When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka: A Phenomenal Work of Asian-American Literature Exhibiting the Despair & Inhumanity of Second World War Incarceration – Book Review

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka is a Japanese-American historical fiction novel that tells the story of a family that is uprooted from their home and put into an Internment Camp during the Second World War. Each tale is told from the perspective of a different person, which helps tell a story that explains the various traumatic experiences and harmful impacts that this devastating event had on Japanese and Japanese-Americans.

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami: A Stunning Work of Surrealistic Fiction that Centres on the Chaos of Longing & Lost-Identities – Book Review

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami is an own-voices Japanese surrealism fiction novel about a young woman named Sumire and her long-time best friend who is only ever revealed as “K.” They have an intimate, unfiltered sort of friendship where they like to have discourse on an array of topics including rather personal events and experiences as well as simple, harmless banter on the mundane.

18 Best Books of March & April 2021

March and April were about average reading months for me. I spent most of my time reading through manga because my ability to focus on novels have been quite moody. Nonetheless, I found some great graphic novels to enjoy that helped me to stay in the reading groove for the most part, which I’m grateful for. Towards the end of April, I finally found my out of the rut pit and was able to read a few fantasy novels.

Caturday Reads: Japanese Steampunk & Eberron’s Sword & Sorcery

There are two books on my weekend reading itinerary. One of them is a Japanese steampunk novel that has been on my TBR for over a year. My local library had a copy, so I snagged it the last time that I was here. The second book is the first novel in one of my favourite sword and sorcery trilogies of all-time, a trilogy that I love to read and re-read, especially when I’m having a difficult time dealing with real-life challenges

9 #OwnVoices Novels by Japanese Women for New Readers of the Genre

Since I receive a lot of questions from people about Japanese literature and how best to begin reading from it, I thought it would be neat to share recommendations that are perfect for an array of readers, whether the preference is for mysteries to contemporaries and even magical realism and fantasy. All of these books are translated fiction that is authored by women, who are some of my favourite writers from the modern age.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata: A Brilliantly Disturbing Yet Revelatory Work of Literary Fiction – Book Review

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata is an own-voices Japanese fiction novel by acclaimed author of Convenience Store Woman. The story follows a young lady named Natsuki who as a child was an outcast in the eyes of her parents and sister, and whose only friend was a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut. Piyyut explained to her that he was a visitor from a far away planet named Popinpobopia on a very special quest to help Natsuki save Earth.

12 Amazing Anime Serials & Films that Originated from Japanese Novels!

I gathered a list of twelve anime that I have discovered many people don’t realise came from books. My information is based on the many conversations I have had with fellow otaku both online and in-real-life, both friends and (mostly) strangers alike. Chock this up as a post inspired by a lengthy observation of the community. For these titles, I’m proud to say that I have actually read almost all of the novels from the list and seen almost as many of the adaptations.

The Perfect Insider – First Impressions: A Curiously Intelligent Locked-Room Mystery that Explores Existentialism

The Perfect Insider (すべてがFになる) is a seinen mystery anime series that is an adaptation of the original novel from 1996, written by acclaimed author Hiroshi Mori. It aired during the Fall 2015 simulcast season and was produced by A-1 Pictures, with direction from Mamoru Kanbe (The Promised Neverland). The music was composed by Kenji Kawai,…

5 Favourite Japanese Book Covers that Remind Me of Spring

Spring is in the air, unless you’re living in California. In that case, Summer is here in full kick-you-in-the-allergies-and-burn-your-flesh-off glory. With Spring arrives the fragrance of fresh flowers, a cool breeze to abate the morning sweat, and tons of vibrantly bright colours just flourishing everywhere you look. Normally, I’m someone who doesn’t really care for…

Top 5 Translators of Japanese Literature!

Welcome everyone! For today’s top five list, I wanted to shine a light on some of the best translators out there for Japanese fiction! Many people who have been familiar with BiblioNyan’s content and my love of books will know that I absolutely adore #OwnVoices Japanese literature. It is my favourite genre, ever, and it’s…

Weekend Reads #27: Urban Fantasy & Japanese Fiction

Good morning bookworms and otaku dragons! After fighting a week of exhaustion and other life things, I am looking forward to sitting in bed, reading, and catching-up on Supernatural! I hope that your week has treated you well, and if not, then make sure to try and get some self-care in! Whether you order pizza…