ANIME-INSPIRED MANGA ‘ADORNED BY CHI’ BEING DEVELOPED FOR FILM/TV
By Erin White
September 23, 2019
If you’re a quirky Black girl with a Facebook account you’ve probably encountered the page for Adorned by Chi, Black-owned clothing and accessories for dreamers, misfits, and magical girls. More recently, Adorned By Chi founder Jacque Aye launched her latest project, an African Magical Girl Manga the borrows the Adorned name. Inspired by the Japanese Magical Girl genre and series like Revolutionary Girl Utena, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Sailor Moon, Adorned by Chi follows the story of Adaeze, a painfully shy Nigerian college student with Goddess-like powers as she reluctantly leads a team of young warriors to defeat an apocalyptic monster that threatens to destroy humanity. Born out of a need to populate manga with stories of African girlhood, the comic takes inspiration from elements of Igbo culture and lore, including Goddesses like Ala, Uhamiri and more.
And, now, Adorned by Chi’os being developed for film/tv, animation and more, thanks to the new deal Aye signed with MWM and its MWM Universe division.
“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.