I’ve talked a lot about light novels from Japan and wuxia novels, so I should also talk about light novels from Thailand, where I’m from.
I have mixed feelings about this book, and I’ll tell you why.
My Girlfriend from Russia (I don’t know what the official English title is so I’ll call it that) is a light novel published by Palo Publishing.
One day, Cha, a single romantic novelist received a phone call from his ex, asking him to meet up at her old house. There, he met Anastasia Yada Palov, a half-Thai-half-Russian elementary school girl who is his ex’s daughter. It turns out that his ex needed to go abroad to treat her illness, and asked Cha to take care of her daughter for the time being.
So… uh… do the organizers even know who he is? Do they even listen to him?
I don’t usually write posts like this, since this blog is for anime/manga/light novel stuff, but about six years ago this was a lifestyle blog so I guess this isn’t so out of place. I wanted to just forget this ever happened but I can’t listen to Andrea Bocelli peacefully after what I consider that the Thai organizers of the event have disrespected him. I have to get this out of my system. So, here’s what happened:
Thailand was famous among travelers for pirating famous movies and selling CDs/DVDs for 0.60 USD or less. The anime/manga portion of the country suffered no less, with pirated anime sites still amok. Although this has gotten better in recent years, with Thai scan groups and fansub groups actively deleting titles which had been licensed, we still see illegal circulation of some titles from time to time.
Here is the question though: why?
I’m no expert on this issue, but I used to be part of the problem and I’ll give my take on it.
After the success with Khun Phaen Khun Chang Nang Pim, Cartoon Thai Studio made another 18+ comic with another iconic misunderstood female in Thai literature: Kaki, the woman with 5 husbands.
Are you ready for some mid-air love making because The Raven Queen is going to give you one.
Kaki is perhaps the most beautiful woman on earth. Her alluring scent and luscious body is impossible to resist, but her beauty is a curse. It will bring about destruction to all men who are caught in its trap.
The little raven flutters its wings, yearning only to find its one and true love.