This is the story of Kusuo Kisogawa, the man who slept with Mitsuhiko Okaya’s ex-wife.
The story begins when Kisogawa has just joined a publishing company.
“I’m Kusuo Kisogawa, the new guy! Everyone, please take care of me!”
He was assigned to the editorial department of TAKANAWA Books.
Kisogawa bowed his head to his colleagues.
“Okay, then, Kisogawa-kun. You’ll have to study under Okaya-kun first.”
Ugematsu, deputy editor-in-chief, said so.
Kisogawa looked at the man he was introduced to.
He was tall, and his eyes were somewhat dead.
Other than that, there is nothing particularly unusual about him …….
(What, my educator is a dull old man? I would have preferred a woman.)
“I’m Mitsuhiko Okaya. Nice to meet you, Kisogawa-kun.”
“Yoo. I’m Kisogawa. Nice to meet you, Pai-sen.”
See such lightheartedness from Kisogawa…….
“What is it?”
Okaya said this in a slightly stern tone.
“You should use proper honorifics.”
All of a sudden, he didn’t know what he was talking about.
But he soon realized that he had been warned.
“We editors are going to have to deal with people outside the company. In a business environment, your frivolous way of speaking may displease them, or worse, prevent them from working with us.”
“Be careful how you speak. Okay?”
As an educator, Okaya was making a perfectly legitimate point.
…… Even though.
(…… Haa? What is this old man doing giving me orders like a big boss?)
Kisogawa clicked his tongue in his mind.
（I don’t like people like that. I hate people like this the most.)
“Kisogawa-kun. What’s your reply?”
“Yeah sure sorry”
“…… Forget it. I’ll show you around the facility today. Please follow me.”
As he followed Okaya , Kisogawa inwardly swore.
(I’ll be working for this old b*****d …… haa. I hope he changes.)
Okaya took Kisogawa to look around the company’s facilities.
Accompanied by Okaya, Kisogawa takes a look around the company’s facilities.
“What university is Okaya from?”
“Haa!? You’re lying!”
…… Kyosakura University.
It is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan.
(Such a dull guy studied in Kyosakura University. …… Ugh, I’m even more angry. It’s really disgusting. I hope he dies.)
“What about Kisogawa-kun?”
“Ah…..well…..I’m good though!”
No way could he say he was at a fourth-rate university. He also had his pride.
Now, there is one thing you may be wondering.
That is, how did he get into a major publishing company after graduating from such a university full of idiots?
The Takanawa Group has many highly educated editors, including Okaya and Ugematsu. (Uematsu is from Tokyo University).
So how did he get in?
(It’s a network at a major publishing company that I got, by introducing a young lady, to President Nakatsugawa of Takanawa.)
Kisogawa excels only in his appearance.
He was able to get a job at a major publishing company by connecting an acquaintance from his college days to the president.
(Haaaa, I’m so unlucky to be in a department where I follow under such an annoying old man ……)
“By the way, Kisogawa-kun, what kind of novels do you like?”
While showing him around the facility, Okaya asks him.
From his point of view, it was part of his communication with the younger students.
“That’s right. To tell you the truth, I’m not interested in novels.”
“…………I see, what do you like?”
“Yoo! I really wanted to go to the manga editorial department! Look, if you’re talking about novels and manga, manga is more noble, right? It has a deeper history!”
…… implicitly made fun of novels for being vulgar and having a short history.
Okaya heard that and said …….
“Kisogawa-kun. That’ is fine if you’re just chatting with other editors, but don’t show that kind of attitude to the writers. It could lead to trouble.”
…… This was also a warning for Kisogawa, a junior colleague, not to get in trouble.
“Ha? Why do I have to be told that by you?”
Kisogawa’s face twisted, and his demeanor changed blatantly.
“You’re annoying me so much. Please don’t talk about unnecessary things outside of work.”
‘…… I see. I’m sorry.”
Okaya didn’t say anything more.
But that’s where it starts.
(Really, this old man is so annoying.)
How did Kisogawa come to have ill feelings toward Okaya?
One day, about half a year had passed since Kisogawa joined the editorial department.
“I’m sorry, Kisogawa, but I don’t want to write here anymore.”
It was the conference room of Takanawa’s editorial department.
There is a young man in a white suit sitting in front of him.
“W-What is it, Hakuba-sensei?”
He is the author of [Arts Magic Online] ……AMO.
AMO is a story of swordsmen living in virtual reality, set in a VR game.
It has been made into an anime and a movie, and is a huge hit, making him the second most famous person in the industry.
Kisogawa was assigned to work for this veteran novel writer. ……
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to work with you anymore”
“What!? Did I do something wrong?”
“…..It seems that you have bullied my apprentice”
Hakuba says with hostility.
“Kurohime, you know Elio, don’t you?”
“Elio…… Elio ……! That junior high school kid, right!”
He recently applied for the Takanawa Newcomer’s Award and won.
Her award-winning work, “Folgore-san, who secretly is a dere in Italian,” …… will debut with the abbreviated name “Ita Dere.”
The author of “Itadere,” Elio Kurohime, was first assigned to Kisogawa.
“…… editor Kisogawa. [Kid], why did you have to say that?”
There was a flare of hostility in the eyes of the Hakuba.
“It’s true that Elio is still in middle school. She’s probably younger than you. …… But! Isn’t the other party a business partner?”
“Ah, no…yes, that’s……”
“You don’t have enough respect for the writer. As well as the way you talk, your have no …… love for the author or the work.”
Boom! Hakuba places a sheet of paper on the table.
“This…..Isn’t that a Character sketch. from Ita Dere?”
A character sketch is a rough sketch that appears first when you order an illustrator to create the appearance of a character for your work.
“For example, this rough draft. The main character’s hair is supposed to be blonde. But this rough draft is in red. What is the meaning of this?”
“Well, because red is more noticeable, right! Hey!”
“Elio duly instructed you to make her blonde. I even sent you the instructions.”
Instructions. The instructions are the rough specifications of the character’s appearance that the artist sends to the illustrator.
In any case, the hair color Elio ordered was different from the actual color that came out.
“No, you see, blonde heroines are commonplace, right? The red one stands out more! I’d like you to leave that to the skill of the editor.”
“I see …… that, as an editorial, it was a change to make it sell. I understand that. …… But even so.”
This time, he put his tablet PC on the table.
“What do you mean you didn’t tell Elio about the hair color change and finish the cover?”
Erio didn’t know that Kisogawa had changed the color of her hair without Elio permission.
He was sent a one-sided letter in the middle of the night, saying that it was a finished illustration and that he would proceed with it.
…… When Elio saw this, she consulted Hakuba about it, and here they are.
“Eh, I mean, the cover is the editor’s domain, and the writer should just write the text, right?”
BAM! Hakuba hit the table hard.
“What’s with that attitude! We’re not just writing machines, you know!”
“Hey, don’t get serious about this …….”
Hakuba sighs deeply.
“Excuse me, ……. I got carried away.”
“No, no, no, it’s fine.”
“I see. Then Elio and I will never work at Takanawa again.”
Hakuba stood up and tried to leave.
“Hold on man, you’re kidding, right!? Hey!?”
Kisogawa clung pathetically to Hakuba’s legs as he left.
“I’m not kidding. Elio is …… my dearest disciple. I don’t want her to have a sad debut with this kind of editing that lacks respect.”
“B-But there’s no need for Hakuba-sensei to leave! Please don’t be such a brat yo!”
“I’m uncomfortable. I’m leaving.”
Hakuba tried to leave, overcoming Kisogawa’s restraint.
（That’s not good! If the author of AMO leaves because of me! My reputation will be ruined!)
That’s when he got very impatient …….
“Oji, what’s wrong?”
In the conference room, Mitsuhiko Okaya showed up.
（Ha? Mitsuhiko? Oji, how do you two …… know each other?)
While Kisogawa was confused, Okaya talked with Hakuba.
When he asked Hakuba what happened…
“Hakuba-sensei. I’m sorry.”
Okaya kneeled down on the spot and bowed his head.
(Ha? Why is he on his knees, this old man ……?)
On the other hand, Hakuba peered at him and hurriedly stopped him.
“Mi-Mitsuhiko! Raise your head! You don’t have to do this!”
“I’m sorry, Hakuba-sensei, but this is my fault for not being able to train my junior staff properly. Sorry, Hakuba-sensei.”
Hakuba took a small breath and said.
“I’m sorry. I was too emotional. I’m withdrawing my resignation.”
Okaya breathed a sigh of relief and stood up.
“What are you going to do about the illustrations?”
“I’ll bow down to the illustrator and ask him to change the picture to the one Kurohime-sensei specified.”
“No, but you’re not in charge of …….”
“It’s my lack of supervision. I’m sorry.”
…… That said.
Okaya is no longer the leader of the Kisogawa.
Normally, for a year, you study under your seniors. ……
“I’m already a full-fledged member of the team, so please take Okaya-san out of my charge. I’m not a fan of that guy, he picks on the younger guys.”
…..Kisogawa appealed directly to the editor-in-chief, Toshie Jyunikane.
As a result, Kisogawa was removed from Okaya’s assignment due to his own selfishness, even though he was not yet at a high enough level to be in charge.
“I’m sorry, Hakuba-sensei.”
“No, it’s okay. I understand. Mitsuhiko. Don’t bow to me anymore.”
“I’ll go apologize to Kurohime-sensei as well.”
“Oh, okay. I’ll tell Elio that.”
…… Thanks to Okaya, the unprecedented crisis of the AMO author’s defection was averted.
…… More to the point, after this, [Ita Dere] became an unprecedented blockbuster.
The work that would become one of Takanawa’s signature works was about to be ruined because of Kisogawa.
It was Okaya’s covering that prevented this from happening …… even though it was …….
In the bathroom.
“Damn it! That old man! He’s disgusting! It’s disgusting!”
Gan gan! In the bathroom, he stayed in the cubicle and kicked the wall.
“Damn it! That old b*****d! That’s right, it’s not my fault! You’re the one in charge of my education! If you had taught me everything properly, I wouldn’t have made this mistake!”
…… This matter came to the ears of Deputy Editor Ugematsu.
And for an hour, Ugematsu, the deputy editor, was very angry with him.
“Damn it! Die! Die! Okaya! I will remember this!”
…… and above is the first episode of Kisogawa’s past.
He develops a strong grudge against Okaya.
This is the story before he fell.
If he changes his mind at this time and does some serious editing…..
Later, he could have avoided such a terrible experience. ……