Hello, folks! I’m back with another blog post. This time, it’s not about a light novel I read – it’s about something I wrote myself!
I wrote what I’d like to call an “isekai” short story. It’s called The Librarian at the End of Worlds. Alas, it doesn’t have any frogs in it, but it’s a self-contained short story that captures the essence of what I like about isekai fantasy web novels. Check it out and see what you think! (The link opens in a new tab.)
The rest of this blog post contains some brief commentary about why I decided on this genre and theme. I recommend you read it after you finish the story since there are some spoilers.Read the rest of this entry
Why is slavery such a common plot device in isekai web novels? It’s something I’ve touched upon in earlier blog posts and Twitter threads, but it’s only become a big question within the last year or so, thanks to The Rising of the Shield Hero‘s general popularity with the Western anime community. What was once a curious oddity within the light novel subculture has gotten much more visible now. And thanks to America’s fraught history with chattel slavery and persisting political issues regarding how that history is taught and remembered, isekai slavery is a more controversial topic there.
As a result of all the recent chatter, I became curious about why slavery became such a trend on Narou in the first place. I stumbled upon a story called よくある異世界奴隷事情を現実的に考えてみた (“I Tried Thinking About the Common Isekai Slave Circumstances Realistically”). It’s an essay/short story that explores the topic. I thought it was interesting so I reached out to the author ε-(´∀｀; ) and obtained their permission to translate it. Here is the translation: