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Japan Has A Book Of European Philosophers As Anime Girls

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Lights novels (or "ranobe") are a uniquely Japanese YA genre aimed at middle and high schoolers. They are often illustrated by famous anime artists.

They're often texted chapter-by-chapter to subscribers as "cell phone novels," too. Seven out of ten best-sellers in Japan in 2007 started as cell phone light novels.


According to the synopsis, the protagonist is a misogynistic salarymen jealous of his beautiful boss. After dying in an accident, he is reincarnated as a high school girl. She then gets a good lecture by 8 philosopher classmates.

It has an average 4-star review on Amazon Japan.

One reader worried about the cute cover and premise, but found it a better read than high school ethics textbooks. Another reader thought the storyline was weak, and felt that having European philosophers as schoolgirls in modern Japan was maybe a little far-fetched.


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