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An exhibition titled “萩尾望都 SF 原画展 宇宙にあそび、異世界にはばたく (lit. Moto Hagio Science Fiction Works - Exploring the Universe, Travelling to Other Worlds)” is due to open at the Kitakyushu Manga Museum!

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A special talk from renowned manga artist Moto Hagio!

Moto Hagio
©萩尾望都/小学館 ©萩尾望都/秋田書店
Moto Hagio was a member of the golden age of shojo (girls) manga authors that emerged during the 1970s. This group of artists helped establish a form of manga primarily aimed at young female readers. It was during this decade that Hagio created two of her most enduring works, "Poe no Ichizoku" (lit. The Poe Family) and "Thomas no Shinzo" (lit. The Heart of Thomas). Amidst the creation of a new style of manga, Hagio released "Juichinin Iru!" (lit. They were Eleven!) in 1975. A genuine piece of science fiction, this was work not like any other shojo manga that had previously been released. The title went on to create shock waves through the manga industry.

The exhibition features around 400 of Moto Hagio's science fiction creations, including color illustrations and drafts for some of her comic strips. The sparkling stars drawn by Moto Hagio, a manga artist fascinated by the planets, are sure to fill the dream-like exhibition space. A special event will be held on Saturday 17th March to mark the opening of the exhibition. Attendants will get the chance to hear Hagio Moto give a talk about her work and also engage in a dialogue with Leiji Matsumoto! (Editorial Dept.: Sassy)

萩尾望都 (Moto Hagio) PROFILE

Born 1949 in Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Debuted in 1969 with the work "ルルとミミ (lit. Ruru and Mimi)." In the world of science fiction, she has been awarded the "Comic division" (Best Comic Prize) at the "Seiun-sho" (Seiun Award) an unprecedented three times for the titles "Star Red" (1980), "銀の三角" (lit. Silver Triangle) (1983), "X + Y" (1985). Also picked up the "Nihon SF Taisho" (Japan Science Fiction Grand Prize) for the 2006 release "バルバラ異界" (lit. Otherworld Barbara). In 2012 became the first shojo (girls) manga artist to be awarded a "Hosho" (Medal of Honor) with a Purple Ribbon distinction.

萩尾望都 SF 原画展 宇宙にあそび、異世界にはばたく
lit. Moto Hagio Science Fiction Works - Exploring the Universe, Travelling to Other Worlds Exhibition

Dates: Saturday 17th March to Sunday 20th May 2018
Venue: Kitakyushu Manga Museum (Exhibition Room)
Address: 5th Floor Aruaru City, 2-14-5 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00
*Also open 27th March, 3rd April, and 1st May
Closed: Every Tuesday
Organized by: Kitakyushu Manga Museum
In cooperation with: 株式会社 河出書房新社 (Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers inc.)
Standard-Adult: 800 yen (640 yen) / High school and junior high school students: 400 yen (320 yen) / Elementary school students: 200 yen (160 yen)
Including entrance to the permanent exhibition - Adult: 1,000 yen (800 yen) / High school and junior high school students: 500 yen (400 yen) / Elementary school students: 250 yen (200 yen)

*Price inside parentheses () applies to holders of the Kitakyushu Manga Museum annual pass, senior citizens that have the relevant identification (certificate to use the facility), and cost per person for group bookings of 30 or more visitors.
*Free admission for preschool children, and holders of a disability handbook, along with one accompanying person
Official website: http://hagiomoto-sf.com/

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