Dreams should have no age limit, and an 81-year-old light novel author from Nagano prefecture stands as proof, as he’s made it past the preliminary selection stage for the MF Bunko J Light Novel Rookie of the Year Awards. The Kadokawa division Media Factory sponsor the annual writing competition which, this year, brought a pleasant surprise for regular followers.
The author in question is Takeharu Otsuki, with his entry Neko ga Mita (The Cat Saw It). While we’d love to see him go on and win, he’s up against some fierce competition, with 488 other entrants from the age of 16 upwards all vying for the esteemed newcomer’s prize. The winner will be awarded with three million yen in cash, but also the opportunity to publish the victorious work under the MF Bunko J label, known for publishing Re:ZERO, The Familiar of Zero and No Game No Life. The judges are currently reviewing the applications for the second phase of screening, and we wish Otsuki-san the best of luck in the rest of the competition.