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Ganbatte! The Ties that Bind us

An AnimeLit Charity Anthology





Immerse yourself in a collection of anime-inspired stories from every genre. Experience the bittersweet memories of a tale’s end and the action-packed adventure of daring escapes and bitter betrayals. Explore the hunger inside you and the unwavering power of friendship through life’s trials. Rekindle your passion and reach out a hand to help those beside you—who says your favorite character always has to die? And when the journey is done and the curse is broken, wind down with friends, laugh, cry, and share a sip of your favorite bubble tea.


Filled with love and friendship each tale explores the ties that bind us and the perseverance of the human spirit. Ganbatte! がんばって!Give it your all.


This anthology supports anime charities! Profits from the sale of this anthology will be split between the Anime for Humanity, who spread mental health awareness to anime fans across the US, and the Animator Dormitory, who help support and fund underpaid animators in Japan.


Featuring stories and art from:

Abigail Falanga, Andi L. Gregory, Angela R. Watts, Anna Lindwasser, Beka Gremikova, Emmarayn Redding, Erudessa Gentian, Hannah Carter, Heather Shore, Janice Verhoog, Josiah Dyck, Julisa Bask, Katya, Melanie Morgan, Melissa Wong, Noelle Nichols, Rachel Ann Michael Harris, Suzanne Verhoog, T.M. Root, Trey McIntosh, Wyn Estelle Owens, Zimri A.Z. Zoran


Available for a limited time.



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What does "anime-inspired" / #animeLit mean? 



AnimeLit is a genre of writing where the story borrows from what’s popular in anime or manga, leaning into the tropes and cliches to evoke the sense that an anime playing in one’s head.
While similar to Japanese light novels (LN), AnimeLit is more descriptive and is stylistically different than most popular light novels (using dialog tags, and longer paragraphs), and is aimed at a young adult or new adult audience. AnimeLit also does not generally contain any illustrations and are longer than the 50,000 word average of light novels.
AnimeLit encompasses all sub-genres, but slice of life is often a strong theme, focusing on the breath between moments in order to spend time in a character’s daily life and to create an atmosphere and breath. Scenes that slow down the timeline, to add life-like details and not often found in other genres. (An example is in Princess Mononoke when Ashitaka swishes the cup out in the lake before filling it up to drink.)



こんにちは. We're a close-knit group of creators focused on creating works that have been inspired by anime and manga. Whether it's writing novels, drawing manga, or illustrating OCs we're here to encourage and support one another along the journey.


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Otaku Creators

A community of creators who enjoy creating anime-inspired works