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Kamachi signature from the 25th anniversary celebration of Dengeki Bunko.[1]

Kamachi Kazuma (鎌池和馬 Kamachi Kazuma?) is a Japanese light novel author and the original creator of the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novel series and its spin-off manga series, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun and Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator. He also actively works on the manga and anime adaptations of both Index and Railgun, and has worked on other related media such the original plot of the PSP games.

As he uses a pen name,[2] his real name and identity is as of yet unknown.

CareerEdit

Before becoming the famous writer of the Index light novel series, Kamachi wrote a story entitled Schrödinger's City (シュレディンガーの街 Shuredingā no Machi?) as an entry in the 9th Dengeki Game Novel Prize; unfortunately, his submission failed to reach past the third selection stage of the said competition.[3] However, his story caught the attention of the editor-in-chief of Dengeki, and Kamachi later becomes in-charge in writing the book Kaite-minai ka? (書いてみないか?? lit., Want to Try Writing?), which becomes his debut as a professional writer.[3]

BackgroundEdit

Kamachi's identity has been shrouded in mystery. He has little to no media exposure, and like many novelists, uses an avatar — a face created from simple shapes like circles or oblongs — as a picture in his publications, often describing himself as "a new author hoping to take the most unmotivated author picture in the world" as a self-introduction in his debut work.[4] Haimura Kiyotaka, the illustrator of the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novels has once thought of him as "delicately sports-minded"[5], while the author of the Toradora! light novels, Takemiya Yuyuko, upon meeting the author personally, was surprised to discover him as "younger than expected"[6].

Kamachi began writing novels while he was still studying as a junior high school student. However, his works were not finished until he graduated from high school.[6]

WorkEdit

Kamachi considers writing novels as his pastime, and he takes joy in doing so; in fact, he is noted for his very quick pace of writing. This exemplified by volume 2 of the Index novels which was written at the behest of his editor, and was forced to complete it in 17 days.[7] He is also extremely prolific, apparently managing to write for two of his light novel series on schedule, and at the same time writing for other side projects. Indeed, even Miki Kazuma, editor of the Toaru Majutsu no Index novels, has noted the amount of output he has in his autobiography.[8]

On holidays, he plans on the progress on the plot and prepares manuscripts. Kamachi also takes some time to research on materials for the light novels.[9]

List of worksEdit

LiteratureEdit

Light novelsEdit

  • Toaru Majutsu no Index (とある魔術の禁書目録?) (2004-2010) (light novels, original creator)
  • Heavy Object (ヘヴィーオブジェクト?) (2009, ongoing) (light novels, original creator)
  • Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index (新約 とある魔術の禁書目録?) (2011, ongoing) (light novels, original creator)
  • The Zashiki Warashi of Intellectual Village (インテリビレッジの座敷童?) (2012-2015) (original creator)
  • A Simple Survey (簡単なアンケートです?) (2012) (light novel, original creator)
  • The Marriage Circumstances of Waltraute-san (ヴァルトラウテさんの婚活事情?) (2012) (light novel, original creator, published in Dengeki Bunko Magazine)
  • A Simple Monitoring (簡単なモニターです?) (2013) (light novel, original creator)
  • The Unexplored Summon://Blood Sign (未踏召喚://ブラッドサイン?) (2014-2019) (light novels, original creator)
  • Toaru Majutsu no Heavy na Zashiki-warashi ga Kantan na Satsujinki no Konkatsu Jijou (とある魔術のへヴィー座敷童が簡単な殺人妃の婚活事情 A Certain Magical Heavy Zashiki-Warashi Deals With a Simple Killer Princess' Marriage Circumstances?) (2015) (light novel, original creator)
  • The Weakness of the Level-Cap Sword Saint Beatrice Who Aggravated the Strongest: Its Name is "Booboo" (最強をこじらせたレベルカンスト剣聖女ベアトリーチェの弱点 その名は「ぶーぶー」?) (2016-2019) (light novels, original creator)
  • I No Longer Know How To Define N and Fantasy (俺にはもうNとファンタジーの定義が見えない?) (2019) (light novel, original creator)
  • Sorcery Hacker: Reveal the Magical Vulnerability (魔導ハッカー〉〉暴け、魔法の脆弱性を Madō Hakkā Abake, Mahō no Zeijaku-sei o?) (2019) (light novel, original creator)
  • Apocalypse Witch (アポカリプス・ウィッチ?) (2019) (light novel, original creator)
  • When The Cute Kunoichis Spied on Their Teacher's Secret (美少女くノ一ちゃん達がせんせーのヒミツを覗いてみた結果?) (2019) (light novel, original creator)
  • Shin Kaku Gi Kou and the 11 Destroyers (神角技巧と11人の破壊者 Shin Kaku Gi Kou to 11-nin no Hakaisha?) (TBA) (writer)

Web novelsEdit

  • The Zashiki Warashi of Intellectual Village: Jinnai Shinobu's Apocalypse (Web novel, released as part of the Kamachi Kazuma 10th Anniversary Celebration)
  • My Vampire Older Sister and Zombie Little Sister Have Gotten Into a Pretty Serious Fight…Only in Virtual Reality Though (吸血鬼の姉とゾンビの妹が割とガチで掴み合っているけどどうしましょう……ヴァーチャルでだけど?) (2016) (web novel, original creator, published in the official Kamachi Kazuma website in Dengeki Bunko)
  • Magisterus Bad Trip (マギステルス・バッドトリップ?) (2018, ongoing) (web novel, original creator, published in Kakuyomu)

Short publicationsEdit

  • Killer Princess and Deep End (殺人妃とディープエンド?) (Published in Dengeki h)
  • Killer Device and Never End (殺人器とネバーエンド?) (Published in Dengeki hp Vol.37)

Tribute collaboration projectsEdit

UnpublishedEdit

  • Schrödinger's City (シュレディンガーの街?) (Submitted to the 9th Dengeki Game Novel Award)

MangaEdit

AnimeEdit

Video gamesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Kamachi once used a picture of an orange with a face on it, all made using circles or other shapes, as an avatar during the first five volumes of the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novels. Since Volume 06, he has switched to a much simpler avatar: various faces created from circles and/or rectangles.
    • As of New Testament, Kamachi began using various photos as an avatar instead of simple shapes.
    • His real life identity is still unknown.

See alsoEdit

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