Kouhei Kadono (上遠野 浩平, Kadono Kōhei, Born on December 12, 1968) is a Japanese author of mostly light novels. He has written many series over the years, but his most acclaimed and internationally known work is the currently ongoing Boogiepop Series, which has received multiple manga adaptations, a live action film and two television anime.


Born on December 12, 1968, Kadano graduated from Hosei University.

In 1998, his light novel Boogiepop and Others won the Fourth Dengeki Novel Prize and was later adapted into a manga that was illustrated by Kouji Ogata. An anime spin-off of the Boogiepop series, Boogiepop Phantom, aired in 2000 animated by Madhouse and an anime adaptation of the series was released in 2019 by the same studio.


Kadono's writing is concisely descriptive and structurally eclectic, his novels being tight, well written and conclusive. His themes often center around society and eccentricity, and how the world at large treats those who do not conform.

Notable traits found in his writing are his willingness to play with the chronological order of the events presented, as well as the different perspectives from which those events are seen, prompting the reader to piece together the full narrative.

All of Kadono's works (aside from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure spin-off novel, Purple Haze Feedback) take place in the same interconnected universe, sharing some characters and concepts.

Having been heavily inspired by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, one of the most important aspects of his works are the multitude of musical references, mainly to pop, rock, and other genres of music from the 60s to the 90s, which are interwoven into his narratives, and take on a special symbolic meaning.


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