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Eyes on manga


Most rooms in London’s British Museum are devoted to civilisations that peaked centuries ago, but the Citi Exhibition Manga opening this month honours an art form that’s still very much in its golden age. It’s the biggest-ever display outside Japan of its signature cartoon style. Although what we think of as the usual manga look, with those big eyes and preference for bold graphics over chunky speech bubbles, took roughly until the 1980s to crystallise, its roots go back to the work of Japanese woodblock artists. And, while manga certainly has a sof spot for cyborgs, there are plenty of series, such as Golden Kamuy (pictured), that are inspired by Japanese history (23 May–26 August 2019; £19.50; britishmuseum.org).

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