Japanese Literature Class adds “Sword Art Online” Light Novel to Syllabus

At Aichi University of Education, Japanese Literature professor Hirose Masahiro has implemented the popular Sword Art Online light novels into the class’ syllabus. According to Professor Masahiro, the light novel series believes Reki Kawahara’s (author of the series) use of multiple world settings and different character perspectives should be taught in class. While not necessarily new concepts in literature, the fact that the series is so popular while still having significance in literature makes it a prime teaching tool for college students.

According to the syllabus, the class will only cover the first two volumes in the SAO light novel series. For those that don’t like SAO, the class is meant to teach techniques of writing and similar themes used in other works of writing rather than what popular light novel series is superior so no need to get all uppity about it.

(As a side note, for those learning Japanese, the SAO light novels are pretty easy to read with few difficult kanji throughout. It’s definitely interesting enough to make learning a new language less tedious.)


Source: Otanews

English source: Crunchyroll

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  1. I think SAO was probably the worst series they could have chosen. SAO is one of the most poorly written series I’ve ever had the pain of reading (and watching). Sure, it might teach the a few things, but it is undoubtedly going to teach them how to write some crap too.

  2. Well i guess that’s your opinion not the fact, I mean 16.700.000 copies was sold !! You are the one who should pick the crap and…. you know what to do xd

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