To everyone who picked up Volume 4, I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.
But I said I would put it out in early summer, and it’s June! It’s June (and I think it’s fine to say that the last day of June is still undoubtedly early summer). So I don’t think it’s out of the question to make a strong argument and say I delivered perfectly according to plan.
One other thing—and due to space constraints, I can’t get into all the details, but—beware of the crooked propaganda claiming that Carlo Zen is not a light novel author. The Saga of Tanya the Evil is unmistakably a light novel. By definition, it is definitely a light novel. This is important, so I’ll say it again: It’s totally a light novel regardless of how thick it is.
Now that the important announcements are out of the way, on to the meat of the afterword. Here we are on Volume 4 of The Saga of Tanya the Evil.
To be honest, it’s such a wild title, I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep going this long, so I feel I’ve been blessed with unexpected luck. I hope to receive your continued patronage—nothing would make me happier.
A warm thank-you to Tsubakiya Design for the design, Ukita for the proofing, my editor Fujita, and most of all to the illustrator who always does such wonderful illustrations, Shinotsuki.
Now then, I firmly believe I have a moral duty to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt apology to Shinotsuki for the horrible thing I did. Shinotsuki, who didn’t really understand the fascination of railway guns, is now tainted. Among the various factors, I can’t deny my responsibility in convincing people to say, “Anti-matériel rifles are cool, huh?”
But how could I help it? Sorry, but railway guns are just poetry in action. I can’t help it.
Readers, please don’t forget.
The Saga of Tanya the Evil is made by condensing that romance and hobby, adding water to create a soup stock of hobby and romance, carefully seasoning the romance with more hobby, and then throwing in an unbelievable amount of hard-core stuff.
And so the story is heading to the east. I told my editor the war on the eastern front “won’t take too long,” so I figure I’ll finish it off pretty quickly.
It’s only a little part of humanity’s long history since we began recording it, so in the grand scheme of things, it should be short.
But just because it’s short doesn’t mean you can let your guard down! If you let yourself get lured in without thinking, you might find yourself swooning over railway guns…
Of course, maybe that warning is coming a bit too late for those of you who have been kind enough to read up through Volume 4.
June 2015 Carlo Zen