Campione!:Volume 1 Afterword
To all readers who finished this book.
Or maybe, those readers who sneakily began reading from the afterword.
I'm Takedzuki Jou, and this is our first meeting. This volume is the first of my novel scripts to be published.
This time, I'm very pleased to have Super Dash Bunko publish my book for me.
Please take care of me from now on.
The saying goes 'a gentleman should not dishonor the gods'. But, this book joined those other works that doesn't take things seriously and strictly. If possible, for those of you who disagree with me, I hope you can simply laugh it off instead of calling retribution upon me.
Especially the gods who might really reside in the heavens above.
I'm one of those who prays at the shrine on New Year's, who believe that faith is beneficial to the heart and isn't stingy when it comes to saisen[1I 1]; I'll be generous over saisen next year as well. So please forgive me.
Incidentally, the contents of this book are purely fictional.
So there is no relation whatsoever with existing people, organizations, religions, locations, and other social matters. Within this work, even if specific names and descriptions are used, that is still just coincidence and definitely do not refer to the real thing.
Please look at my eyes. Will a liar have such clear eyes? Eh? You can't see? Really?
Let's ignore this for now then and return to the novel's contents.
In the ancient times without copyrighting, story-writing was probably a very slow and ambitious project.
Mythologies are a product of those times.
The world has tons of similar tales, like the story of Izanagi who went into the underworld to meet his wife Izanami[1I 2]; it was just like the legend of Orpheus[1I 3] who entered the netherworld to rescue his wife.
Obviously, this isn't just some mere coincidence.
Stories that share the same origin changed their details, spreading through both Japan and Greece, reinterpreted by different views after many eras. This is a phenomenon caused by the spreading of cultural and migration of people.
......Eh, to put it simply, 'easygoing plagiarism' is a common occurrence.
To regard foreign gods as evil spirits, demons, and monsters to be vanquished by one's own gods; such examples are plenty. It really is blasphemy.
To seriously pursue such an issue would be like chasing an endless problem, so someone like me who isn't very serious thought up of this coarse method.
The result is the book, "Campione - godslayer!".
A story with a superpowered protagonist who fought endlessly with other high level bosses.
If you're enjoying the read, then that's great.
Erica seems like the main heroine?
Hahaha, how can that be--- the most images, strong, enticing, red, such things...
Just pretend you didn't see it.
Lastly, allow me to thank everyone who earnestly helped in the publishing of this book. I also apologize to the many friends who helped but didn't hear back from me in time while I was writing this.
Finally to all the readers here, you have my thanks.
April 2008, Takedzuki Jou.
First time meeting!
I'm honored to illustrate Campione.
I'm the one given part of the two page afterword, and feels that my drawings aren't satisfactory enough (hiding my name in fear of spoilers).
A role was added to the original script.
Although I like those two on the cover, but I must recommend this character the most.
Just to prevent rumors, I'm really not a lolicon!
Translator’s Notes and References
- Saisen: money offered to kami or bodhisattvas in Japanese shrines, usually through a saisen box; in Chinese raws this is translated to money for 'prayer oil sticks', which is how they donate to temples, but I figure saisen would work better since dear author is Japanese after all.
- Izanagi & Izanami: the creation gods of Japanese mythology; when Izanami died from childbirth, Izanagi visited the underworld to bring her back, but she claimed to have already eaten food of the underworld and was thus one of the dead. Unwilling to let go, Izanagi turned his comb into a torch to see her (which she had warned again), but instead of his beautiful wife he sees a rotting body being decomposed by foul creatures. Horrified, Izanagi ran away, abandoning his wife and sealing her in the underworld. The engraged Izanami vowed to kill 1,000 men per day, but Izanagi retorted that he would give life to 1,500 per day, and hence the cycle of life and death was born.
- Orpheus: legendary Greek poet, musician, and prophet who entered the underworld to rescue his wife Eurydice.
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