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With this, the 7th volume of " Magian Company" has concluded.

How was it? I hope you enjoyed it.

The fact that the main character has become too strong has been one of the biggest issues in writing this series.

I'm sure there are many of you right now saying "Really, just now!?", but please, bear with me for a moment.

One of the original themes for this series was to have a "protagonist who is unmatched in terms of sheer power face obstacles that cannot be solved by brute force alone". As the author, the drama so far ─it has turned into a drama, hasn't it?─ has been to follow along with this concept.

The "obstacles that cannot be overcome by force" are the existing social structure, and the political and economic powers that drive it, as well as the preconceived notions and prevailing norms that took root in the zeitgeist of society as a whole.

However, our protagonist has progressed to the point where he has attained economic and political power, taken steps toward social change, and is even breaking the yoke of conventional notions and common sense through his heroic, or demon king-like depending on who you ask, activities. And now there is the dilemma, "where to find an antagonist for the hero," which is a not too rare occurrence in heroic stories.

The easiest and most straightforward approach would be to "inflate the power of the villain or rival to match or exceed that of the protagonist." That not only happens with light novels, but other genres also, like mysteries and science fiction. I personally believe that is a lazy solution, inflating the main character's strengths to overcome every adversary's even more inflated power, will eventually snowball and the series won't last more than three volumes.

Nevertheless, introducing an enemy with comparable destructive power to that of the protagonist in this particular series setting would be extremely problematic. A head-on collision between such an enemy and the protagonist would be a "no-win situation" in which, be it friend or foe, no one would survive.

Then I thought of [Gjallarhorn] which was left behind by the "Kla-Klo". I think most of my readers won't need me to fill in the blanks, but in a nutshell, it is based on the horn of Heimdall, the "The Whitest of the Gods," which heralds the "Twilight of the Gods" in Norse mythology. Please look forward to Volume 8 to see it in action with more details.

Same, or maybe even more needless to say, the "Kla-Klo" that appears in the Kalachakra Tantra has nothing to do with Norse mythology ─at least, not that I recall.

While the characters poke fun at the "Mu" and "Lemuria" stories in the story, I must admit that I myself am quite fond of both concepts. I have even fantasized that the Mu civilization was a maritime civilization made up of a very dense confederacy of islands in the Pacific Ocean. I once fantasized that the Mu civilization was a maritime civilization of a very dense federation of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Of course, there was no evidence in that daydream (laughs).

On the topic of questionable information, I sit on the side that believes the Jindai-moji, the ancient Japanese characters, are genuine. A number of arguments were raised against the Jindai-moji, such as that the ancient Japanese language had more vowels than modern Japanese, but I support the theory that these vowels were used to represent foreign words and were not the original vowels of the Japanese language. ...All that said, I don't think my support adds any valuable weight to the debate.

Well, I'm afraid I've run out of topics for now.

Thank you very much again for your continued support. I hope to see you again in Volume 8.\

(Satou Tsutomu)


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