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Idol, Burning by Rin Usami

WINNER OF THE 2020 AKUTAGAWA PRIZE

‘My oshi was on fire. Word was he’d punched a fan’


High-school student Akari has only one passion in her life: her oshi, her idol. His name is Masaki Ueno, best known as one-fifth of Japanese pop group Maza Maza.

Akari’s dedication to her oshi consumes her days completely. She keeps a blog entirely devoted to him, religiously chronicling and analysing all his events. He is the spine of her life; she cannot survive without him. When Masaki is rumoured to have assaulted a female fan, facing waves of social media backlash, Akari’s world falls apart.

Offering a vivid insight into otaku culture and adolescence,   Idol, Burning  is a brilliantly gripping story of obsession, coming of age and the addictive, relentless nature of fandom culture.