5《Ripples of the Dripping Clocks》
In a continuation of his previous works, Hirano’s criticisms of 2000s-era society become harsher, expanding and deepening.
In The Final Metamorphosis, a young boy's monologue depicts the struggles of the lost generation in an overlap of his own circumstances with those of Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Les Petites Passions grips with a flood of nostalgia for self-destructive reveries. Told through the medium of palindromic poems, The Trapped Boy is caught in a web of irreparable sins, while The Computer of Babel is a contemporary revival of Borges. With rich imagination and overflowing with novel expressions, The First Seven Days is a gem of classical tranquility, realizing the vision of reconciliation between a father and son. This is a treasure trove of potential forming the core of Hirano's second period.
Daytime（『Yomiuri Newspepar Osaka』Morning newspaper 2003/4/8）
The First Seven Days（『Bungakukai』2003/6）
The Trapped Boy（『Gunzo』2003/11）
Near Death in the Afternoon and The Brothers of the Cliffs Where the Waves Crash（『Gunzo』2003/11）
les pettites Passions（『Gunzo』2003/11）
The Final Metamorphosis（『Shincho』2003/9）
The Computer of Babel （『Bungakukai』2004/1）