NEW JERSEY AUTHOR SEEKS TO BREAK INTO THE JAPANESE CULTURE SCENE

“I’m very excited for my novel’s release.” says Henry–Michael Brown, “I can’t wait to entertain all who are interested in The Impossible Man and make them laugh. I know they will have a fun time reading my story.”

A member of The Japan Society in New York City, Henry–Michael had spent the past twenty years researching Japanese culture and attending events such as the Sakura Matsuri in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He also traveled to Japan for a more direct, hands-on cultural experience. His love for the anime, manga, and video game hobby is the source of inspiration for his works.

The Impossible Man contains tropes, iconography, and comedic beats found in anime and manga. In fact, at New York Anime Festival 2008, I attended a Q & A panel hosted by Hideyuki Kikuchi, author of Vampire Hunter D. I asked him how I can gain a Japanese audience in Japan with my novels, and he said “to be sentimental”. I noticed such moments like that in anime like Tenchi Muyo and Mob Psycho 100. So I did my best to capture that in The Impossible Man, and I believe I got it, particularly in the Sakura Matsuri chapter. However, at the end of the day, there is still a lot more to learn about Japan. I feel I’ve only scratched the tip of the iceberg,” said Henry–Michael Brown.

As a second generation Puerto Rican-American, Henry–Michael not only wants to share with Japan what he learned about their culture via The Impossible Man, but he is also sharing some of his Puerto Rican culture with them, and a slice of Americana as well, within the novel. This exchange of cultures was inspired from an unexpected appearance in a comedy anime series.

“When I saw the anime series, Excel Saga, by Kōshi Rikudō, I was introduced to the character Pedro. He was the first Latino anime character I ever saw personally. I was amazed and excited to follow this character in this anime world. So, when I did some further research into other Latino characters in anime, I discovered a Japanese band by the name of Orquesta de le Luz who did Salsa music throughout the Caribbean and had success in Puerto Rico. It was here that I thought to myself that if a Japanese band could succeed in my homeland, why not a Puerto Rican–American writer in Japan itself and have an anime series done by a Japanese studio,” said Henry–Michael Brown.

Henry–Michael Brown is looking forward to having local and regional book signings at book stores. He will be releasing time holders and locations in the near future.

The Impossible Man is currently available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon for $18.95, and on Amazon Japan (English language version) for ¥2363.

Anybody interested to speak to Henry–Michael Brown may reach him at TheImpossibleManZ@hotmail.com.

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