And here we are again, at the end of the ninth In Another World With My Smartphone volume. It’s me, as usual, Patora Fuyuhara.
Nine already, wow... Means we’ll be at ten next. This is all thanks to you guys, honestly. You just keep reading!
It’s taken over two years to get to this point, but I’m amazed... I didn’t even think we’d sell enough to get more than one volume, let alone ten. There were a lot of things going on at the time of the original publication offer, so I was even leaning toward saying no. In the end, I’m really glad I made the choice to go ahead.
To me, the highlight of the volume is the new Frame Gears that finally got to appear. When I was writing my webnovel, I didn’t really think all that much about pacing or artistic design spacing, either... so having multiple Frame Gears at once is a little harsh on the mecha designer. Please forgive me, Mr. Ogasawara!
We’re gonna see the special Frame Gears for Yumina and the other fiancees show up one after another, now. Hm? You wanna know when Touya’s shows up? Now, now... Ladies first. Hm...
I wrote an interlude chapter for this volume about the Babylon girls, which was a nice change of pace. I actually did this to make it up to Fam, since I rushed through the Library sequence initially, and she never got a proper illustration done of her. So naturally, the illustration for the interlude was one of Fam. Touya’s apologizing to her into the picture, but consider that as me apologizing to her for not getting her drawn until so late in the game. Sorry it took so long, Fam.
I’ll pay more attention so things like that don’t happen in the future. I promise!
In the next volume, we’ll finally find that Research Laboratory and unite Babylon to its full and final form. In a sense, you’ll also meet the most wicked character in the series... But hey, spoilers.
The story’s gonna have a lot of interesting and wild twists from here on out, too.
Also, the anime! A lot of information about the show was revealed as I was writing this volume.
The voice actors were confirmed, and the character theme songs were previewed. They began recording the tracks a while ago, I think.
The animators, voice actors, director, and all the other amazing staff members are breathing life into my work. It’s honestly unbelievable.
I find it funny that a little story I started writing on my smartphone has changed hands and taken this new form.
Actually I’m currently writing this after just coming home from a production presentation about the anime. Everyone involved was so upbeat. I’m really happy. I’m really looking forward to seeing it all come together.
It’s airing soon, I think. Look on the website for more details.
Anyway, time to give my usual thanks.
Thanks as always for your wonderful illustrations, Eiji Usatsuka. There are a lot of characters now, and a lot more to come. I can’t wait to see your take on them.
Tomofumi Ogasawara, thank you for going above and beyond and designing multiple new Frame Gears this volume. You’re a real lifesaver. There probably won’t be any new Frame Gears next volume, so you can rest easy.
And, as always, to K. Thanks for helping so much with the anime details, and working so damn hard all the time. I’ll do my best to work with you.
To everyone at Hobby Japan’s Editorial Department, and everyone involved with this book’s production... a huge thank you.
And, of course, thank you to my readers, and everyone who’s been following my webnovel release on Shousetsuka ni Narou. I hope you’re looking forward to the anime.
Well, as always, it’s now time to say goodbye. May we meet again in volume ten.
― Patora Fuyuhara
(via J-Novel Club)