While updating some older movie-related entries I bumbled into a Wikipedia entry about the longest novels currently known, with the serial novel (Nakazato Kaizan's Daibosatsu Toge) that inspired Sword of Doom as one of the entries. 5.7 million Japanese characters is a monster by any standards; the Japanese Amazon entry for the book lists it having a whopping 1,149 pages. One wonders if there's any chance at all of this ever showing up in English.
While we're dreaming, here's some others I'd like to see translated:
- Dogura Magura, by Yumeno Kyūsaku. A French translation exists (which I have), and it was adapted not very successfully into a movie by the same fellow who gave us Funeral Procession of Roses. If you can read Japanese, a copyright-free e-text version is available. Were I wholly out of my mind, I might attempt to translate it myself.
- Satomi Hakkenden, by Bakin Takizawa, the source for endless movie and anime translations. A partial e-text is also available (in PDF form!)
- Most anything by Yasutaka Tsutsui, especially Paprika.
- And of course, anything by Futaro Yamada, especially Makai Tenshō.