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{December 18, 2011}   {Review} Toonopolis Short: Anchihiiroo by Jeremy Rodden

From Goodreads: In Toonopolis: Gemini, Anchihiiroo (aka Han’Eiyuu) is the former hero of Animetown who turns Rogue after meeting the devious Shadowy Figure, forcing his creator to change him into a villain instead of the anti-hero he once was. Yuki, the albino inventor of Wan-Wan, described Anchihiiroo’s background:

“He had a terrible childhood. He was orphaned at an early age when his parents were killed in a war. Then his orphanage burned down, and then a flood wiped out the town his orphanage was in. He was the only survivor.”

Learn the full origin of Anchihiiroo, from his tragic childhood as Yoshi of Higeki to the warrior training that allowed him to put a stop to the Ninja-Pirate War that plagued Animetown. Witness his relationship with the phoenix Suzaku and his inevitable Rogue turn after meeting the mysterious Shadowy Figure. It is a story about destiny and a young man’s desire to make his own path in the world.

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This is a very well written novella dedicated to fleshing out Yoshi, turned Anchihiiroo, turned Han’Eiyuu, the rogue character we met in Toonopolis: GeminiI highly enjoyed learning his background story; it made me much more sympathetic toward him as his upbringing really was one full of tragedy.  Having never felt in control of his own life and having suffered at the hands of others for much too long, Yoshi must choose between good and evil.  Though he unintentionally sets himself down the wrong path, becoming Anchihiiroo, the arrival of the Shadowy Figure with promises of freedom and greatness causes Anchihiiroo to take the final plunge into darkness, becoming the rogue antihero Han’Eiyuu.

Though this is a much more serious tale than that of Toonopolis: Gemini, it is still a great story that all will enjoy.  This novella not only gives the reader a more in-depth look at the world of Toonopolis, but also sets the stage for events to come within the full length novel.  One could read this story before or after Toonopolis: Gemini, though I recommend reading it after as it explains some things that may be easier to understand having read the main novel.  Four stars.    

 

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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