"Using impressively effortless style, Kutsuwada transports the action of this venerable comedy to modern day Asia where the story of feuding families sits well as a kind of triade/yakuza tale... fine work indeed. Another charming addition to the Manga Shakespeare range"
- NEO magazine 'The Best Manga of 2009' feature (February 2009)
“ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE, AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN MERELY PLAYERS.” As You Like It, Shakespeare's popular pastoral comedy, is an unconventional love story that follows the trials and tribulations of the characters in their quest for love from court to country. As the story develops, Shakespeare examines the malleable nature of the human experience, its artifice and the consequences of banishment. In this uplifting manga version, the Arcadian beauty of the forest of Arden is transposed to modern-day China, where rural and urban worlds collide.
Chie Kutsuwada is a member of UMISEN-YAMASEN, a group of young Japanese Manga artists that have based in London since Spring 2006. Chie's work, like that of the UMISEN-YAMASEN collective is often cute, cool, funny but always unique and original. She has contributed to many exhibitions in London including group exhibitions at the Waterloo Gallery, The London Institute Gallery, Chambers Gallery and Unit 2 Gallery. Her first solo exhibition was in 2003 at London's Window Gallery. In 2005 Chie won The Royal College of Art Society and Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize and the Printmakers Council Award. In 2007 she was chosen as a runner-up in London's Embassy of Japan – Manga Jiman national manga competition. Chie draws digitally using a graphics tablet and had an extended piece of manga published in Best New Manga 2 in 2007.