What is the meaning of 巻ノ + number next to a book?

I know that

  • 巻 = volume
  • ノ = ?
  • 七十二 = 72

So it's Volume [?] 72

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    Sorry, I removed my answer. I would have expected this to be read 二十七の巻, but in that case it appears to be 巻【まき】の七十二... I guess somebody else will have to explain this.
    – Earthliŋ
    Apr 1, 2021 at 14:41
  • No problem, what is the meaning of ノ? it's the same as の but in katakana? Apr 1, 2021 at 14:46
  • @PauloHDSousa yes, ノ here is the same as の. Apr 3, 2021 at 19:57

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巻【まき】の七十二 is just a traditional way to say "Volume 72". Were it not a ninja manga, we would normally say (第)七十二[巻]【かん】.

の is the only way to connect a noun to another in Japanese. Unlike English, you cannot directly attach "with", "from", "by" and such to a noun unless via の. The の alone is thus the most ambiguous and versatile modifier with a lot of idiomatic usages. Here if literally interpreted, it would be "72 in volume" or "72 among volumes", which is a fixed way to indicate that it is the 72nd book in the series.

Although the Japanese writing direction could be right-to-left in horizontal alignment, something like 二十七ノ巻 is hardly used as a volume number marker. ~の巻【まき】 would be usually the traditional format of title, that is, an explanation comes before の.

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(an episode from the anime 忍者ハットリくん)

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    Apr 4, 2021 at 16:00
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卷ノ(の)七十二 can be read in two ways. The first 二十七ノ卷, this is an old way reading Japanese letters from right to left. The second 卷ノ七十二, this is a new modern way reading them from left to right. Even as a native speaker of Japanese, I am a little perplexed, and have done a little search about his Manga. The answer is: 卷ノ七十二, meaning Vol. 72.

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