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The essay book of Hideo kojima arrive in the West translated into English this year. The North American publisher Viz, specializing in Japanese comics, anime and other imports of Japanese popular culture, launch The Creative Gene: How books, movies, and music inspired the creator of Death Stranding and Metal Gear Solid on October 12, 2021.
Kojima published the edition Japanese book in 2019 under the title The Gifted Gene and My Lovable Memes as a compilation of essays where he explores the inspirations that have shaped his work and his life. On the pages of the volume you can read reviews and opinions on music, books and movies featured by the Japanese author.
Announcement: Hideo Kojima, creator of Death Stranding and Metal Gear Solid, explores the influences and inspirations that shape his work. The Creative Gene drops Fall 2021. pic.twitter.com/VKL6yXtK79— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 19, 2021
This English edition will also include a conversation between Kojima and Gen Hoshina, the musician and actor whose song Pop Virus appears on the extensive Death Stranding soundtrack. The publisher has not yet shown a official cover for the western version of the work. No translations into other languages have been announced either.
Essays of a “voracious consumer” of popular culture
“From childhood, the creator of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima, was a voracious consumer of movies, music and books. These lit the wick of his passion for stories and narrative, and the results can be seen in their revolutionary and iconic video games “, can be read in the synopsis offered by Viz.
新潮 文庫 か ら 10/29 発 売 の 「創作 す る 遺 伝 子 僕 が 愛 し た MEME た ち THE GIFTED GENE AND MY LOVABLE MEMES」。 見 本 誌 が 届 い た。 pic.twitter.com/秀8krIkj5toz — 2019
“Now head of independent studio Kojima Productions, the Kojima’s enthusiasm for entertainment culture has never waned. This collection of essays explores some of the inspirations behind one of the titans of the video game industry and offers exclusive knowledge about one of the brightest minds in popular culture“concludes the description.
In addition to this title, at the end of December 2020 it was put on sale in Spanish, English, Japanese and Italian A Hideo Kojima Book: Tomorrow is in your hands, an art book created by followers of the Japanese author which serves as a compilation of creations made by fans based on Kojima’s work, from cosplays to fan arts, through artisan products and others.