Extra: Izumi Kyouka’s investigation.
Since it’s a rare chance to meet Masamune’s coworker, let’s investigate “light novel author”.
Investigation target: Kusanagi Ryouki
Age: Unknown (presumed in his twenties)
Address: Shinjuku area, Tokyo.
Notable novel: Pure Love
— Are you a light novel author?
I’m going back now! I will bring this one with me! I’m sorry!
— Before you leave, please cooperate in providing information.
(Only showed his reaction after about two minutes)
— Thank you for your cooperation. Then the first question, why did you become a light novel author?
— It’s for your best interest to answer truthfully.
Izumi, your big sister is so terrifying! What kind of killer eyes are those?
— Sister? Do I look like his big sister?
— No. Answer my question.
I became a light novel author because…because I like it, not to mention I thought it’s a quick way to make money. My previous job was too tiresome, so I quit. After staying at home for a while, my younger brother got a job, then my parents began to press me to work, so I wrote something to publish.
— Good. Very helpful answer.
— Where did your penname come from?
From my real name…Kusanagi…and, well, you know? My name made people think about three sacred treasures, so I pick the penname Ryouki
— Is there any benefit you get from being a light novel author?
Money. Money is everything.
— As a light novel author, is there anything you fear?
What I fear most is when my editor’s face darkens.
— What genre did you write? Make it short please.
I write pure love stories.
— (looking at his alcohol-smelling clothing) it’s for your best interest to answer truthfully.
I’m telling the truth! You’re so impolite.
— Then…what does writing pure love mean…?
I write about “dreams”. I write about “things that could never happen, but it would be great if they did”. Then I give it to everyone. If it sells well and is made into anime, then I’m rich.
— Do you think that this job is okay?
No, not really.
— Why do you say so?
Look at me and answer: who would think that this job is okay? Seeing me like this, who would want to take this job? What I wanted to say is: the light novel industry is going down! Go to school or something.
— Then why didn’t you find something better?
Because I have to follow it through. Because I couldn’t go back. Because I couldn’t do anything else. Because my readers are still waiting.
— That’s very informative. Now go home.
Goodbye. I will make sure you aren’t at home before coming to play again.