Horikku Anazāhorikku Randoruto-Kan Earozoru)
ISBN 978-4-06-213509-2 Kodansha
December 16, 2011 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven ISBN 978-4-08-780630-4 Shueisha

Other works[edit]

Nisio Isin has also published several single-volume works, with some of them receiving manga adaptations. All of them deal with different themes from the usual, but although they employ the author's characteristic writing style, many of the readers question the quality of these works amid Nisio Isin's large and successful series. Other fans see such works with many of the author's style strengths. Ningyō ga Ningyō is a novel that invokes the style of old Japanese nonsense horror novels; Nanmin Tantei is a detective novel, a style always present in Nisio Isin's writing, but much more prominent in this title; Shōjo Fujūbun is a suspense novel, and Ripogura! is a novel that highlights Nisio Isin's love for constrained writing, based on three short stories rewritten three times each following restrained writing rules. The Veiled Man Hypothesis was Nisio's 100th book.

First Published Title ISBN
September 7, 2005 Ningyō ga Ningyō (ニンギョウがニンギョウ) ISBN 978-4-06-182453-9
December 11, 2009 Nanmin Tantei (難民探偵) ISBN 978-4-06-215941-8
September 7, 2011 Shōjo Fujūbun (少女不十分) ISBN 978-4-06-182800-1
January 7, 2014 Lipogra! (りぽぐら!, Ripogura!) ISBN 978-4-06-182897-1
July 31, 2019[44] The Veiled Man Hypothesis (ヴェールドマン仮説, Vuērudoman Kasetsu)
Illustrated by Mai Yoneyama
ISBN 978-4-06-516494-5

Uncollected works[edit]

Nakoto Manuscript series[edit]

Nakoto or Pnakotic Manuscript, referencing the grimoires H. P. Lovecraft created, has been releasing since 2004.[45]

  • Hypothetical Phenomenon (させられ現象, Saserare Genshō). Written in the Japanese magazine Eureka published by Seidosha in September 2004 issue. Illustrated by Akira Yamaguchi. (ISBN 978-4-7917-0124-7)
  • A Fruit (ある果実, Aru Kajitsu). Illustrated by Yoko Nihombashi - Nisio Isin Chronicle (西尾維新クロニクル) (January 30, 2006. ISBN 978-4-7966-5092-2)
  • Specifications of Glory (栄光の仕様, Eikō no Shiyō) - "Zaregoto Series Complete Box" (「戯言シリーズコンプリートBOX」) (September 1, 2006. ISBN 978-4-06-278852-6)
  • The Irony of Iodine (ヨウ素の皮肉, Yō Moto no Hiniku). Released in the KOBO CAFE Limited Edition Special Booklet (KOBO CAFE限定特別小冊子) published by Kodansha in June 2008.[46]
  • First to End (〆に最初, Shime ni Saisho) - Anime Bakemonogatari Official Guidebook (アニメ化物語オフィシャルガイドブック) (June 30, 2009. ISBN 978-4-06-215498-7)[47]

Risuka series[edit]

Remaining chapters of the series written for the Faust and Mephisto magazines published by Kodansha.

  • Chapter 10 - Yuyushiki Mondaishū!!! (由々しき問題集!!!) - Fausto Vol. 7 (ファウスト Vol. 7.) (August 8, 2008. ISBN 978-4-06-378821-1)
  • Chapter 11 - Shōrai no Yumemonogatari!!! (将来の夢物語!!!) - Mephisto 2020 Vol.1 (メフィスト 2020 VOL.1), April 8, 2020.[48]
  • Chapter 12 - Saishū Kessen!!! (最終血戦!!!) - Mephisto 2020 Vol.2 (メフィスト 2020 VOL.2), August 7, 2020.[49]

Shuugatari[edit]

Stories written for the Pandora magazine published by Kodansha. Illustrated by Maruboro Akai.

  • SIDE-A - Pandora Vol. 2 Side-A (『パンドラ』Vol. 2 SIDE-A) (October 9, 2008. ISBN 978-4-06-214910-5)
  • SIDE-B - Pandora Vol. 2 Side-B (『パンドラ』Vol. 2 SIDE-B) (December 20, 2008. ISBN 978-4-06-215072-9)
  • NO-SIDE - Pandora Vol. 3. (『パンドラ』Vol. 3.) (April 21, 2009. ISBN 978-4-06-215370-6)
  • ONE-SIDE - Pandora Vol. 4. (『パンドラ』Vol. 4.) (August 21, 2009. ISBN 978-4-06-215547-2)
    • A fifth chapter titled GENOCIDE was planned for publication in Pandora Vol. 5 but never released, presumably due to Pandora itself being suspended.

Katanagatari series[edit]

  • Katanagatari Picture Book: Take's Art Book (刀語絵卷: 竹画集, Katanagatari Emaki: Take Gashū) (Kodansha. January 20, 2009. ISBN 978-4-06-214672-2)
    • Art book illustrated by Take. Nisio Isin wrote short stories for it.
  • A short story titled Katanagatari Yowa (刀語余話) was released as a leaflet accompanying the Twelve Pilgrimage Routes (大河饅頭 十二箇所巡) on December 13, 2010.[50]

Sekai series[edit]

The fifth story titled My World (ぼくの世界, Boku no Sekai) was serialized in the Mephisto magazine published by Kodansha.

  • Dai Ichi Toi "Higawari Sekigae Mondai" (第いち問「日替わり席替え問題」) - "Mephisto" 2009 Vol. 2. (『メフィスト』2009 Vol. 2.) (August 7, 2009. ISBN 978-4-06-215742-1)
  • Dai Ni Toi "Shi-chan o Saifu Tōnan Jiken" (第に問「しーちゃんお財布盗難事件」) - "Mephisto" 2009 Vol. 3. (『メフィスト』2009 Vol. 3.) (December 8, 2009. ISBN 978-4-06-215990-6)

Monogatari series[edit]

Since the release of the Bakemonogatari Anime Complete Guidebook on October 28, 2010, Nisio Isin has been writing more than 50 short stories related to the anime or manga adaptation. The stories happens throughout all the timeline of the story featuring different narrators. They usually are brief stories talking about a specific topic, commentaries on literature, etc. Only the short stories in Mazemonogatari were collected in a book.

Detective Urban Legend[edit]

A series written in the Mephisto magazine published by Kodansha.

  • First time - "Detective Control Act" (第一回「探偵取締法」, Dai Ikkai「Tantei Torishimari-hō」) - "Mephisto" 2011 Vol. 3. (『メフィスト』2011 Vol. 3.) (December 7, 2011. ISBN 978-4-06-217483-1)
  • Second time - "Detective Job Search" (第二回「探偵就職活動」, Dai Nikai 「Tantei Shūshoku Katsudō」) - "Mephisto" 2012 Vol. 1. (『メフィスト』2012 Vol. 1.) (April 5, 2012. ISBN 978-4-06-217703-0)
  • Third time - "No Guide to Detective Fiction" (第三回「探偵小説不指南」, Dai Sankai 「Tantei Shōsetsu fu Shinan」) - "Mephisto" 2012 Vol. 2. (『メフィスト』2012 Vol. 2.) (August 7, 2012. ISBN 978-4-06-217862-4)

Summer Vacation Sabotage[edit]

A story written in the Mephisto magazine published by Kodansha.

  • First time (第一回, Dai Ikkai) - "Mephisto" 2016 Vol. 2 (『メフィスト』2016 Vol. 2), August 4, 2016.[51]

Bōkyaku Tantei series[edit]

Stories written for the Mephisto magazine published by Kodansha that were not collected yet.

  • Okitegami Kyōko no Satsueikai (掟上今日子の撮影会) - "Mephisto" 2018 Vol. 2. (『メフィスト』2018 Vol. 2.), August 8, 2018.[52]
  • Okitegami Kyōko no Sawakai (掟上今日子の茶話会) - "Mephisto" 2018 Vol. 3. (『メフィスト』2018 Vol. 3.), December 6, 2018.[53]
  • Okitegami Kyōko no Undōkai (掟上今日子の運動会) - "Mephisto" 2019 Vol. 1. (『メフィスト』2019 Vol. 1.), April 10, 2019.[54]
  • Okitegami Kyōko no O Tomarikai (掟上今日子のお泊り会) - "Mephisto" 2019 Vol. 2. (『メフィスト』2019 Vol. 2.), August 8, 2019.[55]
  • Okitegami Kyōko no Zadankai (掟上今日子の座談会) - "Mephisto" 2019 Vol. 3. (『メフィスト』2019 Vol. 3.), December 4, 2019.[56]
  • Okitegami Kyōko no STAY HOLMES (掟上今日子のSTAY HOLMES)
    • A short story published on May 2, 2020 in a project titled Day to Day on the website tree.[57][58]

Saikyō series[edit]

A story written for the Mephisto magazine published by Kodansha.

  • The Venice of Humanity's Strongest (人類最強のヴェネチア, Jinrui Saikyō no Vuenechia) - "Mephisto" 2020 Vol. 1. (『メフィスト』2020 Vol. 1.) (April 8, 2020)[59]

Derived from works by other authors[edit]

  • Sokkuri (そっくり) - Yōkaihenge Kyōgoku Dō Toribyūto (『妖怪変化 京極堂トリビュート』) (December 14, 2007. ISBN 978-4-06-214475-9)
  • Shinri to Shiren (真理と試練) - Shōjo Fight 7 Special Edition (少女ファイト(7)特装版) written by Yoko Nihombashi. Published by Kodansha (July 1, 2010. ISBN 978-4-06-364836-2)
    • A story written in the official B5 booklet dōjin magazine titled Shōnen Fight.
  • Ripogura no Shinobi (りぽぐらの忍び) - Nobunaga no Shinobi 8 (信長の忍び 8) (August 29, 2014. ISBN 978-4-592-14533-2)
    • A story written in commemoration of the 150th serialization of the Nobunaga no Shinobi series.

Misc.[edit]

  • Akenai Yoru to Samenai Yume (明けない夜とさめない夢) - Tandem Rotor no Hōhōron (タンデムローターの方法論) (November 3, 2002)
    • A story released in the dōjinshi magazine Tandem Rotor no Hōhōron in the first literary flea market on November 3, 2002.[60]
  • Keitai Risunā (携帯リスナー) - "Fausto" Vol. 4 (『ファウスト』Vol. 4.) (December 24, 2004. ISBN 978-4-06-179446-7)
    • Competition on the theme of "coming to Tokyo".
  • Darenimo Tsudzukanai (誰にも続かない) - "Fausto" Vol. 4 (『ファウスト』Vol. 4.) (December 24, 2004. ISBN 978-4-06-179446-7)
  • Mangakka Fuka Nō (漫画家孵化脳) - "Manga Box AMASIA" (『漫画BOX AMASIA』, “Manga Bokkusu AMASIA”) (July 13, 2010. ISBN 978-4-06-364826-3)
  • Human Language #24014 (人間語 第24014回, Ningen-go Dai 24014-kai) - “Nishio Ishin Tsūshin” (『西尾維新通信』) (April 7, 2012, Kodansha)[61]
  • Inhuman Language #24014 (人外語 第24014回, Jingai-go Dai 24014-kai) - “Nishio Ishin Tsūshin Vol. 2” (『西尾維新通信vol.2』) (December 24, 2012, Kodansha)[62]
  • Gestalt Zōchiku (ゲジュタルト増築) - "Mephisto" 2013 Vol. 3. (『メフィスト』2013 Vol. 3.) (December 5, 2013. ISBN 978-4-06-218767-1)
  • Fragment Novels (Nisio Isin Official Website)
    • Self-Remix excerpts of his novels.[63]
  • Street For You
    • A short story published on August 28, 2020 in a project titled Story for you on the website tree.[64][65]

Commentary on the literature[edit]

Manga[edit]

One-shots[edit]

Since the publication of the Hōkago, Nanajikan-me. one-shot in Comic Faust, Nisio Isin has been writing several original scripts for manga.

First Published Title Artist Publisher and Magazine, or Event
June 24, 2006 Hōkago, Nanajikan-me. (放課後、七時間目。) Yun Kōga Kōdansha
Comic Faust
January 4, 2008 Urōboe Uroboros! (うろおぼえウロボロス!) Takeshi Obata Shueisha
Weekly Shōnen Jump[66]
March 3, 2013 Kikaijima Report Animation Collection (喜界島れぽーと あにめーしょんこれくしょん) Akira Akatsuki Medaka Box DVD Premium Event Booklet[67]
August 11, 2014 Aru Asa Okitara (ある朝起きたら) Yūya Kawada Shueisha
Weekly Shōnen Jump Issue 37/38[68]
Henshin Ganbō! (返信願望!) Miyokawa Masaru
June 16, 2016 Seimitsu Kikai to Teki to Ningen (精密機械とてきとー人間) Kei Takizawa Shueisha
Weekly Young Jump Issue 27[69]
December 11, 2017 Part Threes (パートスリーズ) Kawashita Mizuki Shueisha
Weekly Shōnen Jump Issue 2/3[70]
December 29, 2017 Shōnenhō no Koro (少年法のコロ) Iwasaki Yūji Shueisha
Jump GIGA 2018 Winter Vol. 2[71]
March 3, 2018 Kuzukago Mountain (くずかごマウンテン) Shueisha
Shōnen Jump+[72]
January 25, 2019 Miemie no Omitto (見え見えのオミット) Shueisha
Jump GIGA 2019 Winter Vol. 2[73]
September 14, 2019 Fukumen Tantei Mask de Holmes to Kiss Dorobō (覆面探偵 マスク・ド・ホームズとキス泥棒) Saeki Shun and Tsukuda Yūto Shueisha
Weekly Shōnen Jump
Issue 42 Jump Romcom Festival!
[74][75]
November 2, 2019 Tabitabi Demonstration (たびたびデーモンストレーション) Akira Akatsuki Shueisha
Jump Square[76]

Ōgiri[edit]

Based on 9 themes suggested by his editor, Nisio Isin wrote 9 one-shots with various artists that were released on Shueisha's magazines between 2014 and 2015 in a period of four months.[77] The collection of stories were published by Shueisha on April 3, 2015 (ISBN 978-4-08-880389-0).

# Title Artist Theme Magazine Year and Issue
1 Musume Iri Hako (娘入り箱) Akira Akatsuki Cardboard box
(on a certain rainy day)
Weekly Shōnen Jump 2014-49[78]
2 RKD-EK9 Takeshi Obata Paradise Jump SQ 2014-12[79]
3 Nani Made Nara Koroseru? (「何までなら殺せる?」) Akihisa Ikeda Animal
4 Hangā Sutoraiki! (ハンガーストライキ!) Teppei Fukushima Hunger Weekly Young Jump 2015-01[80][81]
5 Koi Aru Dōguya (恋ある道具屋) Aiji Yamakawa (Finger) Ring Bessatsu Margaret
6 Ofusaido o Oshiete (オフサイドを教えて) Atsushi Nakayama Soccer Weekly Shōnen Jump 2015-03[82]
7 Dōshitemo Kanaetai Tatta Hitotsu no Negai to Wari to Sō demo Nai 99 no Negai (どうしても叶えたいたったひとつの願いと割とそうでもない99の願い) Hikaru Nakamura Wish Weekly Young Jump 2015-06/07[83]
8 Bokura wa Zatsu ni wa Manabanai (僕らは雑には学ばない) Mizuki Kawashita Sweat Weekly Shōnen Jump 2015-08[84]
9 Tomodachi Inai Dōmei (友達いない同盟) Renjūru Kindaichi Conversation Drama Jump SQ 2015-03[85]
  • Dōshitemo Kanaetai Tatta Hitotsu no Negai to Wari to Sō demo Nai 99 no Negai is the story told one day after the events in the Jūni Taisen novel.

Medaka Box[edit]

Medaka Box is a Japanese shōnen manga written by Nisio Isin and drawn by Akira Akatsuki. It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from Apr 11, 2009 to Apr 27, 2013. It was published by Shueisha in 22 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 October 2, 2009 Seitokai o Shikkōsuru (生徒会を執行する) ISBN 978-4-08-874776-7
2 December 4, 2009 Wakatte Moraō Nante Omottenai yo (わかってもらおーなんて思ってないよ) ISBN 978-4-08-874778-1
3 February 4, 2010 Watashi wa Seito Kaichō da zo (私は生徒会長だぞ) ISBN 978-4-08-874799-6
4 April 2, 2010 Imōto, Imōto, Imōto da! (妹・妹・妹だ!) ISBN 978-4-08-870026-7
5 August 12, 2010 Futsū ni Kakkō Ii (普通に格好いい) ISBN 978-4-08-870076-2
6 September 3, 2010 Omae wa Nanno Tame ni Umaretekita? (お前は何のために生まれてきた?) ISBN 978-4-08-870106-6
7 November 4, 2010 Kore ga Furasuko Keikaku da (これがフラスコ計画だ) ISBN 978-4-08-870129-5
8 December 29, 2010 Suki daze (好きだぜ) ISBN 978-4-08-870166-0
9 March 4, 2011 Kurokami Kujira to Iu Ane wa (黒神くじらという姉は) ISBN 978-4-08-870194-3
10 May 2, 2011 Hajimemashite (初めまして) ISBN 978-4-08-870224-7
11 August 4, 2011 Ima mo Mukashi mo Sonna Kimi ga (今も昔もそんな君が) ISBN 978-4-08-870274-2
12 October 4, 2011 Dai Ichi Kanmon wa Nan'ido Bī (第一関門は難易度B) ISBN 978-4-08-870296-4
13 December 2, 2011 Meda Kanmon (めだ関門) ISBN 978-4-08-870319-0
14 March 2, 2012 Zenkichi-kun to Tatakau Mae ni (善吉くんと戦う前に) ISBN 978-4-08-870374-9
15 April 4, 2012 Kachi to wa Nanda? (勝ちとはなんだ?) ISBN 978-4-08-870421-0
16 July 4, 2012 Ikiru Koto wa Gekiteki da (生きることは劇的だ) ISBN 978-4-08-870467-8
17 September 4, 2012 Hakoniwa Gakuen dai hyaku Seitokai Shikkoubu (箱庭学園第百生徒会執行部) ISBN 978-4-08-870501-9
18 December 4, 2012 Kono Tatakai ga Owattara (この戦いが終わったら) ISBN 978-4-08-870536-1
19 February 4, 2013 Yōkoso Shiranui no Sato e (ようこそ不知火の里へ) ISBN 978-4-08-870620-7
20 April 4, 2013 Tsurubami Fukurō (鶴喰梟) ISBN 978-4-08-870650-4
21 June 4, 2013 Watashi wa Ningen ga Daisuki desu (私は人間が大好きです) ISBN 978-4-08-870685-6
22 September 4, 2013 Kurokami Medaka Kenzai Nari (黒神めだか健在なり) ISBN 978-4-08-870804-1

Kimi to Nadekko![edit]

Kimi to Nadekko! is a Japanese shōjo manga written by Nisio Isin and drawn by Ema Tōyama. It's an in-universe shōjo manga written and drawn by Nadeko Sengoku, a female character from the Monogatari series. The 3 chapters were released in various ways in 2014. It was never collected in a full volume.

First Published Title Publication ISBN, Issue, ASIN
January 30, 2014 Kimi to Nadekko! Dai Ichi Wa (キミとなでっこ!第1話) Heroine Book #4: Sengoku Nadeko ISBN 978-4-06-218794-7
June 28, 2014 Kimi to Nadekko! Dai Ni Wa (キミとなでっこ!第2話) Kōdansha, Aria magazine. Aug 2014 Issue
July 23, 2014 Kimi to Nadekko! Dai San Wa (キミとなでっこ!第3話) Koimonogatari BD/DVD vol. 2 ASIN B00GTMRXCG

Shōnen Shōjo[edit]

Shōnen Shōjo is a Japanese shōnen manga written by Nisio Isin and drawn by Akira Akatsuki. Shōnen Shōjo began serialization on January 4, 2016, and was published in Jump Square until April 4, 2017 with a total of 16 chapters. Compiled by Shueisha into 3 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 June 3, 2016 Shōnen Shōjo 1 (症年症女 1) ISBN 978-4-08-880710-2
2 November 4, 2016 Shōnen Shōjo 2 (症年症女 2) ISBN 978-4-08-880816-1
3 May 2, 2017 Shōnen Shōjo 3 (症年症女 3) ISBN 978-4-08-881082-9

Seishun Kijinden! 240 Gakuen[edit]

Legend of Eccentric Youth! Nishio Academy (青春奇人伝!240学園, "240" is a pun with Nishio) is a Japanese shōnen manga drafted by Nisio Isin and drawn by Shiba Mochi. It was done in commemoration of the 15th year of Nisio Isin writing career and it features various characters from his other series. It began serialization on February 9, 2017 in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine until November 9, 2018.[86] Compiled by Kodansha into 3 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 August 9, 2017 Seishun Kijinden! 240 Gakuen (1) (青春奇人伝!240学園(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-510119-3
2 April 9, 2018 Seishun Kijinden! 240 Gakuen (2) (青春奇人伝!240学園(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-511199-4
3 December 7, 2018 Seishun Kijinden! 240 Gakuen (3) (青春奇人伝!240学園(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-513476-4

Screenplay[edit]

  • Audiobook
    • Katanagatari series
      • Episode 0 Kyotō Yasuri - An audiobook released in the DVD/BD of the twelve episodes of the Katanagatari anime. It contains 12 chapters telling the story in the rebellion twenty years before the main story. More details see Katanagatari § Kyotō Yasuri.
  • Drama CD
    • Monogatari series
      • Hyakumonogatari Original Drama CD (オリジナルドラマCD 佰物語, Hyaku Monogatari: Orijinaru Dorama CD) (Kodansha. August 03, 2009)[87]
      • Monogatari Fes ~10th Anniversary Story~ MEMORIAL ALBUM (<物語>フェス 〜10th Anniversary Story〜 MEMORIAL ALBUM) (Aniplex. Dec 18, 2019)[88][89]
    • Katanagatari series
      • Towazugatari Original Drama CD (不問語(トワズガタリ): オリジナルドラマCD, Towazugatari: Orijinaru Dorama CD) (Kodansha. 2010)[90]
  • Script
    • Medaka Box (TV)
      • Episode 12[91] - Even Without Medaka Kurokami (黒神めだかがいなくても, Kurokami Medaka ga Inakute mo) - Original air date: June 20, 2012.[92]
    • Medaka Box Abnormal (TV)
      • Episode 12[93] - Medaka Box Extra Edition: Good Loser Kumagawa (めだかボックス番外編: グッドルーザー球磨川, Medaka Bokkusu Bangaihen: Guddo Rūzā Kumagawa) - Original air date: December 27, 2012.[94]
    • Madoka Magica x Monogatari manner movies
    • Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku x Monogatari PVs. (2014. Directed by Yukihiro Miyamoto)
      • Advertisements for the first e-book of Nisio Isin, Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku, from the Bōkyaku Tantei series.[96][97][98]
    • Madogatari (Madoka Magica x Monogatari crossover)
      • A video shown in the Madogatari exhibition on September 22, 2016.[99][100]

Related book[edit]

  • Eureka September 2004 Extra Issue Special Edition feat. Nisio Isin (ユリイカ2004年9月臨時増刊号 総特集 西尾維新, Yuriika 2004-nen 9-tsuki Rinji Zōkan-gō Sō Tokushū Nishio Ishin) (September 18, 2004. Seidosha. ISBN 978-4-7917-0124-7)
  • Nisio Isin Chronicle (西尾維新クロニクル, Nishio Ishin Kuronikuru) (January 30, 2006. Takarajimasha Co. ISBN 978-4-7966-5092-2)
    • Fan book containing an interview with Nisio Isin.
  • Hiroshi Mori Book: From Work Guide to Garden (森博嗣本―作品ガイドからお庭まで, Morihiroshi Hon ― Sakuhin Gaido Kara o Niwa Made) (February 1, 2006. Takarajimasha Co. ISBN 978-4-7966-5143-1)
    • Contains a dialogue with Nisio Isin.
  • Mori Log Academy 9 (モリログ・アカデミィ 9) (March 12, 2008. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-2197-2)
    • Nisio Isin lectured for five days as a special guest.
  • Nisio Isin Dialogue Collection Main Question (西尾維新対談集 本題, Nishio Ishin Taidan-shū Hondai) (September 3, 2014. Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-219107-4)

Adaptations[edit]

Anime[edit]

TV
Title # of episodes Broadcast date Director Studio
xxxHolic (episode 17, "Jishō")[101] 1 July 27, 2006 Tsutomu Mizushima Production I.G.
Bakemonogatari 12[a] July 3 – September 25, 2009 Akiyuki Shinbo
Tatsuya Oishi (Series)
Shaft
Katanagatari 12 January 25 – December 10, 2010 Keitaro Motonaga White Fox
Nisemonogatari 11 January 7 – March 17, 2012 Akiyuki Shinbo
Tomoyuki Itamura (Series)
Shaft
Medaka Box 12 April 4 – June 20, 2012 Shouji Saeki Gainax
Medaka Box Abnormal 12 October 10 – December 26, 2012
Nekomonogatari (Kuro) 4 December 31, 2012 Akiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Tomoyuki Itamura
Shaft
Monogatari Series Second Season 23 July 6 – December 28, 2013 Akiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Tomoyuki Itamura
Naoyuki Tatsuwa (Series, #6–9)
Yuki Yase (Series, #14–23)
Hanamonogatari 5 August 16, 2014 Akiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Tomoyuki Itamura
Tsukimonogatari 4 December 31, 2014
Owarimonogatari (vol.1-2) 13 October 4 – December 20, 2015
Owarimonogatari (vol.3) 7 August 12 – August 13, 2017
Juni Taisen: Zodiac War 12 October 3 – December 19, 2017 Naoto Hosoda Graphinica
Zoku Owarimonogatari[b] 6 May 18 – June 22, 2019[c] Akiyuki Shinbo Shaft
ONA
Title # of episodes Release date Director Studio
Bakemonogatari 3[a] November 3, 2009 – June 26, 2010 Akiyuki Shinbo
Tatsuya Oishi (Series)
Shaft
Koyomimonogatari 12 January 9 – March 27, 2016 Akiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Tomoyuki Itamura
Film
Title Premiere Director Studio
Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen January 8, 2016 Akiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Tatsuya Oishi
Shaft
Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen August 19, 2016
Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen January 6, 2017
OVA
Title # of episodes Release date Director Studio
Koyomi History 1 September 22, 2016 Akio Watanabe Shaft
Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai 8 October 26, 2016 – September 27, 2017 Akiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Yuki Yase

Manga[edit]

Nisio Isin has several adaptations of his novels for manga and since most of his novels are published by Kodansha, most of them comes out in magazines of the publisher.

Zerozaki Sōshiki no Ningen Shiken[edit]

First serialized in Pandora Vol. 2 Side-A, it was later transferred to the Japanese magazine Monthly Afternoon. It's an adaptation of the first volume of the Ningen series and it was drawn by Iruka Shiomiya.[108] It was serialized from December 20, 2008 to August 2013. Compiled by Kodansha in 5 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 December 22, 2011 Zerozaki Sōshiki no Ningen Shiken (1) (零崎双識の人間試験(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-310795-1
2 May 23, 2012 Zerozaki Sōshiki no Ningen Shiken (2) (零崎双識の人間試験(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-387822-6
3 December 19, 2012 Zerozaki Sōshiki no Ningen Shiken (3) (零崎双識の人間試験(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-358418-9
4 April 23, 2013 Zerozaki Sōshiki no Ningen Shiken (4) (零崎双識の人間試験(4)) ISBN 978-4-06-387882-0
5 October 23, 2013 Zerozaki Sōshiki no Ningen Shiken (5) (零崎双識の人間試験(5)) ISBN 978-4-06-387930-8

Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock[edit]

It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Monthly Afternoon from August 25, 2014 to September 24, 2016. It's an adaptation of the second volume of the Ningen series and it was drawn by Chomoran.[109] Compiled by Kodansha in 4 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 January 23, 2015 Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock (1) (零崎軋識の人間ノック(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-388029-8
2 August 21, 2015 Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock (2) (零崎軋識の人間ノック(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-388076-2
3 March 23, 2016 Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock (3) (零崎軋識の人間ノック(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-388131-8
4 November 22, 2016 Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock (4) (零崎軋識の人間ノック(4)) ISBN 978-4-06-388213-1

Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku[edit]

It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Monthly Shonen Magazine from August 6, 2015[110] to March 6, 2017.[111] It partially adapts volumes 1 to 8 of the Bōkyaku Tantei series and it was drawn by Yō Asami. Compiled by Kodansha in 5 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 October 16, 2015 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (1) (掟上今日子の備忘録(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-377343-9
2 April 15, 2016 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (2) (掟上今日子の備忘録(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-377446-7
3 August 17, 2016 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (3) (掟上今日子の備忘録(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-393024-5
4 January 17, 2017 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (4) (掟上今日子の備忘録(4)) ISBN 978-4-06-393118-1
5 April 17, 2017 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (5) (掟上今日子の備忘録(5)) ISBN 978-4-06-393180-8

Shōjo Fujūbun[edit]

Shōjo Fujūbun is an adaptation of the novel with the same name and was drawn by Mitsuru Hattori. Mitsuri wanted to adapt the novel after reading it. It was serialized between November 30, 2015[112] and August 29, 2016 in the Japanese magazine Weekly Young Magazine. It was compiled by Kodansha in 3 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 May 6, 2016 Shōjo Fujūbun (1) (少女不十分(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-382783-5
2 August 5, 2016 Shōjo Fujūbun (2) (少女不十分(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-382832-0
3 October 6, 2016 Shōjo Fujūbun (3) (少女不十分(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-382860-3

Himeiden[edit]

It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Young Magazine Third from December 4, 2015[112] to December 6, 2017.[113] It's an adaptation of the first volume of the Densetsu series[112] and it was drawn by Mitsutani Osamu. Compiled by Kodansha in 4 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 May 6, 2016 Himeiden (1) (悲鳴伝(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-382794-1
2 December 20, 2016 Himeiden (2) (悲鳴伝(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-382895-5
3 June 20, 2017 Himeiden (3) (悲鳴伝(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-382983-9
4 January 19, 2018 Himeiden (4) (悲鳴伝(4)) ISBN 978-4-06-510714-0

Bishōnen Tanteidan[edit]

It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Aria from June 2016 until June 2018 because of Aria's termination.[114] It was transferred to Shonen Magazine Edge on October 17, 2018[115] and the rest of the chapters were released until July 17, 2019.[116] It's an adaptation of the first four volumes of the Bishōnen series, and it was drawn by Oda Suzuka. Compiled by Kodansha in 5 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 September 7, 2016 Bishōnen Tanteidan (1) (美少年探偵団(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-380874-2
2 February 7, 2017 Bishōnen Tanteidan (2) (美少年探偵団(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-380905-3
3 August 7, 2017 Bishōnen Tanteidan (3) (美少年探偵団(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-380941-1
4 June 7, 2018 Bishōnen Tanteidan (4) (美少年探偵団(4)) ISBN 978-4-06-511826-9
5 September 6, 2019 Bishōnen Tanteidan (5) (美少年探偵団(5)) ISBN 978-4-06-517028-1

Jūni Taisen[edit]

It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Shonen Jump+ from September 23, 2017 to May 12, 2018. It's an adaptation of the Jūni Taisen novel and it was drawn by Akira Akatsuki. Compiled by Shueisha in 4 volumes.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 November 2, 2017 Jūni Taisen 1 (十二大戦 1) ISBN 978-4-08-881270-0
2 January 4, 2018 Jūni Taisen 2 (十二大戦 2) ISBN 978-4-08-881328-8
3 April 4, 2018 Jūni Taisen 3 (十二大戦 3) ISBN 978-4-08-881371-4
4 July 4, 2018 Jūni Taisen 4 (十二大戦 4) ISBN 978-4-08-881418-6

Bakemonogatari[edit]

Bakemonogatari is an adaptation of the Monogatari series novels and is drawn by Oh! great. It began its serialization on March 14, 2018, and has been published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It has been compiled by Kodansha. A special edition for the Kodansha Box label is also published.

Vol. First Published Title ISBN
1 June 15, 2018 Bakemonogatari (1) (化物語(1)) ISBN 978-4-06-511617-3
2 August 17, 2018 Bakemonogatari (2) (化物語(2)) ISBN 978-4-06-512333-1
3 November 16, 2018 Bakemonogatari (3) (化物語(3)) ISBN 978-4-06-513313-2
4 January 17, 2019 Bakemonogatari (4) (化物語(4)) ISBN 978-4-06-513938-7
5 April 17, 2019 Bakemonogatari (5) (化物語(5)) ISBN 978-4-06-514889-1
6 July 17, 2019 Bakemonogatari (6) (化物語(6)) ISBN 978-4-06-515314-7
7 October 17, 2019 Bakemonogatari (7) (化物語(7)) ISBN 978-4-06-517166-0
8 February 17, 2020 Bakemonogatari (8) (化物語(8)) ISBN 978-4-06-518172-0
9 May 15, 2020 Bakemonogatari (9) (化物語(9)) ISBN 978-4-06-518853-8
10 August 17, 2020 Bakemonogatari (10) (化物語(10)) ISBN 978-4-06-520334-7

TV Drama[edit]

Japanese drama. It adapted the first four volumes of the Bōkyaku Tantei series. Starring Yui Aragaki.

Title # of episodes Broadcast date Director Network
Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku 10 10 October – 12 December 2015 Tōya Satō
Yoshinori Shigeyama
Naoko Komuro
NTV

Stage Play[edit]

Juni Taisen (2018)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bakemonogatari was planned to have 15 episodes, but due to the Japanese's TV schedule, only the first 12 episodes aired on TV.[102] The remaining 3 episodes were distributed online.[103]
  2. ^ Although Zoku Owarimonogatari was screened on theaters, the producers said it is a production for TV.[104] Also, the director Akiyuki Shinbo said in an interview for the website Natalie the producers decided Zoku Owarimonogatari would be a production for TV, but there were still some elements of film production, like the 5.1 audio channel.[105]
  3. ^ Zoku Owarimonogatari was first screened on theaters in Japan on November 10, 2018.[106] Later, the 6 episodes were broadcast on TV.[107]

Source[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Eureka, p. 91[21]
  3. ^ a b c Eureka, p. 181[21]
  4. ^ This light novel is amazing! 2005, p. 15[30]
  5. ^ This light novel is amazing! 2005, p. 88[30]

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