- File Size: 275 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Portmanteau Press LLC (October 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005VQGOUS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Anchihiiroo - Origin of an Antihero (Toonopolis Shorts, #1) Kindle Edition
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I enjoyed Toonopolis very much (see my review of that book) and so I had high expectations for Jeremy's follow-up to Toonopolis, which is this novella. The title was mysterious to me, but fortunately, it is explained immediately after you start reading.
Jeremy writes with a light tough in a style that is mostly whimsical. Toonopolis is laugh-out-loud funny, but this book is more gentle in its humor. I found the complexity level to be slightly above the Rankin-Bass holiday TV shows that I (and perhaps the author) grew up watching. It's definitely suited for younger children so long as they are able to handle some cartoon violence. Although there are significant thematic similarities to Avatar: The Last Airbender, I'd describe this work as a whimsical alternative with a more casual feel.
The strengths of Anchihiiroo are likeable characters (especially the Phoenix) and a consistently interesting plot. The weaknesses, very minor ones, are the unorthodox imitation of Japanese names, which I don't like, and some problems in paragraph formatting, which Jeremy may have fixed already since I bought this book last year. If not, then, as a person who does his own ebook formatting, I can relate, brother.
Anchihiiroo is fun and relaxing to read, suitable for kids, and I recommend it for a general audience, except for people who don't like cartoons.
Everytime Suzaku calls Yoshi "Idiot," I smile...and laugh...a lot. I felt like I was watching a Japanese cartoon on Saturday mornings like when I was small as I read this story. Fast pacing works in this story for an age group of 9-12 year olds. An enjoyable read for its size!Soldier Evolution Revolutionary Girl
Toonopolis Short: Anchihiiroo is the story of Yoshi, later known as Anchihiiroo and even later known as Han'Eiyuu. The novella introduces us to five-year-old Yoshi at the moment he becomes an orphan and we follow him until he becomes a man. Throughout his life, Yoshi suffers at the hands of evil men and is cared for by gentle ones. There's an underlying tug-of-war in his heart between good and evil. He wants to protect his town from evil so the townsfolk won't have to suffer as he has. He trains for years to be the hero they need. But, he also feels a need to avenge the death of his parents and the training he receives at the hands of his sensei will prepare him for battle.
Will he ultimately be a hero or an anti-hero? Will he use his mind, body and spirit strength for good or evil?
As in Toonopolis: Gemini, the characters in this novella are extremely well structured. They are so real that you forget that you're reading about cartoon characters... well, until one of them says something wildly sarcastic and you quickly remember that you're in a toon world! That's the great thing about Jeremy's writing, just when you think something is very serious, he gets all goofy on you. The comic relief is perfectly placed and always welcome. And just as quickly, you're back in the action and loving it.
The story stands steadily on its own but, trust me, you're going to want to know what happens next and what happens next is in Toonopolis: Gemini. Read separately or together, these are two great stories that everyone will enjoy.
You've done it again, Jeremy! I can't wait to read more about your great characters. Keep the stories coming because we want to keep reading them!
Anchihiiroo was born Yoshi in a simple fishing village. One day his village is attacked by pirates during the ninja pirate war. He escapes the destruction and is found and taken in by some kind people in the next town over. Unfortunately that town is also destroyed leaving him once again as the lone survivor. When Yoshi is taken in by the monks at the Suzaku temple, where a phoenix egg is awaiting a hero of legend to hatch.
The story tells of a young man with a tragic past who feels his life is totally outside of his control. This book is a wonderful supplement to fans of the Toonopolis universe and serves very well as an appetizer to hold you over until the next volume of the main story is released. While a bit more serious than Gemini there is still a good amount of humor. Anyone from the age of 8 and above can enjoy the world that Jeremy Rodden has created and I recommend picking this up for anyone in the family.