Manuscript Screening Boy and Manuscript Submitting Girl


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“Just once, I want to make it through the first stage of screening…”

“Please, teach me how to write a novel.”

The ordinary high school boy Ao, is actually a manuscript screener for a light novel newcomer competition. One day, he found the work of his classmate, Hiyuki Hinomiya among the submissions sent for his screening.

The aloof girl known as the ‘Ice Maiden’ actually wrote a light novel with fonts varying in size and onomatopoeic words for a contest! The surprised Ao started giving advice to her work after this unexpected event.

He gently guided Hiyuki who was hurt by the screening criticism. The world background, character setting, story structure and other issues were progressing smoothly, but…

A bright youthful content creation story begins!

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Manuscript Screening Boy and Manuscript Submitting Girl: Watched over by the gentle sky, the story of the bashful ocean
Shitayomi Danshi to Toukou Joshi
下読み男子と投稿女子: 優しい空が見た、内気な海の話
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07/23/16 Skythewood epilogue
07/23/16 Skythewood c6
07/16/16 Skythewood c5
07/09/16 Skythewood c4
07/02/16 Skythewood c3
06/25/16 Skythewood c2
06/19/16 Skythewood c1
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Clozdark rated it
June 20, 2016
Status: v1c1
well this light novel give me "bakuman" vibe but this time it's around how light novel produced, author feelings, and a bit of romance.

yeah what I mean romance is this, light novel reader romance just like what the MC described when you found some genre that almost same, when find an obvious title, and many thing more

recommended to read for people that reading many type light novel series
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Sumire rated it
December 2, 2016
Status: Completed
Great story with out of the norm plot and actual characters. But even if it's out of the norm, the plot isn't all that great, the characters development isn't so good neither and it even worsens the novel as they time skip. So 4/5 for the novel but Hyonomiya got that waifu traits so 5/5.
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ThreePointsShort rated it
July 23, 2016
Status: epilogue
(Note: at the time of writing, this story is complete.)

I really, really like this novel. As someone that reads a lot of reincarnation web/light novels, reading a heartwarming slice-of-life story about an ebullient manuscript screener interacting with with a shy writer trying to express herself was a very refreshing change of pace. The characters have depth and are extremely likable, and the story moves at a good pace and wraps up nicely in the end. The author's insight into the world of manuscript screeners was also unexpectedly interesting.

Was... more>> was expected, however, was the extremely high translation quality, which is now par for the course for Skythewood (the same people who translated Overlord and Youjo Senki). The high translation quality really helps convey the maturity and atmosphere of the original writing, which is important for this story. <<less
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JetonS rated it
October 19, 2016
Status: --
This novel is an absolute masterpiece. The story is smooth and very bright colored, a gentle slice of life story that, however, keeps your attention from loosening by adding spices at the right moments and right times. The Girl who is shy and the Boy who is a social butterfly, two incompatible personalities that reunite to fuse in a harmonical couple. Even if it may sound cliche, the story building is really well thought. For example, the author makes the Girl write a Slice of Life story for the competition... more>> submit, while she worries it would be boring and plain, the MC instead supports her saying even Slice of Life stories can be exciting. And that's exactly what happens to the "true" LN, despite being a Slide of Life, it's exciting and make us want to read more and more. The whole story is breathtaking and mindfking, the lector can relate to the MC, nothing is left out of place, every event has a meaning (ex: the MC talks about foreshadowing, not only does it fit his character to like those stuffs but actually 2 chapters later, we can feel the foreshadow the author built at the very beginning.)

In the end this is a bittersweet story with its ups and down, a story that's really worth mentioning and reading. I really advice all of you to at least give it a try. <<less
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marine1corps rated it
July 23, 2016
Status: epilogue
A short simple yet sweet novel that will leave you satisfied in the end. There is nothing special about this novel, it has no twists or turns that will leave you surprised. Yet because you know what is going to happen that you find it all the more sweeter. A story about boy who changes q girl's world for the better. The personalities of each character is likable and quite adorable to be honest. Here's the funny part, the story she is making is actually the story of each other... more>> but they are only gender bended. If you want a breather from the books you normally read I highly recommend reading this. Though it may not be action filled or so drama filled. It may not give the sense of wanting more to read but it will definitely give you some warmth in your heart. <<less
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May 13, 2018
Status: epilogue
(This is my first time posting a review as this novel urged me to make one out of the blue) You'll know what I mean if you've read the novel.

I would Highly Recommend this novel to everyone, especially for those who's looking for stories with a Slice of Life along with Romance and Youth tags this is gold.

I really enjoyed this story, the context are well conveyed, and even though the main plot is nothing new, I can safely say that the story itself has its own fair share... more>> of uniqueness.

What I liked the most was the romance between the MCs. As they were very pure and innocently falling in love with each other without realizing it for themselves and having their own worries and misunderstandings as they start to become aware of their feelings.

All the characters are likable especially the main characters. The male lead has too many good points but has his own worries too while the female lead is reserved yet has her own adorable side which I liked btw.

Overall, this novel is very heartwarming and will drive you different emotions as you read through. The illustrations are top tier. For me, this is one of the best I've read so far. The story was indeed short yet perfect as it is.

I hope you guys enjoy it too. <<less
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xxwap rated it
August 29, 2017
Status: Completed
A really enjoyable experience to read this kind of story! It was heartwarming and soothing to read this lovable romantic slice of life novel. The author not only told about the world of LN and how to create them but also showed it in the writing of the story, and it has made me appreciate all the wonderful novels out there even more!! 5/5
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MangoGuy rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: epilogue
This is Mango approved.

A very beautiful Romance and SoL story. I personally don't consider it to be a School Life JP.

I initially wanted to rate this 4 after reading till c4, but then by the time I completed, it jumped to 5/5.

I will start off by saying that external looks considered, the characters are nothing new. It is what is happening inside their minds that makes this work a beauty. The way in which the novel that she writes is parallel to their relationship is just such a good thing... more>> to read about. The happy ending is a plus, and the protagonist isn't really dense... He is more of a cross between a beta and dense. He is wimpy. But who cares about him when we have one of the most real and well-written ice beauty female leads of all time!! And a good and limited support cast with a decent number of jokes- That is good enough. And this is only a single volume. Soothes my heart, I dare say.

I will also say that this novel seems to be more of a direct communication between the author and aspiring writers, and also the people who judge them. And that is one interesting thing to read about.

This is a good read, though still not at the must read level. However, I would call it a model good quality teenage romance novel with some real selling point to it. It is not just some random Slice of Life. It actually conveys us some meaning. That is more than enough for me to give it a 5. I am not too strict with my rating.

Bonus: Great translation. <<less
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skyleven7 rated it
August 9, 2017
Status: Completed
Absolutely fabulous!

The genre this story belongs to is the one I find the most boring personally, but this story made me rethink about it.

Story is about a manuscript reading boy who is broad-minded and is able to accept most things easily with a positive outlook, the girl is gloomy and likes to read and write manuscripts. Easy and simple right? Yes plot is simple and at times its cliché, but with a charm.

Author uses many ways to describe art of writing a light novel and himself uses them in this... more>> book just right. It feels wonderful to learn this kind of thing since there are not many novels out there which teaches you while making you intrigued with the plot itself. Absolutely fascinating!

Overall I would highly recommend this if you want a break and need some light-hearted casual reader with a good premised good pacing good romance and being informative at the same time.

Author put a lot of effort while writing this and you can totally feel it. Give it a shot you might love it just like I did! <<less
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TRMH rated it
April 30, 2021
Status: epilogue
This work was amazing, and I would definitely give it 5 stars if it wasn't for it's one flaw, which was the author keeps ruining sweet moments with the phrase "This Mole Under Her Lips.". It was fine at first but after awhile it's like I get it dude so stop mentioning it...

Overall this was a great work, the characters shows exceptional growth and their relationship seems real, like something that could actually happen. I also loved the internets between the MC and the FL, it had enough emotions to... more>> make you feel attached. Of course the support characters were also well written and they got their own story which was nice~

The ending was great as well, it was a nice touch to have the ending of the novel they're working on and the one your reading overlap with each other. It made you understand their feels and emotions much much better.

Writing: 4/5

Story: 5/5

Ending: 4/5

Mc: 4/5

Fl: 5/5

Supports: 5/5 <<less
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QueenWolf rated it
August 2, 2017
Status: epilogue
Brilliant. Just brilliant. 5 stars.

Overall this is a light hearted, slightly cliche yet loved all the more for it, romance however it is also undoubtedly unique and peppered with moments that really pulled on my heart strings.

What I think really made this LN though, from an english reader's perspective, is the phenomenal translator and editors who were able to bring my laptop screen to life. They have really done the original author justice, which is the first reason I would recommend this. To top it all off, the angle of... more>> a screenreader and LN was something completely new to me and as an avid reader I found I have gained a new appreciation for the hard work and nuances that goes behind the inspiration, the writing, the editing, the re-writing and so on behind the novels.

Just as far as ratings go:

4.5/5 for characters


As while there were times that I did get frustrated at the miscommunication between the two main leads and how despite, yeah the grandma had good intentions, face it. She was just cruel. Looking back those parts of the novel also kept me on the edge of my seat, a few times growling out loud in frustration, but nevertheless thoroughly engaged in the novel therefore originally 4 now to 4.5.


5/5 Writing

6/5 translating and editing

5/5 unique story line

and most importantly 10/5 for just making me smile :) and for making my day a little brighter (I have a maths exam tomorrow haha)

I must say that I am not personally someone who has read very many slice of life/romance light novels over the past year or so, mainly sticking to the more generic transmigration, crime or fantasy however I honestly believe that this novel was a turning point for me. Hope it can make you smile too :) <<less
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Delirious rated it
September 11, 2016
Status: epilogue
A very short story about a boy who loves reading novels, and a girl who loves writing them.

I highly recommend reading; if you want a chill romance that is far removed from the sess pool of over the top drama and horrible plot.
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blanklabel rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: v1 epilogue
Greatly recommended. There is no excessive characters while all those do appears has significance in the plot, and surely you'll like all of them. Each represents different personalities and acting on it to run the story. The author's way to use words in describing scenarios is vivid and comparisons are well made. The story itself doesn't even need to present fanservices just to stick to it. Just the perfect length to create a very good ending without rushing the plot. It struck a chord with me and I was moved... more>> for almost all chapters. <<less
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September 23, 2021
Status: epilogue
One great of a novel.

Surprised to see that the author is also the one who wrote the novel Hikaru.

The story is very well written. Not too short, not too long.
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July 11, 2021
Status: Completed
Not my cup of tea. It's what I'm thinking after reading this.

For a short 1 volume novel, it's surprisingly short. Well of course. But what I'm saying is this is pretty light compared to other single volume novel. Like normally, you'd expect it to be extending it's "reading lifespan", feeling out you're taking way longer time to read a novel than what is expected.

The problem that I have with reading this is that, for me, I feel the way the author is managing the conflict is not good enough. All... more>> that from conflict spanning to the resolution is pretty much rushed out.

For example, the mother-grandma confusion accident, the main character is like using Detective Conan level deduction to solve that mystery. Because it seemed like a deduction you pull out of nowhere.

And the ending, is just not really satisfying for me. It's totally not rewarding.

I don't know if it's just me, but this is gonna be aimed more at girls. <<less
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HamletJr rated it
December 23, 2020
Status: Completed
Very unconventional, focusing on the story of a light novel writer and a screener. The character development is great and I feel the plot was really interesting given its originality and uniqueness compared to other romance works. Each chapter was fairly long and although there are only 7 chapters (1 volume), it manages to convey an intriguing story. Definitely worth a read
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Vjha rated it
September 10, 2020
Status: epilogue
Both main characters were completely fleshed out despite the short length of the story, and there was a plot. Probably, the most amazing aspect of this story is how the writer perfectly encapsulates the main characters' love for both writing and reading.
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Magnussteffen rated it
December 23, 2018
Status: epilogue
Really a great story, I was all tears throughout the novel. I'm glad it was only one volume, it had perfect pace and as Ao would have said it, "Interesting and didn't leave a bad taste."


Even though the ending was very satisfactory and I know they'll get together in the future, I keep cathing myself wishing Ao would have used a cheeky line, like "I wont let our story end like Cyan and Subaru's."

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optjam rated it
August 28, 2018
Status: --
What an amazing story. I loved how everything ended. The MC and Lead were so fun to read about. The story, in only 6 chapters, flesh out everyone relevant to the story so well compared to novels that have over 100 chapters.. What an amazing gem here.
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zarex97 rated it
July 24, 2016
Status: epilogue
A romance and slice of life beautifully constructed, full of feelings.

Both the female lead and male lead complement each other greatly, and although is so good that more volumes would be a blessing it also managed to end shortly but excellently.

As it would be expected from the Author of Hikarum, may I say
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