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British Museum Manga Exhibition + The Art of Urasawa NaokiBritish Museum Manga Exhibition + The Art of Urasawa Naoki

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I'm waiting on a package that's taking forever to make another loot post, but I thought maybe someone would be interested in this. So the British Museum in London is hosting a Manga Exhibition that opened on May 23rd. They even invited a few authors and editors to have some lectures, which is pretty cool.

At the same time, the Japan House in London decided to invite Urasawa Naoki (!!!) and have an exhibition dedicated to him. Manga is not big in the UK compared to other European countries, so I was really excited!

Photos were taken with my phone so they're not very nice. Sorry!


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Don't ask me why they decided to use Golden Kamuy (and Asirpa) to promote the exhibition, but they did. It's a nice choice anyway. If you're not a member it costs £20 to enter... which is A LOT. But, well, they have quite a bit of cool stuff, so if you are interested in manga I'd recommend going.


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The layout and decoration of the exhibition was really nice, though a bit cramped (especially the beginning). Makes sense considering they were attempting to go through the whole history of manga - from its origins, Tezuka, its evolution, modern manga and even touching subjects such as doujinshi. Really ambitious to say the least.


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Lots of original works were on display, from an diverse array of manga-ka. Here you can see some by Hagio Moto (author of They Were Eleven and part of the Year 24 Group) who incidentally was also invited to talk at the Japan House. I managed to attend and it was super interesting.


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There were these super cool kind of displays throughout the exhibition, featuring a bunch of authors. I've never read JoJo's Bizarre Adventure but I've always liked the art.


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They weren't lacking in recent works, either. Here you can see some original artwork by Oda Eiichiro (One Piece), but there were also works by Higashimura Akiko (Princess Jellyfish), Nakamura Hikaru (Saint Young Men), Kishimoto Masashi (Naruto), Aoyama Gosho (Meitantei Conan) and of course Noda Satoru (Golden Kamuy), among others.

There was also a lot by Inoue Takehiko (Slam Dunk, Real) including some original drawings for the exhibition, but he was the only author that didn't want anything photographed so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I was sad there was nothing by Arakawa Hiromu. :( Square Enix wasn't present at all so Fullmetal Alchemist was unlikely, but there was some Shogakukan so Silver Spoon could have been possible. Oh well.


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There was a good mix of older and newer stuff in general. Here you can see some pretty pages by Takemiya Keiko (Terra E...), but they also had illustrations by other classic authors like Takeuchi Naoko (Sailor Moon) and Takahashi Yoichi (Captain Tsubasa).

Surprisingly, there was nothing by Takahashi Rumiko... which was kind of weird considering she's one of the most well-known manga-ka around the world. :-/


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They also had a shop for the exhibition! (and you can visit it even if you don't have tickets) They had a nice selection, including some merchandising made for the museum. I got myself a Golden Kamuy tote bag and a nice Saint Young Men postcard. :)

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But to be completely honest, I was more excited for the Art of Urasawa Naoki exhibition at the Japan House ❤️ I've been a fan of his for quite a while and I can't believe I was able to meet him!


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For those who don't know, the Japan House is a mix of shop, exhibition centre, café and auditorium, and they change displays several times a year. On the ground floor they have some decorations (including that Friend mannequin in the photo above), several drawings on walls/glass Urasawa did during his visit, plus a small shop section with several of his works (in both Japanese and English) and some goods.

This floor is also where he did the book signing.


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The exhibition itself is one floor below and this is what welcomes you at the entrance. :D


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There were SO MANY original manuscripts, color illustrations and even early designs and rejected drafts! It was amazing. For example here's a Pluto illustration where you could see his steps before the final drawing.


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You could also find little drawings on the walls he made while visiting! This is from Billy Bat.


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There was A LOT of 20th Century Boys on display, which makes sense since it's one of his most popular works. Not complaining, I love 20thCB. :)


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And of course lots of Monster too! There were giant displays you could take photos with (including a huge Tenma vs Johan face off) and even a rejected draft of the ending. Monster may be my favorite manga of his??? Pretty close with 20thCB though.


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This was a really cool display in the middle of the room with panels of all his works. Didn't want to bore you with a million photos, but every other work of his was represented: Yawara!, Happy!, Pineapple Army, Master Keaton and even his most recent Asadora! You could even see some original illustrations not from any series.

The exhibition is also full of these displays where you can read a chunk of every work of his, but you weren't allowed to photograph that. Be aware that there are some big spoilers for Monster (the ending lmao) and 20thCB if you decide to go and you haven't read them.


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So... I couldn't attend his talk/Q&A because it was already sold out, but I managed to get (free!!!!) tickets for his All Talking All Singing All Drawing! URASAWA Naoki Live in Concert ❤️ It was AMAZING jhs;asj Basically he alternated playing songs from his albums (plus T-Rex's 20th Century Boys OF COURSE), drawing on a projector and telling some nice autobiographical stories. He even played us a new song from his upcoming album. I wasn't expecting him to be such a talented and charming performer tbh, I loved it SO much.


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This is the stuff I bought from the shop. You had to buy something for him to sign, but since I already have most of his manga I got myself his Official Guidebook which I didn't own already. Can't read most of it, but it's really cool anyway. I also got a really pretty 20th Century Boys clear file. :)


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And this is his signature! He was such a nice and super cool person, he talked to all of us (via an interpreter) and shook our hands before we left. Never thought I'd be able to get Urasawa's autograph, let alone talk to him a bit! AAAAAAAAh it was amazingg

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Anyway! Hope you enjoyed my tragic excitement over all this lmao. The Manga Exhibition at the British Museum is open until August 26th, so if you can spare £20 and would enjoy a sample of original manuscripts by a bunch of manga-ka, a brief history of manga and some other nice stuff I'd recommend it.

On the other hand if you're in London before July 28th please do go to see the Urasawa exhibition at the Japan House. IT'S FREE AND AMAZING. :)
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Yup, the mug was what I wanted but hadn’t the money or space to bring it back. That, and the cool yellow sketchbook which I chose not to buy cos I know I’d have left it blank as some collector’s item! And thanks! Looking forward to it :) hamsterfactor (1 kuukautta sitten) #62064439I couldn't get tickets to the WIRED interview ;; He also sang there then? So cool! He did play Gutalala Sudalala! for us too, it was so exciting!
There was really lots of stuff in the shop! I would have wanted the mug they had, but didn't want to spend more.
Have fun at the manga exhibition when you go! :)
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ArmosKnight (1 kuukautta sitten) #62063652I saw him on the opening night, with an interview for WIRED and 3 songs (two from his new album with drawings, and Gutalala Sudalala!). Such a cool guy. I managed to get two art books of his from the gift shop but didn’t have enough for the ton of other stuff that was for sale!
I’ll try to head to the British Museum exhibit next month for my birthday. Would love to see Sugimori’s original watercolours!

I couldn't get tickets to the WIRED interview ;; He also sang there then? So cool! He did play Gutalala Sudalala! for us too, it was so exciting!

There was really lots of stuff in the shop! I would have wanted the mug they had, but didn't want to spend more.

Have fun at the manga exhibition when you go! :)
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I saw him on the opening night, with an interview for WIRED and 3 songs (two from his new album with drawings, and Gutalala Sudalala!). Such a cool guy. I managed to get two art books of his from the gift shop but didn’t have enough for the ton of other stuff that was for sale!

I’ll try to head to the British Museum exhibit next month for my birthday. Would love to see Sugimori’s original watercolours!
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heroizumi (1 kuukautta sitten) #62031622I'm so glad to see some photos from this! I went to the UK back in February to meet some of my gaming friends and they took me to The London Museum. I was excited to go, but I was a little sad when I saw the next exhibit was going to the manga. I was a bit too early to see it ;__;
Thank you for sharing! That Asirpa bag is beautiful!!!

Sorry you missed it by so little! :( I hope more places do stuff like this, so everyone can get to go. Glad you enjoyed the article, though!
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I'm so glad to see some photos from this! I went to the UK back in February to meet some of my gaming friends and they took me to The London Museum. I was excited to go, but I was a little sad when I saw the next exhibit was going to the manga. I was a bit too early to see it ;__;

Thank you for sharing! That Asirpa bag is beautiful!!!
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maggie (1 kuukautta sitten) #62024769Thank you so much for sharing!! I wish I was in London for this, I have to live vicariously. I feel these things are becoming more common and I will look forward to them in the future in my area ^_^
However, I did get lucky and saw a huge FMA manga exhibit while I was in Japan and there happened to be the HELLO One Piece exhibit touring in Singapore when I was there so I got to see a good amount of Oda’s pages as well ^o^ For Oda it’s rather hard, One Piece has been running so long (I want it to go on forever!!) so I don’t think I’d be satisfied unless there were pages from every volume haha. Neither manga artist was there signing, I’d have loved signatures!! So special you got to meet Urasawa ;A;

You went to the FMA Exhibition? I'm so jealous! I'd kill to see it, haha. They're doing a couple more this year, with Sapporo being the last one and my best friend and I were considering it... but it's really expensive so it's looking unlikely. :(

I'd definitely love to see an Oda exhibition too, that must have been great! But yeah hopefully artist-specific exhibitions will show up more and more outside Japan. There are lots of manga-ka's works I'd love to see in person.

The Urasawa meeting I would NEVER have expected, I truly feel blessed. ;;
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Senbei (1 kuukautta sitten) #62023052Ah, the Manga exhibit! Super jealous since I just visited London last year! Those original OP, Bleach, Jojo and SLAM DUNK/Real pages... I would kill to see those ;___; Thanks for sharing!
Aw, I'm sorry! Hopefully manga exhibitions will get more popular around the world and everyone gets to enjoy them. :)

kururin (1 kuukautta sitten) #62023210Ah, I've always wanted to go to one of these! How lucky! It must have been so cool being able to see some rare, original manga pages in person, especially since some were from a few very popular series.
And you even got to meet one of your favorite mangaka, too? Nice! :D
Thanks for sharing!

I never imagined London would host something like this tbh, we don't even have shops dedicated to manga/anime exclusively lol. And yeah, meeting Urasawa has definitely been a highlight! Glad you enjoyed. :)
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jijibub (1 kuukautta sitten) #61988397Thanks for sharing! I am going this Thursday and I am so excited!
I uploaded very few photos compared to what they actually have at the exhibition, so have fun!!

killindarlings (1 kuukautta sitten) #62016420I would've loved to see those Oda originals in person!
It really is cool to see the originals. Hopefully exhibitions like this one will become more common outside Japan!
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Necroid_Neko (1 kuukautta sitten) #61952198OMG we were just there on Saturday! The exhibition was so good, it's amazing how many rare pages and illustrations they managed to get for it!
It is! And it's great they even organized other events at the same time. It's a shame it's so expensive, I'd probably go again... :(

Sakura0055 (1 kuukautta sitten) #61953876Thank you sooo much for sharing ♡
You're welcome! I'm glad people seem to enjoy the article. :D
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Thank you so much for sharing!! I wish I was in London for this, I have to live vicariously. I feel these things are becoming more common and I will look forward to them in the future in my area ^_^

However, I did get lucky and saw a huge FMA manga exhibit while I was in Japan and there happened to be the HELLO One Piece exhibit touring in Singapore when I was there so I got to see a good amount of Oda’s pages as well ^o^ For Oda it’s rather hard, One Piece has been running so long (I want it to go on forever!!) so I don’t think I’d be satisfied unless there were pages from every volume haha. Neither manga artist was there signing, I’d have loved signatures!! So special you got to meet Urasawa ;A;
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