Shinbun Saturday: Reflections on History in Manga
Manga artist’s rendition of war experiences on exhibit
Shigeru Mizuki’s manga Soin Gyokusai Seyo! (Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths) and Rabaul Senki (Memories of Rabaul) explored the experience of war through semi-fictional characters, but a recent exhibit at Chofu City Culture Hall brings his personal memories of World War II to a new audience. Mizuki’s work is placed in comparison and contrast to newspaper clippings and images released during the height of the war. It’s a sobering shift, as Mizuki illustrates the inner conflict of a young man who loves his country, but struggles with the demands of war.
Popular shoujo series Kamisama Kiss is due for another stage musical adaptation, and Hana to Yume confirmed that a new production will open in 2016. Titled Kamisama Hajimemashita the Musical 2016, it will be the second theatrical adaptation of Julietta Suzuki’s manga. Fans eager to see the show won’t be bereft once they have, as two new anime DVDs have been announced.
Renowned manga author to lecture at Manga*Anime*Games art exhibition
Crying Freeman and Lone Wolf and Cub, among others, have helped to cement Kazuo Koike as a writer to follow in the manga world, and his confirmed lecture at the exhibition is sure to draw crowds of fans. “Digital Comics: The Next Generation of Manga – A Pressing Proposal to the Status Quo” will focus on the future of manga in the 21st century, and its shift into digital art. The exhibition features over 25 years of illustrations from Japanese manga, anime, and video games.