TCAF Welcomes Japanese Manga Superstar Moyoco Anno!
Moyoco Anno is an award-winning creator of manga (Japanese comics), an acclaimed illustrator, iconic fashion designer and writer. She is perhaps best known for her all-ages series Sugar Sugar Rune, but it is her adult graphic novel Sakuran, about a courtesan in Edo-period Japan, that has drawn the greatest critical acclaim.
Moyoco Anno is attending TCAF in support of her debuting graphic novel, Insufficient Direction, published in English by Vertical, Inc. Insufficient Direction is a comedic memoir, detailing the married life of two very big fans of manga and anime–Moyoco Anno and her husband Hideaki Anno, the creator of the international smash-hit Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise! As interesting to hardcore fans (“otaku”) as it is to those looking for insight into married life among famous couples, Insufficient Direction is a crash-course in love, compromise, and anime theme songs.
Moyoco Anno will participate in various programs at TCAF, including panels, presentations, and signings, with details on all appearances to be announced in late March.
Moyocco Anno will join a world-class line-up of cartoonists headlining the The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014. Featured guests include Lynn Johnston (Canada, For Better or For Worse), Isabelle Arsenault & Fanny Britt (Canada, Jane, The Fox, and Me), Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (Canada, SKIM), Gabrielle Bell (USA, Lucky), est em (Japan, Golondrina), and the recently-announced Trina Robbins (USA, Pretty in Ink). For details on these and all attending authors, visit www.torontocomics.com. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, and is presented by Toronto Public Library.
About Moyoco Anno
Moyoco Anno’s manga, books, and illustrations, have attained considerable popularity among young women in Japan. Though she primarily writes manga for women (called josei manga), her most popular title in the west has been Sugar Sugar Rune, which was targeted at primary school-aged girls. In 2003, her manga Happy Mania was one of the first josei manga to be published in English for a North American audience. Moyoco Anno also has the distinction of appearing from more publishers in English than any other mangaka. Her North American debut was Happy Mania (Tokyopop), followed by Flowers & Bees (Viz Media), Sugar Sugar Rune (Del Rey), Sakuran (Vertical Inc.), and a story for the French/Japanese co-production Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, published by Fanfare/Ponent-Mon.
Abroad, many of her works have been adapted to film and television. Her manga Happy Mania was made into a television series in 1998, followed by Hataraki Man in October 2007. Sakuran was made into a movie in 2006. Anno won the 29th Kodansha Manga Award for children’s manga in 2005 for Sugar Sugar Rune. In 2008, Moyoco Anno’s work was featured in the exhibition “KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games” at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
English Works By Moyoco Anno
Insufficient Direction: Read this energizing comic and feel proud (or simply unashamed!) of your geeky hobbies. Although manga artist Rompers (Happy Mania, Sugar Sugar Rune) doesn’t consider herself too far gone, she’s gotten married to a towering figure of the otaku persuasion, Director-kun (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cutey Honey). Includes copious annotations on Japanese pop culture and an interview with Hideaki Anno.
Published by Vertical Inc.
Sakuran: In Sakuran, Moyoco Anno lifts the veil on life in the Edo period pleasure quarter, Yoshiwara. The story follows Kiyoha, sold into a brothel as a child and forced to work as a maid and her rise to prominence as one of the top-ranking courtesans in Yoshiwara. Will Kiyoha’s fox-like wiles give her a chance to break free of her gilded cage? Or will her fighting spirit ruin her chances of ever escaping the brothel?
Published by Vertical In.
Sugar Sugar Rune: In the Magical World, the future queen is chosen by selecting two young witches and sending them to the Human World, where they’ll compete to capture the hearts of boys. Whoever has collected the most by the end of the competition is crowned queen. This generation’s Queen Candidates are best friends and polar opposites Vanilla Mieux and Chocolat Meilleure, the daughters of the current queen and her former competitor (respectively).But the girls have more to deal with than just competing for hearts at school. Now, both trapped within their own new goals, the two witches must fight their way and retain a friendship which no magic can defeat.
Published by Del Rey Books
Other titles include: Happy Mania, Flowers & Bees, Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators.
Photo of Moycoco Anno by Junko Yoda