Japan Has A Book Of European Philosophers As Anime Girls

“Decartes is a haughty princess; Heidegger is a long-haired cultural club leader.” Thank you Aya.shii.org for bringing this to our attention.

1. “Me, Tsundere and Heidegger” (2011) is a light novel about European philosophers as anime school girls.

Subtitle: “Because philosophy is important in life.” You can order it on Amazon.

2. 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.

3. In this book, post-Enlightenment philosophers are girls in modern Japan having an after school discussion.

This girl is apparently Descartes’s reincarnation. Cogito ergo tsun, etc.

4. 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.

Heidegger, Hume, Descartes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche.

5. No big deal, just some big-time philosophers being kawaii anime girls on a lawn.

6. Kant senpai, the hardass leader, explaining the categorical imperative.

7. Spinoza is shy, bookish, and somehow a scandalously dressed Lolita.

8. Berkeley and Hume sharing an intimate moment.

9. “Chapter 8: Nietzsche — God Is Dead, But Nothing Has Changed.”

10. 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.

11. H/T Ayashii World for this discovery.

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