Hero History Apocrypha (勇者史外典 Yūshashi Gaiten?) is a 3-part spin-off light novel based on Nogi Wakaba is a Hero.

The first story, Uesato Hinata is a Miko, takes place at the same time as Nogi Wakaba is a Hero. The second story, Fuyou Yuuna is Not a Hero, is set about thirty years after the start of the Divine Era, but doesn't touch Akamine Yuuna's story (reserved for Bouquet of Brilliance) and the final untitled story will be set during Chapter 1 of Nogi Wakaba is a Hero and is expected to focus outside Shikoku.

The main reason why the light novel comes in three different parts is, according to the writer Akashiro Aoi, because he wants to write stories that aren't big like Nogi Wakaba is a Hero or Kusunoki Mebuki is a Hero. The common theme between all three stories is "the story of people who do not fight". The main themes of all the three stories are:

  • The way those who have lost those important to them live
  •  The distress of those who live in a world after disaster
  • The balance between order and chaos

Akashiro claims that most of the content of these stories was already in his mind when he was writing Nogi Wakaba is a Hero, but he didn't get the chance to write them out until now.

"The only thing here are the feelings of normal girls. This is one of the stories I've wanted to write for a while, and I think it will be an atypical episode for this series. There are no new Heroes. There are no dramatic developments. There are no suspenseful fights. The only thing here are the thoughts of normal girls who lived through the change from the Old Era to the Divine Era. It's a branch story about, for, and from supporting characters. The curtains rise on a spinoff that has absolutely no ties to the "Yuusha de Aru" series' canon."

Uesato Hinata is a Miko[edit | edit source]

Uesato Hinata is a Miko (上里ひなたは巫女である Uesato Hinata wa Miko de Aru?) was serialized in Dengeki G's magazine, and took up the first five chapters of the light novel. The serialization began on January 30, 2020 and finished on May 29, 2020. It mostly focuses on three characters, Uesato Hinata, Aki Masuzu and Hanamoto Yoshika.

"This is the story of the Mikos who were close to the first heroes 300 years ago."

— Dengeki G's Magazine

Plot[edit | edit source]

300 years ago, in the background of the first Heroes who fought against the Vertexes when the world was still in the Christian Era, there was another battle for the Mikos led by Uesato Hinata.[1]

Chapters[edit | edit source]

Ch.

Title

Release Date
1 The Mikos (巫女たち Miko-tachi?) January 31, 2020
2 Koori Chikage and Hanamoto Yoshika (郡千景と花本美佳 Koori Chikage to Hanamoto Yoshika?) February 29, 2020
3 Those Left Behind (遺されたもの Nokosareta Mono?) March 30, 2020
4 Reunion (再会 Saikai?) April 30, 2020
5 Wishing for Your Return (帰りを願う Kaeri wo Negau?) May 29, 2020

Fuyou Yuuna is Not a Hero[edit | edit source]

Fuyou Yuuna is Not a Hero (芙蓉友奈は勇者でない Fuyō Yūna wa Yūsha de Nai?) was serialized in Dengeki G's magazine, and will take up the next five chapters of the light novel. The serialization began on August 28, 2020, and will finish in December 2020. It focuses on Fuyou Yuuna and Yuzuki Yuuna, and the adventures of their Hero Club.

According to Akashiro Aoi, "it will take place a few decades after the beginning of the Divine Era. It's a story about girls of a generation that hasn't experienced the battles with the Vertex. It's likely the most "side story"-ish entry of the Yuusha de Aru series. It will serve as a bit of a breather among the three apocrypha stories, and I want to make the story light-hearted and easy to read. My personal goal for the second part is to write a story that even people who aren't familiar with Yuusha de Aru will enjoy, so I hope that people who haven't tried the novels because they don't know the series will check it out."

A girl-meets-girl story about two Yuunas' quest for the world outside the walls.

— Dengeki G's Magazine

Plot[edit | edit source]

In the year 29, more than thirty years have passed since a mysterious monster from the heavens destroyed all of Japan except Shikoku. Young boys and girls, already unaware of the tragedy of that time, live in peace behind the wall that protect Shikoku. In such a time, there was a girl who was given the name "Yuuna" because of a special gesture she made at birth. Yuuna is an honorary name taken from Takashima Yuuna who perished in a fierce battle with the monsters about 30 years ago. Yuzuki Yuuna was one of those Yuunas, but contrary to her heroic name, she was a girl with no special powers. She learns that there is a girl in the same school with the same Yuuna name. Fuyou Lilienthal Yuuna — She says, "My dream is to go outside the wall and see the world for what it really is."[2]

Chapters[edit | edit source]

Ch.

Title

Release Date
1 There is no time like the present. August 28, 2020
2 All is fish that comes to the net. September 30, 2020
3 Everyone lies. And it's the truth. October 30, 2020
4 Every man is the architect of his own fortune. November 30, 2020
5 The first step is always the hardest. December 28, 2020

Unnamed Part 3[edit | edit source]

The untitled third story of Hero History Apocrypha will begin serialization in Dengeki G's magazine sometime in 2021. It will comprise the last five chapters of the light novel.

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Uesato Hinata is a Miko[edit | edit source]


Fuyou Yuuna is Not a Hero[edit | edit source]

Unnamed Part 3[edit | edit source]


Trivia[edit | edit source]

The novels were most likely in consideration or already in production during this interview in the Memorial Book.

Q: The series spans a time of more than 300 years. Is there still some part that you would like to write about?

A: Yeah, a part that needs to be explored is the time when Akamine lived in the Divine Era. How it was like. Although that's been addressed in YuYuYui to some extent.

YuYuYu was the first project where Akashiro could apply his knowledge of occult stuff, writing the incantations and coming up with Itsuki's tarot spreads and such. The tarot spreads are all carefully crafted and have specific meanings. While Takahiro likes brave, heroic characters like Wakaba, Akashiro likes characters like Mito that are just normal and plain.


Q: The series spans a time of more than 300 years. Is there still some part that you would like to write something for?

A: Yeah, I often thought it'd be nice to write a story about the Uesatos and Akis taking control of the Taisha (laughs). Some sort of gritty political drama. Though that might be a tad different from the usual Yuusha de Aru series (laughs). I want to show why the Uesato clan is feared so much in YuYuYui and how things turned out that way. And about that large blank space between the beginning of the Divine Era and WaSuYu, I've been trying to imagine what the regular people would've thought about the changes their world was undergoing then. The existence of the wall may be seen as nothing special in DE 300, but to someone who knows about the past, the world during the Divine Era must have seemed like a strange place. One day, I'd like to write a story about how the people during the first 70 years of the Divine Era, the ones who still knew an age where a world beyond the wall existed, would have thought about and learned to live with the changes in society.

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