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20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku (二十世紀電氣目録 , lit. "20th Century Electricity Catalog") is a Japanese novel written by Hiroshi Yuuki and illustrated by Kazumi Ikeda, with art and backgrounds by Momoka Nagatani. The novel won an honorable mention in the full-length novel category at the 8th Kyoto Animation Awards in 2017, and was the only series to win an award that year.[1] Kyoto Animation published the novel under their KA Esuma Bunko imprint on August 10, 2018 (ISBN 978-4-907064-88-4).[2] On July 27, 2018, KA Esuma Bunko's Twitter account announced that an anime adaptation of the novel would be produced, and would be animated by Kyoto Animation.[1] The status of the project is currently unknown.

Publisher's summary Edit

Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei...
The era changes.
But love does not.

Meiji era. Kyoto, a Japanese city, just entered 20th century.
This is the era when Western culture began to become familiar, and electric street lights usage began.
Japan and West. The mysterious era where past and future are mixed.
What won't be recorded in history, is certainly lives of citizens who lived in that era.

This is not about war or politics.
This era. One love story, which hasn't left a trace in history.[3]

Plot Edit

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KAエスマ文庫『二十世紀電氣目録』CM 30秒Ver.

The story takes place in the summer of 1907, the 40th year of the Meiji era. 15-year-old Inako Momokawa lives in the Fushimi area of Kyoto, and is the second daughter of a sake brewer. Nothing she does ever comes out right, and she receives a scolding from her father every day. Her only relief is the trust she places in her prayers to the gods. One day while at Fushimi Inari shrine, she meets a freewheeling young man named Kihachi Sakamoto. He rejects the gods, and boasts of the incoming age of electricity.

The topic of marriage suddenly comes up in Inako's household. Her father is one-sidedly making all the decisions for her, and Inako is about to give up hope. It is then that Kihachi draws out Inako's true feelings of wanting to run away from her family. The only way to stop her marriage is to find an unusual book called the "Electricity Catalog." The book is a prediction book about electricity that Kihachi wrote when he was a child, but his older brother Seiroku took the book, and its current whereabouts are unknown. Inako and Kihachi together go in search of the book across Kyoto and Shiga prefectures.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 27, 2018). "KyoAni Reveals Anime Adaptation of 20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku Novel". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  2. "二十世紀電氣目録". Kyoto Animation (in Japanese). Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  3. Translated from the official website.

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