As women working in an industry dominated by men, producer Kayako Arishina, director Hitomi Saito, and animator Kazuna Namisawa get asked the question a lot. And sometimes, it’s really hard to find the answer. Is it enough to love anime, even if it means sacrificing your personal life, your health, and in some cases, your integrity? But just when you start wondering what exactly it is you’re doing, there comes that moment of connection – with a colleague, a new friend, a lover – and you realize that your passion for anime is what makes you who you are.
ANIME SUPREMACY! Mizuki Tsujimura’s award-winning novel now in English for the first time, looks at the tumultuous Japanese animation industry through the eyes of these three kickass women. Kayako, Hitomi, and Kazuna have to deal with its grueling hours, lousy pay, enormous male egos, and constant pressure to be more creative, more innovative, and more popular than the competition. The ultimate goal: to pull in the highest ratings, the largest market share, the biggest gross. . . to achieve SUPREMACY!
It’s June and summer is practically here. And with warmer days come longer days and more time for leisure reading. So why not partake in a Vertical Comics release or two this month while on the beach, on the patio while sipping iced tea, or as you jet to some holiday destination.
This month VC and Vertical have a wealth of cool titles for readers to dive into…
New from Vertical Comics:
Witchcraft Works, volume 5: A wicked witch named Weekend has assaulted the entire city of Tougetsu. By planting explosives across the municipality this witch was able to use up and neutralize Tougetsu Workshop Witches’ magic while endangering the lives of the public. Will Honoka and Ayaka be able to find the strength to take on this cunning witch before more of Weekend’s explosives harm their hometown?
A Sky Longing for Memories– The Art of Makoto Shinkai: This unique artbook looks back at some of the most beloved works from award-winning anime director Makoto Shinkai. Featuring hundreds of background art pieces from such works as, 5 Centimeters per Second, Voices of a Distant Star, and A Place Promised in Our Early Days, this collection reveals rarely translated details of the Japanese animation process. The book also contains interviews with Makoto Shinkai and his staff about their experiences within the Japanese anime industry. A must read for anime fanatics and Shinkai admirers.
New from Vertical:
AJIN: Demi-Human, volume 5: In this latest volume, Sato and his crew of rogue Demi-Humans have taken to the offensive by launching an attack on Japan’s limited defense systems. And tension at his new home forces Kei Nagai to make his own move. But will it be in favor of humanity, or will he side with Sato?
Mobile Suit Gundam: The ORIGIN, Part X: Solomon is now in the cross-hairs. With Federation forces moving in it appears as if Zeon’s leadership is falling apart from the top down. The tide may be turning but some members of Zeon are willing fight to their end for their family!
Black Jack, volume 15 and 16
From beloved classics to new hits, and everything in between, Vertical Comics has the right read for every manga and anime fan this summer!