The anime film adaptation of Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World), the popular manga written by Fumiyo Kouno, became one of the greatest hits of the year. Now, Tower Records Shibuya will hold an exhibition of the manga’s original illustrations at the exhibition hall SpaceHACHIKAI. The event will be held from 13 May to 30 May 2017.
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni is set in Kure City of Hiroshima Prefecture. Protagonist Suzu is a young woman who tries to live strongly during WWII. The original manga has been highly rated by readers and has even won the Excellence Award in the Manga Division of the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2009.
Also, the anime film adaptation won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, and Director Sunao Katabuchi was awarded the Agency for Cultural Affairs Film Award. Both the film and the director have been highly praised in various media.
At the exhibition, about 130 pieces of work will be displayed, including beautiful color illustrations and original manga manuscripts all drawn with the soft and detailed touch of Kouno Fumiyo. There will also be the notebooks used for data collection, a chronological table written by Kouno herself, painting tools which were actually used, and more. The exhibition will be fun for not only for fans of the manga but also for those who learned about the work from the anime film adaptation. A postcard with Kouno’s illustration will be distributed as a gift for all visitors.
Special edition goods will be sold at the event space, including artwork collections and ArtGraphs both with Kouno’s direct authentic signature and printed signature. The merchandise shop will offer tin badges, clear file folder sets, postcard sets, tote bags, T-shirts, and more.
The ArtGraphs are high-quality digital reproductions of the original illustrations. A limited number of them will be sold at about 30,000 to 40,000 yen. Rather expensive compared to the rest of the items, but with high collective value.
The entrance ticket will cost 800 yen (including tax), with preschool children or younger entering for free. You can buy the tickets at the entrance reception desk, or buy them in advance via Lawson Ticket. Tickets went on sale on 22 April.
Fumiyo Kouno ‘Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni’ Original Art Work Exhibition
Term: Saturday 13 May 2017 – Wednesday 30 May
Venue: 8F SpaceHACHIKAI of Tower Records Shibuya
Entrance Fee: 800 yen including tax (free for children in preschool or younger)