Mamare Touno (橙乃ままれ) is the author of the Log Horizon series, having previously written Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. When he is writing for a volume, he usually updates on Syosetu before he compiles it into a published volume. He dropped another work of his, Trattoria After School, for unspecified reasons after one volume and nine chapters in May 2015.
In April 2015, Mamare was charged with three years' worth of tax evasion. While it was initially written off as a mistake and the money paid off, in December 2015, police investigators reported that Mamare had done it on purpose, and had him prosecuted. In April 2016, he was given the sentence of ten months in prison, on a three-year suspension (in other words, if he remains on good behavior for the next three years, he won't serve jail time). In the news reports, his real name and age were also given out.
Touno himself is rather asocial and would probably be classified as a hikikomori. He usually writes about his relationship with his sister in the Afterword of volumes 1-5; in volumes 6, 7, and 8, he has written about his editor, F-ta.
Among the MMOs he has played, he listed Everquest 1/2, Ultima, and Online Diablo 1/2 as three of the major MMOs he drew inspiration from to create the world of Elder Tale. He has also played tabletop RPGs like DnD, as well as traditional video games like the Fire Emblem series (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War was his favorite).
Touno has had three question-and-answer sessions on 4chan; the first was to clarify Nureha's subclass, Courtesan, being less like a prostitute and more like the Japanese dayu. The second was after episode 10, and the third was after the first season finale.
|Geisha word that points to the job. Dayu is the best grade of geisha.|
Geisha was also made prostitution sometimes.
Okay, I'll write this in Japanese. Forgive this.
>Second season of Maoyu when?
>"What class would he play if he played Elder Tale?"
>Could you tell me more about druids? I want to know more about the class and the skills, please.
>>Is the manga any good? Only 1 chapter translated?
>How did you find your way here?
>Who is your personal favourite character in Log Horizon?
>Can an alchemist create drinks and alcohol or is that only a brewer thing?
>Will shiroe and akatsuki date?
>Wait so he has at least 2 charcters and the second one is called "Roetwo"?
>Are you considering an English release if Log Horizon will be popular or is that out of the question?
>I-im sorry for pirating your works and for being a poorfag.
>Which MMORPGS did you get inspiration from?
>Are economics and world building the things that you like to write in your series?
>ローズガーデン・プリンセスってなに？と、この人が知りたいです。 (Asking about the Rose Garden Princess subclass)
>I hope your work will be successful. Do BD/DVD matter or are only tv ratings important?
>Do you play many games outside of MMOs?
>Do you play Fire Emblem? Have you played Fire Emblem: Awakening? Who is your waifu?
>Do you know of any plans to release figures of
>Touno-san, why do you do not sleep at this hour?
>This is truly a nyanderful day.
|Good evening. Is Tounomamare.|
As promised, I visited again at the turning point # 10.
>>Who will win? (picture of Akatsuki and Minori)
>>Why wasn't Souji the first player to die, like in the West Wind Brigade spinoff? Would it have been too gory for NHK?
>>The history of Theldesia 350 years ago said that Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Alvs existed after the gods rebuilt Earth to half its surface area. Were those other three races created by those same gods?
>>Players are able to change subclasses, correct? Can you describe the process as if you were a player in the setting?
>>If a Guardian activates both Anchor Howl and Castle of Stone, does the attack from Anchor Howl work even though the Guardian is immobile from Castle of Stone?
>>Do the women statues in Episodes 9 and 10 represent anyone?
>>Will we see hybrid classes?
>>Can you tell us if there are any localization efforts for the series in other countries yet?
>>あなたは私たちのために、新しいニュースを持っていますか？ (Do you have any new news for us?)
The anime, Log Horizon, is currently broadcasting in America, France, China, and South Korea. It seems it's not too unpopular in these various countries.
Usually it is the author or anime's creator who receives support from the fans.
>>Q: Many believe, that your portrayal of PvP guilds and players in MMO is extremely shallow. Do you have expiriences with PvP? PKing? Guild warfare? Faction wars? Sandbox MMO PvP?
>>Do you have plans to localize the Log Horizon board game?
>>How much are you involved in making the anime? Do they ask your opinions much?
>>Can you confirm season 2 for Log Horizon, or is still negotiating with NHK?
>>How do you feel about the pacing of the anime? Do you like how they handled the Round Table Conference?
>>Q: round table conference was interesting. Guild drama is typically prevalent in MMOs. Especially ones with PVP. Where did you get your ideas from for these parts? Any past experience or stories?
>>Sensei, do you hate us for pirating?
>>Also I apologise if some people are rude, please ignore the trolls.
>>How do you feel about adaptation? Is NHK doing a good job? Are they cutting out much?
>>What is your favorite Japanese novel?
>>Mamare, XBOXONE or Play Station 4 or PC?
>>Can't wait to see the newbies fight in the animation
>>Do you have any ideas about your next series after Log Horizon, or is that still really far off?
>>my only question i would like answered is are the train tracks from japan still there in the half gaia project? fixing them up would create a great and safe pathway between cities and it would be exciting to see the people in akiba make a steam train.
>>What games do you like?
>>Q: What music do you listen to when you're working on Log Horizon?
>>Will there be less censorship on the Blu-rays? For instance more bloody fights or mob kills, for instance the light novels show that killing monsters are like killing animals and the killed monster would leave a corpse before turning into a bubble.
>>Mamare-sensei, do you watch Sword Art Online or .hack?
>>Akatsuki is my waifu. I guess what I'm trying to ask is, do I have your blessing as her creator to continue having Akatsuki as my waifu?
>>I'd just like to ask about the real-world props that got dragged into Log Horizon's world. For example, all those cars that we see covered in moss in the backgrounds, do they still have an engine? And is it possible for someone in their world to fix it, with the right subclass? A Mechanic, maybe?
>>Q: How are HP and Mana (MP) decided for each player? Is it based on their race or class?
>>Q: Do all subclasses grant extra skills like Akatsuki's 'Tracker' subclass?
>>Is there any plan to release the novels for Log Horizon in the UK? I would love to own them but I can't read Japanese.
>>Watching Nobunagun next season?
>>Are you a fan of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's works?
>>Mamare do you like monmusu
>>Tetra seems really cute. Will she get with Naotsugu?
>>Is your sister real?
>>Have you heard of the new MMO "Wildstar"? Have you tried it?
>>Are you still NEET, Mamare-san?
>>001 Can I move the game character between different servers at a time when the ancient tales were playing? Kanami could go to the European server?
>>002. What kind of ability in subclass "Pathfinder" from Hasegawa Naotsugu? And what he does not use them?
>>Speaking of which, will the international community receive a chance to develop items for Log Horizon?
>>Mamare-san, how many hours weekly do you spend playing MMO
>>Also a question, have you heard that your fans are fan translating your Light novels? Because we're enjoying them a lot.
>>Mamare-sensei, what is your favourite part of MMOs?
>>How will plumbing work in elder tales? Or other things that runs the city infrastructure, like electricity and such.
>>Question:How many Player will Join the Log Horizon guild?
>>Anyone know the NHK mail address to send the fan mail?
>>Are you pleased with how the anime is adapting your work? Is there anything that was skipped or changed that you don't like?
Yeah, I'm not unhappy with it, but...
The anime is being nationally broadcast, and as such there are also grade schoolers watching it.
Because of that, there have been several changes. That's also why there are very few sexy scenes of the heroines.
>>How long the novel volume you plan to write before it ends? I hate to see it stop half way like alot of author did. I do hope the novel volume are very long since the story are enjoyable to read at.
>>Q: Who is your favorite character in K-On?
>>Mamamare-san, do you like to cook? What is your favorite food?
>>Mamare san, do you enjoy Berserk?
>>Mamare, what is your favourite anime?
>>If Log Horizon was ever to become popular enough for NHK to put funding towards a real life game of Elder Tale, would you approve of it? I'm sure it'd be cool if it didn't break the fourth wall and had Shiroe as a character.
>>Are any of the characters based off of friends or people you know?
>>Q: will there plans to show and explain more of the subclasses that haven't been mention yet? like the vampire, beast tamer?
>>Question: What would be your reaction if Yoshiyuki Tomino would personally critizie your work and call it talentless and harmful?
>>How can us fans overseas show support and future demand for more seasons of Log Horizon? Are blu-ray sales the most important factor?
Of course the sales are the most important factor.
>>The Fox-Tail race loses primary class skills randomly with level ups. Was this just to balance out the higher beginner stats? Were there more reasons?
>>Jin Kisaragi (the person that translated these responses)
>>Do you have plans for any international collaboration on details, similar to your current arrangements with your Japan fanbase?
>>Could you give information on what is happening on the European Server?
>>Question: Would you let Yutaka Yamamoto adapt your works into anime?
>>Have you realized that through Internet Log Horizon has reached to people worldwide?
>>If it's an MMO, why did everyone name their characters so seriously? I mean there is noone like "XxX_Arhas_XxX" around. Considering that there is too much people on the server, you'd have a hard time naming your character.
>>Q: Are the NPCs and Adventurers able to have children together?
>>Does Krusty ever arouse you when you write about him? He arouses me when I read about in.
>>Waiting for the scrubs arc in novel 8!
>>Q: Is there any character in Log Horizon that is based on yourself? Or any character that you can self-insert into easily?
>>Q: Do you also enjoy DATABASE DATABASE LIVING IN THE DATABASE WOW WOW, Sensei? I love that song. How did you choose that song?
>>How close are the actors and actresses voicing your characters to the voices you imagined when writing them?
>>Which Touhou character is your waifu?
>>Mamare-sensei, serious question: Why do Shiroe, Krusty and Henrietta adjust their glasses so much? Are the glasses buggy?
>>Q: C85 is slowly approaching. Are you looking forward to the incoming fan material that's gonna be produced about Log Horizon? How about a lewd doujin here and there?
>>Any chances that we get figmas for Naotsugu?
>>Q: Will there come a point that the LN plot (aka Shiroe's story), and Kanami's story (aka the web side story) intersect? Or will they remain separate? Because it would be... interesting to see how Shiroe and his friends tackle the ‹Genius› monster dillema.
>>Its obvious that Naotsugu and Maryelle will get together eventually, will you portrait in the novels in a obvious way or you plan to take the subtle approach and give slight hints about it?
>>Teacher Mamare, what system would you use for your Log Horizon Tabletop RPG?
>>Mamare-sensei, is the reason why the gaiden have hard time getting published due to the certain turtle ninja?
>>I have a question for you: Would you consider making an appearance at international anime conventions or festivals?
>>What does your imouto think of Log Horizon? In the volume 4 afterword you mentioned that she bought it too.
>>Q: Do you think Crunchyroll is the future of anime in foreign countries in getting money to you quickly, sensei? A lot of anonymous apparently use it to support your works from overseas.
>>Q: Who's got the bigger size, Demon Queen or Maryelle?
>>Q: Do you have megane fetish?
>>Q: Are Assassins the only class with the ability to quickly vanish from active combat? Or does the Tracker subclass allow it?
>>Mamare-san, can people create modern technology like guns or television if they have a high enough skill and real-life knowledge?
>>Q: As you can see, the OP is very popular. DATABASE, WOWWOW, have become memes. What do you think of the OP?
>>do you still play EQ2 sir mamare ? if yes in which server ? i'd like to play with you sometimes : D
>>Secondly, if an Adventurer were to just dump all the weapons in their inventory out on the ground, could they wield any of those weapons normally by just picking them up?
>>Q: We will get a second season of the anime, right? RIGHT?
>>Before the Catastrophe, how were EXP pots restricted for trade to other characters?
>>Mamare-sensei, are you planning on explaining the reason why they got stuck inside the game? Or is it explained later in the novels?
>>Q. Who is your waifu?
>>Q. What is your favorite anime of all time?
>>Beach Episode when?
>>What do you think of Minori's Voice Actress? I her voice is really cute.
>>Is there any plan for the story in the American server ? in the main story or in "gaiden".
>>What's your opinion about the anime as well? If given the chance to choose your preference, would you have chosen another anime studio to do your LN series?
>>Mamare-san, who is your favourite character in Non Non Biyori? I like Koma-chan.
>>Hi Mamare-sensei. Do certain servers have specific classes? For example, in North America, it would not make sense to have a Samurai.
>>How is religion treated in Elder Tale world Mamare san?
>>Mamare-sensei, if you could play Elder Tales, what class and subclass would you be?
>>How many hours your work per day?
>>Why does Japan have a population problem? Is it connected to anime?
>>Q. Mamare-san, what's your favorite Gundam?
>>1) How are class armor and weapon restrictions handled now that the world has changed? For example: If a mage attaches plate / mail armor onto their robe, does that allow them to still equip the armor, and if so, does it apply any negative effects?
>>2) Are there any weapons which have more than one weapon type, like a sword that is also a magical device, or a spear that has the properties of a blunt weapon like a halberd?
>>3) Are there crossbows in the world of Elder Tale and can they be equipped by players?
>>4) Do adventurers age at all?
>>6) Do the different races of adventurers have special racial abilities or more proficient at certain types of combat than other races? (Elves at archery, half-alvs with magic, etc)
>>Q: If someone creates a hang-glider flying apparatus would it be possible for a magician to use air spells and keep it floating indefinately sort of like an airplane?
have a Nyanderful day!
|Good evening. Everyone of 4ch.|
>>Mamare, thank you for everything that you've written. I love all of it. :D
>>こんにちは～ (Good afternoon~)
>>I enjoyed this very much. You can expect at least one blu ray sale from me. Maybe even Light novel sales.
>>Do you know when the soundtrack from the anime will be released, if at all?
>>Congratulations on the second season Mamare-sensei
>>Tell me more about Giraffe-tan, Sensei. I must know all.
>>We're getting an Akatsuki nendoroid right?
>>Do you wear glasses? And if so, how do you adjust them?
>>Do you have a release planned for the TRPG?
Sorry for mixing it [the English] with Japanese.
>>Can you negotiate with intelligent demihumans like The Goblin King?
>>I want to ask, who is your favorite character pairing?
>>Thanks for writing Log Horizon, I loved it, (and the anime too, but it's toned down a bit because NHK, but I don't care...)
>>When did NHK decide to green lit it and how much did crunchyroll/international audiences influence the decision?
>>Do you have any idea on when the results of the new server classes you asked people to make will come out?
>>I would like to ask, what will S2 cover? Will it be 25 episodes? Will it include contents from West Wind Brigade and HoneyMoon Logs manga?
>>Will you be more involved in this next season? Do you know how long it will be? I am concerned of course. I'm writing every day. Reid (sic) battle, tactics, growth!
>>I wish to marry Nureha.
>>Do you have the entire story planned, all the way to the end?
>>Which anime, manga, and light novels are your biggest influences?
>>When do you think Volume 8 will be released?
>>mamare san, is the map that is shown in this post:
>>What real burger does the Crescent Burger taste most like?
>>How much do you love Akatsuki?
>>Mamare-san, who is your favorite character in your series?
>>Will the fairy rings be useful again?
>>Who's the physically strongest character? Would Nyanta be able to defeat Krusty or Isaac in a one-on-one duel?
>>What is the name of Krusty's cat?
>>Was Isaac a yakuza boss IRL?
>>What's the situation on Australia? Are there dungeons ridden with horrible spiders and such?
>>What do special classes like Sword Saint and Dragon Slayer provide in terms of skills?
>>What is your favorite TRPG (Tabletop RPG)?
>>Hug your imouto tell her you love her report back what happened.
>>Mamare - why did shiroe choose to be an enchanter and akatsuki an assassin?
>>Touno-sensei, what anime will you watch next season?
>>I need these figures, Mamare-sensei! Lenessia is too cute!
>>ログホライズンのアニメが人気になったから、もし外伝とか、アニメオリジナルストリーなどのもうひとつのシリーズが造られたらどう思いますでしょうか？ (Since the anime of Log Horizon is popular, what do you think if Gaiden series or original content anime was made?)
>>Question: What do you think of us?
>>Just want to say congrats to the anime team for all their hard work.
>>How did your sister react to the season 2 announcement?
>>Holy shit! I didn't know anybody really read those [The Belgariad] but me! Is it pretty popular in Japan or something? Because it's not too popular here at all.
>>Will tetra appear on season2?
>>You're obviously aware of the foreign anime community on sites like 4chan, but are normal Japanese anime fans aware of the foreign anime community? And if so, how do they feel about it?
Everyone, thank you for your support. Log Horizon was able to finish S1 of the anime in a special and happy way without issues.
To everybody in 4chan. See you again!
- When writing chapters, he enjoys listening to music, especially Yun*chi's "your song", the ending for Log Horizon season 1.
- Mamare has a pixiv account, although he has been inactive since 2014. He has drawn art of his editor, known as F-ta, Henrietta, Isuzu, Upashi, and a mascot from Rerorero Railroad, the show that preceded the Log Horizon anime while it was airing.