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Third Anniversary Giveaway Contest

Three years ago this week, Haikasoru launched with the publication of All You Need Is Kill and The Lord of the Sands of Time. Since then we’ve brought you the best in Japanese science fiction, fantasy, and horror, have experimented with hardcover releases and magical realism, brought you videogame tie-in novels for Ico and Metal Gear Solid and have even won a few awards. Heck, Good Luck, Yukikaze just received second place at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards over the weekend! And with our anthology The Future Is Japanese, we’ve started introducing original content!

To celebrate, we’re doing one of our famed giveaway essay contests! Just write a comment, in the comments section of this post, on the Haikasoru title you’ve enjoyed the most and why you liked it, and you may be among five lucky and talented winners will be able to select any Haikasoru title they want as their prize. (Make the little essay a good one; that’s how we judge the winners! This is not a random chance drawing!) We ship anywhere, and we read English, Japanese, Spanish, German, French, Greek, and Chinese. (And if you have all the Haikasoru titles already, I’ll flip you a copy of Genocidal Organ, which nobody has yet. We pick the winners on noon Friday, so get to typin’!



Not too many responses to this contest, which was a surprise to me since Ico, our last tie-in, had a very popular contest. Is it because you all pre-ordered your copies already? Anyway, the winners!

First up, Benjamin B. for the use of the term man-gasm. I was also intrigued by the idea of having to plug one’s controller into another slot to complete one of the MGS games!

Then, I liked Adonisus, for really capturing the spirit of gameplay: “As the entire game relies on stealth, there is some real tension when an enemy soldier walks right by you, when you’re literally only inches away from his line of sight.”

Then, Daniel B., a fellow soundtrack buff!

And finally, Anson, for his reference to cardboard boxes and childhood. We’ve all been there!

I’ll contact the winners via yahoo mail ( if winner forgot yahoo.com password, they can reset by this link). Thanks everyone, for playing. And one final note: the amazon.com page for Metal Gear Solid has been repaired.

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The METAL GEAR SOLID giveaway contest!

Here we are again, with another giveaway contest, and this one is for the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots.

The rules are simple. Answer this question in a comment to this post: “What’s so great about the Metal Gear series anyway?” I’m not a gamer, so be persuasive. If you want to express your love of MGS in the form of a poem or a snarky one-liner instead of a brief essay, or in Japanese or Spanish or German or French or Greek or Chinese, you may do so! You can also express a negative view of MGS if you like, but then what would you do with the book if you won it, eh? EH?

On Friday at noon Pacific time I’ll choose the four lucky and skilled winners. I don’t choose randomly; you’ll have to actually amuse or interest me with your tiny essay! And yes, we will ship the prize book anywhere in the world, so don’t think you’ll be left out if you’re not in the US.

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Snake is coming!

Metal Gear Solid translator Nathan Collins was in Japan recently, and look who tried to sneak up behind him while he was goofing around at retro video game store called Super Potato in Akihabara, Tokyo:

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On no, it’s Solid Snake!

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Don’t worry, in a plot twist worth of the video games, Nate and Snake are actually working together:

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The results of their collaboration, Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, will be out in June! It’s at the printer now!

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