The anime scene in Japan, while not exactly booming in recent years, has certainly kept up appearances, starting over 50 new anime series in the month of April alone. Most are sequels or are based off of existing properties, like manga or light novels. Among some of the recent popular shows based on light novels, a noticeable growing trend can be observed with long wordy titles like, "俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない" (There's No Way My Little Sister Is This Cute) or "僕は友達が少ない" (I Have Few Friends) or "もし高校野球の女子マネージャーがドラッカーの『マネジメント』を読んだら" (What If A High School Baseball Team Manager Read Drucker's 'Management'"). Pan Tachibana is the author of one such Japanese light novel series, and recently talked with Kotaku about his thoughts on the trend.
Tachibana, a history buff and a geek in his own right who enjoys play-by-mail RPGs (and has spent more money on the Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls game than he is willing to admit...), got his start as a scenario writer for adult games and through friendships cultivated over the years, was offered a chance to write for the Fujimi Shobo publishing company where he created the series "だから僕はHができない" (That's Why I Can't Have Ecchi). The story takes place in a world where spirits of death form binding contracts with the souls of mortals for their excess soul energy. Through a series of events, the main character, Ryousuke Kaga, enters a contract with a spirit which results with his soul energy is drained in the form of his libido. The series is currently being made into an anime that is scheduled to air in Japan this July.