鹿男あをによし

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☆ Nominee of Naoki Award, which is the highest honor of Japanese literature!
☆ Nominee of Bookstore Award which voted by bookstore clerks from all the bookstores in Japan!
☆ More than 200,000 readers’ recommendation!
☆ Nominee of “Ten books of the year that I cannot forget”. Special recommendation by Nikkei News.
☆ Adapted into television drama acted by Tamaki Hiroshi from “Nodame Cantabile”, and it won three awards including “Best Drama Award”

A deer talks to me with his unique low voice, “You are selected as a deliveryman, and you must bring back the ‘eyes’. Unless you do it successfully, or something seriously terrible will happen.”Although I really want to refuse the strange requirement, deer ears and deer horns grow on my head automatically. What on earth happens to me? “Master, Kanazuki has arrived! It is your turn!”

Do you believe that a deer can talk? When I realize that a deer is talking to me, I almost faint. However, the deer tells me that I have to bring back the treasure “eyes”. Nara deer, Kyoto fox, and Osaka mouse take turns every 60 years to protect the treasure.

“Why does it have to be me?”

“Because you are the one chosen by gods.”

“What on earth is the “eyes”? I still cannot accept.

“That is the treasure of the world, which keep protecting your life.” The deer said their mission is to use the treasure to “repress”. Since they conducted this mission, it has been 1800 years. It is the time that I have to bring back the thing from the fox.

However, when I finally conquer everything and bring back the “eyes”, the deer seems not to be satisfied, says him, “This is not the treasure! Master, you definitely have to bring the right thing back as soon as possible otherwise when October has passed, it will be too late!”

A nerdy young male teacher takes up a temporally teaching job in Nara as a senior high school teacher; however, he encounters a female student on the first day. Before he figures out what happens, he is assigned an important mission. The mission seems to be very simple originally, but it soon becomes a count-down adventurous challenge.

The stage was set in ancient Nara, from the place it starts a fantastic adventure which combines Japanese legends and history. The whole book is as imaginable as Hayao Miyazaki’s movie. Great ideas, deliberate structure, and vigorous details make the story full of humor. With deep understanding of our living environment and human existing, the author presents a touching story that makes you laugh and at the same time burst into tears by the trusting and caring spirit in it.

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万城目 学 (Memanabu Maki)
Born in Osaka, 1976, Memanabu Maki graduated from Kyoto University, Department of Law. Now he is living in Tokyo. His book “Kamogawa Horumo” wins the 4th “Boiled Eggs” New Author Award. After then, the book was nominated by “Bookstore Award” in 2007 which voted by bookstore clerks from bookstores all over the country. He was awarded the first prize of entertainment novel by “Magazine of Books” in 2006 and New Authors Award of “King’s Brunch” BOOK. The book therefore became a rising star among publishers. It is so much well-liked by media and readers, so it was adapted by movie and cartoon.
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