This is out of the blue. I don’t usually shop at Amazon that often and I prefer to shop via smaller markets to show support. It has come to my attention that if you are light novel fanatic, you might have to shop through a different market. Yen Press announced on Twitter that the light novel series No Game No Life will be pulled out from the Amazon shopping site. It’s unknown why Amazon did this, but you can no longer buy this series from them; this includes digital and print formats. Instead if you want to purchase the No Game No Life novels, you’ll need to shop on sites that sells light novels such as Rightstuf, Barnes and Nobles or other places.
Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend.
So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts – even those involving national borders – are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…!
I haven’t read or watched this series, but from the synopsis I’m not sure what the hell Amazon might have a problem with in it. Doesn’t even sound like anything controversial. Then again, maybe that isn’t the reason, but since Amazon carries just about everything I can’t think of another reason.
I never got into to the series and so far I haven’t heard any controversial news. From I understand, the series is good to some fans. Maybe it’s just business and there is no specific reason.
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The rumour going around at the moment is that they’re slowly removing titles that sexualise young/young looking girls. I think some other tithes have since disappeared too, like Eromanga Sensei.
If that’s true, then I’d imagine the anime adaptions will be next. I suspect we’ll see less and less series with ‘loli’ characters available on Amazon in the West as a result.
That make sense. Besides the content I hear, I can imagine Amazon not wanting to promote this series. If Amazon does do this on the anime, it’s going to make fans turn away and use another retailer. Amazon has standards and if they don’t that in the markets, there is not much we can do.
This isthe thing, isn’t it? People will simply buy these specific products elsewhere, and Amazon has a right to choose what they allow on their platform. It’ll all work itself out.
Yeah it’s not the only place to buy books. We have a plethora of sites that can be purchased. I guess Amazon is going to be a little bit strict on what’s being sold through the markets.
It actually had been in other formats already. It’ll pull self published titles of they don’t meet certain guidelines I believe.
I see. Well that stinks for Amazon users. I wonder how far are they’re going to go with other titles.