All You Need Is Kill
by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781421527611
Date: 21 July 2009 List Price £8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Manga media publisher giant Viz Media has launched a new imprint called Haikasoru, dedicated to publishing the very best in Japanese SF novels in translation. I'm surprised that this is only happening now, given the influence that Japanese genre culture (mainly via Manga) has had on the west, not least in the gaming industry. British and American SF has been published in Japan for many years and so it's right and fitting that there should be this reciprocity - let's just hope it makes commercial sense too!
The first title to be issued is 's All You Need is Kill - described by John Scalzi as "Science Fiction for the adrenaline junkie. Reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming. Buckle up and enjoy."
""There's one thing worse than dying. It's coming back to do it again and again…When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji's escape, or to his final death?"