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The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  453 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A college student spends an evening out, unwittingly attracting the attention of various men whose paths she crosses. One in particular, an upperclassman who has been nursing a crush on her for some time, has chosen this night to make his true feelings known.

Will the two come together, or will this girl just keep on walking...?
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Yen On (first published 2006)
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Tim
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last year I read a book by Tomihiko Morimi titled Penguin Highway. I did not like that book. It had elements that were clever, but aspects were just dreadful. It was a major disappointment as I was extremely excited about Morimi being translated into English finally. He's a very successful author in Japan and I have enjoyed many of his works that have been translated to film and anime. That said, I ordered his next book being released, the one one you are now reading a review for.

Why? Because I
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Kate
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5/5stars

First read of 2021 and... An unfortunate 2.5 stars.

Was really looking forward to this one, but unlike the cover, this was not very fantastic at all. Rather than being magical or surreal or interesting, we basically see the same story 4 times and watch characters get intoxicated and get into weird situations because of it. That's about it... Which is not necessarily a story I wanted to read 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Tran
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, japan
Around Feb 2019, I went to a cinema in Central Sydney to check out an animated film called Night is Short, Walk on Girl. That was also my first exposure with films directed by Masaaki Yuasa and I was immediately blown away by his free and wild style of animation. The film was said to be "inventively animated, boldly creative, and refreshingly ambitious" by the critics and it won the 41st Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

I love the film and have watched it several times. For the same
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Trent Bowditch
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the best books I have read all year.
I love how clear the story is. I think everyone should read this book; chapters 3 and 4 really sell this novel. Give it a chance and I am sure you'll fall in love with it. The characters are great, and the bizarre situations are entertaining.

Side note: ***Spoilers*** Expressing what I like about chapters 3 and 4 so much.

As much as I enjoyed chapters 1 and 2. It is in chapter 3 that I was enveloped in Morimi's world. I fell in love with the gue
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Kaffeeklatsch and Books
This was pretty awful (the groping part), confusing and the writing was all over the show. I still don't know what the book wanted to portray exactly.

The only thing this could be good for is a drinking game. Every time you read the word "drink" or "drinking" you drink. You won't stand a chance.

I'm a big Haruki Murakami fan and like the Nakano Thrift shop, but this is nothing like the Japanese writing that I like.
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Jean
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Japanese fantasy read like manga and anime. The writing is vivid and colourful, so you can easily imagine the scene in your head. Though you might need some knowledge about Japanese cultures to do that. Obviously the author is a bookworm as lots of references to famous literature.
Joanie
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Or maybe we think it's a coincidence, but it's just that we can't see the tangled threads of fate."

Whimsical Japanese magical realism is my favorite genre, and this book doesn't disappoint. Fate, time, emotions, introspective thought, and Japanese mythology, dance around this story, like colored carp streamers in the wind. The interwoven perspectives of the dreamer girl and the pessimistic but persistent boy braid together into a connective red thread. Was it a forced coincidence? Or was it fat
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Robert
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was very unsure if I really wanted to read this book or not. It seemed like for each positive review on Goodreads there was also a negative one. As most positive reviews were from people who watched the anime movie, let me tell you that I rate this book with the score you can see above without having seen the movie - all I did was watch the trailer to help me decide whether to read this book or not, and in hindsight, the trailer really doesn't do this amazing and magical book justice ...more
Kim Koserski
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, japanland
A bizarre and delightful tale!
Elaine
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Night is Short, Walk on Girl.

I was thrilled when my request was approved; I love all things Japan, the culture, the food, the history, and I'm always interested in reading Japanese authors whose works have been translated for an American audience.

I wasn't sure what to expect from The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, since I've never read this author before but the premise sounded romance-y.

But, the story wasn't as straightforward as I expected.
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Princess
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I chose to pick up this book because I first saw the animated film, though I wasn’t able to finish it because it had a lot of trippy and fantastical scenes that was a bit confusing for me. I thought that I would better understand the content if I read the novel.

Same as with the film, there is a lot of silliness contained in this novel. I think that a reader’s enjoyment of this book would really depend on his/her tolerance for all things silly. I, for one can’t recommend this to just anyone. It’
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mikai
"Do all you can and then wait for providence."

The book has 4 chapters that shows the adventure of the main characters through their own perspective, with the girl towards many possibilities, and with the guy who's chasing for her (since he's nursing a crush on her), A lot of missed encounters and plot's convenience of fate / God's plot convenience were made for the two.

Although it took me months to finish this, it was an entertaining read. The story was a bit slow and confusing at first due
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Nicholas Sandoval
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy magical realism than this novel might fit the bill for you. This is a really adorable and funny story set across four major events for the main characters. I enjoy getting each perspective as the author goes back and forth between the two main characters points of view. I found myself smiling a lot at the silliness that accompanies the female main character.
Shuri
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the setting and the characters in this book but more than anything, I loved the way the author wrote the story. In my opinion, the language was a bit formal(?) or humble for some characters but I think that made the story more interesting. Because I knew some parts of Kyoto that appears in this book, it was easier for me to picture the girl strolling down the cities of Kyoto.
Jasmin S.
"Do what you can, step-by-step."

I didn't know what to make of this at first, but it turned into quite an oddly endearing read. This is my second Morimi, and I must admit that I do have a weird fondness for his writing. I can't really describe it, but it's really lovely and lively. As for the plot here I can't say it drew me in, but the way Morimi leads us through it, makes it kind of irrelevant, because it's written so wonderfully expressive, that it feels like a treat nonetheless. 3.5/5
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Whitney
This was my book club’s February pick. It was a bit of a weird book. In the end, I was pulled in by the wait for the two main characters to finally really meet. A weird read, but still intriguing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jenn Odd
Although a magical read full of quirky characters, twists and turns, the author clearly doesn't have a very high opinion of men. All men are perverts who love porn and groping women-is one of the main takeaways from this book. (I hope it's just the author projecting...)

My other complaint (related to the first) is that the main character is completely unlikable. He spends most of his time stalking the woman he has a crush on (who he's put on a massive pedestal) and gets angry and annoyed at liter
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Ellie
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enchantingly whimsical and beautiful; we follow a maiden during her misadventures. Encountering various curious characters, gods and possible monsters, a delightful tale of love and living to the fullest is weaved.

Needless to say, I read this in a day, enthralled and endeared by this novel, I fell in love.
Shoroug
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm pretty sure this is my least favorite book of the year; in fact, I feel like I'm already having a slump thanks to how disappointing this book was.

I love Japanese books but somehow, they've become hit or miss with me recently, I got into this one very excited thinking it was a cute romance story that would make me smile and give me butterflies, spoiler alert my expectations weren't met.
The night is short, walk on girl is so peculiar but not in a fun or interesting way at all, at least for me.
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Elizabeth Quinlan
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after watching the movie three times because I just had to know what sort of prose was developed into such a wonderful movie. Turns out it's prose that's extremely easy to read, being broken up into a lot of small sections, alternating the perspective between a male upperclassman and his crush. You have to hand it to Tomihiko Morimi, for an author who never mentions either of the protagonists' names, he did a good job distinguishing the two perspectives.
I especially loved the
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Ayacchi
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I was intrigued with the cover several years ago and thought it'd be an incredible read. So when I got the book on hand, I really wanted to read it.

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is a story about a short black hair maiden in her early days of university and a senior in her club. This clubmate has a crush in her but has no enough confidence to talk to her, so he makes opportunities to be at the same places with her.
"Do all you can and then wait for providence.

It has 4 main events set in 4 d
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Kelly
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I picked up this book after seeing the film adaptation by the same name which is done in the gorgeous art style of the cover art. I would recommend both the book and the film, but with the caveat that they are both VERY odd.

Odd enough that you'll genuinely find yourself wondering: What IS this?

In answer, this novel is a picaresque story with elements of magical realism featuring specific aspects of Japanese culture (a detailed Kyoto setting most prominently) loosely following the outlandish ef
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ポピ
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A cute slice of life anime style romance story with fantastical elements.
The writing was 5/5. Could not fault it whatsoever. However the story was not as exciting as I would have liked.
This book read like alternating diary entries. It is about a girl who journeys through small adventures in life, meeting friends along the way, and a boy who watches her from behind the scenes longing to be with her. It takes place in Kyoto over a span of 6 months.
Honestly I found the male protagonist to be a l
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John
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: light-novels
We begin with an unnamed university girl who leaves a wedding to begin an alcohol fueled pub crawl. She is sexually assaulted, but gratefully so (WTF!?!), as it introduces her to some new, interesting individuals. We continue with a university boy who is senior to the girl. He spends the better part of a year stalking the girl through a quartet of interconnected vignettes. Coincidentally enough, it concludes with a highly communicable contagion. The most interesting part is this last chapter as ...more
Alison Fincher
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is an essentially simple story. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy chases girl. Girl is oblivious.

Simple. Until you add in the triple-decker train, a tengu demon, and the God of Used Book Fairs. As in Morimi’s other novel published in English, Penguin Highway, the real in The Night Is Short… is fundamentally magical.

More at ReadJapaneseLiterature.com.
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Kamil
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the simple boy-chases-girl premise, this is an imaginative, fun read that brings elements of fantasy to the streets of Kyoto. Morimi tells the story from the perspective of both protagonists, setting the stage for the many missed connections that drive the plot. A brisk pace and countless internal allusions tie together an entertaining support cast through the book's four main sections/episodes. Packed with cultural and literary references, this will be an epic task for whoever tackles t ...more
Laura
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books, favs
I've read this book after watching the movie and at first I was a bit perplexed because the first chapter was identical to what I had seen in the movie. However, as I kept reading I fell in love with the lightness of the writing, with the characters, and with every single episode. I think the first chapter is probably the most nonsensical of the entire book and this may faze those readers who aren't used to dreamlike plots, so maybe it's not a book that can be appreciated by everyone. Neverthele ...more
Chance
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A very clever novel from two perspectives. I love the four-part structure, and the secondary characters are really interesting and lovable. The prose here is just serviceable, my guess is that the translation is overly literal and doesn’t convey a lot of the personality. I am a big fan of the Masaaki Yuasa film and would recommend this to those who liked the film and are curious to learn more about the adaptation; they did an impressive job!
Fey
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the anime and The Tatami Galaxy just as much, but the book somehow disappointed me. I could not follow the plot or character development too well (and yes, I know it's supposed to be chaotic and that's the beauty of it) and that got me thinking, maybe I am reading too little fiction nowadays and my fiction focus is slowly worsening, maybe a lot of the plot is lost in translation or maybe visuals and dialogues are simply a better channel for Tomihiko Morimi's art. ...more
Hannah Sweet
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I throughly enjoyed this book but don’t come looking for a deep plot or epic. It’s a whimsical tale about time and place and reads as four short stories.

It is extremely different then western stories given that it’s written by Japanese author and has been translated. You do need to have a little background on Japanese culture but nothing that would hinder the reading experience.

All I can say is: “There must be some reason we met.”
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“This isn't my story, but hers.
In a world full of actors trying to cunningly maneuver themselves into the lead role, she was the star of that night without even trying. She didn't realize it then, and she probably still hasn't.
This is a chronicle of her majestic journey through an alcohol-steeped night and my distress at failing to secure the lead role and making do with my existence as a pebble by the wayside.
Wise readers, relish both her cuteness and my stupidity; savor the exquisite and subtle flavor of life, not unlike that of almond tofu.
I hope you will cheer her on.”
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“Times like these, you can't be shy. Crashing the celebrations of a stranger is a do-or-die challenge; a moment's hesitation can be fatal. You have to infiltrate the very heart of the event, practically force everyone to get excited, and destroy their completely justified doubts of Who is this person? 1 likes
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