The Isolator

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The Isolator
The Isolator light novel volume 1.jpg
絶対ナル孤独者
(Zettai naru Aisorēta)
GenreScience fiction
Light novel
Written byReki Kawahara
Illustrated byShimeji
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Original runJune 10, 2014 – present
Volumes5
Manga
Written byReki Kawahara
Illustrated byNaoki Koshimizu
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original runAugust 2015 – present
Volumes4
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The Isolator (絶対ナル孤独者, Zettai naru Aisorēta) is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by Shimeji. ASCII Media Works has published five volumes since June 2014. A manga adaptation drawn by Naoki Koshimizu is serialized in Dengeki Daioh. Yen Press has licensed the novels and manga in North America.[1]

Plot[edit]

When Minoru Utsugi was eight years old, home invaders killed his parents and older sister while he hid in a cabinet. At 16, he still struggles with the trauma. Then mysterious alien orbs descend from the sky and take up residence inside some humans, granting them each a superpower that reflects their deepest desire. Minoru's power is the ability to protect himself inside an impenetrable shell. Some people gain a more active power, and not everyone uses their power for good.

Characters[edit]

Minoru Utsugi (空木 ミノル, Utsugi Minoru)
Minowa Tomomi (箕輪 朋美, Minowa Tomomi)
Yumiko Azu (安須 ユミコ, Azu Yumiko)

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 10, 2014[2]ISBN 978-4-04-866510-0June 23, 2015[3]ISBN 978-0-31-626059-6
  • Fragment 1
  • Fragment 2
  • Sect.001 -The Biter-
2 February 10, 2015[4]ISBN 978-4-04-869248-9January 26, 2016[5]ISBN 978-0-31-626889-9
  • Sect.002 -The Igniter-
3 February 10, 2016[6]ISBN 978-4-04-865748-8November 22, 2016[7]ISBN 978-0-31-655272-1
  • Interlude 1 -The Retriever-
  • Sect.003 -The Trancer-
4 May 10, 2017[8]ISBN 978-4-04-892894-6April 24, 2018[9]ISBN 978-1-97-532627-2
  • Sect.004 -The Stinger-
5 May 10, 2019[10]ISBN 978-4-04-912382-1
  • Sect.005 -The Liquidizer-

Manga[edit]

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 10, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-04-865656-6January 24, 2017[12]ISBN 978-0-31-650464-5
2 October 8, 2016ISBN 978-4-04-892292-0November 14, 2017[13]ISBN 978-0-31-643976-3
3 July 10, 2017ISBN 978-4-04-892920-2March 20, 2018[14]ISBN 978-1-97-530016-6
4 March 10, 2018[15]ISBN 978-4-04-893645-3December 11, 2018[16]ISBN 978-1-97-532916-7

Reception[edit]

Yen Press' English edition of the first light novel volume received a positive review from Anime News Network. It was praised for its "believable characters" and the thought that "switching between the hero and villain's point of view really works." However, it was said that Shimeji's illustrations can make Takaesu (the antagonist of the first volume) "more wolf-like than shark-like in some images."[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yen Press Licenses Rokka Novels/Manga, Isolator, Big Order, Murciélago, Smokin' Parade Manga". Anime News Network. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  2. ^ 絶対ナル孤独者1 -咀嚼者 The Biter- (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 1". Hachette Book Group. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "絶対ナル孤独者2 ─発火者 The Igniter─" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 2". Hachette Book Group. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  6. ^ 絶対ナル孤独者3 -凝結者 The Trancer- (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 3". Hachette Book Group. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  8. ^ 絶対ナル孤独者《アイソレータ》4 ―刺撃者 The Stinger― (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 4". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  10. ^ 絶対ナル孤独者5 ―液化者 The Liquidizer― (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  11. ^ 絶対ナル孤独者1 (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 1 (manga)". Hachette Book Group. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 2 (manga)". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  14. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 3 (manga)". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  15. ^ 絶対ナル孤独者4 (in Japanese). Kadokawa. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Isolator, Vol. 4 (manga)". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  17. ^ "The Isolator: Realization of Absolute Solitude - Novel 1 - The Biter". Anime News Network. July 11, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2017.

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