Can’t remember when, probably last or 2 years ago when I chanced upon a Japanese magazine at the workplace. On the cover is this anime girl with big brown eyes, brown hair and big lips doing a forehead-pointing pose like the one you see above. In fact she is the one I am talking about. Never found out who she is or the title of the series she originated from. Only know that she looks cute and is from a manga about working adults.
Fast forward time to recently where I saw her again while surfing around the net. Like destiny calling out to me, it ignited my desire to find out more about her. I then came to know her as Matsukata Hiroko from the manga Hataraki Man by Moyoco Anno published in 2004. Hataraki Man, literally translated to Working Man or Workaholic in the Chinese version, is about Hiroko’s daily life as a magazine editor. I am by no means a workaholic but the story’s concept, which revolves around the challenges of a working adult juggling career and personal life are something I can relate to.
There is an 11 episodes anime series that started its run in Sep 2006. Unfortunately the only fansubs group who took up this project decided to call it quits after some unhappiness with the anime community namely the fans and life commitments. With their departure they took down all their Hataraki Man releases as well. Just when I thought all is lost (actually there’s still online streaming), a friend happened to have it and shared with me. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I am also reading the scanlated fansubbed manga as well but they only have up to volume 1. Although the manga started in 2004, only 4 volumes have been released so far and are still ongoing. To my delight, found out that the local manga distributor has released the manga early this year. Bought a copy on my way home.
Call me paranoid but I often find that life has a strange way of guiding me, like dropping hints and signs telling me what I should do. In this instance, it’s like telling me I should not miss out on this great series. Am glad I did not cos I really enjoyed it. In fact the reason it appealed greatly to me other than Hiroko being cute, is that her determined look reminded me very much of someone I know. Could this be another sign?