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12:13 pm - 09/10/2012

Is incest Japan’s latest literary craze?




Japanese “light novels” are a type of short and often serialized young adult novel that are usually heavy on dialogue and light on narrative depth. The growing popularity of light novels has made them common choices for manga and anime adaptations, such as the Haruhi Suzumiya series.

One of the more popular light novel series in recent years is “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute,” which tells the story of a normal high school student who finds out his prodigious younger sister is actually a closet otaku, obsessed with anime and incest-themed adult computer games…

It’s probably less unwholesome than it sounds (at least by Japanese standards), and the point is that the series has become so popular that it has spawned an anime and manga series as well as several video games.

It has also seemed to usher in a new craze of light novels about the relationship between normal older brothers and their not-so-normal little sisters.

That’s totally wholesome…right?

Here is a list of 12 titles of “little sister”-themed light novels planned for release through mid-October. See covers in the photo below.

1. Little Sisters, Don’t Hit On Me! (Catch phrase: “A scramble between twin sisters for their favorite older brother becomes a total mess!”)
2. My Little Sister Can Read Kanji (Volume 5)
3. My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute (Volume 11)
4. My Little Sister Who Is Popular With Girls and Me Who Suffers (Volume 5)
5. My Little Sister is a Light Novel Goddess (Getting meta up in here!)
6. My Little Sister is Mad Because My Girlfriend Came Onto Me?
7. I Know You’re My Brother but as Long There’s Love it Doesn’t Matter, Right? (Volume 7)
8. Little Sister Complex (Volume 3)
9. My Childhood Friend and Little Sister Have Delusional Daydreams in My Fantasies
10. There’s No Way I Can Be Empress of a Parallel Dimension!
11. One of These Girls is My Little Sister!
12. I Tried Controlling My Rebellious Little Sister With the Power of the Devil King

So what is it about stories featuring borderline (overtly incestual?) romantic relationships between young men and their little sisters that appeal to middle and high school males, the primary light novel demographic?


To be honest, we have no idea. We don’t even know if that’s still the primary demographic for these sort of stories, though we would like to believe that these sort of stories are representative of what most light novel readers are into.



japantoday

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tha_x 10th-Sep-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
a lot of people have incest fetish, it's far from being something we can really say "WTF JAPAN".
xanithofdragons 10th-Sep-2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
I feel like this isn't news. It's not like incestuous themes are anything new.
exdream1999 10th-Sep-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
IKR?

I mean, like, this getting into "OLD AS DIRT" territory here.
asaphira_sachi 10th-Sep-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)


Just hope they separate fantasy from reality.
burger 10th-Sep-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
This has been a theme for a pretty long time already in anime/manga/whatever tho
annhh 10th-Sep-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
these people who are into this genre must not have siblings. seriously.
tha_x 10th-Sep-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
I don't speak for everyone but that's not true at all. It's not always because you want to bang your family members (incest isn't all about siblings btw), some people like it for different reasons.
mikarocker 10th-Sep-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
chizzyrei 10th-Sep-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
w/c reminds of your drama MatsuJun
ajisaitea 10th-Sep-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
This is nothing new at all. Incest has long been the poster child theme for Forbidden Love.
exdream1999 10th-Sep-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
I mean, like, how are these books any different from any of the V.C. Andrews books?

Hell, these even seem to have only subtextual incest...


I really don't get how this is a weird Japan thing. At most, yeah, it could be fad, but so was "Flowers in the Attic"....
ajisaitea 10th-Sep-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU~

The first time I read Flowers in the Attic I was blown. Grant it I got it, that when your locked away for YEARS with only the same people you can grow to have a 'Love' for that person.

ie. Blue Lagoon anyone?
Yes I know they were only 'COUSINS' in the first movie...but it's a good example.
gashinenai 10th-Sep-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
My Little Sister Who Is Popular With Girls and Me Who Suffers
sorry but this made me laugh :D
ajisaitea 10th-Sep-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Unrelated but I approve of your icon.
dramaticsurgeon 10th-Sep-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Meh, everyone has some kind of fetish. It's the ones who don't that you have to worry about. XD Incest isn't actually that unique as fetishes go. There are some fetishes out there that make you wonder how the hell anyone ever thought of it. I have a harder time understanding people with a watersports/scat fetish than incest, tbh. I don't judge them, I just literally don't understand it.

Honestly, though, saying that people who are into incest fetishes may "act on those impulses later" is like saying every shota fan will turn into a pedophile, or every amputee fetishist (yes, they exist) will eventually run out and cut their own arm off. There may be a few who will act on it, but it's very likely that would have happened whether fetish-based material was available to them or not.
pinkydbzfan 12th-Sep-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
I love Yaoi..but I'm not going to get a sex change.
kerplunk 10th-Sep-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
ew
uledy 10th-Sep-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
Incest is something Japanese literature is definitely not unfamiliar with. It'd be nice if the article explored the history of incest themed literature throughout Japanese literary history. One of the most compelling Japanese novellas I've read is centered around incest and narcism and I guarantee it isn't a "light novel" : /

Anyway, these Japan Today articles have really been awful lately...
uledy 10th-Sep-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Also, I completely understand that people are being open minded about incest fetishes, but I also think it's important to note that this article is hinting about the (potentially) sexualized relationship of an older brother to a younger sister in these novels, which, in my opinon is creepy as fuck. Does anyone who reads these titles know if this article is an accurate depiction of the genre?
queencrystallia 10th-Sep-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
it is disgusting and gross. incestuous relationships and fetishes are just gross and i won't even BOTHER explaining why i think this.
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tomoeicemaiden 11th-Sep-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
A comment from some random person on Arama won't do much but I am so, so, so sorry you ever had to experience that :( Thank you for speaking about it, however. It might better help people understand why some of their fetishes or hobbies are indeed not harmless. Btw, sending you positive vibes rn :)
shroomko 10th-Sep-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
blah blah blah wtf japan blah blah kink shaming blah blah blah
exdream1999 10th-Sep-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Kink shaming? In your Arama?

It's more likely than you think.


(Bring it on though, I've lurked in enough ONTD and fandom_secret posts to know how this rolls.)
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