Keiji Ando

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Keiji Ando (安藤 敬而, Andō Keiji) is a Japanese novelist and the author of the spin-off short story testimone di gangster published in JOJO magazine 2022 WINTER.


Keijo Ando was born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.[1] He developed stories in his head ever since he was a child but only actually wrote his first novel during his summer vacation in university. He was lonely and filled with frustration at not being able to talk to people, inspiring him to write. His novel's genre was biological science fiction and he tried submitting it for a certain company's newcomer award but it was rejected. Ando wrote several more works and applied for the JUMP Novel Newcomer Award but was unsuccessful. Eventually in 2015, his story won the JUMP Novel Newcomer Award, although he used a pen name for it.

Ando prefers to take the challenge of creating novels that explore the lore of existing works.[2] He made his debut as a novelist in June 2019 with the novelization of the TV anime The Magnificent Kotobuki, titled The Magnificent Kotobuki: 1001 Nights in the Wilderness. He wrote a short story titled 1000 Dreams That I Want to Fulfill Before I Die that was included in the anthology collection 5-minutes stories: a heart-throbbing end, released on April 2, 2021. He later wrote a novel adaptation of the video game Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin titled Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - Kokorowa Rice Cultivation Journal that released on October 4, 2021. Ando also wrote a light novel for the manga Kaiju No. 8, titled Kaiju No. 8: Close-up! The Third Division, that released on November 4, 2022.


Release Date
Publication Medium
The Magnificent Kotobuki: 1001 Nights in the Wilderness
荒野のコトブキ飛行隊 荒野千一夜 (Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai Kōya sen Ichiya)
June 19, 2019
Light Novel
1000 Dreams That I Want to Fulfill Before I Die
(5-minutes stories: a heart-throbbing end)
死ぬまでに叶えたい1000の夢 (Shinu Made ni Kanaetai 1000 no Yume)
(5分で読める胸キュンなラストの物語 (5-Bu de Yomeru Mune Kyunna Rasuto no Monogatari))
April 2, 2021
Anthology Collection
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - Kokorowa Rice Cultivation Journal
天穂のサクナヒメ ココロワ稲作日誌 (Tensui no Sakunahime Kokoro wa Inasaku Nisshi)
October 4, 2021
Light Novel
Kaiju No. 8: Close-up! The Third Division
怪獣8号 密着!第3部隊 (Kaijū Hachi-gō: Mitchaku! Dai San-butai)
November 4, 2022
Light Novel
testimone di gangster
ギャング側の証人 (Gyangu-gawa no Shōnin)
December 19, 2022
Magazine Short Story


# Interview Type Media Published
1 Keiji Ando (December 2022)
December 19, 2022



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Keiji Ando (April 2, 2021), "5-minutes stories: a heart-throbbing end - Author Biography".
  2. "Past Award Winners Interview No.19 Keiji Ando", JUMP j BOOKS, September 30, 2021.
  3. JOJO magazine 2022 WINTER

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