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Dallas-based entrepreneur Jacque Aye, creator of the anime/manga-inspired Nigerian Magical Girl universe Adorned by Chi, has signed with MWM and its MWM Universe division
Adorned by Chi, tells the tale of Adaeze, "a painfully shy college student who discovers she has Goddess-like powers and must, reluctantly, lead a team of young warriors to defeat an apocalyptic monster that threatens to destroy humanity and save the world." It is inspired by series like Revolutionary Girl Utena, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon, while also drawing inspiration from elements of Igbo culture & lore, including Goddesses like Ala, Uhamiri and more.
“Jacque Aye’s fresh and nerdy approach to expanding manga and celebrating diversity is more important than ever,” said Kruger, EVP of Operations, and Williams, EVP of Creative at MWMu. “Her ability to weave a story and characters that resonate with both women and men in the shifting anime genre is impressive. As one of the top e-commerce entrepreneurs in creative, she understands how stories need multiple touchpoints with today’s audiences and how young women–-especially those of color--need to see themselves reflected in the genre in empowering ways.”
“I set out to create Adorned by Chi because I wanted to see myself, a young Nigerian-American woman, reflected in the genre I and many others enjoyed so much growing up. It’s been a joy crafting this world and I look forward to expanding my vision with the help of MWM in not only the current merchandise but animation, comics and more!" said Aye. Find Adorned by Chi at adornedbychi.com, where you can pick up free manga and buy other items.