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Thursday, 20 March 2008

Manga at Manchester's URBIS

(via Matthew Badham): Manchester's Urbis Centre is playing host to a new manga exhibition exploring its manifestation in everyday life in the 21st century, which runs until 27 September.

How Manga Took Over the World explores Manga’s influence in shaping contemporary culture, with something for everyone, from children to adults; offers a whistle stop introduction to Manga for novices - and apparently has plenty to keep hard core fans immersed.

Visitors will discover Cute Manga, Action Manga, Manga in Art, Fashion and Design, Manga as communication and Erotic Manga – for over 18s only!

For kids, showcases the colourful, magical films from Studio Ghibli, plus toys and characters, including a selection of figures and soft toys by TADO. The Action Manga section shows the darker side of the genre, including cyberpunk and violent action films which often appeal to older teens. Clips of the seminal film Akira with its use of fast bikes and heroes with superpowers are presented alongside a section which explores Manga’s influence on gaming.

You can also see how Manga has influenced contemporary artists and permeated the high street, from graphic design, advertisements, fashion, music and make-up - epsecially relevant perhaps this month with the release of Britney Spears' pseudo anime/manga video (see below).

We hope to have a full review of the exhibiton from Matthew Badham next week.

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