5 Reasons You Should Read Anime Supremacy!

5 Reasons You Should Read Anime Supremacy!

Vertical gave me another chance to review a book in their arsenal of novels. The name of the book is Anime Supremacy! and it came out on October 3, 2017. This is the author’s first book published in English.
 
The book tells the story of a producer named Kayako Arishina who has the dream of working with Chiharu Oji. He is an anime director made famous for the anime Yosuga. He was only 24 years old at the time it hit stardom.
 
She isn’t much older than him at the time of the novel and makes it her personal goal to work with him. It comes to fruition some years later. She gets the chance to work with him on her latest project, though he disappears for almost a week.
 
There are several things I liked about this book. I am going over them now so sit back with a cup of coffee or tea, darlin’. Let’s get started on the ride to Anime Supremacy.
Anime Supremacy review
 
The Longer the Book, the Better
 
Ever since the release of the Harry Potter novels in the early 2000s, I love larger books. This novel has 401 pages and that’s a large part of what made me interested in it.
 
I stick to a saying when it comes to novels that says “the bigger, the better”. The more pages the novel has, the more likely it is that I’ll read it.
 
The grin on my face when I saw the size of Anime Supremacy! was the largest I’ve used in a long time. Being that I’m a fan of larger books, this novel fit right into my favorite titles.
Anime Supremacy review
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Female Producer for the Anime
 
As a feminist, I love hearing about this kind of thing. You rarely see a female in the role of producer. That’s what makes me glad to see the main character, Kayako, in such an important role.
 
I hope this trend keeps up and it isn’t some sort of phase that the anime/manga industry goes through. I hope there are more female producers and directors out there in the coming future.
 
The fact is, we need more of that for female empowerment. There needs to be more women in positions of power so we can have a say in what goes on in the business we work for. End of story, right?
Male Producer Working for Female Director
 
This part at the beginning of the novel made me snicker a bit, I’ll admit it. The male producer is a rival of Kayako and it seems he is at the disposal of a female anime director.
 
Again, as a feminist, this thought delights me. We need to see more of this facet of society as well. We need to see more women have positions of more power than men do.
 
No, I’m not saying that women should rule the world. No, I’m not saying that we should return to an Amazonian society. What I am saying is that this is a male-dominated society.
 
As women, we’re paid less for sometimes doing more work. Let me ask you this question: how is that fair? What is fair about that thought now in your mind?
 
Real Desire to Watch the Anime
 
Reading about what goes on behind the scenes of making the anime, it made me want to watch it. It made me want the show to be real so I could watch it myself.
 
I’ve never had the sensation of wanting to watch a show that isn’t real before now. Now that I’ve experienced it, it makes me wonder how many other people experience the same feeling.
 
Kayako’s desire to make her show the best that it could be is a testament to all hard-working people in the world. It shows that anything can happen with the right amount of dedication.
 
Realities of Working in the Anime Industry
 
I had no idea what went on behind closed doors before they released anime shows onto TV channels. I know a lot of them are on the internet now but I never paid much attention.
 
I didn’t pay much attention to what went on behind closed doors when it came to the design of the characters. I didn’t know how much thought went into the TITLE of an anime.
 
The main point I’m driving at here is to not take anything for granted anymore. You don’t know what all has to happen before your favorite show comes on the air again.
 

In Conclusion

 
All in all, Anime Supremacy! was a great book. I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read. For her first book in English, Ms. Tsujimura did a fantastic job.
 
I also want to take a chance to thank Vertical for the chance to review part of their selection. It was my pleasure to do so and I hope for more business to come your way.
5 Reasons to Read “The Ghost in the Shell” (Even if You’ve Never Read it!)

5 Reasons to Read “The Ghost in the Shell” (Even if You’ve Never Read it!)

Recently, I had the pleasure of contacting Vertical about my services as a freelance copywriter. The marketing director came back with a different idea. Of course, I was interested in the idea but I’ll get to the idea in a second.

His idea, once he saw on my website that I review books, is to review a book they published. I had one book in mind to read since I haven’t read anything in the series before. I’m sure you’ve heard about the movie recently with Scarlett Johansson called “The Ghost in the Shell”.

You’ve seen the backlash attached to the film since Johansson is American and the story was created by the Japanese. I won’t discuss the white-washing of films today, though, but discuss my thoughts on a book in the series.

Choosing a copy of “The Ghost in the Shell” with five original short stories that are not part of the original storyline was easy for me. I’ll be going over my thoughts on the novel and my overall perception of it for you. Let’s take a look, shall we?

The Ghost in the Shell Book Review

“The futuristic technology is fascinating.”

In the novel series, human beings essentially have two brains coinciding in their heads. They have a cyberbrain and a “ghost” brain. The “ghost” brain is the brain that you and I have right now. The cyberbrain serves as a sort of computer.

Prosthesis technology is also advanced beyond our current capabilities. A person’s entire body can be prosthetically built if that is what is needed. In the last short story, Olympian athletes use specialized full-body prosthetics to compete.

The people in the novels can also switch bodies to keep themselves alive. That is part of why they use full-body prosthetics. If they get into their eighties or nineties, they can switch into a full-body prosthetic to prolong their life.

To me, that kind of technology is fascinating. I’ve always been interested in what the human race is capable of in terms of the tech we use on a normal basis. Since this novel’s universe is based in the 2030s, who knows what we could be using then?

“To think…the novel is set only 15 years from now!”

This part is what really peaked my interest in the series. In one of the short stories, it lists the year as 2030 and another year as 2034. These dates are less than 15 years away from us. If they already have the tech that they do, what are WE going to have when we get to 2030 and 2034?

That got me thinking about that question as well. How are we going to evolve as a human race in the time this gives us? What animals are going to be fully extinct and which ones are going to be close to extinction?

Here comes the silly question as well for you to think about. How easy will it be for the technology we have in 2030 to take over the world? How easy will it be for the technology we have then to turn us into zombies and kill each other off?

The question might be a silly one to you but it’s one to think about, for sure. What if we get so far with the advancement of technology that it turns against us? People are already saying this and we’re laughing in their faces, aren’t we?

“It kept me interested from the first page I read.”

I’ll admit to seeing the advertisements for the American film based on this series. That is what peaked my interest when I first saw this book listed. It took me not even two seconds to pick out this book to review. There was no hesitation whatsoever from me and no one at Vertical was surprised either.

I started to read the book as soon as it came in the mail and was pleasantly surprised to find out how good the book started out. You could say it started off with a figurative bang, so to speak. It kept me wanting to read it further from the very first page.

Not many books can do that but “The Ghost in the Shell” managed to do it very easily. I’m a voracious reader who used to get in trouble for reading during class. I read it in about a day and a half, which is a record even for me.

“I’d never heard of the Springer Rage Syndrome so that peaked my interest.”

For those of you who don’t know what this is, Springer Rage Syndrome is when a springer spaniel goes on a murderous rampage. When the rampage is over, the dog does not remember what had happened or what it may have done.

In the Ghost in the Shell universe, this syndrome can be used as a virus in the cyberbrain. You can infect people with it to act out violence or murder upon other people. Afterwards, the infected person will be in a zombie-like state and not remember a thing of what happened.

This peaked my interest because I’ve never heard of it. I’m not even sure if it’s a real disease among the breed of dog. All I know is, I don’t want to be infected with it. I don’t want to be used as a zombie and this would be a great virus to use during a zombie apocalypse.

“The only con I see is that the first short story’s language was hard to read.”

The only thing I didn’t like about the novel was the language in “Shadow.net” by Toh EnJoe. The language was a bit confusing at times, which I believe may be due to the translation. This language made the story hard to follow at times.

For me, it brought back memories of reading books in English class, such as “The Scarlet Letter” or “A Tale of Two Cities”. I was hard-pressed to follow along the plot because the language was beyond my capability to understand.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the story, though. It was a great short story to start on for the novel and one I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. I couldn’t wait to read the next story and I was accustomed to the language used by that point.

In Conclusion

All in all, it was a fantastic book. I don’t often read short stories but these short stories were worth it. It was not a long read at all and it fascinated me from “day one”. I’d say it took me about a day and a half to read it.

I highly suggest you read this novel but have a solid grasp of the main storyline of The Ghost in the Shell beforehand. Otherwise, you’ll be lost within its pages quite quickly. The technology used in the stories is quite advanced and we haven’t reached that level as of 2017.

I want to thank Vertical for the chance to review this novel. It was my pleasure to do so and I hope to review more books for you guys in the future. You are great to work with and I’ll be suggesting you to all of my readers who have an interest in Japanese literature.