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J-Novel Club Licenses Screenwriter Mari Okada's Autobiography

posted on by Karen Ressler
anohana, Anthem of the Heart writer's memoir debuted last year

J-Novel Club announced on Friday that it has licensed Mari Okada's From Truant to Anime Screenwriter: My Path to “anohana” and “The Anthem of the Heart (Gakkō e Ikenakatta Watashi ga anohana Kokosake wo Kaku Made) autobiography. A free preview is available on the J-Novel Club website and the e-book is slated for early May.

In the book, Okada describes her strained relationship with her mother and her life as a shut-in who could not make herself attend school. She managed to graduate high school by exchanging essays with her teacher, and debuted as a screenwriter for direct-to-video films in 1997.

Okada's anime screenwriting credits include anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow, A Lull in the Sea, The Anthem of the Heart, and Kiznaiver. She recently made her directorial debut with the Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms film, which opened in Japan in February 24.

Bungeishunjū published the memoir in April 2017. anohana and Anthem of the Heart character designer Masayoshi Tanaka illustrated the cover.

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