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​A writer by heart, Okada spent many years honing her craft and writing anime scripts.

It hadn't been unusual to see young Okada huddled over a book or a video game in her room. A victim of bullying and domestic violence, she recalled an incident in her autobiography when her mother took a kitchen knife and attacked her with it.

She had fought back - Okada had been in middle school, no more than 13 at the time - and restrained her mum, who dissolved in tears.

The encounter left a mark on her, and she would later revisit the complex relationship between mother and child in a number of her projects, including her directorial debut, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms.

After graduating from high school, she moved to Tokyo where she took up odd jobs, but always with a plan to continue writing.

Fast forward some 20 years and Okada is one of the most well-respected anime scriptwriters in Japan, with dozens of projects to her name.

indy100 sat down to speak with the writer about her creative process, her fans, and the long road to the top.

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