English Title: Ao Oni
Japanese Title: 青鬼 — Ao Oni — “Blue Demon”
Author: Kenji Kuroda
Illustrator: Karin Suzuragi
Translator: Alexander Keller-Nelson
Genre: Horror, Survival Game, Drama
Original Run: February 2013 – ongoing
English Run: January 2018 – ongoing
Japanese Publisher: FreeGameNovel (PHP Institute)
English Publisher: J-Novel Club
Volumes in Japanese: 5 (Completed)
Note: There are other Ao Oni novels in Japan, but are separate from this particular LN series.
Volumes in English: 5 (Completed)
Average Price Per Volume: Kindle $7 – iBook $7 – Kobo $7
Note: Also available to read online through a J-Novel Club subscription. This series is currently digital-only.
Synopsis: Shun is the new kid in school, but he’s already managed to attract the attention of the school bully, who’s now making his life a living hell. It doesn’t seem like things could get any worse, until the night he finds himself and a group of his classmates inside a creepy, abandoned mansion known as the Jailhouse. They quickly start to hear strange sounds and see weird things, but everything escalates when they realize they can’t get out. Once they’re trapped inside, a blue, unnaturally large figure chases after them. Is it a new species? Or is it the ghost of their old classmate who died in an accident? Nobody knows, but one thing is for certain… If it catches them, they’re dead! The scariest game of tag in history begins!
Reviews of Ao Oni
1) Ao Oni: The Animation (movie) — MAL Entry — Aired February 2017
2) Ao Oni: The Blue Monster (series of comedy shorts) — MAL Entry — 13 episodes — Aired October 2016 – January 2017
Ao Oni Anthology — Published July 2014 (Japan Only)
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