Life got tough when I moved to Japan at 23 y/o!
I dreamed to enter the anime industry but I was still studying Japanese in a language school in Tokyo. My part-time job, house maintenance, studies, and friends were good, but not my actual passion.
I grew more and more stressed. I was barely drawing and all kinds of projects piled up.
I needed focus, and create what could be considered my first original piece.
Since animation felt out of reach, I settled with a comic. And it would be delivered to the world within my values, not as the proposal to a publisher.
More than once I tried to craft stories with advice for people I love. So, I grabbed one of those ideas and sketched next to my Japanese notes, listened to podcasts about scripting/marketing/business in my walks to the station, and wrote a lot.
After about 1 year I had the full storyline worth 5 complete stories. Believe in Fake Magic was born!
While starting to craft the first story, Windy Lightning, I entered an animation vocational school in Tokyo.
Finally, I would confirm that animation IS my primary passion! But not drawing or character designing as I previously thought.
I am an animation director (or comic artist, CEO or whatever the necessary role) who will do whatever it takes to deliver a full product within her vision. And this product is the Believe in Fake Magic saga.
Be it a comic or animation movies, this is the big story that can fulfill my goals:
- Show myself and others my true potential, and execute it.
- Encourage people to have better lives with the characters I created! Characters whom they can relate to and can lift their heart.
- Help the environment: the animals I always loved.
I invite you to subscribe to the Maru Exposito Newsletter, an email list with advice for you to stay motivated and become the person you want to become. You’ll receive behind the scenes stories about creating the Windy Lightning comic and Return the Favor too! And some exclusive content such as clue illustrations.
You can also see me on YOUTUBE VLOGS. They're mostly about the creation of Return the Favor animated short film in a vocational school in Tokyo! Trust me, they're full of adventures x_x.
One of my favorites is #15 where I talk about directing Japanese voice actors!
Or get to know me deeper with this video I created after my first 3 years in Japan (I suggest you turn on the subtitles):