'Adorned By Chi': Anime-Inspired 'Nigerian Magical Girl' Franchise Being Developed For Film/TV, Animation And More
25 September 2019
Jacque Aye, the creator of Adorned by Chi, has signed with MWM and its MWM Universe division as they plan to develop the story for multiple platforms including animation, comic book/literary, film/television and merchandise. The news was announced by Morgan Kruger and Diana Williams of MWMu.
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.
Aye will be at New York Comic Con on October 5.
Here's the complete description of Adorned by Chi: Adorned by Chi is a story about Adaeze Adichie, a young, painfully shy Nigerian college student who has goddess-like powers and must reluctantly lead a tribe of young warriors to defeat an apocalyptic monster that threatens to destroy humanity. Inspired by the Japanese magical girl genre, the story takes place in the fictional city of Udobo in Nigeria. The painfully shy heroine leads her college group of friends--Adaeze Adichie, twin sisters Gogo Okafor and Kelechi Okafor, Kaira Okoye, and Emeka Ukata (male)--as they discover their own magical skills--both Black Girl and Black Boy magic--amidst the challenges of school, love, career and family. The series is created by Jacque Aye for Chigami Studios.
MWM Universe is the IP-focused division of MWM, a diversified media and entertainment company, "that acquires and enhances intellectual property by building out franchisable story worlds across film, TV, gaming, comics, books and beyond."