This afterword was written before the broadcast of the In Another World With My Smartphone anime adaptation.
Finally we’re up to volume eight of In Another World With My Smartphone. It’s me again, Patora Fuyuhara. Did you enjoy the volume? I thought this one was quite fun, so I hope you feel the same.
I guess I wanna talk about something first. It’s already been revealed, but... We’re getting an anime! I’m glad I can finally say it... I’ve been holding in that knowledge for a while, you know. It still doesn’t feel real, if I’m being honest.
I was writing on my smartphone as usual, then I took a nap around noon.
Suddenly my phone started buzzing out of the blue. I looked at my phone and noticed it was already three in the afternoon, so I quickly picked it up. The caller was K, from HJ Books.
About a week before that, we’d gone over details for the manga adaptation of Smartphone, we’d also had many calls and e-mails about details to do with the setting such as names and so on. I just assumed it was going to be something else like that, so I picked up.
“Ah, hey there. This is K from HJ. Sorry for disturbing you, is it alright if we talk now?”
“I was just taking a little nap, that’s all... I can talk alright, so don’t worry.”
“Hahaha... Actually, we were thinking of adapting Smartphone into an anime. I was calling to see if I could get your permission for that, Mr. Fuyuhara.”
“............ Huh? Whuh?”
“An anime. Are you alright?”
“...Oh, I’m still asleep, huh... What a weird dream.”
“That’s not it!” He was laughing, but I was having trouble wrapping my own head around what was being said. An anime? Not just a manga? What was happening here?
“The details aren’t sorted out fully yet, but we won’t be going ahead without your permission.” He was moving along way too fast for me. I hadn’t even come to terms with what he’d said, but he was asking for my consent. I wanted him to slow down!
I wasn’t used to dealing with stuff like this... I’d only just given the go-ahead for the manga, after all, and that wasn’t even announced yet. My head was spinning. My chest was fit to burst.
“Well, at any rate. I’d like you to come over to the office next week, is that alright?”
“Huh? In Tokyo?”
“Yep. We can have a proper meeting about the anime adaptation.” He was dead serious... He was totally serious!
And so, the week after, I headed into Tokyo. I had a meeting with Hobby Japan’s editorial department about getting an anime adaptation for Smartphone.
I talked to various people about various things. HJ’s staff wanted to cover things like staff, studio, contract details, and so on... In the end I just let the relevant people deal with the relevant details.
But now you all know the truth! An anime for Smartphone... It’s incredible.
They just decided on it, just like that. It seemed like the decision to adapt Smartphone into an anime, and the decision to adapt Smartphone into a manga, had both progressed separately. They just coincidentally happened to settle around the same time. So one week it was “We’re doing a manga!”, and then the next week it was “We’re doing an anime!”
It was like that old proverb about water in your ear. It’s shocking when you notice it, but sometimes it had been there for a while.
Since then I’ve been keeping up with a lot of e-mails about the anime, the manga, and of course the novel series as well.
Plus I’ve been continuing to write In Another World With My Smartphone in its web novel format while making edits to my old material before it gets novelized properly.
Since I heard about the anime, I’ve been writing a little more excitedly. I’ve been picturing the world moving inside my mind. Minor characters who didn’t have much of an established appearance will get character designs, too! Even that makes me happy.
Honestly part of me still thinks this could be an elaborate or cruel prank, but I doubt they’d go to such lengths...
Anyway, the details about the anime will be released at a later date on Hobby Japan’s website. I can’t wait! I really hope you all enjoy it... Who knows, if it’s successful we could get lots of new things.
Now, it’s time for my special thanks.
Eiji Usatsuka, thanks for your illustrations as always. I’m so grateful to you for bringing my writing to life. I think your character designs are going to look amazing when they’re animated.
Tomofumi Ogasawara, your Frame Gear designs become more incredible every time I see a new one. I look forward to working with you in Volume Nine as well.
To K, my most humble of thanks for being the brilliant bridge between my work and not just a manga adaptation, but now an anime adaptation. I’m astounded every day at how lucky I am.
As usual, thank you to everyone involved in the publication of this book.
Thank you so much to the editorial staff.
To everyone involved with the anime adaptation of my work, I’m indebted to you in so many ways.
And all of those who supported me on “Shousetsuka ni Narou,” as well as the dear readers of this book, you have my deepest gratitude.
Well, for now... Let’s meet again in Volume Nine of In Another World With My Smartphone.
― Patora Fuyuhara
(via J-Novel Club)