Jordan Taylor

Out of this World
A translator reviews untranslated Japanese science fiction and fantasy books

The Midnight Law Office

2024-06-11T20:16:01Z

Detective Rui Indо̄ discovers one day he's capable of seeing dead people, though they seem incapable of speaking or moving. He has no idea what's going on until he bumps into a recently deceased idol and a man who can also see them and invites him to the Midnight Law Office. There Detective Indо̄ meets lawyer Akari Shinya who explains how these spirits remain in this world unable to move on because someone needs to be punished for their death but hasn't been. Together, she and Detective Indо̄ work together to help bring these criminals to justice and allow the dead to move on.

The Chronicles of Leende: The Moon and the Sun

2024-05-13T18:28:52Z

Lucian, a boy and son of an influential priest, wakes in the middle of the night to his home on fire, where a masked man saves him, only to tell him if he ever sees him again, he'll kill him. Lucian runs away and finds himself in a village of the Tico people where he's taken in as a brother by two sisters, Tessa and Arete, though he tells him his name is Luce and he was a servant boy. When they grow older and Tessa volunteers to go as a militia conscript, Luce asks her to marry him, and she agrees, but only if he feels the same when he turns eighteen. Tessa starts off on her journey towards becoming the hero of Leende, while Luce is destined for something much different.

Worldly Desires

2024-04-11T18:10:55Z

Ichitarō is the only son of a family who owns a successful apothecary in Edo, but his weak constitution often leaves him bedridden. As a child, his grandfather assigned two boys, Nikichi and Sasuke, to be Ichitarō's friends, attendants, and later workers of the apothecary, but these two are ayakashi, supernatural beings of all shapes and sizes, which doesn't bother Ichitarō as he tends to find himself surrounded by such mysterious spirits anyway. One night when Ichitarō is seventeen, he slips away from his family and attendants' overbearing, watchful eyes, only to find himself witness to a murder. With the help of his otherworldly friends, Ichitarō works to unravel the mysteries surrounding the murder, one of which is, why does everything seem to keep connecting back to him?

Protocol of Humanity

2024-03-10T19:06:03Z

Tsuneaki Godо̄ is a professional dancer in his late twenties, but his life and career are thrown off track when a motorcycle accident takes his right leg. During his long recovery journey, he's approached by the owner of a robotics company who wants to offer him a high-tech, AI powered prosthetic leg on the condition he joins a dance company where he'll be put on stage alongside robots. After accepting and starting to get his life back on track, he's hit with another change when he's forced to care for his father, Shin Godо̄, famed dancer and his role model, when he quickly develops severe dementia. Between dancing with robots and caring for his father, Tsuneaki asks the question, “What makes a human 'human'?”

First, We Make the Cows Spheres.

2024-02-11T20:33:25Z

Spherical cows of lab-grown beef feed a population of genetically engineered humans as “foreigners” flatten the Earth, a space-faring scavenger searches for new planets to scrounge from while really, really hating onions, a man in the midst of the COVID pandemic discovers his true identity as Box Man, and the Little Boy fails to detonate over Hiroshima in this collection of comedic sci-fi stories by the author of Yokohama Station SF.

The Chronicles of Leende

2024-01-11T14:57:55Z

Julia Shreiber, daughter of Hektor Shreiber, hero and captain of the knights of the country of Shreiber, travels with her father to the land of Leendere, a beautiful country of mystery and magic, where a young man named Tristan de Elwyn acts as their local guide. This land is feared by outsiders due to the silver plague, an illness with no cure whose victims die as hard silvery scales spread across their body, but Julia comes to love the land, and learns how to live her life as she wants it, not as others want her to.

The Maiden of the Book Sings Vol. 4

2023-12-11T18:16:12Z

The series comes to a close as Angus and friends set out to stop our big bad villain from destroying the world, while we learn in the process about the history that led to these events. Why did the woman in the book lose all her memories? What exactly are Spells? Why does this doll insist on following me around?

A Fairy Tale Legend (Book Two): The End of a Grand Story

2023-11-11T17:43:06Z

After the events of the first book, Pechka begins to settle into her new life in the city of Papas, and life has never been better. This ends when her past comes back to haunt her and steals her most prized possession, and she wants it back. For the first time in her life, she sets out on a journey for herself, to achieve a goal she set, not just to flee, but she eventually realizes that this journey wouldn't just decide the fate of her beloved memento; the fate of all humanity rests in the balance.

The Joyous Song: The Museum Planet

2023-10-14T19:27:43Z

Far in the future, humanity has built an artificial planet, essentially a second moon for Earth. This planet is named Aphrodite and houses every instance of beauty found, from paintings to musical performances, to plants and animals. Many of the museum's curators are “connected” individuals, people who have undergone brain surgery to allow them to connect directly to expansive databases and search for information using only their mind. Ken Hyogo is not one of them. He is connected, but he's not a curator, rather a member of the VWA (Vigilante's with Authority), a police-like organization, assigned to Aphrodite to maintain order.

The Unseen Moon: The Museum Planet

2023-09-11T20:03:40Z

Far in the future, humanity has built an artificial planet, essentially a second moon for Earth. This planet is named Aphrodite and houses every instance of beauty found, from paintings to musical performances, to plants and animals. Many of the museum's curators are “connected” individuals, people who have undergone brain surgery to allow them to connect directly to expansive databases and search for information using only their mind. Ken Hyogo is not one of them. He is connected, but he's not a curator, rather a member of the VWA (Vigilante's with Authority), a police-like organization, assigned to Aphrodite to maintain order.

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