Japan: Kingdom of Characters

4 February 2012 – 24 June 2012

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

This vibrant exhibition offers the chance to encounter characters from television, computer games and comics. Many have become much loved household names around the world.

Kingdom of Characters comes to the Sainsbury Centre following displays in Manila and Sydney. Providing an overview of manga and anime through the second half of the 20th century, the exhibition provides a unique insight into this cultural phenomenon.

It will also give fans the chance to come face-to-face with some of their favourite characters, including humansized Ultraman, Pikachu and a Hello Kitty ‘skipping’ through the gallery.

As well as 3D characters, the exhibition includes graphic illustrations and even a room-set of a teenager’s Hello Kitty bedroom. The set has also been specially designed by the Sainsbury Centre to allow younger visitors the chance to peep into the room, which is decorated with merchandise featuring Kitty in her many manifestations, from duvetcover to alarm clock. Anime screenings and graphic illustrations are included in the exhibition and create a context for the visiting characters.

The exhibition asks some thought-provoking questions about what characters are, why they are so popular and how they have become central to everyday life within contemporary Japanese society. The exhibition also considers ideas such as the importance of characters as design products.

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Gundam in Shizuoka

Io non sono appassionato di Anime o Manga anche se devo dire che alcuni cartoni animati mi ricordano i momenti spensierati della mia infanzia. Ho trovato su YouTube questo video che trovo interessante in quanto celebra il robot Gundam ad altezza naturale e che fino fino a poco tempo fa’ era in esposizione ad Odaiba. La cosa piu’ interessante sembra essere il commento scritto da un certo darwinfish105 che dice ‘Questa e’ l’ottava meraviglia del mondo’. A voi le conclusioni.

I’m not a fan of Anime or Manga, even if, some cartoons have the power of recalling some happy memories of my childhood. I found on YouTube this interesting video that celebrates the robot Gundam which until few months ago was erected in Odaiba. The most interesting thing, however, is the comment written by darwinfish105 who states ‘This is the 8th wonder of the word’. Feel free to write your own comments.