(1970- ) Japanese author and former computer engineer, whose school-for-sorcerers novella was published as Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō ["Modern Magic Made Simple"] (fixup 2003) after winning the Shūeisha Super Dash New Novelist competition under the title "Mahō Tsukai no Net" ["Wizard's Web"].
His "Saitama Chainsaw Shōjo" ["Saitama Chainsaw Girl"] (September 2004 SF Magazine) won the publication's annual Reader's Award. Subsequent short fiction often examines modern malaises associated with Computers, such as "Jūgatsu wa SPAM de Michite iru" ["An October Full of Spam"] (in Nanatsu no Kuroi Yūme, anth 2006). Computers and gaming (> Games) inform much of Sakurazaka's fiction, including his early success, All You Need is Kill (2004), with a soldier protagonist trapped in a Time Loop that inevitably ends with his own death, no matter how he refines his actions or his abilities. Slum Online (2005) contrasts the dreary world of its luckless student protagonist with the epic heroic quest of his avatar in a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.
Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō was adapted into a Manga by artist Miki Miyashita (September 2008 Jump Square) and a twelve-episode Anime series (2009; BS-11, 2009 US) directed by Yasuhiro Kuroda, starring Ai Nonaka. Screenplay by Yasuhiro Kuroda and Yūichi Kadota. A film of All You Need is Kill is mooted for 2013. [JonC]
born Japan: 1970
Note: some of Sakurazaka's work appears in the Japanese "light novel" format, i.e. as free-standing books with a word-count closer in size to a US novella.
- Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō ["Modern Magic Made Simple"] (Tokyo: Super Dash Bunko, 2003, 2004, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2009) [published in six volumes: pb/Miki Miyashita]
- All You Need is Kill (Tokyo: Super Dash Bunko, 2004) [pb/Yoshitoshi Abe]
- All You Need is Kill (San Francisco, California: Viz Media/Haikasoru, 2009) [trans of the above by Alexander O Smith: pb/]
- Slum Online (Tokyo: Hayakawa Bunko, 2005) [pb/toi8]
- Slum Online (San Francisco, California: Viz Media/Haikasoru, 2010) [trans of the above by Joseph Reeder: pb/]
- Characters with Hiroki Azuma (Tokyo: Shinchōsha, 2005) [pb/Miki Miyashita]
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