The Ao Oni (青鬼 Ao Oni ) novel is based on the games of the same name, and is the first licensed merchandise of the franchise. As of May 31st, 2013, the Novel had exceeded 10,000 sales. A sequel to the novel, known as Ao Oni "Revenge", has been released on December 20th, 2013, for the same price. The novel also features a small Manga portion.
Shun is a dejected transfer student who couldn't fit in with the rest of his class. When the rumors started to go around that a monster had appeared in the western-styled jailhouse, he encountered Hiroshi and his friends, and the five of them set foot inside the mansion. Later on in the series, Hiroshi is the main protagonist and must now save Takuro and the others with Shun and Anna's help. Later in the series, Naoki is currently having a manga about before Shun's transfer and meeting Anna.
On the 28th of December, 2012, noprops announced via a blog post on MyNikki the production of an official Ao Oni novel written in Japanese. Similar announcements were made via Twitter and on the official website.
The novel became available for pre-order on the same day for ￥1,000 (approximately $11.62) and was released in early 2013. An official website for the novel was soon launched. Another site, used to sell various other merchandise for the series, was also released. This includes buttons, a book cover and the book itself. A promotional bookmark was available in certain Japanese bookstores.
The novel features the main four characters from the game in addition to three new characters. New characters are added to the newer parts of the series.
- Shun: The protagonist of the first novel, later a secondary protagonist(maybe). A transfer student.
- Hiroshi: The classroom's prodigy. The former secondary protagonist and now the current protagonist.
- Anna: The class representative. The third protagonist.
- Mika: Classmate who is in love with Takuro.
- Takeshi: Takuro's lackey.
- Takuro: An "honor student" with a wicked side.
- Naoki: Former classmate rumored to be a victim of the monster's curse.
Ao oni "Revenge" Edition EditA teaser site for an upcoming sequel to the novel, known as Ao oni "Revenge" Edition was released on noprops' site in late November. The book's reveal confirmed several things, such as:
- Release date for "Revenge" (December 20th)
- That the books are based along the storyline of Version 5.2
- All characters survived the first Novel.
The plot seems to involve Hiroshi returning to the mansion, possibly meaning that his friends had been left there while he escaped. This novel will likely not be receiving an official English release, like the first one.