Manga fans in London have something really special to look forward to next spring. As part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20, the British Museum will be holding a Manga Exhibition exploring manga's global appeal and cultural crossover. Scheduled for May 23 to August 26, 2019, the event will be the largest exhibition of manga ever outside of Japan.
According to the British Museum's site, the exhibition aims for an "immersive and playful" approach, covering the history of manga and how it has inspired everything from anime to cosplay.
To prepare for the event, the site shared a brief history by Alfred Haft and Ryōko Matsuba. The article covers the roots of manga in 12 works, from the Tale of the Monkeys in the late 1500s to Eiichiro Oda's smash hit One Piece.
We’re excited to announce our next major show, opening in 2019! #MangaExhibition will explore the phenomenon of manga, and will be the largest exhibition of the art form ever to take place outside of Japan. https://t.co/1KtgNXIJjm pic.twitter.com/7Cy1Fil4kX— British Museum (@britishmuseum) December 5, 2018