Sunday, February 16, 2014

Persona x Detective Naoto: Afterword


picture thanks to herrDoktorat; if unknown original source wants credit, let me know!


Looking back now that it’s over, I realized this incident is a “crossroads of life”.  For me, it was surely a “crossroads of life” when I received the request for this work from the chief editor.

The story I received was a “Persona x Dengeki Bunko” collaborative project with seriously high, 120% expectations.  It came as an unreasonable, big surprise that really thrilled me, as an author fresh off his debut.

Even so, the reason I took on this project is because I really love “Persona 4”.  I was also convinced it would be an irreplaceable experience for me.

To tell the truth, the days since I took on this work were a series of discoveries.  Game and novel.  There were new, refreshing approaches to production, and everything was a learning experience.  I feel like I learned much while working with everyone in the Persona team and was able to mature as an author.

Katsura Hashino-san, who pointed me in the right direction when I was lost; Yuuichirou Tanaka-san, who gave me detailed advice on the setting; Shigenori Soejima-san, who drew wonderful designs; Shuuji Sogabe-san, who provided lively illustrations; and everyone else at Index.  Also Eguchi-san and Honda-san of ASCII Media Works.  Dengeki Bunko’s Oyama-san and the chief editor Kumeta-san and all the people who helped with this work.  I am truly grateful.

When I think about it, I was supported by such distinguished people.  My heart is deeply moved.  I’m very happy.  I’m really glad I became an author.

It doesn’t seem like I’ll easily repay my debt to everyone.  Please give me some time.  Looking back now, I think I dedicated myself as the author Natsuki Mamiya so that I would be worthy of your help.

I’ve left the most important thing for last.

This completed work, “Persona x Detective Naoto”, exists for you readers more than anyone.  If you enjoyed it even just a little, there could be no greater honor.

I look forward to the day we meet again.  This has been Natsuki Mamiya.


  1. I'd like to thank you for this!
    Just by the way, I've put all your translations together into a PDF and EPUB (so I can read it on my eReader), just in case you've any problem with that.

  2. Yes, thanks to the author & translator for the amazing story.