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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (March 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939130115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939130112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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
popularity 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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elias on March 3, 2014
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Moyoco Anno is one of the most significant female manga-ka out there today, delivering hit after hit for an older female demographic, as well as a significant hit state-side for younger audiences in "Sugar Sugar Rune." She is married to Hideaki Anno, who is arguably the most important living anime director, having crafted not only the classics "GunBuster" and "Nadia," but the monolithic piece which redefined anime as we know it, "Neon Genesis Evangelion." As Moyoco was not an otaku before marrying Hideaki in 2002, she slowly found herself being sucked into his lifestyle, just as he found himself becoming more accustomed to "normal" life. Drawn in a very loose, silly style, "Insufficient Direction" tells their story in a very intimate, entertaining way, even if some of the humor is lost in translation.

"Rompers" (Moyoco's baby-esque caricature of herself) is a successful manga-ka who finds herself getting married to "Director-kun" (a pot-bellied version of Hideaki,) and in the process gets thrown into a culture clash of sorts. Her husband's introverted, obsessive nature becomes painfully aware as he plans living spaces around his figurine collection, or forgets to bathe for days at a time while continuing to wear the same clothes. On the same token, she gets reminded of her past passion for tokusatsu and old-school mech anime. Both of them go through their day to day life, taking care of each other when they get sick, looking for houses, going on vacation, and other things.

That description doesn't belay how downright inaccessible to a mainstream Western audience "Insufficient Direction" is at its very core, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James J. Pyke on June 6, 2014
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If you are a fan of Moyoko Anno, then you'll probably enjoy this.

If you are a fan of Hideaki Anno, then you'll probably enjoy this.

Considered in isolation, without prior knowledge of either its author (Moyoko) or its subject (Hideaki), this book might be entirely worthless, lol.

In my opinion, tho', that's a good thing. I love how hyper-specific this book is, and if you are a [fill in the blank] as above, then you probably will too.

In Japan, I think both Annos are towering figures of popular culture, but they are not necessarily so well known here in the US.

I am so grateful to Vertical for translating and publishing this. It's a spectacular oddity.
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I’m amazed that Insufficient Direction made it into the translated English market, because it is SO geeky. Sure, lots of readers will identify with the idea of a nerd couple sharing their passions, but the specific references will be unknown to all but the most devout anime fans. (Although I was quite surprised by an early mention of Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp — that 1970 TV show for kids featuring dubbed monkeys indicates the level of obscurity prized here.)

There are plenty of endnotes, though, explaining the references. At times, I was overwhelmed; I found it difficult to focus on the universalities, like arguing over how much space to dedicate to statues of cartoon characters, because of all the specifics I’d never heard of. An argument can be made that the details are unnecessary, but I got the impression that they were such fans that the references were carefully chosen, so I did feel a bit left out, not understanding the subtleties of their enthusiasms. The lesson, I suppose, is that there are always people geekier than you are. And that plays into the specific relationship on display here.

The chapters are short, six-page episodes in which Rompers (the woman, a 30-year-old manga artist, drawn as a baby, an odd choice) shows how she and her husband, an anime director (drawn as an adult man), conduct their activities, which range from shopping for wedding attire to taking care of each other when they’re sick. They go outside to get some needed fresh air and try to lose weight and debate how often one should bathe (a particularly nerdy stereotype). Their couple-dom is the attractive part of the book, as most people in relationships can relate to the everyday squabbles and concerns.
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Very comical retelling of the early married life of Moyoco and Hideaki Anno as Moyoco comes to terms with the reality of lying with her new Otaku husband. Recommended for anyone interested in Hideaki Anno and his work.
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