The manga itself is worth the buy, but Hideaki Anno’s afterward is a great plus.
My wife can’t glamorize herself. She looks at us with a critical eye. This is a good thing, but also a bad thing. If the characters can’t plunge into their self-absorbed world, they can’t be catalysts for the reader’s narcissism.
Never change, Anno. Never change.
I really love what he said about otaku, the industry, and Moyoco.
What’s amazing about my wife’s manga is that she doesn’t create any “out” from reality. Most manga these days are no more than a device to provide readers with a refuge from reality to satisfy them out there. The bigger the fans they are, the more likely they’ll become one with the fantasy and have difficulty accepting anything else.
My wife’s manga leaves a bit of energy to readers as they return to the real world. Instead of making you want to dwell in yourself, her manga makes you want to go outside and do something, it emboldens you. It’s a manga for tackling reality and living among others. My wife lives like that and I think that’s why she can write like that.
Her manga accomplished what I couldn’t do in Eva to the end. It was a big shock to me, really.
I don’t want to spoil (and type) everything, but the rest is really sweet. He talks about how his marriage to Moyoco has impacted his life positively, about accepting himself as an otaku but also coming to love other things, and just generally being a great husband.
It was really empowering and heartwarming to read.