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Exhibition Looks Back on History of Shonen Jump

©MOTOMIYA HIROSHI/SHUEISHA A huge replica of the Shukan Shonen Jump cover featuring “Otoko Ippiki Gakidaisho”

©MOTOMIYA HIROSHI/SHUEISHA A huge replica of the Shukan Shonen Jump cover featuring “Otoko Ippiki Gakidaisho”

Yayoi Kawatoko writes: An exhibition exploring the history of Shukan Shonen Jump, a popular weekly manga magazine for boys published by Shueisha Inc., is currently under way at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo. The event is part of celebrations marking the publication’s 50th anniversary next year.

“Shukan Shonen Jump Ten Vol. 1” (Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 1), the first of a three-part series of exhibitions, invites visitors to appreciate a number of legendary works created in what has been the nation’s No. 1 manga magazine in terms of copies printed.

©TAKAHASHI YOICHI/SHUEISHA Original drawings of “Captain Tsubasa”

©TAKAHASHI YOICHI/SHUEISHA Original drawings of “Captain Tsubasa”

This first installation focuses on the years from 1968, when the inaugural issue was published, to the 1980s.

The exhibition space showcases 63 works that cemented the magazine’s popularity. For example, erotic school comedy “Harenchi Gakuen” (Shameless school) by Go Nagai and bad boy school drama “Otoko Ippiki Gakidaisho” (One male juvenile boss) by Hiroshi Motomiya are among the major works of the publication’s early years. Soccer saga “Captain Tsubasa” by Yoichi Takahashi and adventure fantasy “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama are blockbusters that started in the 1980s … (read more)

via The Japan News

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