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Last and First Idol Novel

4 star rating out of 5
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SKU: 9781718351004

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About Last and First Idol Novel

Last and First Idol Novel features story by Gengen Kusano.

"Bye-bye, Earth! My idol activities here were so much fun!"

Last and First Idol earned the first ever special prize in the Hayakawa SF Contest, and the first debut work to win the Seiun Award in 42 years! This existential widescreen yuri baroque proletariat hard sci-fi idol story has carved out a new legend in science fiction history! Also includes Evolution Girls, in which some gacha-expert friends race to find the truth of the universe, and Dark Seiyuu, a brand-new space opera about voice actors! Gengen Kusano’s astounding debut collection!


  • Publisher: J-NOVEL CLUB
  • Media: Novels
  • Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Release Date: 7/2/2019
  • Page Count: 275
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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Ratings & Reviews

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1 star rating out of 5

(This is a review for the title story.) SO presumptuous. The other two are just as bad.

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"A story of an idol who inspires the world in a post-apocalyptic time and saves the universe?!" You would expect that, right? Instead, I got Frankenstein's Idol. But with a prose style that keeps changing personalities, from an urban fairy tale to an edgy YA novel and so forth. You can tell the author did his research on the hard science only to throw it out the second it becomes convenient to the plot, which occurs far too often. Some descriptions are graphic enough to render a Junji Ito-style image, while others are so vague that they cause you to question nonsensical details added in later.
The ending is the most shameless self-plug I have ever seen. It's a plug in his own product FOR THE PRODUCT YOU ARE READING! He even tells you to do free advertising for him! AND he had the audacity to call his own work a masterpiece! Never have I seen a more self-obsessed "artist".
This is something I would be far more excited to see a Yuasa anime or Ito manga of rather than ever rereading it.

5 star rating out of 5

Weird but good


Very strange, well-written collection of grotesque sci-fi stories.

5 star rating out of 5

Exceptional first story, next two stories were less impressive, good translation by Andrew Cunningham

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First off, a plug for Andrew Cunningham. I've been following his translations for years, and the guy is just a great translator and writer. He's really good at idiom translations.

The first story is really impressive and evocative. I was seeing unreal and fantastic images in my head, spun from the words of the page. The tie-in to modern day gacha mobile games and isekai was both fun and satirical. The following stories felt a little bit like retreads, but were still enjoyable and had some neat imagery. Definitely wanted to read this in one sitting.

5 star rating out of 5

Imagine if Arthur C. Clarke was a weeb (and also, insane)


I've read a lot of scifi in my time, and this is certainly the most bizarre of them I've ever read. "Idol" is a collection of 3 scifi stories of similar themes; the first about Idols, the second about gacha addiction, and the third about seiyuu. All of them contain "yuri", macabre body horror, rapid and absurd escalation of scope, and the grand, strange scifi concepts you would find in an Arthur C. Clark novel.

This collection is truly unlike anything else out there; your jaw will drop in bafflement as you wonder how the story progressed from high school idol club tryouts to apocalyptic body horror in the span of 2 pages. If the weirdness isn't a turn-off, there's some genuinely fascinating scifi writing in this book, and very interesting stories. I recommend this to anyone looking for something strange and stupefying.