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Nisio Isin

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Language  Japanese
Name  Nisio Isin
Period  2002–present
Role  Novelist

Genre  Light novel, mystery
Education  Ritsumeikan University
Shows  Medaka Box
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Occupation  Novelist, short-story writer, manga writer
Books  Kizumonogatari, Death Note Another, Tsukimonogatari, Hanamonogatari, Onimonogatari
Similar People  Akira Akatsuki, Hiroshi Mori, Yui Aragaki, Akiyuki Shinbo, Mizuki Tsujimura

Notable awards  Mephisto Prize (2002)

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Nisio Isin (西尾 維新, Nishio Ishin, born 1981), stylized NisiOisiN to emphasize the palindrome, is the pen name of a Japanese novelist and manga writer. He attended and left Ritsumeikan University without graduating. In 2002, he debuted with the novel The Beheading Cycle (クビキリサイクル, Kubikiri Saikuru), which earned him the 23rd Mephisto Prize at twenty years of age. He currently works with Kodansha on Faust, a literary magazine containing the works of other young authors who similarly take influence from light novels and otaku culture, and Pandora, the Kodansha Box magazine. He was also publishing a twelve volume series over twelve months for the Kodansha Box line; Ryusui Seiryoin was matching this output, and the Kodansha Box website stated that this is the first time in the world two authors have done twelve volume monthly novel series simultaneously from the same publisher. In February, 2008, his novel Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, which is based on the Death Note manga, was released in English by Viz Media. Del Rey Manga has already released the first and second volume in his Zaregoto series.


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His Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari novels have been adapted into anime. The sequel (Nisemonogatari) novel has also been adapted as an anime, as well as most of the "Monogatari Series" to date. Another of his works, Medaka Box, has been adapted into a two-season anime series.

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Nisio's work is characterized by references to other novels, as well as parodies of famous manga series. Among these, Hellsing and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure references are particularly common. He is well regarded as an author who has blended the conventions of mystery novels and character-driven light novels.

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As well as stepping on the conventions and stereotypes of anime and light novels, he is known for creating characters with unusual features, such as extremely strange names which are word play, such as Nanananami Nanami, Shikigishi Kishiki, Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, Backyard Bottomslash, Quarter Queen, Sagano Usagi, Byōinzaka Kuroneko (which translates roughly as "Black Cat of Hospital Hill") and Shikizaki Kiki.

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He said that he learned much from the novels of Kiyoshi Kasai (the author of Vampire Wars), Hiroshi Mori, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Ryusui Seiryoin and Kouhei Kadono. He also said that the five writers were, metaphorically speaking, the God-like beings, who had shaped and molded his writing style.

Novels and short stories in English translation

Zaregoto series
  • Zaregoto, Book 1: The Kubikiri Cycle (Del Rey. 2008. ISBN 978-0-345-50427-2, Vertical. 2017. ISBN 978-1-945054-21-1) – the winning work of the 23rd Mephisto Prize (2002)
  • Zaregoto, Book 2: The Kubishime Romanticist (Del Rey. 2010. ISBN 978-0-345-50578-1)
  • Monogatari series
  • KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale (Vertical. 2015. ISBN 978-1-941220-97-9)
  • BAKEMONOGATARI, Part 1 (Vertical. 2016. ISBN 978-1-942993-88-9)
  • BAKEMONOGATARI, Part 2 (Vertical. 2017. ISBN 978-1-942993-89-6)
  • BAKEMONOGATARI, Part 3 (Vertical. 2017. ISBN 978-1-942993-90-2)
  • NISEMONOGATARI, Part 1 (Vertical. 2017. ISBN 978-1-942993-98-8)
  • NISEMONOGATARI, Part 2 (Vertical. 2017. ISBN 978-1-942993-99-5)
  • Other books
  • Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (Viz Media. 2008. ISBN 978-1-4215-1883-1)
  • xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC (Del Rey. 2008. ISBN 978-0-345-50518-7)
  • Short story
  • "Magical Girl Risuka" (Faust 2. Del Rey. 2009. ISBN 978-0-345-50357-2)
  • This is the English translation of "Yasashii Mahō wa Tsukaenai" (lit. tr. "Easy magic cannot be used"), the first story of Magical Girl Risuka series.
  • Zaregoto Series

    Zaregoto Series (戯言シリーズ, Zaregoto Shirīzu) is written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Take. The series was published between February, 2002, and November, 2005. It was followed by a spin-off series Ningen Series starring the Zerozaki clan. All books were released in Japan by Kodansha Novels, and the first two have been released in the US by Del Rey. The Japanese edition finished at nine volumes in November 2005, and it has since been released in a bunkobon edition.

    Ningen Series

    Connected to the Zaregoto Series, it is also known as the "Zerozaki Ichizoku Series." The illustrations are also provided by Take. This series has also been published by Kodansha Novels.

    Sekai Series

  • With the publication of the second novel, both books were also published in hard cover through Kodansha Box.
  • Mahō Shōjo Risuka

    Serialized in Faust magazine with illustrations by Capcom's Kinu Nishimura.

    JDC Tribute Series

    The Japan Detectives Club was created by Ryusui Seiryoin, and NisiOisin is one of several authors to write novels using that setting.

    Monogatari Series

    The series was first created by Nisio Isin as a series of short stories for Mephisto magazine. While his previous Zaregoto series featured large casts of characters, each Bakemonogatari story tends to introduce only one new character. The previously published stories, and some new ones, were eventually collected in two volumes as part of the Kodansha Box launch titles on November 1, 2006 and December 1, 2006. The first volume contains three stories titled Hitagi Crab (ひたぎクラブ), Mayoi Snail (まよいマイマイ) and Suruga Monkey (するがモンキー); the second volume comes with two newly written stories titled Nadeko Snake (なでこスネイク) and Tsubasa Cat (つばさキャット).

    A prequel to the series, titled Koyomi Vamp (こよみヴァンプ) was published in the first issue of Pandora magazine, it was later released as a separate volume on May 7, 2008 as Kizumonogatari (傷物語, "Scar Story"). The first volume of Nisemonogatari (偽物語, "Impostory"), a sequel to the series, was released on September 2, 2008 and contains Karen Bee (かれんビー). The second volume, contains Tsukihi Phoenix (つきひフェニックス) was released on June 10, 2009. The first volume of Nekomonogatari (猫物語, "Cat Story") is a prequel that takes place between Kizumonogatari and Bakemonogatari. It was released on July 28, 2010 and contains Tsubasa Family (つばさファミリー).

    The second volume of Nekomonogatari is the start of the second season to the series and contains Tsubasa Tiger (つばさタイガー) and was released on October 29, 2010. Kabukimonogatari (傾物語, "Slope Story") was released on December 24, 2010 and containing Mayoi Jiangshi (まよいキョンシー). Hanamonogatari (花物語, "Flower Story") containing Suruga Devil (するがデビル) was released on March 31, 2011. Otorimonogatari (囮物語, "Decoy Story") containing Nadeko Medusa (なでこメドゥーサ) was released on June 30, 2011. Onimonogatari (鬼物語, "Demon Story") containing Shinobu Time (しのぶタイム) was released on September 28, 2011. Koimonogatari (恋物語, "Love Story") containing Hitagi End (ひたぎエンド) was released on December 22, 2011.

    The final season of the series contain six books. The first one is Tsukimonogatari (憑物語, "Possess Story") containing Yotsugi Doll (よつぎドール). The second is Koyomimonogatari (暦物語, "Calendar Story") containing twelve short stories. The third, fourth and fifth is Owarimonogatari (終物語, "End Story") containing Ōgi Formula (おうぎフォーミュラ), Sodachi Riddle (そだちリドル), Sodachi Lost (そだちロスト), Shinobu Mail (しのぶメイル), Mayoi Hell (まよいヘル), Hitagi Rendezvous (ひたぎランデブー), and Ōgi Dark (おうぎダーク). The sixth is Zokuowarimonogatari (続終物語, "Continuation End Story") containing Koyomi Reverse (こよみリバース).


    This twelve volume samurai epic with illustrations by take was released one volume a month throughout 2007. A spin-off novel, Maniwagatari, was released a few months later.


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