“Why did you get into the anime business?”

Anime Supremacy!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!