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"Tokyo native Moyoco Anno was born March 26, 1971. Known as one of the major names in Japanese women's comics, she is equally known for her iconic fashion designs and as a fashion writer. Her manga and books have attained considerable opularity among young women in Japan. Though she primarily writes manga for women, her most popular title in the west is Sugar Sugar Rune, which was targeted at primary school-aged girls. In a recent Japanese poll, she was voted the eighth most popular manga artist among females and thirteen in the general category. Most of her works have been adapted for film or TV, including SAKURAN, Hataraki-Man, and Sugar Sugar Rune. In 2005, Anno's Sugar Sugar Rune won the comic artist the prestigious Kodansha Comics Award."
Publisher: New York : Vertical, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781939130112
1939130115
Branch Call Number: FIC Anno
Characteristics: xxxviii, 137 pages : illustrations

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forbesrachel Dec 27, 2014

What do you do when you are a wife to a hardcore otaku? For Rompers the answer involves tolerance and learning to go with the flow. Through a series of wacky episodes this fussy, hardworking mangaka, who is already a quasi-otaku herself, finds a balance that works for them both. In place of their... Read More »


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forbesrachel Dec 27, 2014

What do you do when you are a wife to a hardcore otaku? For Rompers the answer involves tolerance and learning to go with the flow. Through a series of wacky episodes this fussy, hardworking mangaka, who is already a quasi-otaku herself, finds a balance that works for them both. In place of their real names, Anno uses nicknames, Rompers for herself, and Director-kun for her husband Hideaki Anno, creator of Evangelion. These names give her the freedom to portray both of them in silly ways. She looks like a toddler, a visual reference to her infant knowledge of fan culture. Next to the fully grown appearance of Director-kun, this has its irony, for it is Director-kun who acts almost infantile with his youthful exuberance and dependency. Despite Rompers' attempts to make her life more "normal" she finds herself getting sucked into her husband's world, and it is fun. There are a ton of references to anime, manga, toys, and music, many of which are given a quick side note within, or next to the panel, however, more extensive notes are contained in the back. All the silly fun leaves us grinning, while the compromises they make shows how much affection they have for one another. They may have their differences, but they nicely compliment and round out the other.

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